WLC honors the 2014 Impact Awards Finalists

2014 Impact Award finalists

Date Posted: May 29, 2014

MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin Lutheran College students who make a difference and an impact on campus were honored at the 2014 Impact Awards Luncheon April 30 in the Siebert Center.

Wisconsin Lutheran College senior Matt Gordy, a business administration major from Macomb, Illinois, is the 22nd recipient of the college's Impact Award. Matt (center) has served the college through his leadership as a resident assistant, his contributions on the football field, and as an initiator of weekly devotions for WLC's student athletes.

"Matt makes an impact because he is intentional, caring, and spiritually grounded," said Judy Eggers, director of residence life. "He is willing to put in the hard work necessary to succeed in any endeavor."

The four other finalists for the Impact Award also honored at the luncheon were (pictured left to right) Hailey Schwartz, Bryan Gruenewald, Anna Biedenbender, and Lachrisa Grandberry.

Anna Biedenbender, an art major from New Ulm, Minnesota, has served the college through the Art for the Heart program, which offers monthly creative sessions and speakers for faculty, staff, and students. Anna also assisted with Warrior Events Board programming and Healthy U initiatives. She was a member of the college's choir, performed in a vocal group called Minor Adjustments, and shared her talent at campus worship services. Anna, also a finalist at the 2013 Impact Awards Luncheon, recently received the Golden Palette Award at the college's 2014 Honors Convocation.

Lachrisa Grandberry, a communication and theatre major from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has served the college through her social interactions with campus faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Lachrisa demonstrated leadership as a member of the Warrior Events Board and Ambassador Club, within college theatre productions, and her service to the Milwaukee community. She has assisted such organizations as Signature Dance Company, Atonement Lutheran School, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. Lachrisa also was a finalist at the 2013 Impact Awards Luncheon.

Bryan Gruenewald, a business administration and Spanish major from New Hudson, Michigan, has served the college as a resident assistant. Bryan developed and participated in two of the college's most active clubs, the Spanish Club and Warrior Investment Club. He serves as a Thrivent Financial Tutor, performing workshops designed to increase financial wellness for college-aged students.

Hailey Schwartz, a secondary education and broadfield language arts major from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, has served the college as a resident assistant. Hailey demonstrated leadership as president of the college's Future Teachers' Education Association, and her implementation of leadership seminars for the student body. She recently received the Didaskalos Award at WLC’s 2014 Honors Convocation.