Emma Kaishian ’19 Awarded Joseph J. Gunn ’30 Alumni Medal

The Gunn Medal is one of the College’s highest undergraduate honors.

Emma Kaishian receives Gunn Medal from President Brennan O'DonnellEmma Kaishian ’19 received Manhattan College’s Joseph J. Gunn ’30 Alumni Medal at the Spring Honors Convocation on Thursday, May 16.

The Gunn Medal is given to a graduating senior who embodies the College’s Lasallian mission and has made a significant contribution to the College during his or her undergraduate years.

It has been recognized throughout the years as one of the College’s highest honors given to an undergraduate student.

“Emma is an extraordinary young woman and has always shown a strong level of commitment to her studies and her extracurricular activities,” said Lisa Toscano, Ed.D., professor of kinesiology. “She is respected by her peers and faculty alike and is a true role model.”

Kaishian is a four-year starter on the Manhattan College women’s lacrosse team and a four-year member of the College’s Dean’s List. She will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, and has joined other students in making children’s safety a priority in the surrounding community.

Kaishian has spent more than 500 hours in Manhattan College’s athletic training room during her time on campus, working as an athletic trainer’s aide and currently trains other work-study students. She also has volunteered her time all over campus, at the College’s Safe Halloween, Winter Wonderland, St. Baldrick’s event, the Manhattan College Games, Relay for Life and with the College’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She has also participated in a service trip to New Orleans to continue to assist those families affected by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

A native of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Kashian was the captain of the Jaspers’ women’s lacrosse team during the 2019 season, which was one of the best in program history. The team matched the program record for wins in a season (11) and qualified for the MAAC Tournament for the first time in a decade. Kaishian also was the first Jasper to be selected to the All-MAAC first team since 2009.

Kaishian will graduate alongside nearly 900 graduates on Friday, May 17, at the College’s 177th Undergraduate Commencement.