Laura Brennan '15
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Lycoming College senior Laura Brennan, a photography and biology major, has been nominated for the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers (PennACE) JoAnne Day Student of the Year Award in the liberal arts category. Each year, the award is given to recognize notable workers and interns at eligible institutions in the state of Pennsylvania.
This past summer, Brennan, a native of Ashland, Pa., was a photography intern for the Community Dark Room in Williamsport, Pa. While Laura was originally seeking an internship in biomedical photography, the local area did not support that and instead was placed in the Dark Room. Instead of a typical internship experience, Brennan was working on a photography exhibition that dealt with painful subjects such as depression, self-injury and suicide.
“During the internship [Brennan] demonstrated extraordinary professionalism with a subject that required maturity and self-direction dealing with such difficult emotions,” said Anne Landon, assistant director of Lycoming College’s Institute for Management Studies and internship coordinator.
Brennan was nominated for the award by Landon. She will compete with students from colleges and universities, including Penn State University, Susquehanna University, Juniata College, Duquesne University, Grove City College, Seton Hill University, Muhlenberg College and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The winner will be announced in December and officially recognized at the spring 2015 PennACE Conference.
The PennACE JoAnne Day Student of the Year Awards are given in memory of JoAnne Day, a longtime colleague and friend to many involved in cooperative education, academic internships and career services, who died in 2005 after a two-year battle with cancer. Day’s professional tenure spanned decades and included a time as director of career development and assistant dean of students at Lycoming.
PennACE is a collaborative organization of career development and recruitment professionals that provides professional growth and networking opportunities designed to enhance career development practices for Pennsylvania college and university students and graduates.
For more information on the PennACE, or the JoAnne Day Student of the Year Award, please visit the PennAce website.