Annual Milo Awards Celebrates Student Excellence

April 18, 2024

From the Asian Student Association’s vibrant Lunar New Year Celebration to the return of Denver Lynx Radio and the launch of the first Reflection Space, CU Denver’s students are making a difference in their classrooms, on campus, and beyond. Each spring, the Student Life & Campus Community team hosts a special evening to honor these students for their significant contributions to the university. Peers, faculty, and staff nominate Lynx who have displayed excellence at CU Denver for the Milo Awards, which are named after our beloved mascot.  

The April 15 event at St. Cajetan’s drew dozens of campus community members to support and congratulate the many award recipients. The Milo’s Student Leader Scholarship was also announced at the event.   

Meet the Awardees 

Peer Advocate Leader of the Year (Student Transitions & Family Engagement) 
Aubrey Hoffman-Maroney 
Isabella Luna 
Ambassador of the Year (Admissions) 
Fernanda Salcido Beltran 
Aidan Bertsch 
Wellness & Recreation Services 
Student Employee of the Year: Kaya Ozekin 
Program Manager of the Year: Jason Sanger 
Facility Supervisor of the Year: Mallory Hutchison 
Club Sports Member of the Year: Anna Imark 
Peer Advocate Leader of the Year (Student Transitions & Family Engagement) 
Aubrey Hoffman-Maroney 
Isabella Luna 
Center for Identity and Inclusion  
Rosa Parks Diversity Award: Vyroh Nkosi (Student), Marlinda Hines (Staff), Charles Musiba (Faculty) 
Rosa Parks Community Award: Black Faculty Staff Affinity Group 
The Sentry  
Outstanding Writer: Omar Arevalo 
Outstanding Illustrator: Haley Barrington 
Outstanding Photographer: Jacob Guerrero 
Outstanding Editor: Jackson Campbell 
Student Government Association 
Initiative of the Year: Reflection Space Initiative, led by the Civics Committee 
Student Champion of the Year: Laura Zabaleta 
Spotlight Event of the Year: Asian Student Association Lunar New Year Celebration 
Student Organizations 
Student Organization Officer of the Year: Amy Nguyen, President of the Asian Student Association 
Student Organization Member of the Year: Nicholas Shaffer, Marketing Club 
Student Organization Advisor of the Year: Alexandria Joo, Asian Student Association 
New Student Organization of the Year: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 
Returning Student Organization of the Year: Denver Lynx Radio 
Campus Activities Team  
Campus Activities Team’s Event of the Year: Noche Latina in Collaboration with Office of International Affairs & Latinx Student Alliance 
Student Event Programmer of the Year: Carolina Munoz 
Social Star of the Year: Aron Castrejon 
LynxConnect 
Student Employee of the Year: Israel Aguirre 
Student Life 
Nexus Award: University Communications 
Lynx Lifetime Achievement Award: Sean Burns