Topeka Resident Receives McNutt Award at WWU

Amanda Payne, a senior at William Woods University, received the McNutt Award at the university’s co-curricular honors banquet, April 23. She was also named to the 2008 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”

The daughter of David Payne and Deb Payne, both of Topeka, Kan., she is majoring in equestrian science with a minor in education.

The McNutt Award is given to the graduate “whose consistency of purpose and selfless devotion to service were contributed without thought of reward and who best exemplifies the spirit and qualities of Amy Shelton McNutt, an alumna of William Woods in whose honor the award was named.”

Payne was one of 13 William Woods University students selected for Who’s Who, based on being an outstanding campus leader. A campus nominating committee and editors of the annual directory chose the students based on academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.

By being listed in “Who’s Who,” Payne joins an elite group of students from more than 2,300 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states. Outstanding students have been honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934.

Payne was honored for her involvement in campus organizations and service projects. A member and past vice president of program development of Alpha Phi sorority, she has also served as director of administration and new member educator.

She is the head community advisor; her responsibilities include maintaining a safe living environment and coordinating hall activities. Through this position, she has served as a liaison between the Residential Life office and the Alpha Phi executive board.

Praise leader for Campus Crusade for Christ, she is also a WWU chapel service worship leader. Payne has served as past vice president for the Hunter/Jumper Show Team, and as a public relations representative and horse show office manager and correspondent.