Emerging Professional Awards
The Emerging Professional–Graduate Degree Award and the Emerging Professional–Undergraduate Degree Award recognize graduates of the past ten years who have demonstrated professional excellence and/or exemplary voluntary community involvement in the health and human development professions.
Nominate alumni leaders in health and human development fields, including emerging professionals, for their outstanding achievements.
Nominations are currently closed
Eligibility & Criteria
The recipient must have received an undergraduate/graduate degree in the last ten years, achieved outstanding professional excellence (e.g. research, education, leadership, and practice) in a College of Health and Human Development area of expertise, and demonstrated exemplary community service. The recipient's has improved the lives of individuals and families through professional accomplishments or other activities. They must have provided service above and beyond their call of duty in an area of work which has positively impacted the lives of others. Nominees must have graduated in an HHD major at University Park or a College of Health and Human Development World Campus program. NOTE: Past recipients of this award and members of the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society Board are not eligible.
The Assistant Director of Alumni Relations will receive the nominations and forward them to the Awards Committee of the HHD Alumni Society. Nominations may be made by students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
1. Nominee address, phone number, email, major, and graduation year
2. Rationale for the nomination in 250 words or less
3. Name, email address, and phone number of a reference that could discuss the nominee's qualifications for this award if contacted.
4. Link to nominee's LinkedIn profile, if they have one.
5. Awards/honors related to the nominee's professional accomplishments
6. Optional: Information supporting the nominee's outstanding qualities (news articles, research articles, CV/resume etc.) This is not intended to be a letter of support.
- Emerging Professional - Undergraduate Degree Award
2023 Jacob Feldman, '13 Communication Sciences and Disorders 2022 Rebecca Skotek NUTR '16 2021 Katie Pawelczyk NUTR '13 2020 Austen Musso '10 NUTR 2019 Ariel Clatty '13 HPA 2018 Sara Quinteros-Fernandez '09 HRIM 2017
Catherine Kuhns '11 HDFS
Joseph Kindler '12 NUTR
2016 Ryan Burke `13 NUTR 2015 Jessica Testa `10 HRIM / NUTR 2014 Neil Goldman `05 HRIM 2013 Matthew Arch `06 HDFS 2012 Jill Jayne '04 NUTR 2011 James Juran '03 R P M 2010 Jared Melzer ’04 KINES 2009 William Yahr '01 HRIM 2008 LaToya Smith '02 KINES 2007 Joseph D. Hughes '99 RPM 2006 Erin Foley '96 HPA 2005 Kristen Fedesco '00 RPM 2004 Brian Esposito '97 RPM (PGM) 2003 - none- 2002 Heidi Schauster Davidson '93 NUTR 2001 Amy Rossi Mobley '96 NUTR 2000 Tara Stevenson '92 NURS 1999 Charles Dreibelbis '94 NUTR 1998 Krista Maddigan '92 HPA
- Emerging Professional Award (prior to split into two awards)
1997 James Grana '95g HPA 1996 Scott M. Smith '85 SCI, '90g NUTR 1995 Brian Tobin '80, '89g NUTR
Kristine L. Webber '92 HPA
1994 Rachel Johnson '74, '91g NUTR 1993 Leonard Jack, Jr. '87g, '90g HL ED 1992 John Schulenberg '84g, '86g HDFS 1991 Christine Lewis Taylor '77g, '86g NUTR 1990 Frederick W. Schulze '85g HL ED 1989 Brian R. Hurley '84 HPA 1988 Philip E. Martin '83g PH ED 1987 Robert J. Deppen '81 H P E
Brian F. Hofland '79g, '81g HDFS
Cheryl Bruno Gamber '83 NUTR
1986 Mark Ginsberg '81 HDFS 1985 Sachiki St. Jeor '80 NUTR 1984 Daniel D. Blough '78 HPA
- Emerging Professional - Graduate Degree Award
2023 Yao Zheng, '10 Human Development and Family Studies 2022 Mike Flock '14 NUTR 2021 Laurel English '16 NUTR 2020 Donaldson F. Conserve, Ph.D. '13g BBH
Samuel Scott, Ph.D '15g NUTR
2019 Daniel "Max" Crowley, Ph. D. '12g HDFS 2016 Larissa Duncan `05g, `07g HDFS 2015 Captain David M. Lutz `09 KINES, `11g HPA 2014 Sheila Fleischhacker `04g IBIS/NUTR 2013 Megan Patrick `05g, `08g HDFS 2012 Matthew Hayes '06g NUTR 2011 Tamara Burket '97, '04g NURS 2010 Gerard Kyle ’98g, ’01g LE ST 2009 John Williams '75 FS HA, '95g HRIM, '98g M E R 2008 Kristie J. Lancaster '95g, '00g NUTRN 2007 Christopher T. Minson '97g EXSCI 2006 Kelly Bricker '98g LE ST 2005 Janet Tompkins McMahon '97g NURS 2004 Denise Orwig '98g BBH 2003 - none- 2002 - none- 2001 - none- 2000 Vikkie Mustad '95g NUTR 1999 Lisa Davis '94g HPA 1998 Paula Krzemien '85 NUTR, '97g HL ED