Institutional Awards Recognize Committed University Partners

Institutional Awards Recognize Committed University Partners

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Christian Holm
October 01, 2014

Bringing hundreds of students to The Washington Center every semester requires the strong partnership of several dedicated academic institutions. TWC recognized these crucial relationships and the committed individuals who lead the way with the 2014 Institutional Awards Dinner on Sunday, Sept. 28 in downtown Washington.


Sara Biggs, director of admissions and institutional relations, presented the Liaison of the Year Award to Sara Fugett and Rebecca Doak from Ohio’s University of Mount Union. The duo was recognized for their many years of support - including helping 13 Mount Union students successfully apply to TWC this semester alone.


TWC recognized the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with the New Affiliate of the Year Award. UNC Charlotte and TWC began collaborating in 2012, when the city hosted the 2012 Democratic National Convention and the university hosted TWC’s coinciding seminar. Chancellor Philip L. Dubois and liaison Eric Heberlig attended to receive the award from Tony Cerise, TWC’s director of academic seminars.


President Mike Smith presented the Academic Seminar Institution of the Year to Robert Morris University of Pennsylvania.


“From faculty and staff who have tirelessly promoted the program to administrators who offer advice and encouragement, Robert Morris goes above and beyond for its students. The institution has even established an award to recognize two students annually for the transformations they’ve made through the experience,” Smith said.


Robert Morris President Gregory Dell'Omo accepted the award and returned the praise, thanking TWC for helping the university fulfill its goal of integrating an excellent classroom experience with comprehensive experiential learning.


Dell'Omo told the crowd how much Robert Morris students value the exclusive access an internship in Washington provides. Some students look forward to joining the "Top Secret Colonials," a group of TWC alumni at Robert Morris who use their school’s mascot as a moniker. He also shared the memorable experience Robert Morris’ TWC representatives had when they visited the Chinese embassy on the same day the U.S government levied charges against the nation for cybercrimes against several Pittsburgh steel companies. It was an issue close to home for the students, Dell’Omo said, as Robert Morris is a Pittsburgh-based institution.


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