Honors Convocation Award Recipients
Each year Western Connecticut State University recognizes and awards outstanding individuals, departments and organizations. We are proud to share with you the HPX Department’s present and past recipients. Congratulations to you all!
The four awards are the HPX Distinguished Service Award, the Institute of Holistic Health Studies Awards, the Jennifer Reid Community Health “Rising Star Award, and the HPX Distinguished Alumni Award.
HPX Distinguished Service Award:
The HPX Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals, departments and organizations who have provided sustained, extraordinary service to the Department of Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences at Western Connecticut State University.
2023 – Denise Colaianni
2022 – Robyn Houseman
2021 – Christel M. Autuori
2020 – Jennifer Zdziarski
2019 – Elizabeth Koschel
2018 – Lisa Morrissey
2017 – Jody Rajcula
Institute of Holistic Health Studies Awards:
This award, established in 2001, is given to full-time undergraduate students who exhibit outstanding character. Special consideration is given to those who have demonstrated an interest in the healing arts and in community service. Preference is given to majors from the Department of Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences.
2023 – Julia Silva & Sara Risko
2022 – Isabelle Gonillo & Rameezah Ahmed
2021 – Natalie R. Nevola & Osheonna A. Israel
2020 – Eileen Heske & Artavia Walden
2019 – Ryan F. Koschel & Alyssa Rose Ramos
2018 – Michele Campbell & Ryan Grenier
2017 – Doreen Frey and Nicole Cammett
2016 – Samantha Andronaco and Monise Lamour
2015 – Courtney Coogan and Cierra Ambrose
2014 – Briana Leger and Marina Deyle
2013 – Michaela Hastings and Brittany Chengeri
2012 – Jessica Evans, Tracy Sales, and Abigail Rasmussen
2011 – Stephanie DeSousa, Ann Marie Mazza, and Pete Heinlein
2010 – Valerie Caraluzzi and Emily Lockhart
2009 – Kristina Braun and Alphonso Colucci
2008 – Kristin Goncalves, Ashley Debenian, and Raffaelle Perri
2007 – Kedemah Joseph and Diane Kurimai
Jennifer Reid Community Health “Rising Star” Award:
This award is given to an HPS major who demonstrates excellence as an emerging community health professional. The award recognizes outstanding work in both academic and practice settings and is based on academic performance, involvement with the department, and demonstration of outstanding commitment to health promotion and disease prevention with a focus on community involvement. Eligible candidates must have completed a minimum of 60 credits, with a GPA of at least 3.0. Preference will be given to a nontraditional student. This award requires a nomination by an HPX faculty member and a majority vote.
2023 – Molly Farquharson
2022 – Lisha Rana
2021 – Isaac R. Combs
2020 – Heather Morey
2019 – Heather N. Repko
HPX Distinguished Alumni Award:
The HPX Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes exceptional achievement by graduates of the Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences Department at Western Connecticut State University. An award may be in recognition of a particular achievement of note, a series of notable achievements, or a career of noteworthy accomplishment.
2023 – Janae Miller
2022 – Kristin A. Goncalves
2021 – Julianna L. Fodera
2020 – Josh Vaghi
2019 – Alyssa G. Knapp