Awards

Lexy Parrill (’17) received ACUI Gretchen Laatsch Grant and Scholarship


Lexy Parrill received the ACUI Gretchen Laatsch Grant and Scholarship to support the work she completed during my practicum with the Programs Office in Fall 2016. Her proposal focused on Student Union Policy Council and Advisory Board best practices. As a recipient of this grant, she received funding to continue my inquiry project and have been asked to write an article to be Published in the ACUI Bulletin.
http://acui.org/awards/writing-and-research-awards/gretchen-laatsch-grant-scholarship

Emily Daher (’18) and Ricardo Destinvil (’18) Receive Awards at Annual Neag Scholarship Awards Ceremony

Peter J. Nicholls Scholarship in Educational Leadership

This scholarship was established by friends, family, and colleagues of Dr. Peter J. Nicholls, former Provost of the University of Connecticut. This scholarship provides support to a graduate student(s) enrolled in the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program.

Emily Daher

Neag School of Education Graduate Fellowship

Established thanks to the generosity of numerous faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the Neag School of Education, this scholarship is awarded to a graduate student identified by nomination in his or her program as having a strong academic performance and having gone above and beyond by contributing significantly to the Neag School.

Ricardo Destinvil

http://education.uconn.edu/2017/04/13/students-donors-celebrate-at-annual-scholarship-awards-ceremony/

HESA alum and current instructor Fany Hannon (’08)

UConn Leader Recognized for Contributions to the Hispanic Community

Editor’s Note: This story, written by UConn Communication’s Kenneth Best, appears in UConn Today’s September 16, 2016 issue

During the upcoming celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on the American Spanish language television network Univision, one individual recognized for her contributions to the Hispanic community will be Fany Hannon ’08 MA, director of the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center (PRLACC).

Hannon’s work with UConn students will be seen by viewers of Univision’s affiliates in Connecticut and the Springfield, Mass., region as part of the network’s Nuestro Orgullo Hispano – Our Hispanic Pride – segments aired in commercial breaks as part of the month-long celebration, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

Read the entire article here

Danielle Berkman (’18) -National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) December Of The Month (also known as OTM) Campus Winner

Danielle has been an outstanding source of support and guidance for her staff since the first day of the semester. She has been devoted to checking-in with each RA regularly ever since. Before she even met the Hilltop Halls staff, Danielle wrote a welcome note to each RA, and continued to hand-write thoughtful messages throughout the semester as she learned more about each RA. Additionally, Danielle has made snacks and baked desserts to give staff members for the sake of making others cheerful. The notes and random snacks are just a couple out of many ways Danielle has made the Hilltop Halls staff smile and feel supported. These actions demonstrate Danielle’s dedication to fostering a happy staff. Danielle also cares for her residents. She led a planning committee of RAs to organize a Fall Festival in Hilltop Halls to give residents a fun way to get involved with their community. Danielle offered great advice during the planning phase of Fall Festival that resulted in a very successful area-wide social program. Outside of organizing programs, Danielle is very accessible to the community should any community members need help with a roommate conflict, or just want to chat about what’s going on in their lives. Danielle’s accessibility provides the Hilltop Halls community with another level of support that we all appreciate greatly.

https://otms.nrhh.org/otm_general.php3?otmid=339890&uid=52334&vid=q7mgrqfnm6k7t15p

AFA Award Presented to Greg Fink, HESA ’11

AFA Outstanding Change InitiativeCourtney McKenna (Associate Director, Student Center & Campus Life, Quinnipiac University) and Greg Fink (Assistant Director) were honored with the Outstanding Change Initiative Award at the 2013 Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting.  Additionally, McKenna and Fink presented their 2-year transition for the fraternity and sorority community toward a university-centered learning paradigm.  Below is the presentation description:

“As institutions of higher education are forced to prove their value through scrutiny of what a college education currently provides, some institutions have begun implementing a learning paradigm–a philosophy that asks all community members (faculty, staff and administrators) to reexamine and rework policies and practices to ensure that student learning is at the core.  Presenters will provide insight into practices taken for a fraternity/sorority community to align itself with an institutional learning paradigm while simultaneously ensuring fraternities and sororities are reliable student learning vehicles.  Just as an intentional focus on values congruence can elevate a fraternity and sorority community through position actions, intentional focus on enhancing student learning can highlight why fraternities and sororities exist, while also supporting an institutional mission. ”

Well done Greg!

Pho (’12) Receives Award

Kim Pho, HESA Class of 2012, was awarded the Richard D. Blackburn New Professional Award.
Richard D. Blackburn’s influence on and encouragement of new professionals is reflected in this award honoring an individual who demonstrates the potential for excellence in the field of college union and student activities. Congratulations Kim!

Andrade (‘12) recognized at NACA South Regional Conference

Kathy Andrade (‘12) who is currently the Assistant Director of Student Activities & Student Organizations at The University of Miami was awarded Outstanding Educational Session Presented by Professional Staff: “Engaging Students through Social Media” at the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) South Regional Conference in Chattanooga, TN. Congratulations Kathy!