This past May, the EADP program announced the winners of the 2017 Tom Joslin Award at our annual end of the year picnic. Established in 1994, the Tom Joslin Award is given once a year to EADP students to carry forward Mr. Joslin’s vision for the EADP program and profession. The award is up to $1,000. In order to be eligible, students must be (1) at least a sophomore at the time the award is made; (2) have an overall 3.0 GPA in all coursework; (3) provide evidence of a commitment to a career in emergency management such as participation in appropriate professional development opportunities (seminars, workshops, professional meetings) and membership in relevant professional associations such as IAEM-SC, and (4) have the ability to demonstrate leadership qualities and involvement in community service activities. This year, Hannah Morton and Corey Olszewski were awarded the Tom Joslin Scholarship. Below, the award winners describe how this scholarship has supported their emergency management education.
“I have been actively pursuing a career in emergency management for the last five years, and UNT's EADP program was the only program I considered to get me there. While pursuing my education, I have been serving disaster-stricken communities around the United States as a volun-teer member of Team Rubicon Disaster Response for the last four years.
In September, I deployed on Operation Hard Hustle, joining the ranks of over 1,000 “Greyshirts” on the ground along the Gulf Coast. This is Team Rubicon’s largest operation, and encompasses seven mission areas coordinated through an Area Command system, which is the first time they have deployed this capability. I served as our division's Operations Section Chief for my first time, combining skills I’ve learned from past Team Rubicon deployments with skills and experience learned in my EADP degree. It was an honor to serve the community of Wharton, Texas, and I hope to continue serving with Team Rubicon long after I graduate. I represented UNT and this program with pride on deployment, and I am thankful for the faculty here, as well as the Tom Joslin Scholarship, for putting their faith in me. I hope to carry this legacy forward wherever I go.”
“This is the first semester of my senior year, and I just completed my internship in New Zealand this summer for disaster risk and emergency management. At UNT, I am involved in the IAEM student chapter and volunteering in emergency management related fields. These include the American Red Cross and Gregg County Community Emergency Response Team. I was extremely excited to receive this scholarship because it allowed me financially to pursue a certificate degree in volunteer coordination and management and also complete it by graduation in May.”
This story first appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of The Mitigator, the EMDS department newsletter.