Saint Martin's College names outstanding student leader for 2004

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Lacey, Wash. - DeWayne Strange, a Saint Martin’s College senior from Chehalis, is the recipient of college’s 2004 Outstanding Student Leadership Award.

The award recognizes the achievement of a visible and exemplary student leader at Saint Martin’s. Nominations are made from members of the campus community. Selection, by committee, is based on several factors, including vision; commitment to excellence; personification of Benedictine values such as hospitality, service and a desire to learn; ability to motivate, influence and lead others and serving as a positive role model and to promote positive change.

Strange, an English major, is 2003-04 communications director for the Associated Students of Saint Martin’s College, the college’s student government. He chairs the college’s media board, is in charge of ASSMC press releases and works with the ASSMC webmaster to maintain the its website. He also is active in the college’s theater productions, Student Liturgy and The Bucket, a folk music worship and praise service.

He is a student member of Student Conduct Committee and also works as a student security officer for the college’s Office of Campus Safety and Security.

He was nominated for the honor by his work supervisor, Campus Security Director Pat Sturgill, who describes Strange as a hospitable and committed self-starter, capable of performing any number of duties without supervision.

“As an English major, DeWayne is well-read. This aspect gives him a broad perspective in the way he perceives others and helps him respond with openness and compassion,” Sturgill says. “When we hire new student officers, I frequently ask DeWayne to act as their training officer because I know he will instill in them a sense of responsibility for their role in keeping our community safe … DeWayne has a talent for making people understand what is happening and is skillful in getting people to work for the better of all. As an effective leader with values, vision and a clear voice, he is a complete package, a real team player.”

Strange hopes to work as a playwright and in film when he completes his undergraduate degree this year.

For more information:
Amy Gillespie
Director, Office of Campus Life and Residence Life
360-438-4577 or

Deanna Partlow, media relations coordinator
Saint Martin’s Office of Communication
360-438-4541 or