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Student News July 2021


Union College Phi Beta Kappa

Schenectady, NY – Beck DeYoung, of Woodbridge, CT, was named to the Union College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.  DeYoung is a member of the Class of 2021.  Juniors and seniors of academic distinction who are candidates for the B.A. or general B.S. degree are eligible for membership in Phi Beta Kappa.  Election is based on scholarship and character, with particular attention given to intellectual maturity and breadth.  Union’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Alpha of New York, was established in 1817 and is the fifth oldest in the country.  Election to membership is one of the highest distinctions given for academic achievement.

Union College Prize Day

Schenectady, NY – Hannah Epstein, of Woodbridge, CT, was honored at Union College’s annual Prize Day celebration.  Students were honored for achievement in academics, research, service and governance.  Epstein, a member of the Class of 2022, was honored with the J. Richard Shanebrook Prize, to a student who has contributed the most to the betterment of religious life on campus.

University of Bridgeport

Baton Rouge, LA – David Caffrey of Woodbridge, CT was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.  Caffrey is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year.  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.

Dean’s/President’s List

Connecticut College

New London, CT – Alana Safian of Woodbridge, CT, class of 2023, has been named to the Connecticut College Dean’s Honors List, English for the 2021 spring semester.

Eastern Connecticut State University

Willimantic, CT – Eastern Connecticut State University recently released its Dean’s List for the spring 2021 semester, in which nearly 1,300 students were recognized for maintaining high GPAs.  Among them is full-time student Jolie Garcia of Woodbridge, who majors in Biology.  To qualify for Dean’s List, full-time students must complete a minimum of 12 credits in letter-graded courses with an average GPA of 3.5 or higher in the semester.  Part-time students are eligible if they’ve accumulated 15 or more credits of letter-graded course work with an average GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Endicott College

Beverly, MA – Endicott College, the first college in the U.S. to require internships of its students, is pleased to announce its Spring 2021 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 and Tara Laugeni, Business Management and Marketing, daughter of Elise Laugeni and Greg Laugeni.

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT. – The following Woodbridge Fairfield University students received Dean’s List Honors for the Spring 2021 semester:  Daniel Matthes-Theriault and Leah Saulsberry.  In order to be placed on the Dean’s List, students must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in a semester, have no outstanding or incomplete grades for that semester, and have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or better.

Roger Williams University

Bristol, RI – Michael Baitch and Cassandra Scherer, of Woodbridge, CT, has been named to the Spring 2021 Dean’s List at Roger Williams University, in Bristol, R.I.  Full-time students who complete 12 or more credits per semester and earn a grade point average of 3.4 or higher are placed on the Dean’s List that semester.

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL – Taraneh Abolfath of Woodbridge, CT was named to The University of Alabama President’s List for Spring Semester 2021.  A total of 11,813 students enrolled during the spring 2021 term at The University of Alabama made the Dean’s List with academic records of 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale), or the President’s List with academic records of 4.0 (all A’s).  The UA Dean’s and President’s lists recognize full-time undergraduate students. The lists do not apply to graduate students or to undergraduate students who take less than a full course load.

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI – The University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce the Spring 2021 Dean’s List.  The following Woodbridge students were named to the list:  Olivia Kudasik, Sophie O’Brien, and Anna Schlegel.  To be included on the Dean’s List, full-time students must have completed 12 or more credits for letter grades which are GPA applicable during a semester and achieved at least a 3.30 quality point average.  Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 or more credits for letter grades which are GPA applicable earning at least a 3.30 quality point average.

Western New England University

Springfield, MA – Western New England University (WNE) is pleased to announce that Alex Wyner (BS in Computer Science program) of Woodbridge, CT has been named to the Dean’s List for the Spring Semester 2021.  Students are named to the Dean’’s List for achieving a semester grade point average of 3.30 or higher.


College of William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA – William McLean from Woodbridge, CT, recently graduated from the College of William & Mary with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Georgia Tech

Atlanta, GA – Sergey Savelyev of Woodbridge, CT, has earned a Master of Science in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.  Savelyev was among approximately 4,435 undergraduate and graduate students who earned their degrees during the Spring 2021 semester and were recognized during the Institute’s 260th Commencement exercises May 7-8, 2021, at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT – The following students received degrees from Quinnipiac University during commencement ceremonies held in May:  Robert Anastasio, Bachelor of Science in Management; Alexandra Desir, Doctor of Medicine; Christine Golden, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Judah Immanuel, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy; Judah Immanuel, Bachelor of Science in Biology; Ayaan Malik, Bachelor of Science in Accounting; and Lindsey Russo, Sixth Year Certificate in Education Leadership.

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