Nov. 29, 2011

Student wins national leadership award

Toby Ring at InterFaith

Toby Ring '12, president of the Hill Student Board, recently won a national award for his leadership and for inpsiring others to act and lead. /PHOTO PROVIDED









Toby Ring '12 has won a national leadership award from Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world.

Ring, a history and adolescent education major, is one of just five students to receive a Philip H. and Suzi Rudd Cohen Student Exemplar of Excellence Award at the recent Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly in Denver. The award is given to students who display exemplary leadership on their campuses by inspiring others to act and lead, building meaningful relationships, fostering innovation and creativity and modeling and inspiring Jewish growth.

"I think this award is more of a reflection of the progress of Geneseo Hillel," said Ring. "In the past few years, Hillel at Geneseo has grown so much, now attracting over 70 students at our larger events. Our executive board has worked hard to grow Hillel with the ever-increasing Jewish population on campus, and I am just lucky to have been a part of it."

An active member and leader of Geneseo Hillel for several years, Ring is currently president of the Hillel Student Board. Geneseo Hillel strives to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Group members also provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for students to grow intellectually, spiritually and socially.

"Toby has had a major impact on Hillel and the lives of Jewish students at Geneseo," said Judy Abelman, executive director of Hillel of the Rochester Area Colleges. "Through his leadership and commitment, Toby has been an inspiration for other students. When he graduates this spring, he will leave quite a legacy."

Ring received a prize of $150 and a plaque in recognition of outstanding leadership efforts.

"Toby is well-deserving of this leadership award," said Hillel President and CEO Wayne L. Firestone. "He's set an example that every student-Jewish or otherwise — can follow."