2016 Alumni Awards Recipients

Cindy Carlson

Cindy Carlson, '11 B.S. in Human Services (with a minor in criminal justice) and '15 M.S. in Human Services, is the 2016 recipient of the Premier Achievement Award, presented to graduates of the past 10 years who have excelled professionally or within the community, or who have shown extraordinary loyalty and dedication to the College. Since 2010, Cindy Carlson has been project manager for community services at The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services of BHcare, serving its Ansonia, North Haven and New Haven offices. The center provides practical assistance and empowering support for victims of domestic violence, and works to create an environment of individual safety. In her 14 years with the center, she has served in other positions as well: family violence victim advocate, crisis counselor and coordinator of crisis services. A human services professional with proven experience, she is a strong and successful advocate for community collaboration in service delivery. Her leadership style establishes strong performance and growth of participants by recognizing talent, fostering innovation and developing commitment to achieve results. She is continues each day to give those affected by violence a voice again.

Cindy Carlson received her bachelor's degree magna cum laude and the Human Services Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in an undergraduate program; she also was inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national honor society for adult students.

Maria Shea Terrell

Maria Shea Terrell,'73 B.A. in Mathematics summa cum laude, is honored for outstanding professional achievement. She earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Virginia in 1978. She has been at Cornell University for 30 years, most recently serving as senior lecturer in mathematics and director of teaching assistant programs. During her years at Cornell, she has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on seven National Science Foundation research grants, ranging from calculus and geometry of rigid structures to undergraduate mathematics education, and totaling more than $2.2 million. She also served as assistant dean of admissions and advising at Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences. She is the recipient of the Clarence Stevens Distinguished Teaching Award of the Mathematical Association of America; Stephen and Margery Russell Distinguished Teaching Award, Cornell University College of Arts and Science; and Senior Faculty Mathematics Teaching Award, Cornell University. Widely published, she has been an invited speaker at many conferences and workshops at, among others, University of Texas, Harvard University, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley and Indiana University. Her latest book, "Multivariable Calculus with Applications," co-authored with Peter Lax, will be published next year.

Maria Terrell's decision to attend Albertus was due in large part to having a sister, Patricia Shea McGrath '70, a mathematics major, here at the College. Professors Florence Jacobson and Sidnie Feit were her teachers, mentors and role models, fostering her love of mathematics and a deep appreciation for good teaching. She and her husband, Bob, have three children and five grandchildren. Dr. Terrell will retire from Cornell on June 30 of this year.