FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart women's lacrosse senior Olivia Mittleman was honored by the University with the Don Coonley Award. The honor is given to a graduating communications major who exemplifies what Don, the founder of the department, embodied, practices and taught both by his example and his pedagogy.
There were a number of people nominated, but there are particularly extraordinary marks for Mittleman who was described by one faculty member as setting "an example and standard for any of the classes she's in with me. Her senior project is one of the best too." Others described her as "a strong producer, script doctor and leader" and as someone who in all ways "embodies the spirit of this award."
Mittleman recently graduated from SHU a few weeks ago with a bachelor's degree in communications. She posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.975 and is a six-time NEC Honor Roll recipient.
"Olivia epitomizes the true meaning of a student athlete," said head coach Laura Korutz. "We are extremely proud of Olivia and all her accomplishments both on and off the field. She has been a great representation not only for our women's lacrosse program but for the entire athletic department at Sacred Heart University."
About the Don Coonley Award
The annual Don Coonley Award, is given to a graduating major who exemplifies what Don, the founder of our department many years ago, embodied, practiced, and taught both by his example and his pedagogy. The following things come to mind, among others: creativity in a variety of areas, including writing and filmmaking; curiosity; academic and intellectual accomplishment; the ability to lead as well as be part of team efforts; a commitment to the life of the mind (he was a great knower) and the life of the hands (he was a great maker); great personal warmth; and a progressive concern for public/social well-being, evident in concrete actions. Impressive qualities indeed -- to aim for, to cultivate, and to acknowledge and reward when we see our students following in these paths.