Environmental design graduate student named 2019 CANR Outstanding Student Leader

Stephanie Onwenu wants to combine her passion for helping people and protecting the environment through landscape architecture.

Stephanie Onwenu visits Turnip Rock in Port Austin, Michigan.
Stephanie Onwenu participates in a site field trip to Turnip Rock in Port Austin, Michigan, as part of her landscape architecture studio course.

The 2019 CANR Outstanding Student Leadership Award winner is Stephanie Onwenu, an environmental design graduate student. By tradition, the winner of this award will represent the graduating seniors as class speaker at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) commencement ceremony for on May 4, 2019.

Faculty members, academic advisors and club advisors nominated a total of nine students for the award. Nominees for the Outstanding Student Leadership Award have shown service and leadership in the college, department or school, and through their university activities.

2019 CANR Outstanding Student Leadership Nominee List:

  • Monika Dziuba: Animal Science
  • Kaylan Hayman: Food Science
  • Lindsay Jessmore: Packaging
  • Kimberly Jodoin: Animal Science
  • Austin Liu: Packaging
  • Samantha Jo Ludlam: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education
  • Cassandra Morse: Nutritional Sciences
  • Stephanie Onwenu: Landscape Architecture/Environmental Design (Master’s)
  • Jared Sanderson: Animal Science

Stephanie Onwenu graduated with her bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from MSU in December 2018 and now will graduate with a master’s degree in environmental design this May.

Growing up in Detroit, Onwenu has always been an active member advocating for environmental and social change, in addition, seeking for the advancement of others. While in the field of landscape architecture, she has been able to combine her passion for helping people and protecting the environment through design.

In October 2017, Onwenu’s design team won the City of Detroit’s Give a Park, Get a Park Design Competition to design park space on a vacant corner lot in the Morningside neighborhood.

During her time at MSU, Onwenu participated in the student chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecture, the College of Engineering’s CoRe Experience ProgramMSU Dialogues and the School of Planning, Design and Construction Student Advisory Council.

After graduation, Onwenu looks forward to being able to give back to her community and play an active role in reshaping the landscape around her.

When she speaks at CANR Undergraduate Commencement, Onwenu's advice is: "Stay true to you and believe that you can do anything you put your mind to."

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