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									                                           SUNY Oneonta
                            The Best and Brightest … Fall 2009
Jordan Aily, Business Economics……………………………………………………………………...nominated by Hua Zhong
 Jordan is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa and Order of Omega honor societies. He is active in Greek Life and is a
 member of the Inter Greek Council. He participates in the Business Economics Club and the Marketing Club, is an active
 member of the Accounting Society, and serves a tutor for Financial Accounting.
Leslie Aitken, Adolescence Education: Spanish and Spanish…………………………………….....nominated by Carol Dean
 Leslie is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Sigma Iota and Chi Alpha Sigma honor societies. She the recipient of the
 Susan Sutton Smith Award and was named to the SUNYAC Commissioner’s List and the SUNYAC All-Academic Team. She
 is a member of Student Athletic Advisory Council and a tutor for CADE. She is an active volunteer including Kidney Walk,
 Heart Run/Walk, Relay for Life and SUNYAC Leaf Rake.
Claire Albertson, Communication Studies and Art………………….nominated by Erin Foley-Reynolds and Carol Blazina
 Claire is a member of the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Studies Honor Society, serving as the Vice President and active in
 organizing and participating in fundraising events. She is an active member of the Terpsichorean Dance Company as a dancer,
 choreographer, and member of the Publicity Committee and Executive Board. She has served as a teaching assistant and
 participated in the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit in 2008.
Steve Lester Almeida, Business Economics and Communication Studies……………..…..…nominated byMichael McAvoy
 Steve is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. He works as an Orientation Leader and a Very Influential Peer and
 serves as a notetaker for students served by SDS. Steve is a staff reporter and treasurer of the State Times and a CHOICES
 volunteer. He is a Senator to the Student Association, President of the Finance Club, and officer for both the Racquetball and
 Badminton Clubs.
Kimberly Andrews, Child and Family Studies………………………………………………………nominated by Karen Joest
 Kimberly is involved in the Human Ecology Club, helping to raise over $1500 for Toys for Tots. She is a member of the
 Habitat for Humanity Club, helping to build homes and raise funds for economically disadvantaged families. She is currently
 helping to build their 26th home. Kimberly has been involved in service projects such as Into the Streets and The Cinderella
 Project, and she volunteers in the CROP program and Bugbee Preschool and Daycare and is active in the ASPCA.
Christopher Aucoin, Geology and Anthropology…………………………………………..…nominated by Leslie Hasbargen
 Christopher is the recipient of the Excellence in Water Resources, Geology, and Earth Science Scholarship Award. He is a
 member of several national organizations, including the Geological Society of America, the Paleontological Society and the
 Dinosaur State Park, and he is active on campus in the Geology Club, Anthropology Club, Biology Club, and Physics and
 Mathematics Club. Chris serves as a tutor for Earth Sciences and as the house manager for SUNY Oneonta’s theater.
Heather Bailey, Political Science………………………...…………………………………………….. nominated by Janet Day
 Heather is the recipient of the Dewar Scholarship, the Alumni Scholarship and the Joseph Rhoese Memorial Scholarship for
 Academic Performance/International Experience. She is active in the French Club, BASIC, Political Science Club and
 Young Republicans. She served as a delegate to the National Model UN conference representing Botswana, with her team
 winning several prestigious awards. She has participated in mission trips to Mexico to work with the underprivileged.
Jessica Bailey, English…………………………………………………………………………….nominated by Katherine Finin
 Jessica has been invited to join the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. She is a member of the Oneonta
 Poetry Slam Team and organized and participated in a Poetry Slam performance and workshop at the Oneonta Middle School.
 She is a member of the Campus Ambassadors, BASIC, and a volunteer at the Lord’s Table. She has traveled to Nicaragua,
 where she volunteered at an orphanage and has helped raise money to build a school.
Samantha Bates, Human Ecology………………………………………………………………...nominated by Yun-Jung Choi
 Samantha is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Upsilon Omicron honor societies. She is an active member of the Student
 Fashion Society and has participated in fashion shows and helped with various events. She is an active volunteer, including
 Lupus Walk to raise money for her community and making fleece blankets for Big Brother and Big Sister charity events. She
 currently serves as a teaching assistant.
William Benson, Psychology……………………………………………….………………….nominated by Doreen Comerford
 William serves as President of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, and as an RA for Grant Hall. He has
 been Vice President for Grant Hall Government and Vice President for the Junior Class Government. He successfully
 completed an internship at Corning and is actively involved in the community through fundraisers and activities including
 helping a construction team working at the local YMCA. He has helped to raise money for Relay for Life.

