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Eastern's Delaney Wins Highest Student Activities Honor

Written by Michael Rouleau

Willimantic, Conn. - Michelle Delaney, director of Student Activities at Eastern Connecticut State University, received the National Association for Campus Activities' (NACA) "Founders Award" recently at the association's national convention in Boston.

The Founders Award -- NACA's highest honor -- is presented to individuals who have contributed significantly to the association's mission to provide NACA member institutions with innovative practices that support campus engagement. Delaney was this year's sole recipient.

"Eastern is fortunate to have Michelle Delaney amongst its community," said Vice President for Student Affairs Kenneth Bedini. "A national leader in campus activities, she has brought to our campus a vision and experiences that have advanced our program in many ways."

One of Delaney's most notable accomplishments is the founding of the Ross/Fahey Golf Tournament, which is NACA's premier fundraising event in the Northeast. Over the past 15 years, the tournament has raised more than $100,000 for scholarships that are awarded to students and new professionals in the Northeast.

"I was so surprised and thrilled to be selected by NACA for the Founders Award," said Delaney. "It's an honor to now be in the company of colleagues that I have admired for many years."

The Founders Award is presented to individuals who have given continued and outstanding service to NACA, have exemplified standards of professional integrity, have achieved stature in their professional or academic pursuits, hold the esteem of colleagues and peers, and have worked to further programming in the field of campus activities.

"Michelle Delaney has volunteered with NACA over many years and in many roles," said NACA Board Chair Matt Morrin. "She is a strong leader and a well-respected student affairs professional. Many in her field and on her campus have cited examples of her work at Eastern, which has enriched student life, supported staff in their professional development and made a difference in students' lives."

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