2008 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Posted on 8/20/2008 11:00:46 AM

Dr. Becky L. Verzinski, Class of 1994

The SAHE Department is pleased to announce Dr. Becky L. Verzinski as the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2008.  Becky is a 1994 graduate of SAHE who went on to earn her doctorate at Morgan State University.  She is currently working at Towson University (MD) in the Department of Housing & Residence Life as an Assistant Director.  She has also worked at SUNY Stony Brook (NY).  Becky’s accomplishments are not limited to her fine work at Towson University and Stony Brook where, at both institutions, she has been recognized for her excellence in promoting community and student learning as well as embracing diversity and multicultural programming.   Becky’s career has also been highlighted by many service and leadership activities, most notably as a faculty member in the mid-Atlantic Regional Entry-Level Institute, conference co-chair for MACUHO, and MCPA conference co-chair.

The award selection committee (comprised of faculty, students, and alumni) reviewed nomination materials from five fine individuals, all of whom have exceptional accomplishments in and contributions to the student affairs profession.  The selection committee noted Becky’s "significant professional involvement and recognition." One committee member’s comment summed up Becky’s nomination in this way: "In a very tight crop of nominees, this individual’s commitment to diversity, life long learning, and multifaceted collection of presentations at all levels, I believe, qualifies her for this award."

The SAHE Distinguished Alumni Award was created to acknowledge an 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.  Previous recipients include Bob Gatti (’78) of Otterbein College (OH) and Peter C. Groenendyk (’94) of the University of Memphis (TN).

The SAHE Department recognized Becky at the 2008 ACPA Convention (Atlanta, GA) during our annual "IUP Alumni & Friends Reception."