Michael Boland, Adolescence Education: Social Studies...………………………………………...…nominated by Iain Byrne
 Michael is the 2009 captain of the men’s soccer team and a member of the Captain’s Leadership Committee. He has been
 active in the community though the SUNYAC Leaf Raking Project, the Migrant Workers Christmas Project, the Oneonta
 branch of Habitat for Humanity, and the Spring Soccer Camp.
Robert Campchero, Music Industry………………………………………...………………………nominated by Janet Nepkie
 Robert is a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. He has published interviews of successful Music Industry alumni on the
 Music Department website and is a contributor to the State Times with a report on the Music-on-Hold program at the college.
 He served a successful internship with Guitar World magazine and appeared on a Career Development
 panel to discuss internship opportunities and benefits. Robert participated in Relay for Life to support breast cancer research.
Victoria Cardoso, Adolescence Education: Chemistry and Chemistry………………………..nominated by William Vining
 Victoria began an independent study last year in education software projects and since has programmed over a hundred
 chemistry tutorial modules that are now used by thousands of students nationwide. She co-presented a Student Research
 Day presentation on zebra mussels activity. She is a member of the American Chemical Society, an active member of the
 Chemistry Club, and a tutor in the Chemistry Help Center and at CADE for a variety of subjects.
Malorie Carrington, Professional Accounting……………………………….………………nominated by Magdalena Lorenz
 Malorie is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. She is an Educational Opportunity
 Campus tutor, a tutor for Center for Academic Enrichment, student blogger in admissions, member of the American Marketing
 Association, the Accounting Society and the Marketing Club, and a varsity softball player. She has volunteered with the
 Boys and Girls Club, American Heart Association Run/ Walk, and Migrant Family Christmas Program.
Maureen Casey, School Counselor………………………...…………………...……….....nominated by Emily Phillips-Knapp
 Maureen is the recipient of the Alphonse Belmont Scholarship. She has volunteered on campus to assist with student writing
 and has joined the Graduate Committee as a student representative. She has been active in her community,
 assisting with clean up following the flood of 2006, working with individuals with developmental disabilities, and serving as a
 K-12 substitute teacher.
Joseph Chicoine, Political Science……………………………………………………………...nominated by Richard Barberio
 Joseph is an outstanding student and is highly involved in campus life and the surrounding community. He is a member of the
 Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society. He is active in the Philosophy Club, the
 Political Science Club, and the Resident Student Organization as co-chair of the Internal Affairs Sub-Committee.
Sara Chrystie, Childhood Education……...…………………………………………….…………….nominated by Jane Miller
 Sara is a two-time recipient the SUNYAC Chancellor’s Award and the Lee Abbott Scholar Athlete Award. She has been
 inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society. She has served as a teaching assistant, participated
 in the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and the Captains’ Leardership Program, and volunteered for the Center Street
 Elementary School reading program for children in grades K-4, Relay for Life, and Green Dragon Week Fundraiser.
Paula Cignarale, Adolescence Education: Earth Science and Earth Science………...……….nominated by James Albanese
 Paula has served as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for the Oneonta State Emergency Squad, volunteering for over
 100 hours of service. She has represented Grant Hall in the Resident Student Organization, and she serves as the secretary of
 the Zeta Rho Chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the National Honor Society in the Earth Sciences. At home, Paula volunteers
 as an EMT for the Peekskill Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
Megan Conaway, School Counselor……………………………………………..……………………..nominated by Ying Tang
 An excellent graduate student in the School Counselor program, Megan has worked full time as a recreation supervisor for the
 Cortland City Youth Bureau and has organized and facilitated the intergenerational volunteer program for Oswego County.
Dawn Condon, Early Childhood/Childhood Education…………………………………….nominated by Mary Lynn Bensen
 Dawn is actively involved both on campus and in the community. She is a member of Open Minded Unity, and her volunteer
 work includes going to Mexico on three occasions to help build a total of 18 houses (six per year) for which she received an
 award of recognition from Rio Bravo’s Family Services. She has volunteered for Head Start and the Kidney Walk, and she has
 chaperoned Friday Night Pool Parties for children in Bainbridge, providing them with a safe place and activity;
Nickeema Cox, Psychology…………….………………………………………………………..nominated by Kenneth Walters
 Nickeema serves as a teaching assistant and as a resident assistant. She is an active participant in the Voices of Serenity
 Gospel Choir, Terpsichorean Dance Company, Students of Color Coalition, Residence Hall Government, and Multicultural
 Committee for Residence Life. She has served in the AALANA Spend the Night Program and Emerging Leaders Program and
 as a tutor for EOP.
