SAHE Announces 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Posted on 3/13/2019 2:50:22 PM

Jennifer Cole, the 2019 recipient of the Ronald Lunardini Distinguished Alumni AwardThe Department of Student Affairs in Higher Education is pleased to announce Jennifer Cole as the 2019 recipient of the Ronald Lunardini Distinguished Alumni Award.

Cole is a 2005 graduate of SAHE and is associate dean of Academic Advising at Gettysburg College. Her professional career has also included positions at Russell Sage College and Hudson Valley Community College. Cole was awarded the SAHE Department’s S. Trevor Hadley Outstanding Student award in 2005, honoring her academic achievement, professional promise, and contributions to the SAHE community during her graduate education.

Through numerous letters of support for her nomination, it was clear that Cole has had an impact on the students with whom she works. One colleague wrote, “In Jen’s daily work she applies knowledge, experience, and resources to create educational environments that address student needs, promote community, embrace multiculturalism, enhance student learning, and foster student development.”

A former student of hers wrote, “Jen believes in the worth, dignity, and promise of every student at Gettysburg, and in doing so she has created an environment of trust, empathy, and compassion.”

And a current student wrote that Jen “is always willing to listen and always willing to help,” and because of these qualities Jen makes “Gettysburg College a welcoming place” for the neuro-diverse community and students with mental health concerns. 

The award selection committee (comprised of SAHE faculty, students, and alumni) found that Cole meets and exceeds the award criteria. She excels, specifically, in the areas of mentorship, promoting student success, and fostering an inclusive campus. The award will be presented to Cole at the annual SAHE Banquet on May 8, 2019.

The Ronald Lunardini Distinguished Alumni Award, begun in 2006, was created to acknowledge an alumna/alumnus of the SAHE department whose experiences and accomplishments as a student affairs professional significantly reflect the standards and values of the SPS program/SAHE Department. In 2008, in recognition of Ron Lunardini’s 37 years of service at IUP (18 as an SAHE faculty member), the award title was changed to honor him.