Who's Who Among Students in American University & Colleges
For nearly seven decades, Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges has assisted in the tradition of furthering the aims of higher education by recognizing and rewarding academic excellence on a national level. Buffalo State is among the 1,900 institutions participating in this national program. As a lifetime benefit, students selected for inclusion in Who's Who are entitled to use a free reference/placement service when seeking post-graduate employment or fellowships. An individual certificate citing the recipient’s distinction will be presented at a ceremony on campus in the spring semester.
Who receives recognition?A selection committee comprised of faculty, staff and student leaders select juniors and seniors who have at least a 3.0 cumulative average and graduate students with a minimum of 3.5 cumulative average. In addition, all students must be able to demonstrate participation and leadership in extracurricular activities as well as service to Buffalo State College and the community.
Completed nomination folders must be received in the Office of the Associate Vice President and Dean Of Students. Campbell Student Union 306, by Friday, February 15, 2013. For additional information contact the Dean of Students at 716-878-4618.
2012 -2013 Student Leadership and Humanitarian Award Recipients Announced
The Vice President for Student Affairs Office is proud to announce the recipients of the 2012–2013 Student Leadership and Humanitarian Awards. These students have been selected for their outstanding leadership and their dedication and selfless service to Buffalo State and the greater community. Students were nominated by peers, faculty, and staff for their academic and extracurricular involvement both on and off campus. The following students will be recognized for their outstanding efforts and achievement at the Student Leadership and Humanitarian Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 25.
Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
Ninteretse Jean Pierre
Jenna Marie Tomasello
2011 Student Leadership and Humanitarian Award Recipients
UNDERGRADUATE WHO’S WHO
Joseph S. Bella. A senior Technology Education major with a 3.64 GPA, Joseph is a member of the Epsilon Pi Tau honor society and mentor for the Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park summer boat building program, helping disadvantaged children to build a 25-foot replica of an 1812 Lake Erie sailing vessel.
Stephanie Berberick graduated in December 2010 with a B.A. in Communication Studies. She maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout her undergraduate studies, which included coursework at Mohawk Valley Community College and SUNY Institute of Technology. She earned Dean’s List honors at Buffalo State and received the Clark Foundation Scholarship for Academic Excellence based on her academic achievement.
Kathryn Boughton is a senior majoring in Applied Mathematics. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA at Buffalo State while a student-athlete and member of the varsity women’s soccer team. She was named to the SUNYAC All Academic Team in Fall 2008, Spring 2009, and Fall 2009; the SUNYAC Commissioner’s List in Fall 2009; and the ESPN Academic All-District List in November 2010. Boughton has volunteered for Kid’s Night Out Athletic Clinics, various youth basketball and soccer clinics, Earth Day Cleanup, and Camp Good Days fundraising.
Carlos Cisneros Vilchis is a Senior Business Administration major with a GPA of 3.94. He is president of the International Student Organization and volunteers as a youth advisor at St. Stephen’s Church and at the Kaegebein Elementary School on Grand Island.
Frank S. Colangelo has a 3.77 grade point average and is majoring in Social Work. He returned to school after a 14 year hiatus and has 2 associate degrees in the field of Art and Mental Health – Substance Abuse. In his Junior year he had the highest grade point average amongst all juniors in the Educational Opportunity Program and was the recipient of the EOP Alumni Golden Anniversary Scholarship Award. Frank also does volunteer work at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center Education Department and at Etaria Rehabilitation center.
Nicole M. Correia has a 3.63 grade point average and is a Senior majoring in Social Studies Secondary Education with a minor in Coaching. Nicole is a member of Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society, Kappa Delta Phi International Honor Society for education and Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society. She currently participates as a Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, Student Ambassador, and math tutor for incoming freshmen.
Nicole M. Davis has a 4.0 grade point average and is a Senior majoring in Psychology. Nicole is secretary of Psi Chi National Honor Society for Psychology. She has served as a server at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, interned with Joan A. Male Family Resource Center of Mercy, interned with Joan A. Male Family Resource Center and was a tutor and mentor at Making Fisher’s Out of Men and Women. She presented a poster at the Student Research and Creativity Fair in May of 2010.
Jeffery L. Dietz has a 3.84 grade point average and is a senior majoring in Elementary Education and Reading. He is a nontraditional student and has become very involved in the campus by volunteering at the Burchfield Penny Art Center, student advisory committee for the college wellness center and has organized a Neighborhood Clean-Up of the community surrounding Buffalo State College.
Rhina M. Duquela. A senior with a GPA of 3.57, Rhina is Vice President of the Spirit Gospel Choir and has served as a Resident Assistant, as a student union building manager and as a mentor for EOP. She received the 2010 EOP Director’s Award for leadership, dedication and service and is a member of the McNair Scholars Program.
