SHU Student Affairs Leaders Honored by National Association

News Story: November 27, 2008

For the second year in a row, representatives from Sacred Heart University's Student Affairs program have been recognized by CT NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) in their annual awards. Last year, SHU was honored for the Program of the Year for its Student Affairs Lecture Series, and this year, two members of the Residential Life staff are awards recipients.

Jennifer Crowhurst, Resident Hall Director in Christian Witness Commons, has been named winner of the Richard F. Stevens Outstanding Graduate Student Award, and Kaitlin Mulqueen, Senior Resident Assistant for Roncalli Hall, has been selected for the Catch a Rising Star student of the year award. 

Crowhurst, in her second year as the hall director of a 400-student sophomore area, is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Religious Studies program. Her focus is on improving the student experience as well as forming a cohesive staff among her resident advisors. In addition to her position as RHD, she serves on numerous campus-wide committees such as the Alcohol and Other Drug Coalition and the Body Image Task Force. 

Mulqueen, a senior Psychology major, is from York, Maine. Among her numerous campus activities, she is the president of the University's Habitat for Humanity Chapter and is a regular volunteer with inner-city students from Bridgeport through her involvement with the Sunshine Kids Program. As an RA, she is a role model for other staff members and a leader in developing a sense of community among her residents.

The two recipients will be recognized at this year's state meeting at the NASPA Region I Conference in Hyannisport and at the conference's recognition banquet. 

Sacred Heart University's dean of students Larry Wielk said these awards reflect on the University's proactive support of its campus community. This recognition is certainly most deserving and brings honor to them and our institution. A successful student experience includes many elements, and our award-winning staff sets a very high standard for all of us to admire and imitate.