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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Elaine M. GrayElaine M. Gray
Professional and Academic Excellence Award in Recreation and Leisure Studies

Transferring into Ithaca College to complete my Bachelor’s Degree was the best decision of my life. I had completed an associate’s degree at a community college, but at the time of my graduation, I didn’t know what to do next. After taking some time off and traveling, I discovered outdoor education as a major. Ithaca College seemed to have the best program to offer. After speaking with a few students in the program, and visiting the campus, I knew I had found my new path in life. 

Ithaca College has offered some amazing experiences for personal and professional growth. The Immersion Semester Program was an incredible experience which taught me a lot about the field of outdoor education, and a lot about myself. During my time at IC I completed two fieldwork semesters with different organizations in the community. I gained a lot of valuable, hands-on experience and I developed some wonderful mentor/mentee relationships with professionals in the field. Although I am sad to leave Ithaca, I am excited to begin my new career in outdoor education. Special thanks to all of my professors in the Recreation Leisure Studies department for all of the help and dedication they have shown. 

Academic Achievements and Personal Highlights 

  • Rho Phi Lambda National Honor Society 
  • Magna cum laude 
  • Professional and Academic Excellence Award 
  • Dean’s List 
  • IC Student Ambassador 
  • Teacher’s Assistant 
  • Immersion Semester Program 
  • Education Intern at the Museum of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center 
  • Administrative Intern at Cornell Outdoor Education 
  • Animal Caretaker at the Cayuga Nature Center 

The Professional and Academic Excellence Award is given to a student who has distinguished his or herself in the area of professional development and possesses a minimum grade point average of 3.7. This award is rarely bestowed by the department.

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