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Monday, Feb. 18, 2008


Memorial award recipients cited for commitment, sincerity, and unselfishness

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Three-year women's basketball letterwinner Christina Amato (Marlboro, MA) and four-year field hockey participant Amy Lampe (Brookfield) have been named as the 24th and 25th recipients of the Holly E. Zimmerman Memorial Award, it has been announced by award committee chairman Dr. David G. Yeo.

At left: Zimmerman recipients Amy Lampe (left) and Christina Amato (right).

The presentation of the awards was made Feb. 16, between games of the women's and men's Little East Conference basketball doubleheader against Massachusetts Dartmouth at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

"Both of these students represent the qualities intrinsic in the Zimmerman award," praised Yeo. "They are both unselfish and sincere, have great work ethics, and put others ahead of themselves."

A Sport & Leisure Management major and a member of the Dean's List every semester, Amato is in her third season in the basketball program and has served as a student-worker in the Department of Athletics as an intramural supervisor and member of the event management staff. She has been nominated for Who's Who Among Student-Athletes in American Colleges and Universities and for the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team and will receive an Eastern/E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award in her first year of eligibility this May.

"Christina is one of my top students, demonstrating content mastery, along with the ability to think critically and problem-solve. In the 32 years that I have spent in higher education, I have had few student-athletes as focused and committed to academic success," praised Dr. Daniel B. Switchenko, professor of physical education.

Also a Sport & Leisure Management major, Lampe was a four-year member of the field hockey program, serving as a team captain in each of her final two seasons, and has been named to the NFHCA National Academic squad. A three-year student-assistant in the Sports Information Office, Lampe earned an Eastern/E-Club Scholar-Athlete Award in both years of eligibility.

"Amy's most inspiring quality is her tremendous leadership skills both on the field and off the field," noted Christine Hutchison, head field hockey coach. "She has solid character and high ethical standards and is loyal and honest. She is an unselfish athlete who has a consistently positive attitude."

A 14-person committee comprised of faculty, athletic administrators, coaches, and student-athletes selected Amato and Lampe from among 20 candidates who met the criteria for award consideration.

The Holly E. Zimmerman Memorial Award was instituted in 1994 in memory of Holly Zimmerman -- an Andover, Conn. native and Physical Education major who attended Eastern from 1989 through 1993 -- and has been presented to 25 individuals since that time. Zimmerman was a member of the women's basketball program and also served on the student training athletic staff.

Candidates for the award must be a junior or senior female athlete or student-athletic trainer majoring in Physical Education or Sport & Leisure Management with a minimum 2.70 GPA. Moreover, the indivdiual must have made a significant contribution to the athletic program.