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News and Awards

Bachelor of Science Degree • School of Health Professions
and Education


Therapeutic Recreation Major

News and Awards



Megan Myers - Named a CCM Division III Second Team All-American  

Megan MyersMegan Myers of the Utica College women's hockey team was named a CCM Division III Second Team All-American announced at the women's frozen four in Superior, WI Thursday night.

Myers is one of just 12 players from the east region to receive All-American honors.  The forward finished the season ranked third in the conference with 31 points (17 goals, 14 assists).  She is a two-time ECAC West First Team selection.  This past season she became just the third player in program history to reach 100 points in her career, joining All-Americans Stephanie Price '07 and Deana Wiegand '07.  She ranks second on the College's all-time goal scoring list with 55 career goals and is third all-time in points (104). She has totaled at least 30 points in each of her first three seasons. 

The Pioneers finished the season with a 16-9-2 overall record.  They lost in the ECAC West semifinals to Elmira College, who is one of two ECAC West teams in the women's frozen four.  

April 2013


Jeremy Clark - 2012 Kathi Kowalewski Dunn Award Recipient

 
Jeremy ClarkJeremy Clark is awarded the 2012 Kathi Kowalewski Dunn Award for his exceptional work with people who have developmental disabilities and youth-at-risk.  Mr. Clark is also an active member of the TR Society and Baseball team.  In addition to the award, he receives $500 to purchase books and supplies for his senior year.  Subsequently, Mr. Clark's skill was also recognized by the agency at which he did his internship.  He was hired to work in Therapeutic Recreation full-time before finishing it and graduating.   
Kathi Kowalewski Dunn ('86) majored in Therapeutic Recreation and minored in Psychology at Utica College. During her career, Kathi was the director of a facility serving people with developmental disabilities in Mocksville, NC. She then became a case worker serving people who used mental health outpatient services. Kathi's last position was with Therapeutic Alternatives where she presented in-service programs to nursing home staff throughout the Winston-Salem area. What distinguished her was a sincere love and compassion for those she cared for. She treated everyone she touched with dignity and respect. Kathi died in an automobile accident in 2007 and this award is given in memory of her.  

May 2012




Natalee Stiles - 2011 Kathi Kowalewski Dunn Award Recipient


Natalee Stiles  - 2011 Kathi Kowalewski Dunn Award RecipientNatalee Stiles is awarded the 2011 Kathi Kowalewski Dunn Award. She has a GPA of 3.67, is the President of the TR Society at Utica College, and is a Student Liaison for the New York State Therapeutic Recreation Association (NYSTRA).  Ms. Stiles receives $500 to purchase books and supplies for her senior year. 

Kathi Kowalewski Dunn ('86) majored in Therapeutic Recreation and minored in Psychology at Utica College. During her career, Kathi was the director of a facility serving people with developmental disabilities in Mocksville, NC. She then became a case worker serving people who used mental health outpatient services. Kathi's last position was with Therapeutic Alternatives where she presented in-service programs to nursing home staff throughout the Winston-Salem area. What distinguished her was a sincere love and compassion for those she cared for. She treated everyone she touched with dignity and respect. Kathi died in an automobile accident in 2007 and this award is given in memory of her.   May 2011


Natalee Stiles & Dr. Burnett-Wolle - Inducted into Alpha Eta Honor Society 



Photo of Natalee Stiles and Dr. Burnett-Wolle inducted into Alpha Eta, click to see larger version
The following criteria must be met to be considered for admission to the Alpha Eta Honor Society.  Undergraduates must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 and show capacity for leadership and achievement within their chosen Allied Health field.  Faculty must demonstrate distinguished scholarship, leadership, and service to Allied Health education. 

Ms. Stiles has a GPA of 3.53, she is the President of the TR Society at Utica College, and she is a Student Liaison for the New York State Therapeutic Recreation Association (NYSTRA).  Dr. Burnett-Wolle's work applying theory to recreation programming has been cited in numerous national and international publications.  September 2010


Professor Emeritus Joan Kay - Inducted into Hall of Fame


Photo of Professor Emeritus Joan Kay, click for larger viewKay joined Utica College in 1974 as women’s athletic director, women's basketball and fencing coach, and instructor of physical education.

