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Student Personnel Administration (SPA) program presents awards [more…]
Thomas Quatroche Sr. (left) and Gail Maloney, '76.
The sixth annual Professional Student Personnel Administration (SPA) Conference, "The Developing Professional: Networking, Partnerships, and Collaboration," attracted higher education professionals, faculty, and students from throughout the region to campus November 9. The conference luncheon provided an opportunity to publicly recognize the achievements of three individuals.
Thomas Quatroche Sr., professor emeritus of educational foundations, was honored as the Outstanding Contributor to Higher Education. Quatroche cofounded the Buffalo State SPA program, now the largest of its kind in the nation, in 1970. The master's degree program prepares students for professional careers in the field of student affairs.
The SPA Alumni of the Year Award was presented to Gail Maloney, '76, senior associate athletics director. Throughout her 24-year career as an administrator and head coach at Buffalo State, Maloney has served in various roles in support of the mission of higher education and the needs of student-athletes. She has overseen nine women's teams and served as a coach, teacher, mentor, and role model for hundreds of female student-athletes.
Earnest Hobbs Jr., a first-year SPA student who served as a teaching assistant and student mentor with the Academic Intervention and Management (AIM) program on campus in fall 2002, received the first Michael J. Small SPA Scholarship. The $200 award, which will be presented annually, was endowed by Small, a 1999 SPA alumnus who received his undergraduate degree from Buffalo State in 1997.