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2019 Distinguished Award Winner: Tanisha Tak


This week, we will be recognizing each of the 2019 Distinguished Service Award recipients.

The Distinguished Service Award winners are the institution’s most outstanding graduates because of their leadership, scholarship and citizenship. Faculty, staff, advisers to student organizations, and other members of the campus community submit nominations for the prestigious awards.

All of the recipients have achieved excellent academic records and provided countless hours of service to the community, their classmates, campus organizations, their departments and colleges, and to Arkansas State University. A committee comprised of students, faculty, staff and previous Wilson Award recipients makes the final selections.

Today's featured recipient is Tanisha Tak of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

Tak is currently working on a master’s degree in communication studies and will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in May. Work on her Honors senior thesis is in progress. Academically, she has been on the Chancellor’s List each semester, the Honors Director’s List and received the Delta Zeta academic award awarded to the member who has earned the highest-grade point average for the school year. She has earned the Virgene Horn Memorial International Scholarship and resident assistant housing scholarship.

She also works as an intern coach in the Communication Center to assist clients with developing, organizing and delivering speeches, and was selected by the university’s Title IX office to be part of Impact, a student advisory group. She was elected as a senator to the SGA to represent the College of Liberal Arts and Communication (CLAC) and participated in many projects as a resident assistant. As part of her duties as an RA, she holds membership in the leadership-based National Residence Hall Honorary.

An active member of her sorority, Delta Zeta, Tak participated in many volunteer activities, including raising money for veterans, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Hike for Hearing, Special Olympics, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, arthritis research, muscular dystrophy, diabetes research, Toys for Tots, breast cancer research, Make A Wish, Feeding America, and Children’s Miracle Network. Her organization was awarded the People’s Choice Award during Homecoming.