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The mission of the honorary is promotion of the discipline by elevating the standards, ideals, competence and ethics of professionally prepared individuals in Health Education.

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Past Award Winners

2019 Award Winners

2019 Activity of the Year Awards

Teaching Activity Award, Alpha Lambda, University of Florida

Service Activity Award, Delta Chi, Texas State University

Advocacy Activity Award, Eta Chapter, Central Michigan University

Research Activity Award, Gamma Mu, Western Michigan University

2019 Chapter Recognition Awards

Chapter Excellence Award, Alpha Pi, Texas A&M University

Chapter Excellence Award, Alpha Lambda, University of Florida

Chapter Excellence Award, Beta Phi, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

Chapter Excellence Award, Epsilon Xi, Salisbury University

Chapter Excellence Award, Eta Chapter, Central Michigan University

Chapter Excellence Award, Gamma Mu, Western Michigan University

Chapter Recognition Award, Alpha Chapter, Ball State University

Chapter Recognition Award, Delta Chi, Texas State University

Chapter Recognition Award, Epsilon Omicron, California Baptist University

Chapter Recognition Award, Epsilon Tau, Austini Peay State University

Chapter Recognition Award, Gamma Eta, University of Cincinnati

Chapter Recognition Award, Gamma Lambda, University of Texas at El Paso

Chapter Recognition Award, Gamma Phi, North Carolina Central University

Chapter Recognition Award, Kappa Chapter, SUNY Cortland

Chapter Achievement Award, Delta Xi, University of Alabama

Chapter Achievement Award, Epsilon Sigma, University of Tampa

2019 Individual Awards

Founder’s Award, Alyssa Rink, Salisbury University, Epsilon Xi Chapter

John P. McGovern, M.D. National Scholarship Award, Meaghan Starr, Eastern Kentucky University, Beta Chapter

Loren B. Bensley, Jr. Gamman of the Year Award, Meghan Shewmake, University of Alabama, Delta Xi Chapter

Mohammad R. Torabi Best Student Paper, Shelby Flores-Thorpe, Texas State University, Delta Chi Chapter

Elena M. Sliepcevich Professional Development Award – Graduate level, Caitlin Ballard Holden, Texas A&M University, Alpha Pi Chapter

Elena M. Sliepcevich Professional Development Award – Ungraduate level, No entries.

Outstanding Chapter Sponsor of the Year Award, Dr. Ronald Willians, Texas State University, Delta Chi Chapter

Robert J. Synovitz Distinguished Service Award, Dr. Dan Duquette, University of Wisconsin La Crosse

Honor Award, Dr. Dixie Dennis, Austin Peay State University

W.E. Schaller Presidential Citation, Dr. Sheila Patterson, Cleveland State University

2019 Exhibit Table Winners

Epsilon Sigma, The University of Tampa
Alpha Zeta, California State University

2019 Outstanding Undergraduate Major of the Year Awards

Ashley N.BealsEastern Michigan University
HannahBrantonUniversity of Central Arkansas
Laura ElizabethBrysonUniversity of North Carolina Wilmington
SydneyButterfieldEastern Illinois University
Elizabeth NoelleCargillLiberty University
DevonCharlierMinnesota State University Mankato
GraceDanielsClemson University
ToniaDunson-DillardOtterbein University
DrewFidlerColumbus State University
JodiFranksThe University of Toledo
RachelGoldUtah Vallue University
MadelynGustafsonUniversity of Wisconsin La Crosse
DarbiHaleyUniversity of Central Oklahoma
RachelHardingUniversity of Cincinnati
HaleyHillIdaho State University
AnnaHolbrookEast Carolina University
DejaJenkinsSUNY Buffalo State
StephenJonesUniversity of West Florida
CaitlinKahneyTexas A&M University
ElizabethKhouryUniversity of Tampa
AsiaKimIllinois State University
SallyKlimekUniversity of Alabama
AlisonLaplanteUniversity of Maine at Farmington
SaraLonigroEast Stroudsburg University
LaurenMoshyediUniversity of Florida
SineadO’BrienThe University of Scranton
DenisePortilloThe University of Texas at El Paso
SaraPurvisThe College at Brockport
AlyssaRinkSalisbury University
MasayaRoweTexas State University
ItzelSanchezBall State University
TannerSibertEastern Kentucky University
AnnaSmithCentral Michigan University
MarySmithWestern Michigan University
MyeshaSmithNorth Carolina Central University
LaurenSuggsUniversity of North Florida
HeenaTimsinaMississippi University for Women
RachelUramCoastal Carolina University
TieraWilliamsSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville
RachelWilsonSUNY Cortland

