By Nikki Treleaven ’11
Editor’s Note: This is the eighth in a 10-part series on the 2011 Experiential Learner of the Year Award nominees. Nominees for the upperclass and freshman awards will be honored at a luncheon May 6; the winners will be revealed at Honors Convocation May 7.
Molly McGuigan capped her freshman year at Keuka College by earning the Experiential Learner of the Year award.
She has the opportunity to win the honor again as a senior.
If you think McGuigan must be doing something right, well, you’re right.
The organizational communication major from Conklin continues to demonstrate new levels of professionalism as a result of varied Field Period experiences and her work with Teamworks! the College’s ropes course.
“Her Field Period experience has been varied and fruitful,” said Anita Chirco, McGuigan’s adviser and professor of communication studies.
McGuigan conducted her first Field Period at a public television station, took part in a Group Field Period to Europe with Professor of History Sander Diamond, completed her last two Field Periods with Teamworks! and is finishing up her senior practicum at the ropes course
“Molly’s work with Teamworks! rose to the level of professionalism during her January 2011 Field Period, when she completed a training manual for facilitators and developed evaluation instruments, valued at $1,400 to $2,800,” said Chirco.
McGuigan was nominated for the Student Employee of the Year award by Teamworks! Manager Joshua Ficks.
She is also active on the extracurricular activities front as a member of the women’s soccer team; Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE); and vice president of the Keuka chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association.
And Friday night, she will introduce President Burke at the 23rd Annual Carl and Fanny Fribolin Lecture. It’s part of her responsibilities as one of two student members of the College’s Board of Trustees.