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Congratulations Founders Day Honorees!

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Congratulations to all members of COHPA who were recognized at the annual Founders' Day ceremony, held today in the Pegasus Ballroom at the Student Union. For universitywide coverage of all 2012 Founders' Day honorees, see http://today.ucf.edu/faculty-honored-for-excellence-at-founders-day-ceremony-2012/.

Below are just a few of the highlights from today's event.

Alice Noblin, director of the health informatics and management program received the University Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Faculty Advising. She advises and instructs students in this program and helps them get ready for national testing. She is excellent at getting them ready. During the most recent nine-month reporting period, the pass rate on the national certification exam for UCF graduates was 100 percent while the national average pass rate was 74 percent. The UCF alumna also serves on many advisory committees including Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) Program Advisory Committee, RHIT Program Advisory Committee, and the Regional Extension Center Advisory Council. She's a leader in the field and is respected by the students she serves.

Amanda Puttrich, a criminal justice major who was selected as the college's most Outstanding Student for 2012!  Puttrich was recognized at today's Founders' Day Convocation. Below are the remarks about her read by Dean Michael Frumkin.

AMANDA PUTTRICH
Since arriving on the UCF campus in 2008, Amanda Puttrich has had a truly remarkable academic career -- not only has she earned a 4.0 GPA in her major, criminal justice, she has earned an overall GPA of 4.0.

Underlying this tremendous academic achievement is Amanda's unusually mature outlook on education and learning. She says she approaches every class as [quote] "a new opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and experience that will help me be more qualified to help others."

This drive to both learn and help others has prompted Amanda to volunteer for a variety of organizations while in college. For example, in the local community, she has been a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County for the past four years, and this past year she has been a volunteer at SafeHouse of Seminole County.

Amanda also has volunteered for organizations at UCF, including the UCF Student Conduct Board and UCF's Center for Multilingual and Multicultural Studies. Her experience as a conversation partner at the multilingual-multicultural center has been especially rewarding, she says, because she has learned so much from talking with students from different backgrounds and cultures.

Amanda's desire to learn about the world prompted her to take an intensive Berlitz Language Course in Arabic at the Burnett Honors College one summer. And this past year, she participated in our popular summer study abroad program in Russia to learn about criminal justice in contemporary Russian society.

As a senior at UCF, Amanda has spent hours working as a service-learning intern in the UCF office of Victim Services. Not surprisingly, her performance there has been outstanding, and it has resulted in her selection to participate in specialized training sessions on topics such as victim assistance, identity theft and crisis response.

Amanda says her experience in UCF Victim Services has helped solidify her interest in pursuing a career in social work that focuses on children and families in the criminal justice system. After completing her bachelor's degree this spring, she plans to attend graduate school in social work, possibly at UCF.

Amanda recently shared, "One of my main professional objectives is to incorporate and encourage understanding, respect and celebration of diversity throughout my professional career."

Amanda, we are exceptionally proud of your accomplishments as a UCF student.
With professional objectives like yours, I have no doubt you will make us equally proud as a UCF graduate.

Congratulations on your selection as our most outstanding student for 2012!


For universitywide coverage of all 2012 Founders' Day honorees, see http://today.ucf.edu/faculty-honored-for-excellence-at-founders-day-ceremony-2012/.

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