Stacey Landtroop has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Community Counseling. Since graduation, she has been employed by ADTRAN, an engineering firm, where she is instrumental in development, implementation and management of the university recruiting program. Working with senior ADTRAN management, she identifies recruitment needs and determines budget requirements for approximately 40 active students per semester. Meeting regularly with university faculty and staff she has significantly enhanced university/corporate relations. ADTRAN’s university recruitment program is one of the corporations’s critical areas and is consistently recognized for excellence
Anita M. Todd is currently an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at the University of Cincinnati where she works with electrical engineering students and assists with the management of the IT needs of the Division. Prior to her appointment at UC, Ms. Todd was the Director of the Engineering and Information Sciences and Technology Cooperative Education and Internship Program at the Pennsylvania State University. Before joining Penn State, Ms. Todd was a Product Development Engineer, and recruited, trained and managed full-time engineers, technicians and engineering co-op students at Cummins Engine Company, in Jamestown, NY, where she had also previously worked as a co-op student herself. Ms. Todd has been actively involved in state, regional, and national experiential education organizations and is currently the Vice President of Marketing and Membership for the Cooperative Education and Internship Association. She is known for her initiative, and as a respected and trusted colleague offering the benefit of her experience to many in the field whenever needed. “Anita is not satisfied with just doing her job; she seems compelled to share the knowledge she gains as a result and seek answers to questions of how cooperative education experiences impact student learning.” Ms. Todd is pursuing a masters degree in higher education from UC and holds a BS is mechanical engineering from Penn State.
University of HawaiiI had always enjoyed Math and Physics, and decided to pursue education and a career in Meteorology because it is a practical application of those disciplines. I enrolled into the Meteorology Department at the University of Hawaii in 2000, and was awarded an ORAU/ORISE Fellowship my second year. This led to an internship with the National Weather Service (NWS) Honolulu Forecast Office (HFO), which was converted to a Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) position in my senior year. I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology in 2002 and decided to pursue a Masters Degree. I am currently in my second year of graduate school, and have maintained my status as a SCEP Student.
My SCEP traineeship with the National Weather Service has been priceless. I am continually supported and inspired by the staff of the office, especially my supervisor, Andy Nash (2002 UH COOP Supervisor of the Year). With no previous knowledge of NWS operations, I had no idea of the vastness of the organization. The exposure to the National Weather Service has inspired me to pursue a career that contributes to public safety and scientific enrichment.
Many Meteorologists desire to work for the NWS, and the competition for an intern position is fierce. The SCEP program is helpful to battle the competition, but does not guarantee a position within the NWS. My concerns were lightened however, when I was awarded UH 2003 COOP Student of the Year, and completely disappeared when I learned that I had won the National Award. National COOP Student of the Year is a very honorable award, and I believe it will set me a solid foundation for a rewarding career with the NWS.
Two-Year Cooperative Education Student of the Year
Debbie GarrisonCentral Piedmont Community College
Co-op EmployerLove, INCDebbie’s co-op faculty coordinator, Lyndall Hare, describes her as one of those rare students who come with a superb work ethic and highly sophisticated organizational and time management skills. As a result, she produced immaculate work, developed a new program from scratch, created a magnificent marketing program, and had superb client interactions.
Going to college as an adult, Debbie, with nerve and determination as well as overcoming a severe illness, was able to fulfill her life goal of helping others and not worrying about her own future. She graduated this past December with an AAS Degree in Gerontology, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA her entire academic career. She was a member of the President’s List and Dean’s List at CPCC.
The result of her co-op work experience was that of developing an Adopt an Elder Program for a local non-profit service agency, Love, INC. She designed the program, marketed the program by creating a brochure, a PowerPoint presentation and video, and served clients through a ˆ£care teamˆ§ leadership approach. Adopt an Elder Program received United Way funding in January 2004 and Debbie began her dream job as Program Coordinator at that time. We have also learned that the Adopt an Elder Program model will now be used across the country by other Love, INC. affiliates.
Butler University, Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis, INProfessional, exemplary, self-confident. All words used by nominators to describe Yaw Anokwa, the 2003 CEIA Intern of the Year award recipient.
Yaw is an ambitious young man who is pursing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at Butler University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Purdue School of Engineering and Technology (both in Indianapolis, IN). Currently, he maintains an overall GPA of 3.55/4.0.
A second term internship student at Raytheon in Indianapolis, Yaw worked with design engineers to design, write code for and test software for a wireless maintenance record application that is currently in development. He also worked with test engineers to develop hardware required for a vital test station used by the US military and Raytheon.
On Butler’s campus, Yaw has been the president of the Engineering Club, the Computer Science Club, EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) and has been a TA in the Physics and Chemistry departments. He designed, implemented and runs Dawgnet, the campus’s on-line newspaper. Yaw’s hard work has not gone unnoticed, he has received numerous awards including, Top 10 Outstanding Male Students Award (Butler), Top 100 Outstanding Students Award (Butler), Outstanding Engineering Student Award (Butler) and Outstanding Engineering Dual Degree Program Student Award (IUPUI).