James McCloskey II '04
B.S. Biology (Chemistry Minor); Kingston, Ohio
ambda Chi Alpha National Lamp Scholar; Provost Scholar; Phi Society (Sophomore Honorary); Phi Beta Kappa; Alpha Epsilon Delta (Pre-Health Honorary); Margaret Ann Watkins Award - Award for Excellence in Biology; Mortar Board; Dean's List; Society of Comparative and Integrative Biology - Presenter; June Orientation; DURF Summer Research Assistant; Zoology Lab - Teaching Assistant, Tutor; America Reads - Tutor; Lambda Chi Alpha- Vice President, Social Chair, Secretary; Order of Omega (Greek Honorary) - President; Outlook: Social Chair, Treasurer; Denison University Biological Society - Science Fair Committee; Student Activities Council - Public Relations Committee; Pep Band - Historian; Aids Task Force
Supporting comments: "Jimmy is bright, articulate, and courageous -- a person with a commitment to improve the Denison community. As the driving force behind many programs, he has played an integral role in revitalizing Outlook. He is an inclusive leader and does a great job of encouraging other members to take on significant responsibilities. For each major program that Outlook organized, Jimmy took on a different co-chair as a way to expand the leadership opportunities within the organization and to help develop other people's leadership potential. In his fraternity, Jimmy has held several elected positions including Vice President, Social Chair, Philanthropy Chair, and Secretary. He was a driving force behind inviting Alpha Phi Alpha to participate with Lambda Chi Alpha in Anchor Splash. From this pairing, the Lambda's and the Alpha's learned about the values and traditions of their respective organizations. He also served the Greek community as President of the Order of Omega Greek Honorary. Jimmy is an excellent example of an important leadership imperative -- leave it better than you found it. What is more impressive about Jimmy, and what is a more significant, lasting contribution is his committed advocacy for GLBT issues. He has worked within his own fraternity, within the Greek community, and within our broader campus community to have honest conversations and take the necessary steps to turn those conversations into educational moments and awareness. He has helped members of our community to assess how our behaviors and language may be exclusive or intolerant. Leadership takes courage and I applaud Jimmy for the courage he has displayed. Jimmy isn't just a leader at Denison; he is among the strong undergraduate leaders across the country."