Conni Cintas, '88

March 26, 2004

Conni (Campbell) Cintas, who was a member of the USD women's tennis program from 1985-1988, will be recognized on April 3rd, 2004 by the university with one of five Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Awards. Originated in 1995, the Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Awards are named in honor of President Emeritus Author E. Hughes. President of USD from 1971 to 1995, Dr. Hughes made endless professional and personal contributions to the institution. His outstanding achievements and commitment to excellence mirror the extraordinary accomplishments of the honorees who proudly wear the medallion bearing his name.

"I am humbly grateful and certainly proud," said Conni Cintas. "The humility comes from the fact that I am only one of thousands and thousands of teachers and administrators who dedicate a great portion of their lives to what is good for children. I see it around me every day, and I am proud to be in the company of such passionate and dedicated professionals. My gratitude is that someone took a moment out of their day to nominate me, and that USD is committed to honoring people who are dedicated to hard work for the greater good."

From San Diego, Conni attended nearby Point Loma High School where she was team MVP three times, the CIF doubles champion in 1983-84, and the 1984 school Valedictorian. As a junior player she earned a ranking of No. 39 in Southern California. While playing for USD head coach Sherri Stephens, Conni was a three-time team captain and helped the Toreros to three straight winning seasons between her sophomore and senior campaigns. She graduated from USD in 1988 with a B.A. in Diversified Liberal Arts, and followed with her Master of Education (major: Curriculum Development and Instruction, Bilingual Specialist) in 1990. She went on to earn her Administrative Credential from California State University, at San Marcos in 1999, and currently is working towards her Doctor of Education (major: Organizational Leadership) at the University of La Verne.

Stated USD head coach Sherri Stephens, "Conni getting this award is an example of the kind of student-athlete I have had the privilege of coaching over the years. She is a special individual who has made a difference in other people's lives. During her time at USD she was always very inquisitive, endlessly wanting to learn, but more importantly, she had a caring heart and a passion for life. I'm extremely proud that she is the first USD student-athlete to receive this award."

Cintas is currently the director of the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Program for the North Coastal Consortium. She is responsible for the design and delivery of an induction program that serves 170 new teachers and 100 support providers in the six North San Diego County school districts. A teacher and professional development provider for more than 15 years, she was honored this year as the Central Office Administrator of the Year for region 18 ACSA, and in 2002 as the Administrator of the Year for the Encinitas Union School District. In 1999 she received the Golden Bell Award from the California School Board Association, and also was named Teacher of the Year in 1997 for Capri School in Encinitas.

"The time I spent playing women's tennis for USD with coach Sherri Stephens was life changing," added Cintas. "The experience was a combination of lessons in determination, expectations, communication and leadership, alongside and integrated with the sport itself. Sherri made sure that what we were learning each day would have a positive affect on us as people off the court. I can only speak for myself, but with me, it made a difference."

Joining Cintas as 2004 Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award Recipients include: Wayne Darbeau, ('85 M.A., College of Arts & Sciences), current Vice President of Administration for the San Diego Unified Port District; Garry Ridge ('01 M.S., School of Business Administration), President and CEO of WD-40 Company; Steve Altman ('86 J.D., School of Law), Executive Vice President, Qualcomm Incorporated President, Qualcomm Tech Licensing; and Cay Casey ('84 M.S.N., '02 Ph.D), San Diego Unified School District, Special Education School Nurse Medically Homebound and Infant Hard of Hearing Programs.