Student receives outstanding leadership award

Robert Squatriglia presents Vaccaro with ODK’s Outstanding Undergraduate Leader Award for 2010. (Source: CCU)
Robert Squatriglia presents Vaccaro with ODK’s Outstanding Undergraduate Leader Award for 2010. (Source: CCU)

Conway, SC - CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - A freshman at Coastal Carolina University was recently awarded the Robert W. Squatriglia Outstanding Undergraduate Leader Award for 2010.

Caitlin T. Vaccaro, of Shallotte, NC, was presented with a plaque and a check for $100 at a Rotary Club of Conway meeting in recognition of her leadership and service activities. Vaccaro, a business management major with a minor in English, distinguished herself in academics and athletics as well as in volunteer and philanthropic activities both on and off campus, including animal rescue and human health care.

Vaccaro said she is most proud of starting a scholarship in memory of her late sister, Christina Vaccaro, a CCU student who died in October 2008. The scholarship is for students who wish to teach at the middle school level, which was her sister's dream.

The award is co-sponsored annually by the Rotary Club of Conway and the Coastal Carolina University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the national leadership honor society comprising the top 30 percent of juniors and seniors of their class. The award is named in honor of Robert Squatriglia, who helped students form the University's ODK Circle in 1980. Squatriglia is a retired vice president of student affairs at CCU and a longtime Rotarian.

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