Dr. Thomas Crist, professor of physical therapy at Utica College, won the Harold T. Clark Jr. Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Professional Accomplishment.
did not realize what Scalise-Smith meant at first.
As the introduction to the Clark award continued, Crist
heard enough hints to realize he
was the winner.
was the recipient while sitting with the rest of the faculty at this year's Convocation, his
"I was very happy and overwhelmed," Crist
"I was hyperventilating and Professor [David] Chanatry was sitting next to me.
told me, 'you gotta breathe, you gotta breathe.' I was so overwhelmed and I got teary-eyed."
admitted that he
, Scalise-Smith and Chanatry sat close together by coincidence.
There was no assigned seating of any sort.
"I have a lot of respect for my colleagues, so when I was chosen it was overwhelming," Crist
"It was appropriate that two of my closest colleagues were right there next to me in that moment."
Scalise-Smith knew Crist and his wife, Dr. Molly Crist, associate professor of physical therapy, from their days at Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn. Scalise-Smith recruited Crist and his wife to join the Utica College faculty.