2018 Award Winners

2018 Activity of the Year Awards

Teaching Activity Award, Salisbury University, Epsilon Xi Chapter

Service Activity Award, University of Alabama, Delta Xi Chapter

Advocacy Activity Award, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, Beta Phi Chapter

Research Activity Award, University of Florida, Alpha Lambda Chapter

2018 Chapter Recognition Awards

Chapter Excellence Award, University of Florida, Alpha Lambda Chapter

Chapter Excellence Award, Texas A&M University, Alpha Pi Chapter

Chapter Achievement Award, Salisbury University, Epsilon Xi Chapter

Chapter Recognition Award, University of Cincinnati, Gamma Eta Chapter

Chapter Recognition Award, University of Alabama, Delta Xi Chapter

Chapter Recognition Award, University of Wisconsin La Crosse, Beta Phi Chapter

Chapter Recognition Award, Central Michigan University, Eta Chapter

2018 Individual Awards

Founder’s Award, Lauren St. Pierre, Salisbury University, Epsilon Xi Chapter

John P. McGovern, M.D. National Scholarship Award, Caitlin Ballard Holden, Texas A&M University, Alpha Pi Chapter

Loren B. Bensley, Jr. Gamman of the Year Award, Jackson Bensley, Central Michigan University, Eta Chapter

Mohammad R. Torabi Best Student Paper, Lee Owens, University of Cincinnati

Outstanding Chapter Sponsor of the Year Award, Dr. Keely Rees, University of Wisconsin La Crosse, Beta Phi Chapter

Robert J. Synovitz Distinguished Service Award, Dr. Denise M. Seabert, Ball State University

Honor Award, Ms. Linda Lysoby, Executive Director, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

W.E. Schaller Presidential Citation, Dr. Alexis Blavos, SUNY Cortland

2018 Exhibit Table Winners

Beta Phi, University of Wisconsin La Crosse

Michigan Trifecta:
Gamma Mu, Western Michigan University – Kalamazoo
Eta, Central Michigan University
Beta Delta, Eastern Michigan University

2018 Outstanding Undergraduate Major of the Year Awards

Kristen L. Heggie, Western Michigan University
Megan Widman, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
David Czeponis, West Chester University
Emily Paterson, Salisbury University
Brooke Manze, University of North Florida
Laura Egger, Texas A&M University
Lia Mistretta, SUNY Cortland
Sara Smith, Texas State University
Kaelyn Boyd, Malone University
Jackson Bensley, Central Michigan University
Lita Waggoner, University of Alabama
Palani Te, University of Florida
Janice Pittman, East Carolina University
Rebecca Scott Powell, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Mary Siskaninetz, University of Cincinnati
Kei’Asia Dixson, Western Illinois University
Mitchell Kron, Boise State University
Shelly Thao, Minnesota State University
Cody Conley, The College at Brockport
Sarah Yang, Kennesaw State University
Julie Yang, University of Central Arkansas
Chase Whittaker, San Diego State University
Samuel McIntyre, Liberty University
Brittnay Arroliga, Texas Woman’s University
Meaghan Starr, Eastern Kentucky University
Asmita Ghimire, Mississippi University for Women
Lauren Grigg, Clemson University
Mykalah Brumfield, SUNY Buffalo State
Cesar Bramon, The University of Scranton
Brendan Cronley, Truman State University
Jenny Lee, University of North Carolina Greensboro
Jaclyn Arterburn, University of Central Oklahoma
Shelby Wiedenfeld, Idaho State University


2017 Award Winners

Activity of the Year Awards

Teaching Activity Award, Indiana University, Nu Chapter

Service Activity Award, University of Alabama, Delta Xi

Service Activity Award, University of Florida, Alpha Lambda

Advocacy Activity Award, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, Beta Phi

Research Activity Award, University of Cincinnati, Gamma Eta

Chapter Recognition Awards

Chapter Excellence Award, University of Florida, Alpha Lambda

Chapter Excellence Award, University of Cincinnati, Gamma Eta

Chapter Achievement Award, none

Chapter Recognition Award, University of Alabama, Delta Xi

Chapter Recognition Award, Salisbury University, Epsilon Xi

Individual Awards

Founder’s Award, Whitney Thornton, Georgia Southern University, Gamma Upsilon

John P. McGovern, M.D. National Scholarship Award, Brittany Schambow, University of Florida, Alpha Lambda

Loren B. Bensley, Jr. Gamman of the Year Award, Julia Morrison, Salisbury University, Epsilon Xi

Mohammad R. Torabi Best Student Paper, Eric Conrad and Sengdhuan Defibaugh-Chavez, The University of Alabama

Outstanding Chapter Sponsor of the Year Award, Dr. Trent Applegate, Indiana University, Nu

Robert J. Synovitz Distinguished Service Award, Dr. Liliana Rojas-Guyler, University of Cincinnati, Gamma Eta

Honor Award, Dr. Judith K. Luebke, Minnesota State University, Beta Kappa

W.E. Schaller Presidential Citation, Dr. Jodi Brookins-Fisher, Central Michigan University

W.E. Schaller Presidential Citation In Memory of Loren B. Bensley Jr.

