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College Honors 2014 Outstanding Alumni

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By Karen Guin

The College of Health and Public Affairs honored some of its most accomplished alumni last evening in a celebration held at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater.

Eight alumni gathered to receive the college's Outstanding Alumni Awards for 2014. The annual award recognizes outstanding professional achievement by alumni of academic programs in the college. On hand to celebrate were family members and friends, faculty members, department and school leaders, and college deans and directors. The guests enjoyed conversation and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a formal presentation of the awards.

Dean Michael Frumkin began the presentation by sharing news about the college and his appreciation for those who contribute so much to its programs. Then the department chair, the school director or a former faculty member introduced the Outstanding Alumni Award recipient for each discipline.

All eight awardees were available to accept the award in person as well as speak briefly to the audience. Many reflected on their experiences as a UCF student and the impact of their education on their careers.

At the conclusion of the award presentations, the guests enjoyed the theater's live production of Les Misérables.

2014 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients

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Shown above and listed below are the college's 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients (left to right from top row).

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Teresa Pitts, '03 & '06 (with Chair Richard Zraick, left)

Department of Criminal Justice
Leigh-Ann Cuddy, '07 (with Interim Chair Roberto Hugh Potter, left)

Department of Health Management and Informatics
Kyle McElroy, '03 & '05 (with Program Director Alice Noblin, right)

Department of Health Professions
Michael D'Amelio, '01 & '02 (with Interim Chair Kristen Schellhase, left)

Department of Legal Studies
Jean-Marc Chanoine, '07 (with Chair James Beckman, left)

School of Public Administration
Thomas Harmer, '01 (with Director Mary Ann Feldheim, right)

School of Social Work
Evelyn Clegg, '05 (with Director Bonnie Yegidis, left)

Doctoral Program in Public Affairs
Kenneth Stackpoole, '03 (with Associate Dean Thomas Wan, left)

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