Congratulations to our 2020 award and scholarship winners

Our 2020 awards and scholarships were presented during our annual Spring Professional Development Conference. The awards were presented during a luncheon on March 5 in Lancaster. Congratulations to all of our deserving winners!

CUPRAP Diversity Scholarship
Andin Ncho
Rutgers University-Camden

A senior at Rutgers University-Camden, Andin Ncho is finishing up a triple major in English, digital studies and global studies with a minor in Spanish. A resident of Sicklerville, New Jersey, Ncho is a first generation Cameroonian-American. She aspires to a career in public relations and writing and wants to serve as an inspiration for more black representation in the writing profession. As a student at Rutgers-Camden, she has maintained a 3.4 grade point average and serves as a writer and commentary editor for The Gleaner.  She has completed several internships as a fact checker and page builder for The Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for Humanities in Camden, and as an editorial intern for Hall-Moore Media, writing several articles for the Happy, Nappy Fit website.

Dick Jones Scholarship for Aspiring Communication Professionals
Abigail Ensslen
Albright College

A junior at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, Abigail Ensslen is a communications and fashion major. A resident Reading, she aspires to a career in public relations or advertising for a fashion company. As a student at Albright, Ensslen has maintained a 3.7 grade point average while serving as a student worker in the college’s Communication Division where she has gained valuable experience in writing, interviewing, content creation, and social media account management. Previously, she served as a marketing assistant at Tower Health and Home in Reading. She also serves as a student coordinator in the Albright College Department of Public Safety, assistant in the training of student officers.

Joseph W. Donovan Rising Star Award
Chris Johnson
Web Developer, Drexel University

Chris Johnson has been a web developer in Drexel University’s Office of University Communications’ marketing group for nearly four years. He develops and designs Drexel’s marquee web projects, including the microsite for their Ambition Can’t Wait campaign. He also provides web development support and training for the university’s dozens of web communicators across campus.

Chris graduated from University of Delaware in 2016 with a BA in technical writing and dual minors in marketing and interactive design. The convergence of his skills in communication, design, and critical thinking has contributed greatly to his success in the higher education web development field. 

Don Hale Award
Victoria Kidd
Principal, Victoria Kidd Communications

Victoria Kidd is principal of Victoria Kidd Communications and a former longtime communications staffer at Susquehanna University. She joined CUPRAP in 2003 and served on the Communications and Nominating committees before joining the board in 2008. In 2010, she joined the executive committee as secretary and became vice president the following year. She served as president from 2013 to 2015 and continued to serve on the board through 2017 as immediate past president. During her board tenure, she chaired the Communications, Conference, and Nominating committees, and as president, led the organization through growth in membership, the CUPPIE Awards, the Fall West Workshop, and the addition of an executive director. She continues to serve CUPRAP as a volunteer judge for the CUPPIE Awards.

Arthur V. Ciervo Award
Jonathan D. Green
President, Susquehanna University

Jonathan D. Green is a native of upstate New York. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Fredonia School of Music, studying voice with David Evans; a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts where he was an Ornest Fellow, studying voice with Jon Humphrey and Dorothy Ornest, and composition with Robert Stern and Salvatore Macchia; and he completed additional studies at Oxford University and Chautauqua Institution. He received the Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he was a University Excellence Fellow, studying conducting with William Carroll, Richard Cox and Robert Gutter; and composition with Eddie Bass.

Green became the 15th president of Susquehanna University on July 1, 2017. Prior to that, he spent six years as provost and dean of the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he received the inaugural award for outstanding academic advisor in 2016. He previously served as dean of the college and vice president for academic affairs at Sweet Briar College, where he received the 1999 Award for Excellence in Teaching.

As a composer, he has received awards from ASCAP, the North Carolina Arts Council and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His compositions include numerous songs, choral works, three piano concertos and seven symphonies. Among his many commissions is Riding the Winds of December, which was performed by the school children of Dare County as part of the centennial celebration of first flight. A number of his works have been published by C. Alan Publications, Bernel Editions, Ltd. and Treble Clef Press.

Green is the author of seven music-reference books: A Conductor’s Guide to Choral-Orchestral Works: The Twentieth Century, parts I and II, A Bio-Bibliography of Carl Ruggles, A Conductor’s Guide to the Choral-Orchestral Works of J. S. Bach, A Conductor’s Guide to the Choral-Orchestral Works of the Classical Period, Part I: Mozart and Haydn, A Conductor’s Guide to 19th-Century Choral-Orchestral Works and A Conductor’s Guide to Selected Baroque Choral-Orchestral Works.

He is a member of ASCAP and the Conductors Guild, and he has served on the boards of the Illinois Symphony and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. He has given numerous presentations on a variety of topics in higher education for the Council of Independent Colleges, the Annapolis Group and the American Council on Education, and was a board member of the American Conference of Academic Deans.