W.E. Schaller Presidential Citation In Memory of Mark Temple

Exhibit Table Winners

Alpha Pi, Texas A & M University

Gamma Mu, Western Michigan University – Kalamazoo

2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Major of the Year Awards

Anne Deschamps, SUNY Buffalo State

Richelle Filipello, SUNY Cortland, Kappa

Alex Vaezazizi, San Diego State University

Anita Hodge, Mississippi University for Women

Brianna Konrad, Indiana University

Cailyn Schroeder, Montana State University

Candice Leigh Travis, Fairmont State University

Cassidy Verdi, University of West Florida

Daniel Wickson, Western Connecticut State University

Davon Washington, North Carolina Central University

Erica Lundak, Kennesaw State University

Francheska Elliott, University of North Carolina Greensboro

James Pawlyk, Malone University

Janelle Lawson, Liberty University

Jean Newell, University of North Florida

Jennifer M. Smith, Weber State University

Karlie Kjerstad, Idaho State University

Katherine E. Guzowski, Hofstra University

Kelsie Coates, Utah Valley University

Madison Lind, Western Washington University

Marjorie Hannah Driscoll, University of Kansas

Meaghan Starr, Eastern Kentucky University

Mikaela Becker, University of Alabama

Morgan Drexler, University of Wisconson La Cross

Natalie Brooks, Ohio State University

Nicole Key, University of Cincinnati

Nikki Turnbough, Texas A&M University

Olivia Lada, The University of Scranton

Regina Acciaio, The College at Brockport

Sarah Bernimgham, Illinois State University

Susan Caman, Truman State University

Tanner Barton, Ball State University

Torie M. Keeton, State University of New York at Potsdam

Whitney Holeva , orthern Arizona University

Whitney Pollard, Temple University

Babie Yang, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Bessie Leyble, California State University, Dominguez Hills

Grant N. Thompson, University of Central Oklahoma

Kaila Sharp, Eastern Illinois University, Beta Nu

Kaitlyn Brown, Coastal Carolina University

Lauren St. Pierre, Salisbury University

Lea Lena, University of Florida, Alpha Lambda

Lindsay Logan Allen, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Maria Jose Rosado-Cupul, University of Northern Iowa

Megan Kaiser, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Miranda McDowell, Western Michigan University

Molly Hutchison, Central Michigan University

Shannon K. Weaver, University of Utah

Sumerlin Criswell, University of Central Arkansas

Whitney Thornton, Georgia Southern University

Student Poster Session 2017

Psychometric Support of the School Climate Measure in a Sample of Appalachian Youth – Shay Daily (West Virginia University)

Assessing Disparity in Positive Outcomes among Service-Learning Participants – Eric Conrad (University of Alabama)

Emerging themes to attain lower attrition rates in a web-based intervention – Matthew Moyer (SUNY Cortland)

Bridging the Gap Between Perceptions and Reality: Perceptions of Homelessness vs. National Statistics of Homelessness in a Southeastern Coastal Community – Kerry Dittmeier (Coastal Carolina University)

Health Equity: A case study of patient food insecurity in a Honduran community hospital – Brian Miller (Kent State University)

Speed Dating, Instagram, and Yoga: Lessons Learned Using Innovative Strategies to Promote Healthy Relationships and Self Care Among College Students – Amanda Lynch (University of Cincinnati)

Planning, Communicating, and Using Technology to Develop an Effective ESG Chapter: Lessons Learned from Gamma Eta – Amanda Lynch (University of Cincinnati)

Multidisciplinary Endeavors: Working Together to Support Women Mothering While Experiencing Abuse – Kelly Bentley (University of Maine)

Bringing Campus Representatives Together for Health Education: Lessons Learned from a Multidisciplinary Panel Discussion and Campus-Wide Education for Healthy Eating on a Budget – Amanda Lynch (University of Cincinnati)

ESG Oral Session  2017

Eta Sigma Gamma’s 50th Anniversary: A Reflection on the Past and a Vision of the Future – Alan Sofalvi (SUNY Cortland)

Raising the minimum age of sale on tobacco and tobacco-related products: Recommendations on collaboration and advocacy for Eta Sigma Gamma members and community partners. – Mallory Rinckey (University of Toledo)

Career Pathways for Health Promotion Students: Fitting into the New Health Care Team – Joanna (Jodi) DeMarco (Cleveland State University)

Utilizing Cultural Plunges to Prepare Pre-Service Teachers for Diversity in School and Classroom Settings – Meagan Shipley (Texas A&M University)

2017 Inaugural Fellows

Amos Aduroja

Denise Amschler

Trent Applegate

Loren B. Bensley

Bill Bock

Jodi Brookins-Fisher

Jeff Clark

Kathleen Conley

Randy Cottrell

Carolyn Cox

Steve Dorman

Rick Eberst

Marianne Fraunkenecht

Herb Jones

Judith Luebke

Beverly Mahoney

Kelli McCormack-Brown

James McKenzie

Beth McNeill

Ranjita Misra

Holly Moses

Irene O’Boyle

Roberta Ogletree

Sheila Patterson

Morgan Pigg, Jr.

