Students Honored for Academic Achievement at Awards Ceremony

Students at The University of Scranton were recently recognized for outstanding academic achievement at an awards ceremony held on campus.

Frank O’Hara medals were given to first-, second- and third-year students with the highest grade point averages in the Kania School of Management, the Panuska College of Professional Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Graduate and Continuing Education for the 2011-2012 academic year. The award is named in honor of the late Frank O’Hara, who served the University for 53 years in various administrative positions.

Recipients of Frank O’Hara medals from the Kania School of Management:

Leo J. DeBarba, Marion, Conn., received the award for his freshman year. A marketing major with a minor in Spanish, he is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta (the national honor society for freshmen). He is a peer tutor at the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and is also involved in the Business Club and the University’s concert and jazz bands.

Anna J. Heckman, Clarks Summit, is a medal recipient for her sophomore year. A marketing major with a minor in operations management, she is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta (the national honor society for freshmen), Omega Beta Sigma (the women’s business honor society), and Alpha Sigma Nu (the national Jesuit honor society). She is a member of the Kania School of Management’s Business Leadership Honors Program and a second-time recipient of the O’Hara award. She is involved with the University of Scranton Programming Board, University Mission and Ministry, and other organizations.

Laura Cicirelli, Montville, N.J., received the award for her junior year. A marketing major with minors in philosophy and operations management, she is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta (the national honor society for freshmen), Omega Beta Sigma (the women’s business honor society), and Alpha Sigma Nu (the national Jesuit honor society). She is a third-time recipient of the Frank O’Hara medal. A resident assistant for first-year students, she is also involved in Habitat for Humanity, Business Club, Leaders for a Brighter Scranton and the University’s Center for Service and Social Justice.

Recipients of Frank O’Hara medals from the Panuska College of Professional Studies:

Claire E. Murphy, River Edge, N.J., is a medal recipient for her freshman year. An occupational therapy major, she is the vice president of Alpha Lambda Delta (the national honor society for freshmen). She serves as a peer tutor at the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and is a member of the Student Occupational Therapy Association.

Courtney A. Ruch, Nazareth, received the award for her freshman year. An occupational therapy major with a minor in psychology and a concentration in human development, she is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta (the national honor society for freshmen). A teaching assistant for biology, she is also a member of the Student Occupational Therapy Association, the Urban Beats, Royal Ambassadors and the Royal Harmony Acapella Club. She serves as the publicity chair for Men and Women for Octaves and as a volunteer for the Head Start Center. 

Dana E. Raciti, Philadelphia, received the award for her sophomore year. A counseling and human services major with a minor in psychology and a concentration in human development, she is a member of the Accelerated Master’s Program for rehabilitation counseling. She works as a peer tutor at the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and is a member of the Counseling and Human Services Association and Royal Ambassadors. She has volunteered with Timmy’s Town Center, the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania and the Lackawanna Historical Society.  

Lindsay M. Scheve, Baltimore, Md., is a medal recipient for her sophomore year. A nursing major, she is a second-time recipient of the Frank O’Hara award and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta (the national honor society for freshmen). She is the secretary of the Student Nurses Association and serves as a teaching assistant for biology. A Royal Ambassador, she has also volunteered at the Day Nursery Association.

Sarah Lamothe, Clarks Summit, is a medal recipient for her junior year. She is a nursing major with a minor in Spanish. She has participated in the Student Nurses Association and International Club, and serves on the Nursing Evaluation Committee. A member of Alpha Lambda Delta (the national honor society for freshmen), Alpha Sigma Nu (the national Jesuit honor society) and Sigma Theta Tau (the international honor society of nursing), she serves as a peer tutor at the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and a teaching assistant for anatomy and physiology lab. She has volunteered at the Leahy Clinic and several area hospitals.

Michele A. Wall, Throop, is a medal recipient for her junior year. An early and primary education major, she has worked in a first-grade classroom at the Pittston Area Primary Center, as well as an early childhood learning center. A dean’s list student, Wall served as a student organizer for the Panuska College of Professional Studies’ annual Blessing of the Books and received the college’s Panuska Service Learning Award for 2009-10.

Recipients of Frank O’Hara medals from the College of Arts and Sciences:

Elizabeth M. Joyce, Stroudsburg, received the medal for her freshman year. A biology major in the pre-medical program with a minor in Spanish, she is a member of the University’ Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program. She has been inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta (the national honor society for freshmen), and is also a member of the cross-country team. She has volunteered at the Leahy Clinic and participates in the Health Professions Organization and the Biology Club. 

Martha A. Triano, Scranton, is an award recipient for her sophomore year. A double major in philosophy and psychology, she is a member of the University’s Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program and the University’s Honors Program. She was among 10 students who participated in an academic trip to Uganda run by the University in January 2012.

Olivia A. Haney, Danville, is an award recipient for her junior year. She is a double major in theology and Spanish with a minor in Counseling and Human Services and a Latin American Studies concentration. She participated in the Spanish language immersion program where she studied at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the Universidad Diego Portales. She is involved with University Mission and Ministry and the Equestrian team. She also volunteers at the Leahy Community Health and Family Center and serves as chair of the Leahy Center Student Advisory Board.

Recipient of the Frank O’Hara medal from the College of Graduate and Continuing Education:

Heather Alber, Dingmans Ferry, received the award for her second year in the College of Graduate and Continuing Education. While at the University, she has volunteered at the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania and has worked for the Planning and Information Department.  

 

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Recipients of The University of Scranton’s Frank O’Hara medals from the Kania School of Management pictured with Kenneth Lord, Ph.D., (left) associate dean of the Kania School of Management are, from left, Laura Cicirelli, Anna J. Heckman and Leo J. DeBarba.

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Recipients of The University of Scranton’s Frank O’Hara medals from the Panuska College of Professional Studies pictured with Debra Pellegrino, Ed.D., (far left) dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies are, from left, Lindsay M. Scheve, Dana E. Raciti, Claire E. Murphy, Sarah Lamothe, Courtney A. Ruch and Michele A. Wall. 

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Recipients of The University of Scranton’s Frank O’Hara medals from the College of Arts and Sciences pictured with Brian Conniff, Ph.D., (far left) dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, are, from left, Olivia A. Haney, Martha A. Triano and Elizabeth M. Joyce. 


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