Rebecca Farewell-Prisaznuk has a grade point average of 3.03 and is in her senior year majoring in Business Administration. Rebecca has worked with the Orientation and Residence Life offices. Her campus involvement has included serving as secretary for the Residence Hall Association, working with the Muslim Students’ Association and serving as a student representative on the Orientation Steering Committee. She has also been involved in community service through the Community Door Hanger Project.
Christopher Guidarelli is a major in Exceptional Education with a concentration in English. He has a 3.68 GPA and 4.0 GPA in his major. Guidarelli has presented papers at the 2011 National Science Teachers Association National Conference, the 2010 Student Research and Creativity Celebration at Buffalo State, and the 2009 Best Buddies National Conference. He served as Vice President of the Buffalo State chapter of Best Buddies in 2008-2009. An active volunteer, he counseled children at Cindy’s Comfort Camp in Fall 2009, Spring 2010, and Fall 2010, and assisted children at the Adaptive Ski Program at Double H Ranch in January 2010. He is a member of the National Council for Exceptional Children and the Kappa Delta Pi National Education Honor Society. He is also the recipient of several scholarships based on his achievement in the field of education.
Meryl Hewitt has a 3.86 GPA and is an Elementary Education major in her junior year. Meryl has been inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society and the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society. Meryl works in the Institutional Advancement office and is a leader in the All College Honors Program. One of her most significant leadership roles on campus is that of Undergraduate Representative for the Professional Development Schools (PDS) Consortium and Advisory Council. She has been a tutor for the Refugee Project.
Julia E. Gefell. A senior early childhood and childhood education major, Julia has a GPA of 3.69. She is member of the Executive Board for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and served on the Intercollegiate Athletics Board. Julia was named to the SUNYAC All-Academic team for four consecutive years to the SUNYAC Commissioner’s list for three years. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education.
Phillip P. Kenline. A senior Biology education major with a GPA of 3.83, Phillip has over thirty years of service in the U. S. Navy, rising to the rank of Command Master Chief. He coordinated the Naval Reserve marching unit that performed for the state funeral of President Ronald Reagan. Phillip received the David Vernon Bullough Memorial and the William C. Schefler Memorial awards from the Department of Biology.
Christine I. Krolewicz. A senior anthropology major with a GPA of 3.99, Christine served as President of the Anthropology Society and as Vice President and Treasurer of the Evergreen environmental organization on campus. She has also been active in NYPIRG and has volunteered with the Red Cross, the WNY Clean Air Coalition and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
Rachelle Leger had a grade point average of 3.06. She is a Senior majoring in Elementary Education. She volunteers to support the Special Olympics and at the Lovejoy Community Elementary School. She is a translator for Haitian refugees and is a member of the RHA judicial board and Black Active Minds.
James A. Litz is a senior with a 3.94 GPA majoring in Social Work with a minor in Sociology. He is the President of Active Minds at Buffalo State, and was the former Secretary of Kappa Omega, and the Social Work honors society.
Paula A. Madrigal is a Senior majoring in Social Work with a 4.0 GPA . Paula was inducted into Kappa Omega Social Work Honor Society in 2010 and is the current President. She also is an active member of Active Minds and has reached the Dean’s list every year.
Joshua L. Mauro. A senior majoring in anthropology, Joshua has a 4.00 GPA . He participated in a community project with the Chautauqua County Historical Society and at the archaeological field school at Beaver Island State Park, presenting his research at the Student Research and Creativity Celebration
Lyndsey Marsh has a 3.50 grade point average majoring in Psychology and is in her Senior year. She plans to study in the medical field with a concentration in psychiatry. Lyndsey is a member of the Swimming and Diving team and has reached the Dean’s list every year.
Paige Ottaviano has a 3.83 grade point average and is in her Junior year majoring in Career and Technical Education. She is on the varsity volleyball and lacrosse team. This year she was named co-captain for the volleyball team. Not only does Paige work hard on the field and in school but she also plays a role in the community where she has participated in numerous community services such as Country Walk for Breast Cancer, Dig for Cure, and Relay for Life. She volunteers her free time to coach a young girls lacrosse team and at Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Tanisha L. Pinkins. A senior with a dual major in Criminal Justice and Political Science, Tanisha has a GPA of 3.66. She served as President of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Gamma Iota chapter, and as President of the Buffalo State Mock Trial Team. She is a member of the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success and the Criminal Justice National Honor Society. She has volunteered to help the homeless at St. Vincent DePaul and Buffalo State’s Hearts for Haiti programs, among others.
Lindsay M. Putzbach. A senior majoring in dietetics, Lindsay has a GPA of 3.59. She was selected to participate in an international nutrition program in Lima, Peru, where she worked with ten Peruvian students and staff at the Instituto de Investigacion Nutricional during the four-week program. She is President of the Phi Upsilon Omicron national honor society and has volunteered for the Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House and the 2010 Heart Walk.
