Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences Recognizes Exemplary Students, Alumni
Students in the Lee College reflect on the experiences they had that led to them earning awards that recognized excellence in academics, research, campus involvement, and hands-on learning opportunities.
August 12, 2019
By Renee Chmiel, Office of Marketing and Communications
“I was honored to receive this award,” said Stolecki, who also published a paper examining the War on Drugs that was published in the American Criminal Justice Association’s National Journal. “Experiential education opportunities drew me to the University of New Haven. To have been recognized by criminal justice faculty members as having excelled in this area is amazing.”
In addition to the dozens of students who were recognized, Megan M. Murphy ’04, ’16 M.S., fire marshal and emergency management director for Trumbull, Connecticut, and Robert E. McDonald, Jr. ’86, ’95 M.S., director of NBA security and international events, were honored. They received the Alumni Fellowship Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award, respectively.
Students were recognized for excellence in areas such as academics, research, public service, and leadership. Edmund Schultz ’20, a fire science major, received the Outstanding Student in Fire/Arson Investigation Award.
“This award is a testament to the amazing opportunities that I have had at the University,” said Schultz. “The fire science faculty members have a passion for helping students succeed, and they helped pave the way for me to be successful.”
"This award is a testament to the amazing opportunities that I have had at the University."Edmund Schultz ’20
For Stolecki, receiving the award was meaningful recognition of her hard work, and she’s grateful for the opportunities that she has had at the University.
“I have my education and my co-curricular involvement to thank for giving me the confidence and leadership skills that I needed so that I could put myself out there in the field and be successful,” she said.
2018-19 Award Recipients
Outstanding Student in Fire/Arson Investigation: Edmund Schultz
Outstanding Student in Fire Administration: Michael Herold
Outstanding Student in Fire Protection Engineering: Adam Jakubowski
Outstanding Student in Paramedicine: John Albini
John “Jack” Obier Award (recognizes outstanding fire science student): Gabriel Bitzer
Chief William S. Johnson, Jr. Award Eric Smith
Fire Science Distinguished Service Award: Johnathan Matyasich
Martin O’Connor Public Service Award: Chelsea White
Outstanding Part-Time Student in Criminal Justice: Kaylie Ryan
Outstanding Full-Time Student in Criminal Justice: Sophia Gentile
Distinction in Leadership: Joshua Kealer
David Maxwell Law Award: Kayla Steefel
Veteran’s Service Award in Criminal Justice: Kyle Van Almkerk
Criminal Justice Rising Star Award - Human Services: Laura Nolterieke
Criminal Justice Rising Star Award - Law Enforcement: Polina Boteva
Excellence in Experiential Education: Alyssa Stolecki