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Ayotte receives Bobby L. Dunnigan Award for Outstanding Service

BOONE—Emily Elizabeth Ayotte has received the Bobby L. Dunnigan Award for Outstanding Service for 2013. This award recognizes students who are employed in the Division of Student Development at Appalachian State University and have distinguished themselves through the scope and quality of their service during their employment. Dunnigan was director of residence life when he retired.

View larger imageEmily E. Ayotte, second from right, is the 2103 recipient of the Dunnigan Award for Outstanding Service. She is pictured with her mother, Karen Ayotte, far left, and Mr. and Mrs. Dunnigan. Photo copyright 2013 Madison Frink.

Ayotte is a senior recreation management major from Edgewater, Md. She was nominated for the award by University Recreation, a unit within the Division of Student Development.

Through University Recreation, Ayotte has worked as a facility supervisor, camp programmer and a day camp supervisor.

She was executive office for the club sports program for the 2012-13 academic year, treasurer of the women’s club lacrosse team and participated an alternative spring break trip to Puerto Rico where she helped build a bio-ethnic trail on a research site in the rain forest.

“In her current role as an executive officer for the club sports program, Emily has the task of serving almost 800 of her student peers,” wrote a nominator. “There are administrative tasks, but she also has to assess and make thoughtful suggestions for improvement to progress the program forward to parallel along with the growth it is experiencing. Her thoughtfulness has always been so very impressive and her understanding of how important it is to reflect on every decision we make could affect each of our 20 diverse teams.”

Ayotte was praised for her attention to detail, particularly when processing risk management paperwork for accuracy and being mindful of how an accident could affect recreation programs and operations.

A nominator also wrote that “Emily’s passion for University Recreation and her drive to provide students with a sense of acceptance and opportunity to succeed in their own accomplishments is rare to find – we are fortunate and proud to have her as a part of our organization.”