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College Fetes 2015 Outstanding Alumni Awardees

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The College of Health and Public Affairs recently feted 
some of its most distinguished alumni at an event known for pride, joy and tradition.

Each year the college hosts the Outstanding Alumni Awards Celebration at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater to honor the outstanding professional achievements of eight alumni from the college's schools, departments and interdisciplinary doctoral program.

This year's celebration took place Sept. 24 and included the introduction of two new alumni awards -- the Staff Excellence Alumni Award and the Faculty Excellence Alumni Award.

Alumni, friends and family, and members of the college gathered to enjoy conversation, hors d'oeuvres and drinks before a formal presentation of the awards.

College 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 each department chair, school director and program director introduced the Outstanding Alumni Award recipient for his or her discipline. Next were introductions of the recipients of college's two new awards.

Most awardees were able to accept their award in person and speak briefly to the guests. All expressed their elation over being selected for the award. They also reflected on the impact of their education on their careers. Many thanked a particular professor or family member.

The awards presentation concluded with a traditional champagne toast to the awardees -- and in many ways to the celebration itself. Afterwards the guests were treated to the theater's production of the Monty Python musical comedy Spamalot.

Shown below are photos of the 2015 alumni award recipients who were able to attend the celebration. A complete list of awardees follows. View additional photos by Abi Bell.

Reid Oetjen - Heather Holic
Chair Reid Oetjen and
Heather Holic, '03 & '06

Judson Fann - Kristen Schellhase
Judson Fann, '03, and
Chair Kristen Schellhase
Naim Kapucu 0 JahKiya Bell
Director Naim Kapucu and

JahKiya Bell, '00 & '09
Bonnie Yegidis - Denisse Lamas
Director Bonnie Yegidis
and Denisse Lamas,
'00 & '01
 Michael Frumkin - Kerry Gajewski
Dean Michael Frumkin and
Kerry Gajewski, '88, '93 & '96
Cynthia Schmidt - James Beckman
Cynthia Schmidt, '87,

and Chair James Beckman

OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARDS

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Bernard Rousseau, '98 & '00 (not pictured)

Department of Criminal Justice

Allison C. Catalfamo, '00 & '02 (not pictured)

Department of Health Management and Informatics
Heather A. Holic, '03 & '06

Department of Health Professions
Judson H. Fann, '03

Department of Legal Studies
Michael A. Mott, '02 (not pictured)

School of Public Administration
JahKiya S. Bell, '00 & '09

School of Social Work
Denisse C. Lamas, '00 & '01

Doctoral Program in Public Affairs
James R. McDonald, '99, '00 & '12 (not pictured)

STAFF EXCELLENCE ALUMNI AWARD

Dean's Office
Kerry F. Gajewsi, '88, '93 & '96

FACULTY EXCELLENCE ALUMNI AWARD

Department of Legal Studies
Cynthia G. Schmidt, '87

 

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