2014 CEIA Award Recipients

Dean Herman Schneider Award


Marge_Apel_Schneider_AwardMarjorie Apel

Over a long and varied academic career, Marjorie has been the Director of Career Services at Manhattan College in Riverdale NY and the Director of Cooperative Education and adjunct instructor at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry NY.

Extremely active in the field of cooperative education, Marjorie is a long time member of CEIA. She first served on the CEIA Board of Directors from 2002-2004 as the Vice President for the Northeast Region 1, where she was the chairperson of the Member Services Committee and the lead member of the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee. In 2004, Marge served as the Vice President of the International Region 8, where she implemented strategies to increase partnerships among members worldwide. In 2005, Marjorie Apel was voted President-Elect of CEIA and served as President in 2006-07. She played a vital role in the 2006 centennial celebration in Cincinnati, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of cooperative education. She also continued the Journal partnership with the National Commission and the World Association for Cooperative Education. Her leadership was in evidence during the hiring of CEIA’s Association Manager and the revamping of CEIA’s operations, thus setting the Association on a course that remains in place to this day.

A person of action, Marjorie initiated joint meetings of the separate regional organizations of the northeast and organized a project to survey the computer programs used by Cooperative Education and Career Offices. Furthermore, she held the positions of President and Treasurer of the New York State Cooperative Experiential and Education Association where she worked on conferences and committees, and participated in the CEIA LAC meetings and conferences over many years.

Marjorie’s latest project is the development of a website www.AskNelly.com. It is a site dedicated to providing resources in the areas of health, money, looking good and lifestyle for women 55+. True to her background, you will note she has included articles on volunteering and job basics.

In addition, she is the President of Abklir Realty Co., Inc., where she develops and manages commercial property.

As if this isn’t enough, in her “free” time, she is a member of the Board of Trustees for Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.

Marjorie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Syracuse University and a Master of Arts, administration degree, in guidance and student personnel administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Judi_Best-Kettering_AwardCharles F. Kettering Award

Judi Best, recipient of the Charles F. Kettering Award has served as Civic Education /Internship Coordinator for the Washington State Senate since November of 1994. During this time, the program has grown, not only in size, but also in educational and professional development opportunities for the interns. She credits her early career as a homemaker and mother of four as an excellent step into her current career. Judi has served as a legislative assistant to a state legislator and to a county commissioner, has been a member of the PTA, the Red Cross, the Senior Mediator for Thurston County Dispute Resolution Center and a member of the Olympia AIDS Task Force. Her paid and volunteer work has been a key component for understanding the needs of both the community and the business world. This, combined with her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Evergreen State College, has proven to be an outstanding combination to prepare her to work with interns.

“Judi is dedicated to the success of us as interns. It is great because she knows that this looks different for each individual. She is proactive in helping create the best opportunity and experience for every intern that she works with. I admire her dedication to the program and our success,” remarked intern Maggie Chappel 2014 intern. The favorite part of Judi’s career with the Washington State Senate has been watching the students grow and change and make a difference in the world. “In such a short time Judi helped me out of my comfort zone and get the most out of my experience with the internship program, something I would not have done on my own. She is strong, yet gentle, and I could not help but want to impress her every step of the way,” said legislative intern Daniel Condon.

Over the years, former interns from the program have gone on to serve in Congress, the Washington State Legislature, as advocates for countless important causes, as County Commissioners, as teachers and in many other occupations. By combining a great education with practical professional skills, interns leave the program prepared for almost any career. Dr. Patty Chantrill who is faculty coordinator at Eastern Washington University said this about her experience working with Best, “Judi has worked tirelessly to ensure that every student intern learns and thrives during their time in Olympia. Her passion for the program, her professional integrity, and her personable nature combine to create a robust, nationally recognized internship experience, one that brings pride and promise to the state of Washington. She taught me, and countless other faculty supervisors, the importance of encouraging students to greater degrees of personal and academic success, even as they contribute to the public good. Judi Best’s generosity of spirit and service has inspired us all.”

When she retires in May, Judi will spend more time with her grandchildren and would like to teach college level state government courses. Her service and contributions to the Washington State Senate will endure but she will be missed.

Matthew_Forrest_Coop_student_awardCooperative Education Student Achievement Award

Matthew Forrest is a senior Electrical Engineering student at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. On top of his rigorous coursework and numerous leadership positions, Matthew has completed two co-op rotations with ExxonMobil Refining and Supply.

With ExxonMobil, Matthew was given the opportunity to work in the Electrical and Instrument Engineering Group and support refinery unit operations. The Electrical and Instrument Engineering Group is responsible for maintaining and upgrading existing control systems and machinery power distribution to ensure reliable refinery operations. In 2012, Matthew worked at the Baton Rouge Refinery where he obtained practical electrical and instrument engineering knowledge that allowed him to be an effective engineer. He completed projects like programming new variable frequency drives to control motors and automating drum level controls to prevent shutdowns that gave him a broad overview of the business. In 2013, he worked at the Torrance Refinery where he helped to improve the reliability of the operation by tailoring best practices he had seen in Baton Rouge to the Torrance site. Matthew was able to design a new work process for the control valve repair shop to improve effectiveness of repairs, retain data and effectively reduce repair costs. He was also able to work on a greenhouse gas reporting system with the Capital Projects Group that allowed the refinery to comply with new reporting standard and reduce engineering costs. In addition, Matthew frequently gave back to the community during both of his co-op rotations by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, local wildlife preserves and the Bernard Harris Summer Camp Program.

Outside of his class work, Matthew is very dedicated to his extracurricular activities. During his time at Lehigh, Matthew was a Student Senator, a peer tutor, the President of his residence hall council, and the Social Chair, a Recruitment Captain and the Vice President of his fraternity. When not studying, Matthew enjoys skiing and equities investing.

Matthew has accepted a full-time position with ExxonMobil and will move to California upon his graduation from Lehigh University in May 2014.

Paige_Duggins_Intern_studentAcademic Internship Student Achievement Award

Paige Duggins is a Senior English and Education double major at Southwestern University. She currently serves as the Editor in Chief of The Megaphone, the university’s official student newspaper, and has competed on the NCAA intercollegiate soccer team as a forward and midfielder all four years of her college career.

Paige’s academic interests include investigating the intersections of educational opportunity, literacy, race, and socioeconomic status, complementing her two majors with a minor in race and ethnic studies. Paige serves as a student representative on Southwestern’s Diversity Enrichment Committee and works with students and staff in Student Foundation to improve the quality of the University.

Sankit_Gada-_2_yr_awardTwo-Year Program Student Achievement Award

Sankit is a student at Macomb Community College completing dual enrollment coursework toward a Bachelor of Accountancy degree at Walsh College, having previously graduated summa cum laude with an Associate in Business Management from Macomb Community College in 2011.

He completed his internship with Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, as a Merchandise Host in the spring semester of 2013. Sankit’s site supervisor, Daniel Ramos, was so pleased with his performance that he wrote, “We begged Sankit to stay!” Sankit was the first Disney College Program member in over five years to be nominated for the Magical Merchant Award, which is given to the top cast member from each department in the resort, and Ramos noted that Sankit’s nomination was unanimous.

While maintaining his 3.6 GPA, Sankit is also involved in his community through volunteer work, including work with United Way. He plans to complete his degree in Accounting, and work in the finance world and wants to “work for a firm where [he] can make a huge difference in people’s lives.”

Ralph W. Tyler Award
Not Awarded 2014

Best Practice Current Award Recipients
Not Awarded 2014

James Wilson Award
Not Awarded 2014