Inspiring Students and Alumna Recognized at Awards Ceremony

“Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” ~ David Frost

Those words rang true at Globe University-Madison East’s second annual Student Awards Ceremony this year. Students that worked hard and exceeded expectations, both inside and outside the classroom, were recognized. Award winners were nominated by staff and faculty. Dr. Chris Vitale gave the keynote speech.

Alumni of the Year Award

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Alumni of the Year Flutura Hajdini, Massage Therapy Program Chair Robin Rinehart, Standout Student Monica Bullen and Student of the Year Caroline Allen.

This year’s Alumni of the Year award was presented to Flutura Hajdini. Flutura was a standout extern who was hired at her extern site before graduation. She continues to volunteer every month at the East Madison Community Center free massage clinic with the massage therapy program and also joined Globe University staff on Community Service Day as a volunteer. She has mentored students in Swedish massage prior to them beginning clinic and in Winter Quarter this year, she came in and helped in clinic a few times at school when current students were out sick.

Massage Therapy Program Chair Robin Rinehart said, “Flutura has a beautiful personality and spreads a gentleness and positive spirit to everyone who is near her. She is a great role model to massage therapists and massage therapists to be.

Applied Learning Project of the Year Award: Class Project

  • Deanna Rego’s Winter 2014 Patient Care Sciences Class; Maria Hernandez, Jennifer Ryan, Shinara Stewart, Kaofoua Yang

Applied Learning Project of the Year Award: Individual Project

Club Activity of the Year Award

  • Vet Tech Club’s Sundae Bar and Cat Blanket Event

Community Service Scholarship Awards

  • Heather Gonzagowski
  • Michael Stacey

Creative Quill Winner

  • Michael Stacey

Rising Star Awards by Program

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Veterinary Technology Club members accept their club award during the awards ceremony.

  • Criminal justice: Frank Smiglis
  • Health care management: Kaofoua Yang
  • Information technology: Kyle Quinn
  • Massage therapy: Brittany Greig
  • Medical assistant: Kari Kellar
  • Veterinary technology: James Conlon and Jamie Bislew

Alumni of the Year Award

  • Massage therapy graduate: Flutura Hajdini

Standout Student Awards by Program

  • Accounting: Kelli Hannon
  • Business: David Bochte
  • Criminal justice: Tiffni Bickett
  • Health care management: Michael Stacey
  • Information technology: Jason Janz
  • Massage therapy: Monica Bullen
  • Medical administrative assistant: Heidi Turner
  • Medical assistant: Courtney Charvat
  • Paralegal: Julie Roberts
  • Veterinary technology: Karli Ratcliffe

Students of the Year Award

  • Massage therapy: Caroline Allen
  • Criminal justice: Bambi Dolphin
  • Veterinary technology: Ayla Huffman

Congratulations to all of the award winners! Continue to inspire others with your passion, involvement and commitment to excellence.