A Glenville State College Career Services Counselor has getting aknowledgement for her work while earning her masters degree.
Joanna DiStefano has been recognized by Creighton University in being awarded the Maurine Hamilton Award for Outstanding Graduate Woman of 2014.
The annual award is given to a female graduate who portrays the characteristics that Maurine Murdock Hamilton believed in; academic excellence, leadership, and service. Hamilton served as the Dean of Women at Creighton University from 1950-1964.
"This award is further evidence of the commitment of Joanna and the Glenville State staff generally to professional development that enhances the quality of the instruction and services the College offers its students," GSC Provost and Senior Vice President Dr. John Peek said.
DiStefano was was recently awarded a Master of Science in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from the School of Law at Creighton.
"I am incredibly honored to be the recipient of the Maurine Hamilton Award," DiStefano said. "I am also so very grateful that I was able to complete my practicum here at GSC. This is a wonderful place with a distinctive mission that emphasizes leadership and community."
For part of her final exit project, DiStefano created a general studies course which will be offered at Glenville State College during the fall term to help students who are undecided in their major. She has also developed and proposed a conflict analysis course which aims to instill negotiation skills and academic success in students.
"I now have an amazing opportunity to teach this new course as a pilot GSC 100 [the freshman general education requirement at GSC] class this fall, and I eagerly anticipate all the possibilities for innovation and growth that this will bring," she said.
For more information about the pilot course or other academic resources at Glenville State College, DiStefano can be reached at Joanna.DiStefano@glenville.edu or 304-462-6151.