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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Sara J. FisherSara J. Fisher
Academic Excellence Award

When I entered Ithaca College as an exploratory major, I signed up for various classes I thought sounded interesting. Little did I know that one of those classes, Understanding Disabilities, would start my journey in the Therapeutic Recreation field. I grew up in Syracuse, New York, and two of my uncles who live nearby have intellectual and physical disabilities. Connecting my passion for people with disabilities and love for sports, recreation, and leisure, I was able to choose a degree that is personally meaningful and that I feel extremely proud of. This summer, my internship is with Fort Collins Adaptive Recreation Opportunities in Colorado, where I will be assisting and leading programs such as adaptive waterskiing, fitness, cooking, outings, and special events. 

One moment I will always remember is when my participant told me I was one of her favorite students. I have worked with this participant for two semesters and have given my all to create physical, cultural, recreation, cooking, and community integration programs that utilize her interests and strengths. Hearing that I have made a difference in someone’s life and recovery from a disability makes me tear up from happiness and strive to always work with people to improve their quality of life. 

Academic Achievements and Personal Highlights 

  • Flora Brown Award 
  • Ithaca Prestige Award 
  • Dean’s List 
  • Rho Phi Lambda 
  • Fieldwork at Center for Life Skills 
  • Fieldwork at Cayuga Medical Center Behavioral Services Unit 
  • Treasurer of IC Art for Service 
  • Secretary of the Women’s Club Lacrosse Team 
  • Presented at the 2014 New York State Therapeutic Recreation Association Conference 
  • Teaching Assistant for Anatomy & Physiology I & II

The Academic Excellence Award is awarded to a student who has minimum grade point average of 3.3, has been involved in campus and community activities beyond required fieldwork and has demonstrated a positive classroom contribution.

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