Sean Daly, Music Industry……………………………………………nominated by Robert Barstow and Matthew LoPiccolo
 An outstanding student-athlete, Sean was named to the USTFCCCA National All-Academic Team for Track & Field and has
 been a multiple selection to the SUNYAC All-Academic Team and the SUNYAC Commissioner’s List. He is a member of the
 Student Athlete Advisory Committee and has been trained in the Captain’s Leadership Program. Sean has participated in
 community service projects including trail maintenance at Fortin Park and a Thanksgiving food drive.
Mark Dittmar, Adolescence Education: Chemistry and Chemistry……..……………..nominated by Trudy Thomas-Smith
 Mark is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society. He is active in the Student Association and serves as a peer
 mentor and tutor for freshman and sophomore students. He volunteers as computer technician at the Crosspoint Community
 Church in his hometown.
Michelle Dolojan, Business Economics…………...……..…………………………………..…nominated by Izabella Lokshina
 Michelle is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa and Chi Alpha Sigma honor societies. She successfully presented a research
 paper titled “Soccer Economics” to the New York State Economics Association annual meeting at the Undergraduate
 Research Session at Ithaca College. She is a peer tutor for CADE and is active in the community, including Girl Scout Day,
 Heart Run/Walk, Munchkin Camp and SUNYAC Leaf Raking.
Julie Douglass, Dietetics…………………………………………………………..…………………..nominated William Proulx
 Julie is the recipient of the Susan Sutton Smith and Richard Siegfried student awards. She is a member of the Food and
 Nutrition Association and Phi Upsilon Omicron, where she is currently serving as Initiate Chair. She is an active volunteer
 including the Kidney Walk and Relay for Life and has participated in service-learning projects, teaching nutrition to first
 graders at Center Street School and preparing lunch for the Oneonta Habitat for Humanity team.
Michelle Fecio, Music Industry………………………………………...……………………..nominated by Benjamin Aldridge
 Michelle is the recipient of the Richard Siegfried student award. She is part of the production team with the Music Industry
 Club, is a member of the Mask and Hammer Theatre Club, and is helping with the restoration of the Oneonta Theatre. She has
 helped with theater productions on campus. She is one of three students who are presenting programs to Oneonta Middle
 School students on music industry careers and copyright protection for creative works.
Katharine Fragoso, Human Ecology……………………………………...………………………nominated by Moussa Traore
 An excellent student, Katharine serves as a teaching assistant for Fashion Construction classes and is actively involved in an
 assortment of extracurricular activities, including the Student Fashion Society and the Newman Club.
Christopher Fremgen, Computer Science……………………………………………………………..nominated by Sen Zhang
 Christopher has actively participated in Student Research Day and the student research poster session of the Northeastern
 Region Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges. He is a volunteer tutor for computer programming courses and
 volunteered to meet with the Computer Science program assessment external reviewers. He works for the Information
 Technology Help Desk and has database programming internship experience with the computing department on campus.
Anna Gallen, Music Industry and Spanish……………………………………………………....nominated Orlando Legname
 Anna is a member of the Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society. She performs with the SUNY Oneonta Chamber
 Orchestra, the Classical Percussion Ensemble, and the World Percussion Ensemble. She works as a DJ with WONY, is active in
 the Rock to Cure Club, and is part of a pilot project in which SUNY Oneonta Music Industry majors make presentations about
 intellectual property and careers in the Music Industry to students in the Oneonta Middle School.
Brianne Galli, Mass Communication and Music Industry………………………..…………….nominated by Joseph Pignato
 Brianne is a member of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Studies Honor Society, and the Chi Alpha Sigma Student-Athlete
 Honor Society. She is the recipient of the Richard Siegfried and the Susan Sutton Smith student awards. She has been named to
 the SUNYAC All-Academic Team and SUNYAC Commissioner’s List. She serves as a summer field hockey coach to players
 in middle and high school, and she played on the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association Division III Academic Squad.
Daniel Gasperini, Chemistry and Anthropology…………………………………………nominated by Lawrence Armstrong
 Daniel has been inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society. He is an active a member of Alpha Phi Omega
 National Service Fraternity and the Oneonta Rugby Football Club and serves as a tutor for the Center Academic Development
 and Enrichment. He has earned the Eagle Scout Award, for which he spent over 200 hours leading a project to rehabilitate an
 old playground at his local school.
