Hodges University Recognizes Students of the Year for 2015


On Friday, Jan. 29, Hodges University presented its 18th annual Student Recognition Awards program. Held at the Naples campus, the event honored 26 of Hodges University’s best and brightest students.

Dr. Marcia Turner, dean of students, said of the event, “The planning committee, staff, faculty and administration look forward to this event each year. Friday evening provided us the opportunity for Hodges to recognize the best of the best for each of our academic programs. The experiences and successes each of the students of the year shared truly expressed the commitment and dedication they have toward their education.”

Individual programs of study presented awards during the ceremony. The Johnson School of Business recognized Quinn Bailey in management; Gailene Gumbs, accounting; Robert P. Stevens, business administration; James M. Clark, Master of Science in management; Jennifer Ferreira, Master of Business Administration; Kirsten Windisch, Master of Accountancy; and Andrea Lynn Miller, Master of Public Administration.

The School of Allied Health recognized Lauren Alba in physical therapist assistant; Ashley Bitler, medical assisting; Michael Calderon, biomedical sciences; Amanda Lynn Leone, health services administration; Jessica L. Miron, health information management; and Valerie Haag, Master of Science in health service administration.

Students honored in the Fisher School of Technology include Deanna Cleary, cybersecurity and forensics; Kail Kessinger, computer networking; John P. Pedraza, digital design & graphics; Chris Reyes, computer information technology; Neelawattie Tran, information systems management; Samuel Williamson-Danford, software development; and Naldo Ash, Master of Information Systems Management.

The Nichols School of Professional Studies honored Melissa Barker in applied psychology; Anna L. Jordan, legal studies; Taylor Murry, criminal justice; Keith Jarrick Williams, interdisciplinary studies; and Lourdes Araujo, Master of Science in clinical mental health counseling.

The event culminated with the presentation of the 2015 Hodges University Student of the Year, Lisa Perry. A student in the physical therapist assistant program, she plans to graduate from Hodges in the fall and become a physical therapist assistant working with geriatrics and injured veterans.

Perry is originally from the San Francisco Bay area and moved to Naples in 2011. Serving as a licensed California realtor from 2003-2015, she decided to return to school in pursuit of a degree in her chosen profession. Perry was named Student of the Month in July 2015.

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