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Eastern Students Honored at College Academic Day

Written by Kate Harner

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(from left) Representative Christopher Davis, Kimberly Kokofsky and Representative Richard Roy.

Willimantic, CT -- Eastern Connecticut State University students Kimberly Kokofsky and Matthew Lance, along with six other students attending universities in the Connecticut State University System, were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement by the Connecticut State General Assembly at College Academic Day on April 27.

Kokofsky, a senior business administration major from Broad Brook, currently holds a 3.77 GPA. She has participated as secretary and vice president of Eastern's chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA). As part of AMA, Kokofsky attended this year's AMA International Conference in New Orleans, where she and other members won awards for outstanding chapter plan, outstanding communications and community service. She has served as the marketing intern for the Windham Chamber of Commerce, which gave her opportunities to plan and organize events such as the Golf Tournament, Seasonal Sips Wine Tasting, the Business Expo, the Health and Wellness Exop and the Leadership Recognition Ice Cream Social. Kokofsky is a group leader at the East Windsor Family Resource Center (EWFRC), where she assists teachers in classrooms and creates activities for the children during after-school hours. She is also an EWFRC camp counselor during the summer. She created the EWFRC dance program and has facilitated it for five years.

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          (from left) Matthew Lance and Representative Richard Roy.

Lance, a senior health and physical education major from Stratford, holds a 3.96 GPA. A member of Eastern's Honors Program, he also is the recipient of the Health and Physical Education Outstanding Major of the Year Award and the Mary Benvento Scholarship. He was selected as Connecticut's Outstanding Future Teaching Professional in Physical Education at the Eastern District Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) in Long Branch, NJ.

Lance is currently completing his student teaching at Two Rivers Magnate Middle School in East Hartford and will receive his teaching certification in health and physical education. He collected and analyzed data as a student researcher for the Sisterhood Project headed by Nanette Tummers, associate professor of health and physical education. He presented his research on the project at the Connecticut Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CTAHPERD) in Cromwell in 2008 and at AAHPERD in Tampa, FL, in 2009. Lance has student taught in Colchester and East Hartford; counseled at the 4-H Leadership, Interactions, Friends and Talents Program in Windham; and worked with special education students as a unified sports coach at Jack Jackter Intermediate School in Colchester.

The students received an official citation from the Connecticut General Assembly in recognition of their academic achievement. In addition, the students were formally introduced to the State Senate and House of Representatives and were joined by legislators during a reception at the State Capitol. Sponsors of the event included State Representatives Richard Roy, 119th District and Pamela Sawyer, 55th district.


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