Quinnipiac University

Student earns national award for leadership and campus involvement

November 30, 2021

Photo of Shannon Flaherty and Jahmil Effend holding an award

Shannon Flaherty ‘22, president of the Student Programming Board, has been recognized for making a difference at Quinnipiac with the National Association for Campus Activities Ken Bedini Student Leader Award for the Northeast Region in late October.

The award was established to recognize the outstanding contributions of the Northeast region’s undergraduate student leaders who continuously make a difference in their institutions.

The award was presented to Flaherty by the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) on October 30.

Flaherty has developed a reputation for being greatly involved on campus.

Flaherty has also been involved in QTHON, the communications honors society, Quinnipiac Spirit and has been a Teletubby performer for ice hockey and various sporting events.

“Shannon has dedicated her entire four years at Quinnipiac to getting involved in co-curricular involvement to make a difference for the community. It has been a true honor to watch her grow into a respected student leader on campus,” said Hannah Cranston, associate director of campus life, student centers and student involvement.

The programs put on by SPB light up the Quinnipiac community by allowing students to enjoy activities outside of the classroom, explained Jahmil Effend, assistant director of campus life, student centers and student involvement.

“I believe that SPB allows students to make a consistent connection with campus. Whether through weekly late-night programs or our many traditions, SPB serves as a vital role in building memories that students can carry with them long past their college years,” said Effend. “This award is a testament to the great work of our students here at Quinnipiac. Shannon being recognized, for me, confirms that we have some of the best student leaders in the northeast on our programming board.”

Many describe Flaherty as a dedicated individual who motivates others to enhance the student experience through leadership, explained Cranston.

“Knowing Shannon for her entire undergraduate career at Quinnipiac has been an honor. Watching students become leaders is such an awarding experience and when those leaders are recognized it’s a cherry on top of the sundae,” explained Cranston. “As the associate director of campus life for SCSI, our work revolves around the development of our students through co-curricular involvement. Students like Shannon keep us motivated as professionals in student affairs. We are lucky to have her at Quinnipiac.”

Flaherty said that she is grateful for the award and her time with SPB throughout the past four years.
“I love being the bridge between students and fun events on campus that encourage community and interacting with students you might’ve never seen around campus,” said Flaherty. “I am very honored to receive this award and would not be where I am today without my old adviser Hannah Cranston and all the SPB members who took me under their wing when I was a freshman.”

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