Annual Marcia Conrad Award Ceremony
Bay Path College honored more than 40 undergraduates last month during the 5th Annual Marcia H. Conrad Awards Ceremony. Recipients were presented awards and certificates for their academic achievements as well as their involvement in Bay Path clubs and organizations.
Melissa Wyskiel ’13 of Middlefield, CT, was presented with the Carol A. Leary Service Award. Named for the College president, the award is given to a student who has dedicated herself to significant volunteer work in the greater Springfield area for no academic credit, while maintaining good academic standing. Wyskiel, who was also recognized for her participation in Bay Path’s Student Event Committee (SEC) received the award for her involvement in SEC, Student Occupational Therapy Association, Rotaract Club and Bay Path Chorale.
The Bay Path College Faculty Award, which is awarded to a senior who represents outstanding scholastic achievement, character and leadership, was bestowed upon Jin Sun Park of Seoul, Korea.
Established in 1994 in memory of Bay Path’s fourth president and the first woman to hold that office, the Jeannette T. Wright Leadership Award is given annually to a sophomore who exhibits leadership excellence in extracurricular activities and good campus citizenship, while maintaining a high grade point average. This year, Sarah Costa ’12 of Fall River, MA, was honored for her participation in the SEC, Bay Path Chorale and Theatre Workshop, and the Wildcats tennis team.
This year’s Thomas G. Carr Award was presented to Vanessa Chaplin ’12 of Attleboro, MA. Named for Bay Path’s first president, the award is bestowed upon an undergraduate who exhibits academic achievement, character, and service to the college or community that reflect the standards and values at Bay Path. The honor is awarded to a student who is a leader, but works behind-the-scenes on college activities and projects. She is a student admissions representative, plays on the Wildcats softball team, is a peer tutor, and is actively involved in the SEC.
In addition to this award, Chaplin was honored for her commitment to biomedical research, and received the Biomedical Scholar Award, which is sponsored by Bay Path Professor of Biology and Forensic Science Edward G. Bernstine, PhD, and his wife Joanne Wilkens. Annually, Dr. Bernstine and Wilkens honor a Bay Path undergraduate, who shows great potential in the field of sciences, and encourages the student to pursue graduate studies. A forensic science major, Chaplin was also recognized for her work in the Honors Program.
Mandi Hoag ’10, G ’11 of Cheshire, MA, was honored with the Thomas G. Carr Occupational Therapy Award for displaying exceptional initiative and creativity related to patient/client quality care during classroom and fieldwork experiences. Hoag also received an award recognizing her work in the Student Occupational Therapy Association.
Lauren Czaikowski ’10 of Glastonbury, MA was recognized with the John J. Kull Criminal Justice Award for her exemplary behavior throughout her college career. In honor of John J. Kull’s long career in law enforcement, the award is given to an undergraduate who displays the characteristics of an outstanding law enforcement professional.
Samantha Gunseth ’10 of Swanzey, NH, was selected as Bay Path’s Student-Athlete of the Year. The award is given annually to a student who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship as well as participation in the athletics program.
The Bay Path Wildcats tennis team received the Sports Team Award for the third consecutive year. The Sports Team Award is given annually to the Bay Path team with the highest, cumulative grade point average.
In addition to Bay Path’s individual awards, the following undergraduates were nominated for the 2010 Who’s Who Among Students: Julia Bendzin ’10 of Poestenkill, NY, Sarah Biros ’10 of Adams, MA, Samantha Bosco ’10 of West Bridgewater, MA, Jenna Chicoine ’10 of North Attleboro, MA, Ashley Cimmino ’10 of Westfield, MA, Nicole Clark ’10, G ‘11 of Marshfield, MA, Kristal Cormier ’10, G’11 of Rochester, NH, Brittnea Frazer ’10 of Lanesborough, MA, Sarah Gates ‘10, G’11 of Crown Point, IN, Emily Gordon ’10 of North Chelmsford, MA, Samantha Gunseth ’10 of Swanzey, NH, Devon Hill ’10 of Rocky Hill, CT, Christine Hollingworth ’10 of Lenox, MA, Alyssa Horton ’10 of Chicopee, MA; Lindsie Lavin ’10 of Feeding Hills, MA, Monica Lefebvre ’10 of Feeding Hills, MA, Amber Mowers ’10 of Nottingham, NH, Jessica Nizinski ’10 of West Springfield, MA, Jin Sun Park ’10 of Seoul, Korea, Wintica Phataralaoha ’10 of Bangyeekan, Bangkok, Thailand, Kathleen Rodrigue ’10 of West Stewartstown, NH, and Cristina Ruiz ’10 of Waterbury, CT.
Bay Path also recognized Sharon Feen, manager of the Fleming Book and Gift Center, with the Dean Marcia H. Conrad Service Award. The award is given annually to a Bay Path community member who has provided outstanding service. Feen received the award for her commitment to Bay Path students.