March 26, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU Alumni Association names Outstanding Senior Man, Senior Woman
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Todd Englander, an elementary education/early childhood and dance major from Wantagh, N.Y., and Krystal Daniels, an exercise science major from New Middletown, Ohio, have been named the 2010 Outstanding Senior Man and Outstanding Senior Woman respectively by the Slippery Rock University Alumni Association.
The annual awards, which honor both service and leadership, will be presented at the association's annual awards dinner at 5 p.m. April 17 in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.
The association's scholarship recipients and Young Alumni Award recipients will also be honored.
"Todd is an extraordinary young man whose excellent scholarship and multiple contributions to SRU and the community are stellar" one nominator wrote.
In his dance work, Englander has repeatedly represented the department by performing his own, collaborate and guest artist choreography at four regional American College Dance Festival performances, including a recent event at Ohio University. He has participated in the SRU Dance Theatre each academic year, volunteering to choreograph his own works or to rehearse and perform student and faculty works as an extra-curricular activity.
He has been repeatedly selected by visiting guest artists for presentation of professional-level works. He is an active participant in Sigma Rho Delta, the dance honorary.
Englander is a charter member of Jennifer Keller's Rock Dance Company and has performed in the region's schools and at community events. He received the Joanne McKeag Scholarship and the Lucy Isacco Sack Scholarship.
He has worked at SRU's Student Government Association Child Care Center and has volunteered to assist the Slippery Rock Area Elementary School's master physical educator with her physical education and dance program by creating age-appropriate dances. He served as a reader during SRU's Native-American celebrations.
His leadership was also seen in work for the Slippery Rock Parks and Recreation's summer aerobics workshop and at the Slippery Rock Library where he created a summer dance workshop for community children.
"On a professional level, Todd has demonstrated an amazing work ethic and an outstanding commitment to his professional development both in elementary education and dance. It is obvious that he gets great joy from working with children whether in the classroom or the dance studio. His energy and enthusiasm draw people to him," wrote one nominator in recommending Englander for the award.
"Todd has represented Slippery Rock University to the community. He has guest lectured at area elementary schools, taking his talent on the road to share with children his passion for and knowledge of dance. Todd's introduction to his teaching statement best illustrates his delight in teaching others, 'to me, teaching is life, to pass on knowledge to children, watch them absorb, reflect and build on that knowledge is one of the greatest joys of my life,'" wrote another nominator. "A standout in the classroom, a talented choreography and gifted performer and potential teacher, Todd England is an excellent candidate for recognition as Outstanding Senior Man."
Daniels is a participant in SRU's "Three plus Three" program, an accelerated academic track toward a doctor of physical therapy degree.
"In this program, seniors have a dense schedule of classes. Specifically, in addition to their undergraduate major schedule of classes they must take all prerequisite for the DPT program within a three-year period. For students like Ms. Daniels, their senior year includes all graduate- level courses, I can attest that it is very unlikely for PT students to maintain a 4.0 grade-point average, and even more improbably for our '3+3' students because of the challenging academic and clinical coursework. However, Ms. Daniels has done just that, and I am confident she will continue to excel," wrote one nominator.
Daniels was cited for having shown attention to detail and was cited for her ability to handle intricate lab work needed to expose important anatomical structures which she was then able to show her the entire class. Her presentation skills were cited as "excellent."
During her junior year, she served as a teaching assistant for two courses taught by Jonathan Anning, assistant professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences at SRU. Her work included spending time tutoring students enrolled in the courses. She also served as a community assistant in her residence hall during her sophomore year.
"The interpersonal and communication skills reflected in these roles exemplify her leadership qualities. Ms Daniels seem to naturally take to leadership," wrote a nominator.
Daniels is president of the DPT class and played a key role in helping organize the class for the annual SRU's HealthFest presentation.
Included in her community service work is a current fundraising event for the New Castle City Rescue Mission and her efforts to collect food for needy families. She also participated in the Mercer Wellness Day and a free blood pressure screening for students, faculty and community residents program. She has volunteered with SRU's Office of Students with Disabilities and served as a mentor to four freshman exercise science students.
Daniels is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and its Pennsylvania chapter and the American College of Sports Medicine in which she has attended local and national meetings.
"She stands alone within the group of excellent students within the DPT program and has the potential to be a strong leader in the profession and also an outstanding healthcare provider," wrote the nominator.
This year's scholarship and awards committee included Linda Williamson, chair, Bruno Raso, Lorraine Troiano-Barron, Ben Addison and Lynette Beattie, all members of the board of directors of the SRU Alumni Association.
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