Polina is a graduate student from Ukraine, working on her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. The examples of her leadership and service are too numerous to mention, but there are two that should be highlighted. She helped to create the recently recognized food waste awareness project that has been gaining momentum this past year. It is an abundance of food that too many take for granted. She also initiated the ladies only exercise classes offered in cooperation with the Rec Center, Student Counseling Center and Aquatics Dept. to enable women who, for cultural or religious reasons, cannot participate in activities such as swimming in a mixed setting. She has enriched the growth and learning of all those she meets by creating cross-cultural connections among both domestic and international students. As such, for all her efforts the past year, CGE recognized Polina Kaniuka as the recipient for the Special Recognition Award 2015-2016. In her free time, you can see her playing (winning!) ping-pong at the Rec Center.