Written by Emily Bonoyer
Ken Bedini, right, interim vice president of student affairs, and Michelle Delaney, second from left, director of student center and student activities, pose for a picture with Eastern's National Association of Campus Activities award winners, left to right, Casey Bandarra and Sarah Potrikus.
Willimantic, CT -- Casey Bandarra, assistant to the director of student center and student activities; Eastern student Sarah Potrikus '11, a communication major from Somers; and the University's Campus Activity Board received awards at the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) regional conference, held from Nov. 12 to Nov. 15 at the Hartford Convention Center.
Each year, NACA recognizes staff and students in the Northeast region who have demonstrated commitment to the field of student activities on their campuses and to the NACA organization on the regional and national level.
Members of Eastern's Campus Activity Board, who won a National Association of Campus Activites award include Bottom/Front row- Brett Lukaszek, Tunde Olatinwo, Shelley Ericson, Marlana Carroll, Jessica Ruddy, Stephanie Boccanfuso, Sarah Potrikus, Meghan Mizak. Top/Back row- Joe Saad, Chris Loveland, Ben Foran, Eliza Poulos, Kevin Porter, Brian Ratte, Casey Bandarra, Jessica Lupinacci.
The Campus Activity Board (CAB) was recognized for its outstanding programming efforts for the past year. Eastern's CAB programs were voted to be among the most creative, the most diverse among the institutions similar in size and the best marketed and promoted.
Bandarra received the David A. Ross New Professional Award for her contributions to Eastern's campus and for her efforts as CAB supervisor and senior class advisor. This award is given each year to someone whose efforts have greatly impacted students.
Potrikus received one of only five student leadership awards. This award brings with it a scholarship as well as money from the Annual Ross/Fahey Golf Tournament. Potrikus has been on CAB for two years and serves on the Senior Class Committee, the People Helping People student club, and is a member of the advanced tier of the Pathways to Leadership program, a three-tiered personal student leadership program developed as part of Eastern's Strategic Plan. She plans to pursue a career in student affairs.
Ken Bedini, interim vice president of student affairs, presented the Kenneth M. Bedini Student Leadership Award, named in his honor, to Potrikus. This award is given every year to outstanding students for their programming and leadership efforts on their campuses. Bedini is admired and respected in the field of student activities as a true professional dedicated to student success.
Michelle Delaney, director of student center and student activities, is widely respected for her efforts to raise funds for the Student Leadership Awards by coordinating all facets of the Ross/Fahey Golf Tournament, which occurs every year in June at the Heritage Country Club in
Bedini and Delaney are both past recipients of the Donald L McCullough award, the highest honor one can receive in the region for NACA.