Local students making college news


The Citadel

Katherine Keller of East Williston is one of the members of the class of 2019 who took their commissioning oaths on Friday, May 3 in Summerall Chapel.

Every year, the commencement ceremony for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets is held the day after the commissioning ceremonies.

Approximately 35 percent of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 2019 are now officers in all branches of the United States Armed Forces.

New York Institute of Technology

Semini Jayasinghe of Great Neck has been named to the executive board of New York Institute of Technology’s Student Government Association for the Long Island campus for the 2019-2020 academic year. Jayasinghe will serve as executive vice president.

The role of SGA is to successfully increase the number of engaged students and student leaders who aspire to leave a legacy, facilitate NYIT pride, and serve to empower the student body through academics and co-curricular involvement. 

On May 17, Gayane Jamgotchian of New Hyde Park and Kyriaki Katrakazos of Manhasset were two of the 2019 graduates from NYIT’s physician assistant studies program who were welcomed into the profession with a white coat ceremony.

White coat ceremonies are a rite of passage celebrating the completion of a student’s training as he or she graduates and goes on to pursue a career as a PA. In marking the transition into professional life, the event centers around the symbolic awarding of a new long white coat, to replace the short student white coat worn daily to class and clerkships.

Celina Zapiti of Mineola was recognized with the Occupational Therapy Community Service Award and was a member of the group that received the Occupational Therapy Research Award. She was also inducted into the Occupational Therapy Alpha Eta Honor Society, which recognizes graduating students with an overall grade point average of 3.8 or better.

Ashli Pacheco of New Hyde Park was awarded the NYIT School of Management’s Anita Messinger Memorial Award. The award goes to the woman graduate in the MS program who has shown outstanding ability in leadership, promise of professional achievement, and willingness to serve the profession.

Melanie Benyadi of Old Westbury, a management major earning an MBA at NYIT, was inducted into the Financial Management Association National Honor Society, which is dedicated to advancing academic excellence and high ethical standards among finance students and specialists. 

Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Vincent Steves of New Hyde Park and Sara Messenger of Mineola were initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Steves was initiated at University of Florida; Messenger at University of Bridgeport.

Hofstra University

Hofstra University inducted 43 students into its chapter of Phi Beta Kappa this spring: Sabreen Bhuiya and Bhakti Patel of Albertson; Sukhjit Dhaliwal of Old Westbury; and Tyler Baron of New Hyde Park. Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. 

College of the Holy Cross

The following local students received Bachelor of Arts degrees on May 24: Theodore Angelo Capsis of East Williston; Caroline Carey O’Connor of Manhasset; Madeline DeBono of Port Washington; and Christopher John Higgins of Williston Park.

Bucknell University

The following local students graduated from Bucknell University on May 19: Matthew Sica from Port Washington; Olivia Braito from Williston Park; and Mike Cook, Andrew Gray and Kiara Romotzki from Manhasset.

The University of Vermont

The University of Vermont’s Fraternity & Sorority Life announces Kaila Carson of Albertson as 2019 Fraternity & Sorority Scholar of the Year award recipient.

Each year the university’s Fraternity & Sorority Life Awards Night celebrates and honors the accomplishments of individual members of the fraternity and sorority communities at UVM, as well as chapters that exemplified commitment to the pillars of citizenship, friendship, leadership, lifelong learning, and justice.

Lehigh University

The following local students were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2019 semester: Claudia Hanover and Jessica Hyland of Port Washington; Molly Hwang, Adam Krieger and Michelle Nissan of Great Neck; Kevin Keenan of New Hyde Park; Allison LaMonica of Old Westbury; Lindsay Slavit and Sally Solomon of Roslyn; and Bryant Born and Brent Tennenbaum of Manhasset.

University of New Hampshire

Mario DeBueriis of Manhasset graduated in May, earning a BA degree in economics.

Muhlenberg College

Muhlenberg student Allie Mirsky from Great Neck studied abroad in spring 2019. Between 250 and 300 students study abroad each year. Mirsky, a member of the class of 2020, studied in Denmark.

Daniel Doreste of Great Neck was named to the spring academic honor roll. Each student-athlete must be a sophomore or higher in class standing and carry at least a 3.4 cumulative grade-point average.

Clarkson University

Manoj Sharma of Port Washington received a master of science degree in engineering management in May.

York College of Pennsylvania

Thomas Moschitta of Manhasset graduated on May 18. Moschitta earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

University of Scranton

Peter Ganley of East Williston was among more than 850 bachelor’s and associate’s degree recipients at its undergraduate commencement on May 26. Ganley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.

Patricia Gasiewski of Mineola was among more than 625 master’s and doctoral degree recipients at its graduate commencement ceremony on May 25. Gasiewski earned a Master of Science degree in occupational therapy.

Siena College

John Harvey and Jason Padilla of New Hyde Park were named to the president’s list for the spring 2019 semester.

Adriana Guzzello of Mineola was named to the dean’s list for spring 2019 semester. To be named to the dean’s list, a student’s grade point average must be between 3.5 and 3.89.

Coastal Carolina University

Angelica Pizza from Albertson and Taylor Giallanza from New Hyde Park were named to the president’s list for the spring 2019 semester.

SUNY Geneseo

Great Neck native and Great Neck South High School graduate Isabel Owen won a 2019-20 U.S. Student Fulbright award for Brazil to serve as an english teaching assistant in a university or post-secondary institution. Owen graduated in May with a double major in history and English and a double minor in Africana studies and Latin American studies.

Union College

Sarah Gottlieb and Marc Perlman of Roslyn were included in the college’s annual Prize Day celebration, honoring students’ achievements in academics, research, service and governance.

SUNY Canton

Christina Anderson of Roslyn was named to the president’s list at SUNY Canton during the spring 2019 semester. President’s list recognizes full-time students who achieve a GPA of between 3.75 and 4.0.  Anderson is a veterinary technology major. 

William Trapp of Port Washington was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2019 semester. Dean’s list recognizes full-time students who have earned a GPA between 3.25 and 3.75.

Bates College

Jesse Sollinger of Port Washington was named to the dean’s list for the winter semester ending in April 2019. This is a distinction earned by students whose cumulative grade point average is 3.77 or higher.

The College of William & Mary

Alexander Anderson of Manhasset recently graduated, earning a Bachelor of Science degree.

Wesleyan University

The following local students earned degrees at the university: Jennifer Aguiar of Port Washington earned a BA degree in sociology; Sophie Brett-Chin of Port Washington earned a BA degree in English and history; John Neil of Port Washington earned a BA degree in psychology; Kerry Brew of Williston Park earned a, MA degree in psychology; and Andrew Jacono of Manhasset earned a BA degree in English and French studies.


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