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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Diana CamiloDiana Camilo
Professional Development Award in Occupational Therapy

Aside from spending four years of my childhood in the Dominican Republic, I’ve spent most of my life in my birthplace: The Bronx, New York. In high school I felt the pressure of knowing what career path I would take, although I was unaware of the possibilities. I remember trying to choose between teaching and nursing but not being able to make up my mind. Luckily, after sharing my struggle with my sister-in-law she told me about occupational therapy. It was love at first sight, and Ithaca College became my dream school.

My college advisor discouraged me, saying I would never get into such a selective program (that might’ve had to do with my being the only POSSE scholarship finalist) but I wasn’t disheartened. It was the only private institution I applied to, and here I am today! While at Ithaca College I was able to do my Level I pediatric fieldwork at DeWitt Middle School, where I fell in love with the age group. I was able to serve as a stable and guiding figure in a child’s life and the feeling was unbeatable. I gained a child’s trust and saw the immense impact occupational therapy can have!

Academic Achievements and Personal Highlights 

  • Dean’s List
  • Lansing Residential Center Volunteer
  • President, Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
  • Southside Community Center Volunteer
  • Academic Achiever Award Recipient
  • Tompkins County Library Volunteer
  • State Farm Intern
  • Student Clinician in Pediatric OT Clinic, Ithaca College Free Clinic
  • Level II Adult Fieldwork- United Health Services Binghamton General Hospital 

The Professional Development Award goes to the student who has demonstrated professional and/or academic growth and maturity while an Occupational Therapy major at Ithaca College.

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