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Student News 6/26/20

Achievements

University of Connecticut

Baton Rouge, LA – James He of Woodbridge, Connecticut, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.  He was initiated at University of Connecticut.  Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter.  Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership.  Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Western New England University’s 46th Annual Cocurricular Awards Ceremony

Springfield, MA – Kimberly Pocwierz of Woodbridge, CT received the Richard M. DiRuzza Student Life Award at the 2020 Cocurricular Awards Ceremony at Western New England University held virtually on May 1.  This award is presented in recognition of volunteer service to the University.  This service shall have had direct impact on improving the quality of student life and toward furthering the mission of the Western New England University.  The award was presented by Residence Life Area Director Ashley Ewick.  The Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development annually coordinates the Cocurricular Awards ceremony marking the culmination of a year of student programming and community service by over 70 active clubs and organizations at Western New England University.  From a pool of over 80 deserving nominated students, 19 were selected to receive the prestigious Cocurricular Award.

Honors/Dean’s/President’s List

College of Charleston

Charleston, SC – College of Charleston congratulates more than 2,600 students who were named to the President’s List and Dean’s List for Spring 2020.  The following Woodbridge students earned honors:  Joshua Petro was named to the President’s List, majoring in General Studies; Lindsay Dragunoff was named to the Dean’s List, majoring in Biology; and Jillian Mastrofrancesco was named to the Dean’s List, majoring in International Business.  To qualify for President’s List (Highly Distinguished), students must earn a GPA of 3.800 or higher and complete a minimum of 14 semester hours.  To quality for Dean’s List (Distinguished), students must earn a GPA of 3.600 or higher and complete a minimum of 14 semester hours.

Connecticut College

New London, CT – Denise Bonilla, Class of 2021 at Connecticut College, has been named to the dean’s list for the 2020 spring semester, achieving Dean’s High Honors.  Bonilla is an English major.

Denison University

Granville, Ohio – Tasha DeYoung of Woodbridge was one of 714 students named to Denison University’s 2020 spring semester dean’s list by Provost Kim Coplin.  Students who achieve dean’s list status have maintained a grade point average of 3.7 or better (out of 4.0) for the semester.  DeYoung is a member of the Denison class of 2020.

Endicott College

Beverly, MA – Endicott College, the first college in the U.S. to require internships of its students, is pleased to announce its Fall 2020 Dean’s List students.  In order to qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must obtain a minimum grade point average of 3.5, receive no letter grade below “C,” have no withdrawal grades, and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits for the semester.  The following Woodbridge students have met these requirements:  Meaghan Francis, Political Science, daughter of Betsy Francis and Stephen Francis; Tara Laugeni, Entrepreneurship and Marketing, daughter of Elise Laugeni and Greg Laugeni; and Ronald LoRicco, Entrepreneurship, son of Francesca LoRicco and Ronald LoRicco.

Georgia Tech

Atlanta, GA – Sergey Savelyev of Woodbridge, CT, earned the distinction of Faculty Honors for Spring 2020 at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have earned a 4.0 academic average for the semester.

Iowa State

Ames, Iowa – More than 12,500 Iowa State University students have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the spring semester 2020 Dean’s List.  Students named to the Dean’s List must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale while carrying a minimum of 9 credit hours of graded course work.  Woodbridge resident Jason Christopher Luciani, Mechanical Engineering has been named to the Dean’s List.

Siena College

Loudonville, NY – John Lumpinski has been named to the Siena College Dean’s List for the Spring 2020 semester.  John is from Woodbridge, CT.  To be named to the Dean’s List, a student’s grade point average for the semester must be between 3.5 and 3.89.

Southern Connecticut State University

Southern Connecticut State University has announced the Spring semester Dean’s List.  Those from Woodbridge named to the Dean’s List are:  Victoria Acampora, Nicholas Alexiades, Serena Arduini, Neylani Brown, Kirsten Caffrey, Christianne Delda, Christorpher Fraser, Samuel Martin, Tammy Michel, Joseph Neumann, Benson Rodrigues, Corinne Sadinsky, Danielle Schwartz, Morgan Slater, and Ernest Yelenik.

