Employees and Students Honored by Student Government Association at Fairleigh Dickinson University
Madison, NJ (May 18, 2006) — The Student Government Association (SGA) at the College at Florham of Fairleigh Dickinson University honored both employees and students at their annual Maddy Awards Ceremony. The Maddy Awards recognize individuals for their outstanding contributions, service, and unselfish dedication to the student body, the University Community, and specifically, the College at Florham.
Ralph Knapp, Director of Computing Services, was chosen by the members of the SGA as the Outstanding Staff Member. To be eligible for the Outstanding Staff Member Award, an individual must have been employed by the College at Florham for a minimum of two years and cannot have won the award in the previous year.
Lona Whitmarsh, an Assistant Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Master of Arts in Clinical/Counseling program, was selected by the members of the SGA as the Outstanding Faculty Memberof the Year. To be eligible for the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award, a faculty member must have worked at the College at Florham for a minimum of two years.
Ram Kishan, a professor of Political Science and the advisor to the Indian Sub- Continent Student Association (ISSA), was chosen by the members of the Student Government Association as the Outstanding Advisor of the Year. Kishan serves as. The ISSA promotes cultural awareness of Asian students. To be eligible for the Outstanding Advisor of the Year Award, an individual must have been employed by the College at Florham for a minimum of two years and cannot have won the award in the previous year.
Lidia Wilczak and Marie Gagliardo were selected for the Auditor’s Choice Award. Gagliardo works as the Assistant to the Dean of Students and Wilczak is the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students.
Michelle Luff, Assistant Director of Student Life, serves as the SGA’s Auditor.
“I picked Lidia and Marie for this award because they are integral in all facets of the Division of Student Affairs,” said Luff. “They work with students under Americans with Disabilities Act. They work with all student clubs and organizations, overseeing budgets and financial transactions and they are assistants to the Dean of Students, so they are involved in so many of her duties as well. So their hands are in the workings of all aspects of the division. They have a far-reaching influence because of that.”
Rich Mosca, the Head Football Coach at the College at Florham, was chosen by SGA President Garrett Gilbert for the President’s Choice Award.
“On a personal level, I chose Rich Mosca because he has been there for me all along,” said Gilbert. “I also chose him because of his love for Fairleigh Dickinson University and for his hard work and devotion.”
Simone Portera was chosen by the members of the SGA as the Outstanding Student Leader of the Year. Portera serves as President of the Devils Dance Team. She is also the President of the Florham Program Board and is involved with Peer Assistance Leaders program.
Jim DaSilva, who played baseball for the Division III College at Florham Devils, was chosen by the members of the SGA as the Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year. DaSilva was selected First Team All-Freedom Conference this season. He hit .392 with eight doubles, three triples, two home runs, 19 stolen bases, 45 runs scored and 29 RBI’s. He was named Freedom Conference Player of the Week for the week of April 17 when he hit .571 with two doubles, a home run, two stolen bases, six RBI’s and six runs scored. DaSilva leaves FDU as the all-time leader in hits (224), triples (18), runs scored (184), and stolen bases (72). His 184 runs scored leads second place by 40 runs.
Kate Springmeyer, who played field hockey for the Division III College at Florham Devils, was chosen by the members of the SGA as the Outstanding Female Athlete. Springmeyer was honored this past season as the Freedom Conference Tri-player of the Year. She was also named First Team All-Freedom Conference, and to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III All-Academic Squad. Springmeyer led the Devils in all of the offensive categories. She finished the year with 13 goals and five assists for 31 points. Her offensive numbers also ranked her in the top ten in the Freedom Conference in every offensive statistical category. Springmeyer ranked fourth in the conference in points and fourth in points per game. Here five assists ranked seventh. She leaves Fairleigh Dickinson University ranked third all-time in career goals with 31 and third in points with 73.
In order to be selected as the Outstanding Student Athlete of the Year, an athlete must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be a full- time undergraduate student. The individual must have demonstrated superior athletic ability, a history of contributing to the athletic program, and leadership in their role on their team.
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