She led the UC women’s basketball team to two consecutive NCAA Division II Tournaments (1982-1984), advancing to the second round each time. The tw...o-time Division II Upstate Women’s Basketball Conference Champion coached for 11 seasons (1974-1985) and compiled a 147-77 overall record. She had a winning record in 10-of-11 seasons at the helm.

Kay coached All-American and 2008 Pioneer Hall of Fame inductee Sharon Lyke and she held the program record for wins by a coach until that long standing record was broken this past season by current head coach Michele Davis.

She was also a major contributor to the Empire State games as a coach, director and regional/state chairperson. In 1978 she was named the Mohawk Valley Woman of the Year and in 1991 she was named the YWCA Woman of the Year for her accomplishments in athletics.

As an athlete Kay found great success in the world of fencing. She was recognized as a nationally-ranked fencer for nine years (1969-78), winning the All-Ohio State Championships twice in that span. Her fencing career continued to blossom as she earned fifth place in the team competition at the United States National Championships. She was even recognized on an international stage after being named the top foreign fencer in La Harve, France (1974).

In 1981, the College asked her to develop a degree program in therapeutic recreation. In the three decades that have followed, she has brought the program into national prominence in the discipline.

As associate professor and director of therapeutic recreation she was selected as the 2004 recipient of Utica College's Dr. Virgil Crisafulli Distinguished Teaching Award.

The award, named for Professor Emeritus Virgil Crisafulli and underwritten by The Crisafulli Fund for the Faculty, is presented annually to a professor in recognition for teaching excellence, dedication, and effectiveness. 

Recently, Kay's status at Utica College was elevated to Professor Emeritus with Distinction. 

Video of the Pioneer Hall of Fame acceptance speeches is available on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmy6JAXudnw
May 2010


Courtney Lojewski - 1st Recipient of the Kathi Kowalewski Dunn Award

Kathi Kowalewski Dunn Award 2010 - Prof. Emeritus Joan Kay (Kathi’s mother and founder of the TR program at Utica College), Courtney Lojewski, Asst. Prof. Kirstin ImpicciatoreKathi Kowalewski Dunn ('86) majored in Therapeutic Recreation and minored in Psychology at Utica College. During her career, Kathi was the director of a facility serving people with developmental disabilities in Mocksville, NC. She then became a case worker serving people who used mental health outpatient services. Kathi's last position was with Therapeutic Alternatives where she presented in-service programs to nursing home staff throughout the Winston-Salem area.  What distinguished her was a sincere love and compassion for those she cared for. She treated everyone she touched with dignity and respect.  Kathi died in an automobile accident in 2007 and this award is given in memory of her.

The first recipient of the Kathi Kowalewski Dunn Award is Courtney Lojewski. Courtney is a junior Therapeutic Recreation major that demonstrates a passion for the profession. In addition to the award, she receives $500 to purchase books and supplies for her senior year.  May 2010
 


Kristine Wowelko - Empire 8 Sportswoman of the Year

Empire 8 Sportswoman of the Year - Kristine WowelkoSenior TR Major Kristine Wowelko (Bridgeport, NY) of the women's Swimming and Diving teams was named the Empire 8 Sportswoman of the Year. Honorees are selected by the coaches and chosen because they compete "with honor and integrity".  March 2010
 






Jessica Leclerc - Salutatorian 2009 Class

Class of 2009 Salutatorian - Asst. Prof. Kirstin Impicciatore, Jessica Leclerc, Asst. Prof. Sarah Burnett-WolleJessica Leclerc completed duel majors in Therapeutic Recreation and Psychology.  She and two other students had the highest grade point averages (GPA) in their graduating class.  Since the GPAs were identical, decisions regarding who was awarded valedictorian and salutatorian were based on the number of credits earned at Utica College.  May 2009