A big congratulations to the 2014 Student Achievement Award Winners! The Student Achievement Awards are given out each year to recognize outstanding seniors who have enhanced a specific University program. The senior’s commitment to this activity must have resulted in the program or organization attaining a new level of achievement not possible without the senior’s leadership and guidance. This year’s undergraduate award winner are:
- Alexander Long for his Commitment to the Fairfield University Community
- Outstanding Achievement in Communication Award: Kaitlyn Banazynski
- Outstanding Communication Service: Hannah Patridge
Kaitlyn Banazynski, a Communications major and Marketing minor expressed her thoughts on the Communication department in Fairfield by stating, “My experience at Fairfield and in internships has been largely shaped by the Professors in the Comm. department. I’ve only had good experiences and feel like I’m leaving with a lot of mentors.” Currently, she is involved in an independent study with Dr. Gisela to complete research for her Honors Thesis called “Framing Corporate Social Responsibility: A Computer-Assisted Text Analysis of Statements by Fortune 500 Tech Companies.” This project aims to fill the gap between Fortune 500’s financial oriented list and the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR). She is leaving for DePauw University (Indiana) tomorrow to present her group’s capstone paper, “Attitudes Towards Online Learning in the Advent of MOOCS.” Her experience in the field has inspired her to take more of an interest in her minor in Marketing and eventually plans to pursue her MBA.
Hannah Patridge from Denver, CO is also a Communications major with a minor in English and has also learned a lot about herself and her hopes for the future during her time in the Communication program at Fairfield. Having taken an interest in nonprofit work and having a lot of valuable experience under her belt, Hannah states, “Going forward, I’m interested in working for innovative and mission-driven organizations and companies where I can wear different hats, use my skills, and be challenged every day. This may or may not be in a nonprofit, but I have realized that if I can really sink my teeth into what the organization is doing, then I will have the passion to go just about anywhere.” Hannah also mentioned that since freshman year, she knew that whatever her future career path, she wanted to make a difference in the world for the better. She added, “I still want to make a difference in the world, Now I just have a better idea of how to do that.”
Congratulations again to these extremely deserving winners!