Hajjar Honored With Elaine Sortino Leadership Award
March 28, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. -
Senior rower Emily Hajjar was honored with the inaugural Elaine Sortino Leadership Award on Friday morning at the Lead UMass Women's Leadership Breakfast Awards in the Marriott Center. The award is earned by a student-athlete that epitomizes the characteristics of a true and successful leader on campus as Sortino exemplified.
Sortino established herself as one of the nation's most successful collegiate softball coaches during her 34 years at the helm of the Minutewomen program. She led almost every group that advocated change in the sport of softball, including Title IX. In addition to leading the softball program, Sortino also served as the Associate Athletic Director for Sports Programs and Services as well as the Senior Women's Administrator at UMass.
As a coach, supervisor, advisor and mentor, Sortino demonstrated what it meant to be a leader to everyone around her. She embodied the characteristics of a true and successful leader on the UMass campus and throughout the nation.
The inaugural winner, Hajjar, is a political science major and will graduate with her degree in May. She holds the role of the Student Government Association Vice President and is the varsity coxswain on the UMass rowing team. Hajjar has exhibited her ability to be a mentor, advisor, organizer, advocate and a strong voice for women's leadership on campus. Upon graduating this May, Hajjar will pursue her graduate education in the political science department.