Nicole Mozee

SSSP honorees

University seniors Mozee, Johnson win state honors


9:30 a.m., April 16, 2013--The University of Delaware Student Support Services Program has announced that two UD students -- seniors Nicole Mozee and Geoffrey Johnson -- have received state honors.

Mozee, a double major in political science and international relations and foreign languages and literatures with a minor in psychology, was selected by the Mid-Eastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MEAEOPP) as the state’s Student Achiever of the Year.

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She was honored by MEAEOPP during an event held March 23 in Cambridge, Md., and received a $1,000 scholarship.

Johnson, a computer engineering major, was selected as the MEAEOPP TRIO Achiever of the Year for the state and also was honored during the March 23 event.

Kelly Ringgold, academic program coordinator with the Student Support Services Program at UD, recommended Mozee for the scholarship award, noting that the student “hit the ground running” as a freshman. Mozee became a Diversity Student Leader, assisting the admissions office with recruitment, and joined the Student Support Services Program that same year.

A Dean’s List student, Mozee was accepted into the highly competitive Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program and performed undergraduate research. She also has been active in campus organizations including the Cultural Programming Advisory Board, the Multicultural Greek Congress and the Xi Chapter of Chi Upsilon Sigma.

Ringgold said Mozee, a first generation college student, “is an outstanding student” and an “inspiration to those who know her.”

“She worked hard, immersed herself in the community and sought out resources to contribute to her success,” she said.

Cheryl Davis-Robinson, director of the Student Support Services Program, said it was “an honor and privilege” to nominate Johnson, who she said impressed with “his eagerness to learn and his desire to be someone who would make a difference for other people.”

In addition to being a Student Support Services Program participant throughout his academic career at UD, Johnson has been active in the National Society of Black Engineers, Resources to Insure Successful Engineers (RISE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

He also did volunteer work with the Yeardon Athletics Association basketball league and with the 69th Street Wildcats football program in Philadelphia, and Davis-Robinson said he has a gift to motivate, speaking to high school students in the region.

Student Support Services Program

The mission of UD’s Student Support Services Program is to enrich the student’s experience academically, culturally, and socially. From entry to graduation, the program supports the whole student by promoting academic success and degree attainment. 

SSSP objectives are to strengthen relationships and create community; provide mentoring from staff and peers to help students find the potential that exists in each of them; equip students with tools to successfully navigate college and successfully support them to achieve their academic goals; and provide unique experiences and leadership opportunities that will expand students’ vision and view of the world as well as enhance cultural awareness and competence.

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