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Every year, the Gwynedd Mercy University Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations acknowledge graduates who exemplify the spirit of GMercyU with the Annual Alumni Association Awards. For 2021, Jordan Abelson and Amie will be awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate and Outstanding Graduate Student Awards, respectively. Congratulations to these two incredible women who will surely continue to embrace the spirit of their alma mater after graduation.
The Alumni Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student is awarded to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to Gwynedd Mercy University and its Mercy Mission, as well as distinguished themselves in one or more of the following areas: academics, athletics, service, and/or leadership.
The Alumni Association chose Jordan Abelson as this year's Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award recipient. Jordan could be classified as one of the most active and energetic undergraduates on campus. She is preparing to graduate from the E-STEM honors program with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and communications.
During her tenure on campus, Jordan has served as a peer mentor since her sophomore year; sought out research opportunities and participated in the Student Association of Science, to enhance her education; she was active in the Take Back the Night movement; was the secretary in the Sigma Phi Sigma National Mercy Honor Society; chair of the new Mercy Monarch Butterfly Garden project on campus; and was the founder of the American Association of University Women on campus. Jordan was GMercyU’s first vlogger, assisting the Marketing and biology departments in social media; was a member of the coalition for campus civic engagement committee; was a member of the Griffin Student Leadership Institute; and, also participated on the student/faculty diversity council, with the goal of bringing equity, diversity, and inclusion to campus.
Following graduation, in addition to remaining active with GMercyU’s Graduates Of The Last Decade young alumni group, Jordan will attend Brown University to pursue a master's degree in public health, focusing on health disparities in minorities, particularly in women’s health.
The Alumni Award for Outstanding Graduate Student is awarded to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to Gwynedd Mercy University and its Mercy Mission as well as a commitment to academics and personal or professional goals.
Amie Engel Germain was selected by the Alumni Association as this year’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award recipient and will graduate with her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a Concentration in Higher Ed Administration, exemplifying excellence in academics and her profession. She is an assistant professor in occupational therapy at Ithaca College. She has been honored to expand her institutional role into faculty development as a Center for Faculty Excellence Dana Teaching Fellow for 2018-2022. She is a committed advocate of Universal Design for Learning to meet the needs of all students. Her dissertation research on crowdsourcing of class notes within the Learning Management System will contribute not only to the literature applying Universal Design for Learning to practice but also in offering an outstanding solution to supporting students during the pandemic.
Amie has taken a leadership role in her doctoral classes at GMercyU in advocating for designing teaching experiences that meet the needs of all students. She has shared resources and provided feedback to her peers that has allowed them to develop skills in this area.
She is committed to both her profession of occupational therapy and teaching, as evidenced by her expanding role into faculty development. At Ithaca College, she has hosted numerous teaching conversations on Universal Design for Learning with faculty and co-facilitates the Early Career Excellence Institute. She will soon step into the role of chair Occupational Therapy Graduate Program at Ithaca College.
Amie contributes to social justice through her work with a local Feed My Starving Children program. She embraces the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy in addressing racism, choosing to create a curriculum on ethnic and racial identity development for her instructional design course. She is committed to health through her work in occupational therapy and as an advisory panel member for the Letchwork State Park Autism Nature Trail.