Each year, IUP recognizes an outstanding graduate student with an award supported by the Margaret Mahler Memorial Fund. I was the recipient of this award for 2012. This past weekend, I attended the graduation ceremonies to receive the award and was honored to hear some of the kindest words I think I’ve ever heard about myself (from people who aren’t my mom, dad or husband, that is).
“We are especially pleased to recognize this individual for this award, as she exemplifies the spirit of our program through her personal commitment to her own lifelong learning as well as to helping others learn and advance themselves. Her academic work while enrolled in our program was exemplary, indicating the high standards she holds for herself. Her professional work as well as her involvement in her community demonstrates her desire to help others learn and grow. There was no question that she was the best choice to receive this award this year. It was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to work with someone of her caliber during her course of study.”
It was quite an honor. And it’s a mighty handsome plaque.