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Priscilla (Cubie) Vining
Achievement Award

Priscilla Cubie Vining, a 1988 ENC graduate with a BA in psychology, has served an exemplary career in the Connecticut State Police Department. Beginning in 1995 as a patrol trooper, she worked her way up to the position of detective on the homicide van of the Eastern (Connecticut) District Major Crime Squad. Serving with this unit since May 2008, she has worked on a number of high-profile cases, including the Newtown tragedy.

During her years of service with the Connecticut State Police, Priscilla has received a number of awards. These include recognition from the Connecticut Association of Women Police and Governor M. Jodi Rell, who bestowed upon her the Unit Citation Award for inspiring all Connecticut law enforcement personnel. In 2003, Priscilla received an Outstanding Service Award from Commissioner of State Police Arthur L. Spada for her work in bringing to justice the murderer of 11-year-old Angelica Padilla, who disappeared while delivering newspapers on August 13, 1998. Most recently, Priscilla and her Major Crime Squad colleagues received the Windham State’s Attorney Award for their “full, fair, and impartial” investigation into the April 2013 disappearance of Eastern Connecticut State University student Alyssiah Wiley.

Priscilla has become a familiar face on the ENC campus, particularly with students in Prof. Karen Henck’s Mystery Fiction and Film class. She provides students with information about the realities of her job and contextualizes the serious issues the students are considering through the vehicle of literature.

Married to Edwin Vining, Priscilla is the mother of two daughters, Emma and Althea. She attends a local congregational church, where she is actively involved in youth group and Sunday School activities.