Stephanie Griffith, Sociology and Child and Family Studies……………………………………..nominated by Angie Eichler
 Stephanie is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and the recipient of the Greek Ambassador Award. She is a Student
 Coordinator at the Center for Social Responsibility and Community and assisted in the planning process of the Volunteer
 Conference. She is an active volunteer including coordinator of Into the Streets, updating the “Where to Volunteer”
 Column for The Daily Star, Kidney Walk, Relay for Life, Breast Cancer Walk, and Take Back the Night.
Alesia Hall, Childhood Education…..………………….……………………………………………nominated by Alison Black
 Alesia is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. She attended the college’s Best Practices conference this fall. She has
 served as a night host and peer tutor for CADE. She is active in the local community in the Reach Out and Read Program at
 Bassett Healthcare, Into the Streets, and Job Corps tutoring. In her home community, she has volunteered for the Regional Food
 Bank, the Diabetes Walk, Breast Cancer Run, and the Run to Support Women.
Meredith Hartzell, Psychology and English………...…...………………………………...………..nominated by Craig Bielert
 Meredith is the recipient of the Susan Sutton Smith Award and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Psi Chi honor
 societies. She is active in the Psychology Club, serves as an Academic Team Member and a member of the Oneonta Peer
 Educator’s Network, and is working towards her gold Leadership Education and Development award. She is currently involved
 in independent study with Dr. Charlene Christie, focusing on stereotyping and stigma.
Kelcey Heenan, Communication Studies…………………………………………………………….nominated by Joshua Frye
 Kelcey is the recipient of the Susan Sutton Smith student award and the Alumni Connections Chair of Lambda Pi Eta, the
 Communication Studies Honor Society. She has secured an internship with the Albany Office of Special Events and
 is a teaching assistant for the college’s Organizational Communication course. She is an active volunteer, including Relay for
 Life, the 8th Annual Teal Ribbon Run for Ovarian Cancer, and the Community Dinner for OH Fest 2009.
Sarah Herger, School Counselor………………………………………………………………..nominated by Ronald LaFrance
 Sarah presented a workshop on Careers in Elementary Education at the college’s Best Practices conference this fall. She has
 helped out with TORCH, a program dedicated to helping underserved New York City public high school students, providing
 exposure to career training and opportunities in communications and the arts, and locally she works with children at a center and
 teaches in the School Out Program, which provides opportunities for field trips.
Hillary Jacobson, Biology………..………………………………………………….……………..nominated by Jeffrey Heilveil
 Hillary was recently inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. She is a member of the
 Biology Club and serves as a tutor for students in core biology courses. As part of the 3-3 Physical Therapy program between
 SUNY Oneonta and SUNY Upstate Medical, Hillary will begin her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in the fall.
Kaitlin Jewell, Political Science and Geography…………………………………...………………nominated by Paul Conway
 Kaitlin is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma, Pi Sigma Alpha and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. She was selected as a
 member of the SUNY Oneonta National UN Simulation Team and is serving an internship for the Office of Homeland Security.
 She is President of the Political Science and the Geography clubs, a member of the Kick Line and Red Dragon Tour teams, and
 a tutor for CADE and Student Disability Services. She is an active volunteer, including CSRC and Saturday’s Bread.
Samantha Kamp, Chemistry and Biology……………………………………………………..……nominated by Terry Helser
 Samantha is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society and Beta Beta Beta Honor Society in Biology. She
 worked as a counselor for the PR2EPS Summer Science Camp, working with high school students making hovercrafts, boats,
 and rockets. She has served as a peer tutor and a notetaker and tutor for CADE, and she is a member of the Fencing Club and
 Chemistry Club.
Sarah Karas, Adolescence Education: English and English……………………………...…………nominated by Anna Stave
 Sara is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society. She presented at the Council for Exceptional Children
 Conference 2008 and attended the NYS English Council Annual Conference 2007-2008. She is active in the Political Science
 Club, Democracy Matters, Colleges Against Cancer, Young Democrats Club, and Adolescent Secondary Education Club. She
 has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, PAWS, and Earth Day at SUNY Oneonta, and she tutors at the Oneonta Job Corps.
Brittney Koster, Business Economics………………………………………..……………………nominated by Stephen Walsh
 Brittney is an active member of the Marketing Club, engaging in a number of community service, fundraising, and
 programming activities. She is currently working with the Friends of the Oneonta Theater in an effort to establish a unique local
 niche for the theater so that it can reopen permanently and thrive in the future.
Kristin List, Dietetics…………………………………………………………............……….nominated by Mary Ann Dowdell
 Kristin is a member of the Phi Upsilon Omicron Human Ecology Honor Society. She is a certified peer educator and a member
 of C.H.O.I.C.E.S. She is involved in community service projects including the Women’s Business Dinner and the Red Dragon
 Golf Tournament, and she served as co-leader for the Vegetarian Awareness Month display case. At home, Kristin has
 volunteered at St. Mary’s Hospital, Otsego Manor, and with the American Diabetes Association.
