Geena Pabaraue Honored at Public Service Recognition Week Celebration

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On New Year’s Eve, while the rest of the world was getting ready to celebrate the start of 2018, the Pabarue family went into mourning. Their daughter and sister, Geena Brigete Pabarue, was killed by a drunk driver. Pabarue was just one semester shy of graduating from UCF.

To honor the memory of Pabarue, who was an undergraduate public administration student, the school held a memorium for her during its fifth annual Public Service Recognition Week Celebration. Stephanie Krick, director of undergraduate programs for the school, presented Pabarue’s undergraduate certificate in nonprofit management to her sister, Everyis Lopez. The certificate was given along with a frame for Pabarue’s degree, which was granted posthumously by the university and presented to Lopez at commencement this past Saturday.

“In talking with other students about Geena, I kept hearing the word passionate. Geena was passionate about everything she did,” said Krick at the PSRW Celebration. “We know that Geena’s positive impact on others will live on forever, and she will forever be a part of our School of Public Administration family.”

Other highlights of the event included the induction of new members into Pi Alpha Alpha and Nu Lambda Mu, the Alumni Achievement Awards and the Public Service Leadership Awards, sponsored by the Central Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. Award recipients included the nonprofit Latino Leadership, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Sanford city manager Norton Bonaparte.

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