Husson University’s College of Business Collaborates with the New England School of Communications to Present an Innovative Live Stream Awards Ceremony

May 12, 2020
BANGOR, MAINE – May 7, 2020 – Every year, Husson University’s College of Business holds an annual awards ceremony in April that recognizes the many accomplishments and contributions made by the faculty and students. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College of Business worked with the New England School of Communications (NESCom) to find a way that the students could receive recognition. The broadcast utilized state of the art facilities at NESCom. As a result of this interdisciplinary collaboration, NESCom faculty, staff and students produced a unique live stream broadcast that aired on April 22, 2020 at 6 p.m. from the Husson University website with College of Business faculty announcing award winners and honor society inductees.
 
There were 215 invitations to students for the live stream distributed, but close to 400 unique computers signed on during the event.  Since the event, another 350 viewers have clicked on the YouTube version of the broadcast which can be seen at https://tinyurl.com/COBAwardCeremony2020.  The foregoing does not reflect the total number of people actually viewing the event as many family members in and outside of Maine sat down to watch their loved ones which created an unprecedented record for participation in the awards ceremony. Students and families who watched the live stream posted images to Facebook showing how they celebrated their awards with their families.
 
“We wanted to make sure the College of Business students received the recognition they deserved even though we couldn’t be face-to-face and this ceremony provided a project where a collaboration of talent could occur” said Marie Hansen, JD, PhD, SHRM-SCP, dean of the College of Business and NESCom.
 
“The world of broadcast has changed during the pandemic.  This was a unique opportunity to give the NESCom students exposure to this rapidly evolving market through experiential learning using the innovative technology we have on campus” said Frank Welch, M.Ed., instructor at NESCom.
 
“This production allowed me to work closely with my instructors to assist clients in this collaboration. I was honored to be able to work on a project that meant so much to my fellow students and their families through this live stream to their homes” said Connor Petros, video production student at NESCom. 
 
Here is a list of the individuals who received recognition, their awards and their hometowns.
 
Students – Watch Awards:
The Watch Awards are presented to graduating bachelor degree students with the highest grade point average (GPA) in his or her respective school.
 
Name Award Hometown
Jake Black                           GPA: 3.957 Watch Award – School of Accounting Bangor, Maine
Caitlin Cushman                 GPA: 3.985 Watch Award – School of Business and Management Mercer, Maine
Barbara Haskell                    GPA: 3.967 Watch Award – School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management Blue Hill, Maine
Dane Caldwell
GPA: 4.0
Watch Award – School of Legal Studies Franklin, Massachusetts
Mathew Leland                   GPA: 4.0 Watch Award – School of Extended Learning Hampden, Maine
 
Students – Plaque Awards:
The plaque awards are presented to graduating undergraduate students with outstanding academic achievement in his or her discipline as well as outstanding service to the University and the community.
 
Name Award Hometown
Shane Mallory Plaque Award – School of Accounting Manchester, Maine
Michelle MacLaren-Toussaint Plaque Award – School of Business and Management Wallagrass,  Maine
Boston Van Buren Plaque Award – School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management Brewer, Maine
Paige Timko Plaque Award – School of Legal Studies Veazie, Maine
Michelle Willette Plaque Award – School of Extended Learning Washburn, Maine
 
Students – College Awards:
The college awards are presented to students who provide service to the College of Business
 
Name Award Hometown
Paige Young Dolores J. Mullane Award Weston, Maine
Morgan Nelson Eagle Award Monticello, Maine
Jenny Cobb Leadership Through Humility Award in memory of Amanda Wardwell Old Orchard Beach, Maine
 
School of Accounting Awards:
 
Name Award Hometown
Hailey Stanley Robert E. White Excellence in Principles of Accounting Bangor, Maine
Derek Collin Leo M. Loiselle Excellence in Principles of Accounting Trenton, Maine
Mason Morin Linwood E. Bell Excellence in Intermediate Accounting Lewiston, Maine
Chloe Gorey George J. Lambert Excellence in Intermediate Accounting Scarborough, Maine
Morgan Nelson William H. Donahue Excellence in Advanced Accounting Monticello, Maine
Shey Lane Richard E. Dyke Excellence in Advanced Accounting Sherman, Maine
 