Fiona Lowry, Water Resources…………..………………………………………………………..…nominated by James Ebert
 Fiona is the recipient of the Earth Sciences Department’s Arthur N. and Margaret V. Palmer Scholarship for Excellence in
 Water Resources, Geology and Earth Science. She has participated in the GEO-FYRST program as a student mentor, serves as
 the Ford Hall Government Treasurer, is active in the Geology Club and the Biology Club, volunteers for Habitat for
 Humanity, and has served as a volunteer note-taker.
Alex Lyakhov, Meteorology…………………………………………………………..…………nominated by Laura Munteanu
 An outstanding student, Alex has distinguished himself through classroom contributions and original ideas. He has been the
 lead forecaster for the SUNY Oneonta Weather Center webpage and participated in an independent study research project in
 meteorology entitled ‘Weather Indices in the Northeastern U.S.” He is a member of the Meteorology Club and the Roller
 Hockey Club, and he serves as a tutor for CADE.
Alyssa Manion, Childhood Education………………………………………………...………….nominated by Carolyn Chryst
 Alyssa is a student in the MVCC/Oneonta joint teacher preparation program. She has helped organize a coat drive for an area
 elementary school and volunteered to participate in recruitment efforts to encourage MVCC education majors to join the
 MVCC/Oneonta program. She is heading a team of classmates in designing education materials to be used by the Utica Zoo for
 countywide school education programs.
Laurie Mierek, Adolescence Education: Biology and Biology….…………………………..……..nominated by Paul Bischoff
 Laurie is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. She has served as a science teacher for the 2008 PR2EPS Summer
 Science Camp, serves as Vice President for the Association for Secondary Educators, and has volunteered for Relay for Life,
 Colleges Against Cancer, Kidney Walk, Into the Streets, and reading to children at the Bugbee Children’s Center.
Camille Milot, Human Ecology……………………………………………….……..nominated by Damayanthie Eluwawalage
 Camille is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Upsilon Omicron honor societies. She is active in the Student Fashion
 Society, has participated in the building of the Center Street School playground, and is leading the Cinderella Project, collecting
 formal dresses, shoes and accessories for financially challenged young girls.
Mary Moon, Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Human Ecology………….nominated by Rosemarie Avanzato
 Mary is a nontraditional student who has returned to SUNY Oneonta for a second degree. She is a member of Phi Eta Sigma
 and Phi Upsilon Omicron honor societies. She has served as a group leader for the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Rensselaer
 County and has been active in the Cinderella Project and as a management assistant with the Girl Scouts USA.
Erica Neal, English………………………………………………………………………...…..nominated by Bianca Tredennick
 An excellent student, Erica has been the copyeditor and treasurer for the literary journal Art and Scope and a scorekeeper for
 the Poetry Slams. She has received the Goodrich Prize in Non-Fiction and Memoir for an essay entitled “This End Up,” and she
 was awarded the Goodrich Poetry Prize for a poem entitled “Bottles.”
William Neale, Adolescence Education: Social Studies……………………………….……….nominated by Elaine Lawrence
 William is active in developing and presenting research about local environmental issues. He serves as a volunteer assistant
 varsity football coach at Oneonta High School and is a member of the History Club, Intramural Football, and Intramural
 Softball. He assists in supervising the campus gyms.
Gwendolyn Nieves, Chemistry and Biology….………………………..…………………………….nominated by Allan Green
 Gwendolyn is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society. She is an active member of the Chemistry Club and is
 involved in several faculty research projects. She volunteers as an EMT with the NYS Department of Health Bureau of
 Emergency Medical Services and serves as a CPR instructor for the Oneonta campus.
Ezinne Nwaogu, Communication Studies………………………………………………………..nominated by Timothy Welch
 Ezinne is a member of the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Studies Honor Society and was recently nominated as treasurer. She
 is a member of the Terpsichorean Dance Company, and her original choreographed dance was selected for the fall 2009 show.
Kevin O’Braskin, Music Industry………….……………………………………………………nominated by Anthony Scafide
 Kevin is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. He serves as a teaching assistant, student senator for the
 Student Association, Junior Class Vice President, Scholarship Chair for the Inter-Greek Council, and a member of the Pre-Law
 Society. Kevin organized the Phi Kappa Psi food drive, which donated over 25 pounds of food to Opportunities for
 Otsego, and he is an active community volunteer, including Relay for Life, Kidney Walk, and Into the Streets.
