November 2023: Accomplishments of the 黑料网 community

Published November 21, 2023

Paul Fitzpatrick named October Employee of the Month

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Paul Fitzpatrick
Paul Fitzpatrick, October Employee of the Month

Paul Fitzpatrick, lead painter in Beach Building Services, has been named .听

Fitzpatrick has been lead painter for five years. Prior to that, he worked as a painting contractor for 25 years. He has been praised by colleagues for completing a Graduate Studies wall project at a third of the original estimated price. 听

鈥淚 commend Paul not only for extending his creativity and willingness beyond what is typically required 鈥 but also for leadership of his excellent crew,鈥 said Colleen Ryan, senior academic affairs facilities specialist in the Academic Resources and Strategic Planning department. 鈥淕rad Studies now has a beautifully branded wall that will be highlighted in meetings and Insta moments well into the future! Thanks so much to Paul and his team for going well beyond in service to The Beach!鈥澨

Alumna wins gold at Pan American Games

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Madeleine Focht, second from right
Madeleine Focht, second from right, at the Pan American Games

Madeleine Focht 鈥19 won a gold medal in the double sculls, gold in the quadruple sculls and silver in the Women鈥檚 8 at the last month in San Pedro de la Paz and Santiago, Chile. Sculling is a type of rowing where competitors in a boat hold an oar in each hand. Double sculls comprise two-person teams, while four-person teams compete in quadruple sculls.听

Earlier this year, Focht won a gold and silver medal in the Pan Am Games Qualifier, which put her on Team USA for the Pan Am Games. She hopes to represent the U.S. in a team boat at the 2024 Paris Olympics.听

Focht graduated from The Beach with honors in technical theater. She was introduced to rowing by Joan Lind Van Blom, class of 1974.听

Student takes leading role in international sorority

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Zoe Heard
Zoe Heard

Zoe Heard, a fourth-year biology major at The Beach, has been named the for the Far Western Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 听

Heard is president of the of the sorority on campus. In her new role, she will represent the chapter at events in the region and will coordinate all communication from the chapter to the region.听

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., was founded in 1908 at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and is the first Greek-lettered sorority established and incorporated by African American college women. 听The sorority comprises 355,000 members in graduate and undergraduate chapters in 12 countries around the world.听

Professor of finance joins publication board

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Laura Gonzalez
Laura Gonzalez

, a professor of finance, has been invited to join the editorial board of Managerial Finance, a respected financial research publication. Since 2021, Gonzalez has also served on the editorial board of International Review of Financial Analysis, a leading academic finance journal. In addition, she has been selected as guest editor for a special issue of Finance Research Letters titled, 鈥淩edefining the Future.鈥 听

Gonzalez has been a finance professor at The Beach since 2016. She serves as a Beach mentor in multiple campus programs, including the McNair Scholars Program and the First-Gen Ph.D. Project. She also serves as president of the Southwest Finance Association.听

Alumna wins award, gets published in Taschen book

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Morganne Leigh's designs
Tyche + Iset featured in 'The Package Design Book, Vol. 7'

The work of Morganne Leigh 鈥12, designer and founder of the eyewear company Tyche + Iset, is featured in 鈥淭he Package Design Book, Vol. 7,鈥 issued this month by art book publisher Taschen. 听

Leigh鈥檚 original packaging design, art illustrations, logo design, typography, photography and eyewear design were selected as a winner in the 鈥淪ustainable Luxury鈥 category during the 2021 Pentawards design competition. The book showcases winners from the 2021 and 2022 Pentawards 鈥 the world鈥檚 leading packaging design competition, with entries from more than 60 countries around the world.听

Leigh says she studied the original 鈥淧ackage Design Book鈥 (volume 1) during her fourth-year graphic design class at 黑料网, which makes the recognition 鈥渆ven more special.鈥

CAST and student win NASPA awards

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Beth Lesen, Samantha Schoner and Sylvana Cicero
From left:听Beth Lesen, Samantha Schoner and Sylvana Cicero

The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) has selected 黑料网鈥檚 Campus Assessment & Stabilization Team (CAST) program as this year鈥檚 recipient of the NASPA Region VI Innovative Program Award. The award was presented earlier this month to honor an institution and/or individual that has implemented an innovative program that furthers the growth of students, results in improved service to students, and/or enhances life on campus. Region VI includes California, Arizona and Hawaii. 听

Donna De Loera and Graciela Lopez, the two CAST coordinators on campus, received the award at the NASP Western Regional Conference, Nov. 6-10, in Las Vegas. In addition, fourth-year health care administration student Samantha Schoner won the Undergraduate Rising Star Award during the conference.听

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