By Lian Bunny ’17
St. Bonaventure University senior Anna Ciesla has been named the 2015 recipient of the Dr. Mary A. Hamilton Woman of Promise award.
Ciesla, of Franklinville, will receive the award at a ceremony in the Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Professional Building at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 24. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Lori Quigley, a 1981 graduate of St. Bonaventure, will be the keynote speaker at the event. Quigley is professor and dean of the Esteves School of Education at The Sage Colleges in New York’s capital region.
Each year, the award recognizes a female journalism and mass communication student who has set an example for their classmates both in and out of the classroom and displayed significant promise for success in the future.
The award is named in honor of Dr. Mary Hamilton, ’59, a retired associate professor from the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Pauline Hoffmann, the dean of the journalism and mass communication school, said several faculty members recognized Ciesla’s talent.
“Anna is a wonderful, professional, talented young woman,” Hoffmann said. “She was regularly suggested by Paul Wieland as a sports reporter for Time Warner and CBS when the networks were covering the men's basketball games and was recommended by faculty for scholarships based on her strong writing skills. She is compassionate and caring. We expect great things from her.”
Ciesla is a journalism and mass communication major with a minor in history. She also has a part-time job in Ellicottville.
Ciesla credits her success to hard work.
“I feel extremely honored to be receiving [this award],” Ciesla said. “I have a really strong work ethic. I’m graduating in three years. I also try to immerse myself completely in everything I am doing.”
Ciesla has been involved in SBU-TV since her freshman year and obtained a summer internship with the Buffalo Sabres.
She plans to attend law school after graduation.
“I’m trying to get into law school,” Ciesla said. “We’ll see what happens after that. The thing with law school is you don’t always just have to practice law. Having the J.D. helps you to move higher up on the ladder later in life, because you have that education.”
Wieland, Ciesla’s adviser, credited her accomplishments to her skills as a journalist and a leader.
“She’s a multitasker and a fine writer. She knows how to tell stories with pictures. She is also a leader and very much goal-oriented. When she takes on a task, she completes it. Anna follows in a long line of women who got this award who show outstanding abilities in almost any part of what we consider a communications education.”
At The Sage Colleges, Quigley has developed practices that nurture faculty and established collaborative partnerships with P-12 schools and community agencies, as well as demonstrated relationships with funders and major donors who have committed to supporting several programs she initiated at the college.
Quigley serves as president of the executive board of the New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NYACTE), and she has been appointed to the Global Diversity Committee of the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE).
She also chaired the Native American Indian Education Association of New York (NAIEA/NY) for nearly a decade and, in 2004, received a U.S. Presidential appointment to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, of which she served as chairperson until June 2010.
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