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SHU Receives Outstanding New Partner Award from Junior Achievement

Student interns and education programs enrich partnership

From left are Adam Dworkin, vice president of the Board of Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut (JAWCT) and executive director of Griffin Faculty Practice Plan, Inc., Professor Tuvana Rua and Bernadine Venditto, president of JAWCT.

Tuvana Rua, assistant professor of management, recently accepted the Outstanding New Partner of the Year Award from Junior Achievement (JA) on behalf of Sacred Heart University.

Junior Achievement, a long-standing organization that introduces young people to the elements of business, hosted its annual challenge at SHU earlier this year, and Rua helped organize it. As adviser of the University’s management club, Rua started the club’s partnership with the JA. She also is actively involved with JA throughout the year, providing interns for the organization and education programs such as networking and negotiation workshops.

Rua created a JA for-credit course that enables SHU to deliver JA content to the high schools in western Connecticut. She also has been appointed to the JA’s board of directors, a role that went into effect July 1.

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Sean Heffron, left, Welch College of Business director of student experience, speaks with local high school students during the Junior Achievement Business Challenge in March.