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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Jessica T. PolayJessica T. Polay
Robert W. Baker Award

After spending a summer volunteering at a program for children and adults with special needs, Jessica knew that she wanted a career that would allow her to positively impact the lives of others. Her parents suggested that she look into speech-language pathology and she discovered how exciting and rewarding the field can be. With the guidance and support of her outstanding family, friends, and professors at Ithaca College, she graduated in December 2013 with her Bachelor of Science. She plans on attending graduate school at Montclair State University in the fall to obtain her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. 

Out of all of her amazing experiences that she had at Ithaca College, she will always remember the time she spent working at Belle Sherman HeadStart/ Preschool. During the fall semester of 2013, she had the chance to work with preschool-age children and provide language-enhancing opportunities each week. This experience allowed her to apply the knowledge she learned in the classroom, form wonderful bonds with the people she worked with, and prepare for her future career. 

Academic Achievements and Personal Highlights 

  • Provided language-enhancing opportunities to preschool-age children in a HeadStart/ Preschool in Ithaca, NY 
  • Worked in a therapeutic social skills program for children and adults with Apserger’s Syndrome 
  • Worked in the Ithaca College Office of Admission as a President’s Host 
  • Participated in Dr. Skott Freedman’s Collaborative Language Research Laboratory for a year, where she helped conduct research on adult language-learning 
  • Pi Lambda Theta- Future Educators Society 
  • Alpha Eta Society 
  • Peggy R. Williams Award for Academic and Community Leadership Nominee 
  • Lauren S. Hill and Adrian M. Newens Scholarship in the Health Professions 

The Robert W. Baker Award is given to a speech-language pathology undergraduate student in recognition of meritorious contributions to the department.

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