University of New Haven

West Haven, CT – The following Woodbridge students were named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Haven for the spring, 2020:  James Blum, Tagliatela College of Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering; Chase Kozak, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice; Angie Kullira, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice; Samuel Lantsman, College of Arts and Sciences, Bachelor of Arts in Undeclared – Arts & Sciences; Chantel Malin, College of Arts and Sciences, Bachelor of Arts in Music and Sound Recording; Patrick Neumann, College of Arts and Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology; Kaitlyn Price, College of Arts and Sciences, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; and Joel Velez, Tagliatela College of Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Networks.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Madison has recognized students named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2019-2020 academic year.  Students who achieve at a high level academically are recognized by the dean at the close of each semester.  To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits in that semester.  Each university school or college sets its own GPA requirements for students to be eligible to receive the distinction.  Elana Bershtein, College of Letters & Science, of Woodbridge, CT has been named to the Dean’s List.

Graduations

College of Charleston

Charleston, SC – Lindsay Dragunoff of Woodbridge, CT, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from College of Charleston in May 2020.  Dragunoff was among the more than 1,500 students who received degrees.

The Citadel

Charleston, SC – Josef Monteiro of Woodbridge, CT earned a Political Science, BA from The Citadel. Monteiro graduated during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9.  Nearly 600 members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets accepted diplomas during The Citadel’s virtual commencement.  In addition to graduating, about 30% of the class accepted commissions as U.S. military officers in all branches of service.  The Citadel Class of 2020 was celebrated for their achievements during two virtual commencement ceremonies.

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA – Patrick Nugent, of Woodbridge, received a bachelor of arts degree Summa Cum Laude from College of the Holy Cross on May 22, 2020.  Because of the ongoing pandemic, Holy Cross hosted a virtual celebration for its Class of 2020, featuring a special message from Holy Cross alumnus Dr. Anthony Fauci ‘62, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  Nugent was among 707 students who received electronic diplomas as part of the event.  The virtual celebrations will be followed by an in-person commencement ceremony for the class of 2020 to be held in spring 2021.

Denison University

Granville, Ohio – Tasha DeYoung was among 574 graduates awarded degrees by Denison University President Adam Weinberg at a virtual conferral of degrees event held on Saturday, May 16.  DeYoung, a resident of Woodbridge, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in theatre and a minor in Greek.

Georgia Tech

Atlanta, GA – Sergey Savelyev of Woodbridge, CT, has earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.  Savelyev was among approximately 4,050 undergraduate and graduate students who earned degrees during the Spring 2020 semester.  Students were celebrated during a virtual celebration held on May 1.  They will also be honored during in-person commencement ceremonies to be held on campus later this year.

Ithaca College.

Ithaca, NY – Jonathan Schwartz of Woodbridge graduated from Ithaca College with a BS in Outdoor Adventure Leadership.

Tufts University

Casey Culligan, Beecher Road School graduate, Amity Class of 2016, graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University, May 2020.  She double majored and received a BS in Computer Science and a BS in Cognitive Brain Science.  She will be working in Boston following graduation.

Union College

Schenectady, NY – Jeremy Conn, of Woodbridge, CT, graduated from Union College during the College’s recent online conferral of degrees.  Conn graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.  Conn majored in Psychology.  The College held a 90-minute virtual tribute to the Class of 2020 and will hold an in-person ceremony at a later date.

University of Vermont

Burlington, VT – Lily Nudel of Woodbridge, CT, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences during commencement ceremonies on May 17, 2020.

Western New England University

Springfield, MA – Kimberly Pocwierz, of Woodbridge, CT graduated with a BS in Engineering from Western New England University in May 2020.  Pocwierz was among over 950 students who received degrees from 25 states and six countries.  All Class of 2020 students will be warmly welcomed back to campus for a traditional ceremony when it is safe to do so.

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