Each year, the Department of Theatre recognizes students with outstanding academic standing who show exceptional skills in a specialized area in theater.
The following students received awards:
Jun Han, the Jack Berman Award; Josh Spodick, the Theatre Department Award; NJ Agwuna and Dustin Hirthler, the Don A. Watters Award; Rebecca Haisman, the Pappy Parker Players Award; and Barbara Erin Delo, Michael Gallagher, Edward Pottorff and Aaron Rubinstein, the Albert Nocciolino Excellence in Theatre Award.
The following students received scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year:
Andrew Gutierrez, Solomon Israel Theatre Arts Scholorship; Molly Powell, the Alexander Rae Bladwin Jr. Memorial Scholarship; Glenn Pepe, the John & Vi Bielenberg Theatre Scholarship; Andrew Bryce, Gruber Family Scholarship in Theatre; Jacob Wentlent, the Alfred Brooks Memorial Theatre Scholarship; and Emely Zepeda, Emily & Orville Nielsen, MD Theatre Scholarship.
The department also recognized Lars Updale, adjunct and electrics supervisor for the Theatre Department, for his years of service.
Alexa Schmidt, registered dietician with Sodexo Campus Services, placed second in the Most Innovative Nutrition Program category in the National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) annual Nutrition Awards Program for the “Nourish U with Alexa” program. Nourish U with Alexa promotes the benefits of proper nutrition, wellness and living a healthy lifestyle to the campus community. The awards program aims to help member institutions advance their culinary expertise by acknowledging successful promotions and outstanding recipes. Contests are open to all NACUFS institutional members. The NACUFS membership consists of approximately 550 institutions of higher education from across the U.S. and Canada, and nearly 500 industry members from the food, equipment and consulting market segments.
Kudos and thanks for a job well done go to the Commencement Planning Committee and the many volunteers from campus and the community who pulled off another successful Commencement Weekend in May. With their hard work and time, dozens of doctoral candidates were hooded, hundreds of master’s candidates crossed the stage and nearly 2,400 undergraduates received their degrees in style.
Andy Morris, associate director of admissions, presented a pre-conference workshop titled, “Recruiting Gleeks” at the combined Potomac/Chesapeake Association of College Admissions Counselors (PCACAC) and the Southern Association of College Admissions Counselors (SACAC) annual conference Ap[ril 21024, in Arlington, Va. The presentation targeted both college admissions and high school counselors to discuss best practices for helping special student populations navigate the college search process. The student groups included Jewish, academically talented, LGBTQ, performing arts students and athletes. The joint conference had more than 1,100 college and high school counselors in attendance.
Ellen Badger, director of International Student and Scholar Services, has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Marita Houlihan Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of International Education by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. She will receive the award at the 2012 Annual Conference and Expo, May 27-June 1, in Houston, Texas.
Karen Fennie, communications specialist in physical facilities, has been selected Member of the Year by the Triple Cities Runners Club. The TCRC annually recognizes a member who has made outstanding contributions to the club and running community over the years. Fennie volunteers at races, is race director for the annual Red Dress Run that raises money for the Crime Victims Assistance Center and has run six ultra marathons of 100 miles, with her seventh – the Western States Endurance Run in the Sierra Mountains of California – scheduled for June.