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2016 Student Leader of the Year Hails from UCF

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By Marisa Ramiccio

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance has named the 2016 Student Leader of the Year, and the winner is … School of Public Administration student Lauren Rease.

The Student Leader of the Year Award is given to students who exemplify leadership through participation in a student organization at a college campus that is affiliated with the Alliance.

To be eligible for the award, students must demonstrate their success as leader and also provide evidence of completing a meaningful internship that offered hands-on experience and career development support.

Rease, who is earning her bachelor's degree in public administration, exemplified successful leadership as past president and current Alliance Management/Leadership Institute Chair of the Nonprofit Management Student Association. She is also a member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Orlando as well as the National Society of Leadership and Success, and she serves as the event support coordinator for SPA, assisting with the upcoming Nonprofit Partners Conference and the Public Administration Research Conference.

Rease said that she is humbled to win this award and credits the university with preparing her for this honor.

"To win this award is such an incredible opportunity, and I can't thank the University of Central Florida enough for everything it has done as a whole to prepare me to achieve this," she said in an email. "The pairing between the university and the Alliance has given me a pool of resources, a dependable network, and the academic basis that have helped to shape who I am as a leader. I'm so incredibly honored and humbled to receive this award." 

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The health care informatics master's program at UCF really helped me connect with the industry, meet people at conferences and sit for the most-desired certification exams."
— Michael Neimann M.S. in health care informatics ('14)
My internship with the District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I gained an excellent understanding of the medical examiner’s office and the criminal justice field in general."
— Adam Stubley B.S. in criminal justice, criminal profiling certificate ('11)
UCF provides its physical therapy students with an excellent education and prepares them to work in the most challenging of settings."
— Jamie Dyson Rehabilitation Supervisor, Orlando Regional Medical Center
UCF's program provided me the opportunity to expedite my student experience while attaining practical experience working within local health systems."
— Daniel Barr V.P. at National Children's Hospital; M.S. in health sciences, health services administration track ('04)
My master's education helped me see the big picture of the nonprofit industry. UCF showed me how to see the different fundraising tools within the Central Florida area."
— Krysti Griffith Executive Director of Growth from Grief; Master of Nonprofit Management ('12)
The course opened my eyes to grant writing ... I learned a great deal and you [Barbara Howell] are truly an excellent instructor."
— Deborah Reith Master of Public Administration student who secured a $10,000 federal grant through a course project; B.S. in criminal justice ('86)
The skills I learned during my time at UCF are what made my transition to law school so seamless."
— Jacqueline Iaquinta Touro Law Center student; B.S. in legal studies ('10)
As an inaugural graduate of the M.R.A. program at UCF, I can attest to the outstanding curriculum developed for research administrators. "
— April Heyward Post Award Services Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Master of Research Administration ('13)
It was at UCF that I first learned many of the skills that I’ve since honed, including mapping with GIS software - an ability I found invaluable to my search for internships, graduate-level coursework, and employment."
— Richard "Ben" Hagen Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project, New York City; B.S. in public administration ('10)
I am excited to be able to give back to the program that invested so much in me. It is truly and honor and a privilege."
— Carlos Gual Instructor of Athletic Training; B.S. in athletic training ('09)
The faculty advisor [at my medical school] was amazed that I had the opportunity to truly participate in the full spectrum of research as an undergraduate. "
— Chase Cavayero, medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicince, B.S. in health sciences - pre-clinical ('13) 
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