The Call for Nominations for NECHA’s Louise Gazzara Award is NOW CLOSED.

Award recipient will be honored at the NECHA Annual Meeting in Newport, RI on October 26-28, 2022.


This award honors a college nurse who has made outstanding contributions to her/his college or university, the profession and/or NECHA.

The award was established originally by CHAND (College Health Association of Nurse Directors) in 1992 to honor Louise on the occasion of her retirement in 1992, after 25 distinguished years as Director of Nursing at Tufts University. Louise was also a longstanding member of NECHA, serving as president in 1982.

In 2000, NECHA assumed responsibility for the Louise Gazzara Award, continuing to use the criteria established by CHAND. Perhaps most fittingly, the 2000 award honored Carole Worsh, Director of Health Services at Pine Manor College that year. As founding member of CHAND and NECHA past president, Carole presented a commemorative plaque to Louise in 1992. Gazzara passed away in 2013 leaving a legacy of caring and consideration for the many students that she served throughout the years.


For consideration, nominees need not be an ACHA individual member, but must currently work in college health. Written nominations will be submitted in letter format to the Chair of the Awards Committee no later than June 1 of the given year. The Awards Committee shall consist of 3-5 members appointed by the Board of Directors and shall include the previous year’s recipient. The awards committee will furnish their recommendations to the Board for approval at its June meeting.

Download nomination form HERE. Nominations are due by Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

Congratulations to our 2022 Louise Gazzara Award recipient, Cynthia Calderon, MSN, ANP, BC, Bridgewater State College!

While Cindy has always been a great director and practitioner, the years of the pandemic have allowed her to return to her Peace Corps roots and really focus on education and prevention…which was incredibly important in reducing the anxiety on campus. Not only did Cindy work tirelessly to develop the proper training for staff, but she represented the majority of active COVID response. Cindy developed testing processes and took part in it directly, staffing testing center, coordinating COVID contact tracing and strengthening bonds with Residence Life and Housing in our care for COVID impacted students. Cindy served as a member of the Health Response Committee, shaping the response and policy. Cindy was also instrumental in the designation as a community vaccination site, an incredible effort given the timing of the application. Cindy, and the Wellness team, worked tirelessly during pandemic to make sure that BSU contributed to the campus community and the local community as well, knowing that the larger vaccination sites were daunting options for many elderly local citizens. During the later stages of COVID, as the response felt as much political as it was medical, Cindy managed the frustrations of a campus facing COVID requirements and ever shifting criteria for isolation and quarantine.

Congratulations, Cindy! Cindy received the award during NECHA’s 2022 Annual Meeting.

View all past Louise Gazzara Award recipients

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