HSHP Annual Awards 2014

HSHP Annual Awards 2014

The School of Health Sciences and Human Performance honored students for their outstanding academic and professional achievement this year during a ceremony and reception held May 14. To learn more about this year's award winners, click on their pictures below. 

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Nicole R. CoghlanNicole R. Coghlan
Catherine Y. Gordon Leadership Award

I grew up in Rockland County, New York and in high school I worked at a local camp for children with special needs for five summers. My experience working with this population introduced me to the field of occupational therapy. Freshman year when I entered Ithaca College, my plan was to work in a school or other pediatric setting after graduation. After four years of coursework my interest has shifted toward adults possibly with a focus on the neuro population. I am excited to get out in the field, find my niche, and make a difference in the lives of my clients. 

One of the most memorable experiences of my past four years was during my sophomore year when I studied abroad in Granada, Spain. This experience of living with a host family and exploring a culture and a country different than my own taught me just as much, if not more, than my academic coursework. After spending four months abroad and having had the chance to travel to various places in Europe, I really gained an appreciation for travel and am now considering an international occupational therapy fieldwork or work experience in the future. 

Academic Achievements and Personal Highlights 

  • Pi Theta Epsilon, Alpha Eta Society, and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies
  • Dean’s List
  • Leadership Scholar
  • Student Delegate at 97th Annual AOTA Conference
  • Student clinician at Center for Life Skills and Adult Clinic
  • Co-President, Project Generations
  • Vice President, women’s club lacrosse
  • Volunteer at Ithaca Youth Bureau
  • Campus Center Operations Manager

The Catherine Y. Gordon Leadership Award is given to the student who demonstrates leadership through individual efforts within the college, school and/or department. The recipient must pursue academic excellence, leadership in organizations, and be a role model to peers.

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