Katie Orr, Child and Family Studies………………………………………………………..nominated by Marjorie Pietraface
 Katie is a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society and the recipient of the
 Susan Sutton Smith Award. She is a resident advisor, a member of the RA Advisory Board, a Very Influential Peer mentor, and
 a volunteer Admissions Tour Guide to help recruit other students to our campus.
Amanda Pearsal, Communication Studies………………………………………………………..nominated by Arthur Dauria
 Amanda is a member of the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Studies Honor Society. She participates in the Marketing Club,
 serves as a teaching assistant, and is active as a volunteer, including Relay for Life, the Campus Blood Drive, and Into the
 Streets.
Kristina Perazone, Human Ecology………………………………………………………….....nominated by Katherine Angell
 An accomplished student, Kristina is the recipient of a Regents Scholarship and the Price Chopper Associates’ Scholarship.
 She is a member of the Student Fashion Society and has participated in the Annual Fashion Show as a designer and model and
 in the Eco-Fashion show sponsored by Innovations in Wearable Art class. She volunteers for the Susquehanna SPCA.
Aurora Pfeiffer, Music Industry……………………………………………………….………………nominated by Rene Prins
 Aurora has served two successful internships with Capitol Records in Hollywood and in Manhattan. She was a Top 10 Finalist
 in Cosmo Girl’s Songwriting Contest 2007, Top 3 finalist in Seventeen Magazine’s “She’s a Star, Girl Band Contest
 2008,” and featured artist for the Albany Open Arts. She is a member of the Rock to Cure Club, Songwriter’s Club and
 Music Industry Club and an active volunteer, including the Kidney Walk and AIDS Walk.
Charlene Ploetz, Human Ecology and Art………………………………………….………nominated by Annacleta Chiweshe
 Charlene is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Upsilon Omicron honor societies. She is a member of the Student Fashion
 Society and has won two fashion show prizes and been recognized as the Student Fashion Society Member of the Week. She
 serves as an academic peer advisor, is a member of Mask and Hammer Theatre Club, and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.
Daniel Plows, Computer Art……………………………………………………………..……..nominated by James Greenberg
 The Computer Art Department characterizes Daniel as one of the best academic achievers in the department. He is developing a
 new software process using 3D content to be exported for use on the new Digistar theater system in the College’s Planetarium,
 where he devotes much of his community service to assist in shows for local schools and community visitors.
Shane Putnam, Water Resources………………………………………...……………………..nominated by Devin Castendyk
 Shane is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and will be inducted into Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the Earth Sciences
 Honor Society. He is a member of the Geology Club and the Meteorology Club, and he has served as Hall Government
 Treasurer and a student member of the college’s Green Team. He volunteered to paint the walls of the Oneonta Salvation Army,
 served as CSRC Community Service Coordinator, and participated in Relay for Life and United Way Freshman Service Day.
Kayla Reinstein, Dietetics………………………………………………………………...……….nominated by David Juranski
 An outstanding student, Kayla is a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron, the Human Ecology honor society. She is active in the
 Food and Nutrition Association, Hillel, and the College Union Activities Council. She has volunteered many hours with the
 South Nassau Community Hospital, Relay for Life and Opportunities for Otsego.
Jennifer Reynolds, Early Childhood/Childhood Education………………………………..…..nominated by Madeline Berry
 Jennifer is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and the recipient of the Richard Siegfried student award. She has
 served as a peer mentor and at the Children’s Center, assisting teachers and implementing activities. She is an active volunteer,
 including the Lord’s Table, Head Start, Harvest of Hope, Heifer International, and teaching Bible School in her hometown.
Jordan Rhodes, Adolescence Education: English and English……………...nominated by Suzanne Black and Roger Hecht
 Jordan is the recipient of the Susan Sutton Smith Student Award for Academic Excellence and a member of Sigma Tau Delta,
 the national English honor society. He serves as a teaching assistant and as an English tutor for Oneonta Jobs Corps. He is an
 opinion contributor to the State Times and a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the
 New York State English Council.
Jeff Rieck, Philosophy and Sociology………………………………….……..………………………nominated by Brian Lowe
 Jeff has served as a tutor to aid migrant workers and their children in earning their GED’s. He participated in the SUNY
 Oneonta Science Discovery Center as a table attendant, helping children conduct experiments. He has volunteered for the
 American Cancer Society in Syracuse and in the Emergency Department, Patient Transport, and the Physical and Occupational
 Therapy Departments at the Orange Regional Medical Center Horton Campus.
