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JRN Senior Wins Distinguished Service Award

Miami awarded Megan Zahneis the President’s Distinguished Service Award Spring 2019. The Award, which is annually presented to a group of graduating students, demonstrates the spirit of being a student leader of uncommon quality, and Zahneis is no exception.Megan Zahneis

Completing her education through the Altman Program, the former managing editor of  The Miami Student and editor of The Miami Student Magazine has made quite the impact on campus.

Zahneis, a journalism and interactive media studies major, is a founding member and former co-president of the Students with Disabilities Advisory Council. With a goal of giving disabled students an opportunity to share their experiences with faculty members, SDAC was named Miami’s best new student organization award in 2017. 

Zahneis also worked closely with staff from the Miller Center for Student Disability Services and the College of Education Health and Society to create an accessible classroom in McGuffey Hall, as well as submitting ideas and designs to renovate the Miller Center.

“I’ve worked with stellar students in the past, but Megan is in the top,” said J. Andrew Zeisler, one of the staff members who nominated Zahneis and Director of Student Disability Services.  “She is a true student of love and honor.” 

Zahneis is also the first student that Zeisler has nominated for the President’s Distinguished Award due to her work with SDAC and her connection with the Miller family, which helped spark the creation of the Scott and Susan Miller Center for Student Disability Services. Her advisor at The Miami Student Jim Tobin and other journalism faculty also nominated Zahneis.

“Megan was key in being a voice for students and a big part in moving our visions forward,” said Zeisler.

-- David Knake