04/23/2008, Voices

Oxford Resident Honored at Capitol

By: Leda Quirke

OXFORD - Carol Osborn, a resident of Coppermine Road and a senior at Housatonic Valley Community College, was one of 41 college students recognized for academic achievement by the State Legislature on Academic Day, April 9.

The students were treated to lunch, introduced to legislators and honored with citation awards at the State Capitol.

The recognition program was initiated ten years ago by state Reps. Denise Merrill, D-54, Richard Roy, D-119, and Pamela Sawyer, R-55, as a way to recognize students from the University of Connecticut, state universities, community colleges, independent colleges and other schools of higher learning for achievements other than sports.

Candidates are recommended by their schools and consider not only the students' grade point averages but also their participation in school activities.

In addition to maintaining a 4.0 average, Ms. Osborn, who is majoring in occupational therapy, created a sensory garden for the Early Childhood Program at HVCC.

Last year, she persuaded Gov. M. Jodi Rell to prepare a proclamation declaring the month of April, 2007, Occupational Therapy Month in Connecticut.

Now 46, Ms. Osborn served in the Marine Corps and U.S. Army National Guard and worked as a quality control manager for a Milford company. She enrolled in the HVCC's occupational therapy program two years ago, looking for a career change.

After she graduates next month, she hopes to work in hand therapy clinic.