Fall 2015 Trotter Award Recipient Announced
Briana Harris has been named as the recipient of the Nell Hamilton Trotter Award. Presented during Commencement to a graduating senior, this award recognizes commitment to student involvement and is the highest student leadership award presented by the University.
Briana Harris is an exercise science major from San Bernardino County, Calif. An enthusiastic Panthers fan, Briana was a member of the Pantherettes Dance Team. Her most memorable moment at Georgia State was the day the men’s basketball team won the Sunbelt Conference Championship in the spring of 2014. It was also the day that she performed her last home game routine to the all time American favorite, Space Jam. Her love for Georgia State led one of her nominators to describe her as a student that is truly “All Blue, All In.”
In addition to her role with Athletics, Briana has worked since 2013 with Recreational Services. In this role, she has demonstrated a strong work ethic and constant desire to improve. She sought additional training to become a certified group fitness instructor and applied for a fitness team leader position. She now helps lead a staff of 23 fitness attendants. Her co-workers can always count on her to help out the team and truly lead by example. While her work with Athletics and Recreational Services have bolstered her candidacy for physical therapy programs, Briana has established herself in other areas of campus as well.
In many ways, Briana has become the face of the university, serving in multiple positions representing the university. In 2013, Briana was a V.I.S.A. Leader for International Student and Scholar Services, where she helped to facilitate international student orientation including leading tours of campus and assisting with a welcome party for international students. Briana is also a member of The 1913 Society, where she serves as an ambassador for the university president, Dr. Mark Becker. In 2014, Briana was crowned the 2014-2015 Homecoming Queen, an honor reserved for those highly respected by the campus community.
Briana has also been involved as a member of the Student Government Association as a Senator for the College of Education. She previously served in leadership roles in College Curls, the Black Sophomore Society and the Black Freshman Network. In addition, she tutored for the office of African American Students Services and Programs (now the office of Black Student Achievement). She currently serves as the president of Bethel Campus Fellowship. She also leads the Level Up Dance Ensemble as a coach and mentor. In this role, she has worked with teen girls in high risk and impoverished neighborhoods to encourage them to use dance as an outlet for personal growth and development.
Briana will be remembered by her peers as a genuine and sincere leader who actively sought opportunities to improve the world around her. She has distinguished herself on campus as not only a leader but as a scholar with an impeccable academic record. After graduation, she plans to participate in a mission trip to Haiti and pursue a doctor of physical therapy.