Every year, Calumet College of St. Joseph honors a student with the Edward Zivich Award.
This accolade is presented in memory of long time CCSJ Professor Dr. Edward A. Zivich.
The recipient’s name is put on a plaque and he or she is given a monetary reward.
“The recipient of this award has to be someone who demonstrates cheerful enthusiasm, love of life, integrity, service to their community, hard work, success, leadership, scholarship, and commitment to social justice,” Said CCSJ Professor Walter Skiba, person in charge of presenting the award.
Senior and Forensic Biotechnology major at CCSJ Jennifer Diaz was presented as the recipient of this award at a ceremony that faculty members and the Diaz family attended on Apr. 19.
“I feel honored. I would like to thank the faculty for selecting me as the recipient of the 2017 Edward Zivich Award,” Diaz explained. “It is nice to know that my community service and leadership have been recognized by CCSJ.
CCSJ’s Senate selects the recipient for this award.
Chemistry Professor at CCSJ, Dr. Sandra Rogers nominated Diaz for the award, and different faculty members supported her nomination.
“Jennifer is an abstract role model and teaches her leanings to her fellow peers in a way that is easy to grasp. She has also been an exceptional student with regards to nor only education and writing, but also critical thinking,” Dr. Rogers explained. “Her skills are put forth every day in our research labs and her skills have acquired her second interviews at places such as Brown University.”
Diaz has always brought accomplishments to her family; but to Alejandra Diaz , Jennifer’s mom, this is something at another level.
“I feel very proud and surprised. I have always expected good things from her, but what she is doing now are bigger things.” Mrs. Diaz said.
The surprise feeling not only comes from her family, but from Diaz herself too.
“As a first generation college student, I never imagined doing exceptional work that would be significant enough to be nominated for this award.”
To Diaz, her learning experiences at CCSJ are what forged her into the student she is today, and her motor has always been her family.
“The mentoring I have received from the Biophysical Chemistry Department and my experience with Veterans’ Unit at CCSJ have made me into the student that presents the qualities of a recipient worthy of the Edward Zivich Award,” Diaz said. “My family has been my biggest motivation throughout college. My parents have always given me the support to do my best.”
Diaz is graduating on May. 20, and she is also one of the two valedictorians of the 2017 class.
She is going away after graduation, but even for her future, she is planning to keep helping society in some way.
“I will attend the University of Michigan in the fall to begin my PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. My plan is to, one day, design drugs that can be easily administered in third world countries.”
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