School of Business and Management Awards:
 
Name Award Hometown
William Paradis Excellence in the School of Business and Management – First-Year Student Belgrade, Maine
Emily Michaud Excellence in the School of Business and Management – Second-Year Student Fort Fairfield, Maine
Brady Pullen Excellence in the School of Business and Management –Third-Year Student Levant, Maine
Isaac LaPointe Excellence in Entrepreneurship Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Benjamin Stevens Excellence in Marketing Randolph, Maine
Sadie Royer Excellence in Management Greene, Maine
Caitlin Cushman Excellence in Finance Mercer, Maine
Michael Butterfield Excellence in Graduate Business Administration Program Enfield, Maine
 
School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management:
 
Name Award Hometown
Brandon Archibald Excellence in School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management –   First-Year Student Millinocket, Maine
Jonathan Littlefield Excellence in School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management –   Second-Year Student Enfield, Maine
Alyssa Patterson Excellence in School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management –   Third-Year Student Holden, Maine
Cali Newton Excellence in School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management –   Fourth-Year Student  
Rochester, New Hampshire
Alexander Sedore Ocean Properties Excellence in Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management – Fifth-Year Student Ellsworth, Maine
Stephanie Hays Hollywood Casino Bangor Spirit of Hospitality Management Award - $25,000 Scholarship Bangor, Maine
Elena Speronis Hollywood Casino Bangor Spirit of Hospitality Management Award - $25,000 Scholarship Bangor, Maine
Leonard Martin Excellence in Integrated Technology Carmel, Maine
Kathryn Sund Dr. John Winkin Excellence in Sport Management Bangor, Maine
 
School of Legal Studies
 
Name Award Hometown
Darielle Pepin Excellence in School of Legal Studies – First-Year Student Newport, Vermont
Eliza Larrivee Excellence in School of Legal Studies – Second-Year Student Gray, Maine
Noah Burnham Excellence in School of Legal Studies – Third-Year Student Concord, Massachusetts
Patrick Welch Excellence in Graduate Criminal Justice Administration Hampden, Maine
Christopher Coleman Excellence in Graduate Criminal Justice Administration Surry, Maine
Charlotte Mooney Excellence in Forensic Science Studies Lisbon Falls, Maine
Kellie Griffin Tess Gerritsen Excellence in Criminal Justice Derry, New Hampshire
Julian Oakes Excellence in Paralegal and Pre-Law Studies Canaan, Maine
Kiana Oxton Legal Studies Organization Book Award Knox, Maine
Maria Andrew Legal Studies Organization Book Award Winterport, Maine
Abby Roy Legal Studies Organization Book Award Auburn, Maine
Vanessa Duarte Legal Studies Organization Book Award Hawthorne, New York
 
School of Online and Extended Learning
 
Name Award Hometown
Cheryl Marchand Director’s Award in Accounting Limestone, Maine
Mary Richardson Director’s Award in Business Administration Bradley, Maine
Jamal Durrani Director’s Award in Criminal Justice Lebanon, Maine
Drew Sotomayor Director’s Award in Business and Professional Studies Easton, Maine
Sue LaPierre Director’s Award in Master’s and Business Administration Program Freeport, Maine
 
In addition to these awards, College of Business students were recognized for a variety of other achievements.
  • Students who had a grade point average of 3.4 or higher, received honor cords that they’ll be able to wear at Commencement. The rescheduled date for Commencement has yet to be determined.
  • Graduates from the criminal justice program received challenge coins that bear the law enforcement oath of office. Select criminal justice students were also inducted into Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society
  • Select paralegal students were inducted into Lambda Epsilon Chi, the National Paralegal Honor Society.
  • A variety of students from Husson University’s School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management were inducted into Eta Sigma Delta, an international honor society for hospitality students. Inductees have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and have completed over 60 hours of community service.
  • Sigma Beta Delta is an international honor society for those majoring in business, management and administration. Select students were inducted into this honor society as part of this online award ceremony.
 
More details and a complete list of all of the students recognized during this award ceremony can be seen at https://tinyurl.com/COBAwardCeremony2020.
 
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