Keely Rees

Barbara Rienzo

Lili Rojas-Guyler

Denise Seabert

Warren Schaller

Debra Sutton

Robert Synovitz

Amy Thompson

Mohammad Torabi

Susan Ward

Kelly Wilson

Joseph Visker


2016 Award Winners

Activity of the Year Awards

Teaching Activity Award, Gamma Eta (University of Cincinnati)

Service Activity Award, Alpha Lambda (University of Florida)

Service Activity Award, Delta Xi (University of Alabama)

Advocacy Activity Award, Beta Phi chapter (University of Wisconsin La Crosse)

Research Activity Award, NONE

Chapter Recognition Awards

Chapter Excellence Award, Alpha Lambda (University of Florida)

Chapter Achievement Award, Gamma Eta (University of Cincinnati)

Chapter Recognition Award, Delta Xi (University of Alabama)

Individual Awards

Founder’s Award, Tiffany Sleek (University of Florida)

Gamman of the Year, Sarah Chaffee (University of Alabama)

Honor Award, SOPHE (2016)

John P. McGovern, M.D. National Scholarship Award, Sarah E. Pember (University of Alabama)

Outstanding Chapter Sponsor of the Year Award, Dr. Jen Nickelson (University of Alabama)

Robert J. Synovitz Distinguished Service Award, Debra L. Sutton, Ph.D. (James Madison University)

W.E. Schaller Presidential Citation, Irene O’Boyle, Ph.D., MCHES (Central Michigan University)

Mohammad R. Torabi Best Student Paper, Cedric Harville II (University of Florida)

Outstanding Undergraduate Major of the Year Awards

Rachel Benn, Illinois State University

McKenna Bireley, Ball State University

Danielle Bolling, Indiana University – Bloomington

Tamara Boulter, The College at Brockport-SUNY

Jasmine S. Corsetti, Idaho State University

Carissa Crews,   University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Theresa Janice Curington, North Carolina Central University

Lindsey Day, University of Scranton

Amber Dellich, University of Florida

Bianca Derrick, Hofstra University

Shelby Dragoo, Texas A&M University

Amy Ford, Malone University

Sara A. Gardner, SUNY Buffalo State

Danielle Gilmore, University of Central Oklahoma

Corinne Goodall, Southern IL University, Edwardsville

Kari Rose Gottfried, Liberty University

Summer Grounds, Boise State University

Whitney Huston, University of North Florida

Jorie Ann Lima, Western Illinois University

Jaclyn Mancos, Central Michigan University

Pa Houa Moua, Minnesota State University

Dominica Norris, University of North Carolina

Briana O’Shaughnessy, SUNY – Cortland

Courtney Shows, University of Alabama

Sheridan Stanley, University of North Carolina – Wilmington

Bethany Starry, University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse

Sonali Thapa, Towson University

Michael Brackett, University of Cincinnati

Student Poster Session

Sleep and Stress Among Undergraduates: Are There Differences by Gender, Age, or Race? – Victoria Lambert (Coastal Carolina University)

Effect of a mental health and a financial wellness intervention on level of self-determination and financial capability of youth and young adults with disabilities – Emma Staecker (Truman State University)

Polio Eradication in Nigeria: Lessons for the Global Polio Eradication Program and other Vaccination Programs – Teminijesu Ige (University of Cincinnati)

Combining Testimonials, Student Organizations, and Campus Resources to Stomp Out the Stigma of Mental Illness: A Panel Program Evaluation – Liliana Rojas-Guyler (University of Cincinnati)

ESG Oral Session

Invest Your Time with ESG and Invest in Your Future – Jodi Brookins-Fisher (Central Michigan University)

Leadership Opportunities for the Chapter Sponsor:  Preparing Future Health Educators through Eta Sigma Gamma Membership – Jodi Brookins-Fisher (Central Michigan University)

The Importance of Cultural Competence in Pre-Professional Health Programs – Joanna DeMarco (Cleveland State University)

Raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco related products: Recommendations for collaboration and advocacy for ESG and SOPHE Chapters. – Amy Thompson (University of Toledo)