May 8, 2017

Elisabeth G. Endrikat ‘12, Centenary University Alumna and Chair of the New Jersey Psychological Association, Served as Keynote Speaker

Hackettstown, N.J., May 9, 2017 – Centenary University recently held its second annual Honors Convocation to recognize outstanding student achievements. Twenty-five students were honored with twenty-two different awards and scholarships. The welcome was conducted by Dr. Amy D’Olivo, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor Matthew Mendres, Assistant Professor of Communication. Centenary President Dr. David P. Haney delivered remarks to the award recipients.

“The Honors Convocation is a wonderful opportunity to reward our students for a job well-done,” says Dr. Amy D’Olivo, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Centenary University. “The ceremony showcases stellar scholars who strive for excellence in their field of study. They are great examples of our many success stories.”

Elisabeth G. Endrikat, an alumna from the class of 2012, served as keynote speaker. Her remarks focused on the importance of perseverance, being tenacious and possessing a strong work ethic. She expressed how important the power of positive thinking is and urged students to keep in contact with their professors even after graduation and thank them on a regular basis. She advised students to remember when people say that they can’t achieve something not to listen to the negativity.

She recently completed a PsyD doctoral degree in School Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University and serves as the Chair of the New Jersey Psychological Association – Graduate Student Section. Throughout her education, Elisabeth has assumed the role of research assistant. She conducted research on substance use disorders, child maltreatment, and the foster care system. She has presented her findings at numerous professional conferences and has practicum experience in school and other educational settings. She is currently completing an internship at Sussex County Technical School working with both the Child Study Team, as well as in their School-Based Youth Services Program. She recently met all the requirements for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential.

In addition, Elisabeth is an individual counselor for an extended school year program providing social skills training and behavior management to children with special education needs including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and learning disabilities.

“I am so pleased that I could celebrate with the students who were being honored in this manner,” says Endrikat. “If my advice helped some of the students excel in their professional and academic careers, then I have achieved what I sought out to do that day.”

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University is an independent, coeducational liberal arts and career studies college distinguished by an accomplished faculty, small class size and diverse student body. Centenary is the only baccalaureate and master’s degree granting institution in northwest New Jersey.

Centenary University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County). The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs online and in the following locations: Parsippany, Edison and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.


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