Kean Student Wins NJRPA Student of the Year Award
UNION, N.J. –Rosa De Jesus, Kean University sophomore majoring
in recreation administration with an option in therapeutic recreation,
was presented with the New Jersey Recreation and Parks Administration
(NJRPA) Student of the Year Award at the organization’s annual banquet
at Bally’s Park Place Hotel in Atlantic City on March 16. Each year,
NJRPA members nominate students who exemplify the association’s
mission to enhance the public’s quality of life by promoting recreation,
parks, conservation and leisure services. The young person who has shown
the most dedicated service to volunteer work, has a high grade-point average
(GPA) and submits an exceptional essay is selected as the winner.
De Jesus augments her busy school and volunteer schedule as president of the Recreation Majors Club of the Student Organization of Kean University, Inc., and as editor of the club’s newsletter. A student-athlete, she plays singles and doubles on the Kean Cougars tennis team and teaches the sport during the summer in her hometown of Perth Amboy, N.J. De Jesus is also employed on campus in the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Health.
“We look for well-rounded students who will best represent the
qualities and values of a recreation professional,” said Michele
Collins, adjunct professor of therapeutic recreation at Kean, who has
been a member of NJRPA for more than 25 years and is on the Awards Committee.
“I was so pleased when I saw that Rosa was nominated. She is in
my Saturday morning Principles and Practices in Therapeutic Recreation
class, and I have had the opportunity to witness firsthand how bright,
motivated and hard working she is. I was proud to be the NJRPA member
to present her with this well-deserved award, and I know that she will
be a great asset to our profession.”