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2012 Henry Barnard Student Awards

Brittney Cava

Brittney Cava of Torrington, CT, completed the majority of her academic studies in just three years, while maintaining an impressive 3.85 GPA. While finishing up her last remaining degree requirements, she worked full time as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Eastern's Center for Community Engagement (CCE). In her position with the CCE, Cava has coordinated more than 200 Eastern volunteers each semester who contribute more than 2,000 hours of service at 20 different locations in and around Willimantic. Cava is continuing her commitment to community service in graduate school at the University of Vermont, where she will pursue a master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration, with the ultimate goal of landing a job as a community engagement director at a university.

Kate Harner

Kathryn Harner of Oxford, CT, earned a 4.0 GPA and was on the Dean's List every semester while studying at Eastern. Harner took advantage of many of the opportunities offered at Eastern. She participated in two international field experiences to Florence, Italy, and Dublin, Ireland respectively. Harner also volunteered extensively in the local community, including as a volunteer for Joshua's Trust, an organization that works to preserve more than 4,000 acres in northeast Connecticut, and as a peer mentor for Eastern'sFirst-Year Program. She also served as president of the student volunteer group People Helping People, and as co-coordinator of Eastern's Fifth Annual "Day of Giving" Thanksgiving meal and food drive. Harner also gained professional experience through several internships, projects and an on-campus job in the Office of University Relations.