Jennifer Ross, Child and Family Studies…………………………………………………………..nominated by Brenda Seery
 Jennifer has recently been asked to become a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron, the Human Ecology honor society. She is a
 member of the Human Ecology Club and is involved in a service project to collect food for local food pantries and Family
 Services. She is an active volunteer, including Habitat for Humanity, the Lord’s Table, Saturday’s Bread.
Lauren Rossen, Communication Studies and International Studies…………………..……nominated by Shiao-Yun Chiang
 A highly motivated and goal-oriented student, Lauren maintains an excellent academic standing and retains the highest
 GPA in the Communication Studies program. She has demonstrated a great enthusiasm for getting involved in a number of
 college activities, including SPAR and Open Minded Unity.
Heather Rutkowski, Adolescence Education: English and English……...nominated by Pamela Flinton and Carol Andersen
 Heather is the recipient of the Susan Sutton Smith and Richard Siegfried student awards. She serves as treasurer for the Apollo
 Music Club, and she is currently stage manager for the opera Street Scene and has been active in past productions. She is active
 in the Praise and Worship team at her church ,where she plays violin, sings, and helps with fund raising.
Anne Sanford, Dietetics………………………………………………….……………….……nominated by Oscar Oberkircher
 Anne participated in the 2009 Red Dragon Open Golf Tournament and the 2009 United Way Fundraising Kick-off event. She
 has presented to a local diabetes support group and is working with other dietetics students to develop nutrition education and
 meal-planning assistance for college athletes.
Kristin Santiago, Child and Family Studies……………………………………nominated by Theresa Russo and Rick Jagels
 Kristin is a member of the Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society in Human Ecology and is co-president of the Human Ecology
 club. She tutors for the Center for Academic Development and Enrichment and Student Disability Services. She serves as a
 mentor in the College Assistance Migrant Program and is an active volunteer, including the Kidney Walk, Relay for Life, Toys
 for Tots program, Thanksgiving Basket for Family Services Association, and the Lord’s Table
Alexandra Schleuderer, Music……………………………………….……………………….nominated by Stephen Markuson
 Alexandra is active on campus in Mask and Hammer, Hooked on Tonics, and the Apollo Music Club. She has participated in
 several productions, including Sweet Charity and in the lead role in Die Fledermaus produced by the Apollo Music Club in
 collaboration with the Music Department. She serves as a volunteer at Family Lodge Senior Residence in her hometown.
Jennifer Schultz, Food Service and Restaurant Administration………………………………..nominated by Shih-Ming Hu
 Jennifer is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Chi Alpha Sigma College Athlete Honor Society, and Food
 and Nutrition Association. Jennifer has actively volunteered in the activities of Food and Nutrition Association, Oneonta State
 Track and Field, LEAD, Hall Government, CHOICES, and Emerging Leaders. She serves as a resident advisor and finished
 an internship with Sodexo during the summer 2009. She has been a child care assistant in the YMCA of Fulton, NY.
Erik Scrivener, Geography………………………………………………………………….….nominated by Wendy Mitteager
 Erik has completed an internship with the Otsego County Planning Department, where he assisted with analysis of countywide
 issues. He has collaborated with another student and faculty on research regarding the tourism industry in Cooperstown. He has
 co-presented his research, “Americana as the Backbone of the successful tourism industry in the Cooperstown Area,” at the
 Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers Regional Conference in New Paltz.
Arina Shnaider, Professional Accounting and Economics…………………………………….……..nominated by Lisa Flynn
 Arina has received the Economics & Business Endowed Scholarship, the Alumni Scholarship, and the OAS International
 Scholarship. She has been a member of the Accounting Society and the Finance Club for the past 2 years, and was inducted
 into the Omicron Delta Epsilon Honorary Society in Economics during the 2008-2009 academic year.
Tobias Smith, History…………………………………………………………………………..nominated by Matthew Hendley
 As a non-traditional student and a working member of the community in a Quickway convenience store, Tobias is balancing
 adult responsibilities with excellence in academics. He is member of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and a founding
 member of the SUNY Oneonta Medieval Society, which is planning educational trips including a trip to the Metropolitan
 Museum of Art in New York.
Ralph Stupple, Geography……………………………………………………………………………nominated by James Mills
 Ralph is an engaged straight A student whose main focus is research. His greatest accomplishment noted by the Geography
 Department is a presentation at the Middle States Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in November.
Brittany Thomas, Anthropology and History…………………………………………………..nominated by John Relethford
 Brittany is the recipient of the Susan Sutton Smith student award and a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. She
 is active in the Anthropology Club, Gamer’s Guild, Mask & Hammer Theatre Club, Matteson Hall government, Conference on
 Volunteerism and Social Responsibility, Concert Choir, and Orpheus Opera production of Die Fledermaus. She is an active
 Volunteer, including Saturday’s Bread, Angel Tree Christmas fundraiser, and volunteer cabin counselor at the Double H Ranch.
