Julia Sinnott Receives 2015 Outstanding Adult Learner Award from Wilkes University
Julia Sinnott, of Shickshinny, Pa., received the 2015 Outstanding Adult Learner Award from Wilkes University at the Luzerne County Council on Adult Higher Education’s 26th annual Outstanding Adult Learner Ceremony. Winning the award caps a 19-year journey to complete her degree. With the support of her husband David, Sinnot became a first generation college student. However, because David was then in his second year of his own undergraduate studies, she postponed her plans to support her husband’s endeavor.
Sinnott began her studies in 1996 while working full time. While working at a small local company, she worked 50-60 hours per week as operations manager, office manager, IT support, finance, human resources, administrative assistant and credentialing specialist all rolled into one. She helped the business grow from six to 125 employees and implemented a human resources department, a finance department, an IT department, an operations department, a production manager and a security and grounds department. During this time, she maintained a 3.46 grade-point average and was inducted into the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society for business programs. Now a senior manager in healthcare operations and balancing an 18-credit semester, Sinnott expects to finish her degree in September 2015. Sinnott is active in Delta Mu Delta and her church community at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Lake Silkworth. Prior to 2004, she was a cantor for 19 years and taught Sunday school for 11 years. She was a member of the Wilkes University Chamber Singers under Amy Lieberman during the 1998-1999 academic year and performing as a soloist at a Lenten performance at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre. She is a former member of Kiwanis International and had been involved with March of Dimes and the United Way.
More recently, Sinnott has been recognized as a five-gallon blood donor with the American Red Cross and donates her textbooks to classmates who have enrolled in courses which she has already completed.