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Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007


PE majors Devine, Durette and Fallo honored for contributions


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Two student-athletes and one student athletic trainer share the 2007 Holly E. Zimmerman Memorial Award, which was officially presented between games of the Eastern Connecticut State University women’s and men’s Little East Conference basketball doubleheader against Plymouth State University Jan. 17.

Senior Colleen Devine (LeRaysville, PA) and juniors Bridget Durette (Seymour) and Kristen Fallo (Redding) were chosen from among a group of 15 nominations for the award, which is named after the late Eastern student-athlete and student athletic trainer who was a resident of Andover and who attended Eastern between 1989 and 1993.



Devine has served as a student athletic trainer for three years while Durette has been a member of the intercollegiate women’s basketball team for three years and Fallo a member of the intercollegiate softball team for three years. All three are majoring in Health and Physical Education. Devine has an overall 3.93 grade-point average, Durette a 3.42 GPA and Fallo a 3.62 GPA.

“Colleen Devine is a great student scholar but has a pragmatic and honest attitude with respect to everything in which she is involved. This student really exemplifies the Zimmerman Award,” praises Dr. Nanette Tummers, associate professor of health and physical education at Eastern.

A 2003 graduate of Northeast Bradford Jr.-Sr. High School in Rome, PA, Devine has been the recipient of the Outstanding Excellence Award for HPE majors at Eastern for three straight years, has been a member of the Dean’s List (3.50 GPA) each semester, has studied abroad and served as a volunteer teacher at the Christian International School in Prague, Czech Republic, and is a member of Alpha Upsilon Chi International Honor Society.

Eastern head women’s baskeball coach Denise Bierly describes Durette as ‘motivated, creative, responsible, giving, caring, committed, determined, and hard-working. We are very fortunate to have Bridget as a student-athlete at Eastern.”

A 2004 graduate of Seymour High School, Durette has been involved in numerous community service projects at Eastern, among them Jump Rope for Heart, Activity Night at Sweeney Elementary School, Windham High School Special Olympics, and the Kara Wolters basketball clinic for brain tumor research.

Head softball coach Diana Pepin, who was a personal friend of Zimmerman when both were undergraduates, says of Fallo: “Kristen really epitomizes Holly Zimmerman. She is hard-working and a team player who has a strong desire to make the softball program and the people around her better.  She challenges her teammates to do what is right and is always willing to lend a hand, whether it be softball, academics, or with social issues.”

A 2004 graduate of Joel Barlow High School in Redding, Fallo has been a Dean’s List student throughout her undergraduate career and is a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Leadership Program, Committee for Admission and Retention in Education (CARE). She also contributes regularly with community service projects at local elementary schools and with pre-school children, with the Jump Rope for Heart and at activity days for local Hartford students at Eastern.

A total of 23 individuals have received the award since 1994. This year’s nominees represented the sports of volleyball, basketball, soccer, softball, track and field, and field hockey.

To be eligible for nomination for the award, a student  must be a junior or senior female athlete or athletic trainer majoring in Physical Education or Sport and Leisure Management with an overall minimum GPA of 2.70 and have made a significant contribution to the athletic program. The award “commemorates the spirit and love of  Holly Zimmerman and is awarded to a person who exemplifies her qualities of loyalty, thoughtfulness and academic determination, her commitment to helping others, her love of competition, and her zest for life. Holly’s qualities of honesty, humility and work ethic have been given to us as examples to follow.”

Dr. David G. Yeo, professor of health and physical education and head athletic trainer at Eastern serves as chairman of the committee, which is comprised of Eastern athletic staff and faculty, and student-athletes.

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