Michael Toomey, Psychology……………………………………………………………………….nominated by Sheila Serbay
 Michael is a member of Psi Chi, the national honor society in Psychology, and completed the Psychology Internship Program.
 He has participated in various research projects, serves as an outstanding teaching assistant, and has volunteered, including
 fundraising for needy senior citizens and participation in Habitat for Humanity. He has taken part in two Conferences for
 Autism and volunteered as a student panelist for the Career Development Center’s internship presentation.
Ashley Valentine, Adolescence Education: English and English….………...………..nominated by Kjersti VanSlyke-Briggs
 Ashley is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies and has been named to the SUNYAC
 Commissioner’s List and the SUNYAC All-Academic Team. She has served as editor for the Mentor Community Newsletter,
 council member and speaker for the Mentor Community Reception, facilitator for the New York State English Council Annual
 Conference, and volunteer for Relay for Life, Multiple Sclerosis Walk, and SUNYAC Leaf Rake.
Joshua Wake, Professional Accounting…………………………………………………………nominated by Howard Buchan
 Joshua has been recognized by ESPN The Magazine as All-District Scholar Athlete and named to the SUNYAC
 Commissioner’s List. He is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society and an Eagle Scout, and he is involved in
 activities such as the SUNY Oneonta Youth Wrestling Club and Saturday’s Bread. He received the Community Service Honors
 Medallion Award and is a member of the Accounting Society, Student Advisory Council, and captain of the wrestling team.
Curtis Walker, Meteorology……………..…………………………………………………….nominated by Jerome Blechman
 Curtis is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and recipient of the Earth Sciences Department Philo C. Wilson Book
 Award 2009. He serves as an Academic Team Member, advising other students on schedule planning, choosing a major, and
 generally adjusting to college life. He volunteers as a tutor/teaching assistant at the high school and elementary school in his
 hometown and volunteers at his church playing the alto saxophone.
Zishan Wariach, Business Economics…………………………………………………………….nominated by William O’Dea
 Zishan is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies. He is active in a wide array of activities,
 including the Economics Club, the Indian Club, the International Students Association, and intramural soccer. He helped
 found the Muslim Students Association, which serves a growing number of students on campus. Zishan is a member of our
 Federal Reserve Challenge team and is preparing for the team’s presentation in New York City in November.
Kelly Wasilewski, Mass Communication and Business Economics………………….…………….nominated by Jon Arakaki
 An exceptional student, Kelly is president of Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honor society. She has served as a
 peer tutor and President of Macduff Hall Government. She has directed numerous live multi-camera events as a member of
 The Wire television production club.
Amanda Willsey, Business Economics…………………………………….………………………..nominated by Dona Siregar
 Amanda is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and the recipient of the Susan Sutton Smith student award. She serves
 as a peer tutor and participates in the Federal Reserve Challenge, a prestigious competition held by the Federal Reserve. She has
 been active in fundraising and participation in events for the Kevin J. Belrose Memorial Scholarship Foundation and has
 participated in the One of Our Own cancer walk.
Aaron Winsman, Adolescence Education: English and English…………….………….nominated by Chris Schuler-Ghiorse
 Aaron is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta and Chi Alpha Sigma honor societies, the SUNYAC All-Academic Team and
 Commissioner’s List, and the recipient of the Susan Sutton Smith student award. He is an active volunteer, including
 Swimming with the Fish swim team fundraiser, Leaf Raking Day, Boy Scout’s Swim for Advancement, and tutoring at the
 Oneonta Job Corps.
Mitchell Wohl, Computer Science………………………………………...………………………nominated by Dennis Higgins
 Mitchell is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma honor society and has been named to the SUNYAC All-Academic Team and
 Commissioner’s List. He is a member of the Sanford Society and active in the SUNY Oneonta Concert Band.
 He has participated in Relay for Life, the Boy Scout’s Swim for Advancement event, and the move-in crew for the college’s
 “Move in Day” at the beginning of the semester.
Jacqueline Zopf, Music Industry…………………………………………………………….…….nominated by Colby Thomas
 Jacqueline is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies and the recipient of the Richard
 Siegfried student award. She is an active member of the College Union Activities Council, Hooked on Tonics, and the Apollo
 Music Club. She serves as a notetaker for CADE and in her freshman year performed an important and challenging role in the
 production of Die Fledermaus.
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