May 17, 2010

Brittain Award

Community building nets top honor for Kappus

Alex Kappus accepts his award from John Ford.

Graduate and outgoing Student Government Association president Alex Kappus’ record of outstanding scholarship, leadership and service has netted him Emory’s highest student honor: The Marion Luther Brittain Award.

The award, which also comes with $5,000, honors a graduate who has demonstrated exemplary service to both the University and the greater community without expectation of recognition.

Next year, Kappus, a political science major with a Chinese minor, plans to attend the University of Georgia to pursue a master’s degree in college student affairs administration. He hopes to eventually work in university administration, and serve as a mentor to students to help them engage in the classroom and connect that with the outside world.

“I initially came to Emory expecting that I would go to law school, but from my experiences here, I feel called to work in this field,” Kappus says. “I’m happy that people pushed me to excel and reach my potential, and I hope to do the same in my career.”

In addition to numerous volunteer activities through his fraternity Alpha Tau Omega and the Catholic Center at Emory, Kappus founded SYNERGY, focused on building community within Emory and beyond campus. He received an Emory Humanitarian Award for this and other work.

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