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GSC Career Services Counselor Receives Award


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Joanna DiStefano

Joanna DiStefano

GLENVILLE, WV – Glenville State College Career Services Counselor, Joanna DiStefano, has been recognized by Creighton University where she was recently awarded a Master of Science in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from their School of Law. She received the Maurine Hamilton Award for Outstanding Graduate Woman of 2014. The annual award is given to a female graduate who portrays the characteristics that Maurine Murdock Hamilton believed in; academic excellence, leadership, and service. Hamilton served as the Dean of Women at Creighton University from 1950-1964.

For part of her final exit project, DiStefano created a general studies course that will be offered as a pilot program at Glenville State College for the fall 2014 term to help students who are undecided in what area they should major. She has also developed and proposed a conflict analysis course that would instill negotiation skills and academic success in students.

“I am incredibly honored to be the recipient of the Maurine Hamilton Award. I am also so very grateful that I was able to complete my practicum here at GSC. This is a wonderful place with a distinctive mission that emphasizes leadership and community.  I now have an amazing opportunity to teach this new course as a pilot GSC 100 (the freshman general education requirement at GSC) class this fall, and I eagerly anticipate all the possibilities for innovation and growth that this will bring,” said DiStefano.

“This award is further evidence of the commitment of Joanna and the Glenville State staff generally to professional development that enhances the quality of the instruction and services the College offers its students,” said GSC Provost and Senior Vice President Dr. John Peek.

For more information about the pilot course or other academic resources at Glenville State College, contact DiStefano at or (304) 462-6151.

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