Watoii Rabii is currently a senior, Watoii has a 3.64 grade point average majoring in Sociology. He has won numerous awards for his outstanding commitment to Buffalo State College such as Outstanding First Year Student, Conrad Volger Promising Sociologist award and the Outstanding Junior Award for his work with the McNair Scholars Program. He has made the dean’s list for three semesters, has volunteered as a mentor for freshmen in the learning communities at Buffalo State College
Rawan R. Shamaa. A senior majoring in Dietetics with a GPA of 3.70, Rawan has organized youth leadership programs for adolescent girls and served as treasurer of Students for Peace and as President of the Muslim Student Organization. She is an academic mentor for EOP and a note taker for the Disability Services office.
Sharvonne Williams is a senior with a 3.24 grade point average majoring in Communication/Journalism and has aspirations of continuing her education in Non-Profit Management..Sharvonne participates in the Residence Hall Association, the NIA mentor Program and the College Media Organization, BSC-TV. Being a role model is something that Sharvonne cherishes greatly.
Michael A. White. A senior majoring in hospitality, Michael has a GPA of 3.90. He serves as a member of the Board of the Western New York chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association. He is the recipient of the Coca-Cola Salute to Excellence Scholarship, the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers and National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarship and he is a two-time recipient of the Director of Operations Silver Star—a demonstration of his role as an exceptional leader in the restaurant industry.
Vandyke Kotoroka-Yiadom has a 3.54 grade point average and is a dual major in Economics and Finance and Business Management where he is currently a senior. He is a McNair Scholar and a member of the Sigma Alpha Pi national honor society, where he is currently involved in leadership training. Vandyke has worked with the Buffalo State College Events Management office. He serves as a mentor for the Buffalo State College Student Support mentoring program.
Henry A. Zomerfeld, Jr. is a Senior majoring in Political Science with a grade point average of 3.57. He is currently the Chief Justice for the USG Judicial Council, a post he has held for three years, the largest tenure on record. Henry is active in the Newman Center, where he is a peer mentor and is a member of the Phi Sigma Alpha National Political Science honor society
Graduate Who's Who
Paul Achem. A multi-disciplinary studies graduate student with a 4.00 GPA, Paul is a native of Nigeria. He volunteers for Meals on Wheels of WNY, distributing food to homebound seniors; for the Buffalo City Mission, counseling, preaching and helping drug addicts and the homeless; and for Buffalo General Hospital, where he provides pastoral care for the sick, counseling and praying for the terminally ill. At Buffalo State he has volunteered for environmental clean-up activities around the campus and Black rock community.
Giulia Bartolozzi is a Graduate student with a 3.85 GPA majoring in Multidisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Public Relations Management. She has been attending Buffalo State College since January, 2010 as an international student from Sardinia, Italy. While at Buffalo State she has taken advantage of both the curricular and extracurricular activities offered at this institution. She attends the International Social Hour and is affiliated with the English Conversation Program where she meets with students to help them discover their culture. In her spare time she volunteers for the Burchfield Penny Art Center.
Jacob Czelusta is a Graduate student with a 4.0 grade point average majoring in Student Personnel Administration. Jacob is currently involved in a research to assist in the development of on campus programming. He is affiliated with the Western New York Association of College Career Centers, the College Student Personnel Association of New York State, and the Graduate Association of Student Personnel Administration. He also commits himself to tutoring English to non-natives and participates in the newsletter committee for the Graduate Association of Student Personnel Administration.Ashley C. Goodwin. A Creative Studies major with a 3.54 GPA, Ashley is a member of the African American Students Organization, Black Active Minds and is a resident assistant in the campus residence halls. During an internship at WKBW Channel 7, she hosted a segment called, “The Talk of the Town with Ms. Ashley.” She volunteers for the NIA mentor program and in the Equity and Campus Diversity office.
Tricia A. Antos-Maher. An exceptional education major with a GPA of 3.92, Tricia was inducted into Gamma Mu chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education. She served as an Americorps member working with students at the Charles Drew Science Magnet school and is active in the Girl Scouts Council of WNY. She participates in the Buffalo State Alumni Chorus and the Buffalo Choral Arts Society, a group selected to sing at the National Cathedral and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Ian Mirsky is a Graduate student in the Student Personnel Administration Program with a GPA of 3.57. He is currently a member of the Association of College Personnel Administrators (ACPA) and the Graduate Association of Student Personnel Administrators (GASPA). While attending graduate school Ian has worked on three internships: the International Student Affairs office, in judicial affairs, and with the Rockland Community College Office of Student Development, where he worked with students on academic dismissal.
Faith R. Moore-Rhodes. A December, 2010 graduate of Buffalo State, Faith earned her degree in Adult Education with a GPA of 3.83. She has served as a youth leadership counselor with the Buffalo Christian Center and is active with the Community Action Organization and the Response to Love Center. She served as a Mentor in the NIA Mentor Program and took part in the Sociology Club.
Shinobu Tamaki has a 3.94 grade point average and is majoring in Student Personnel Administration. She is a graduate assistant in the office of International Student Affairs where she helps with programming with the Student Life office and she helps with planning workshops, programs for scholarships students and is currently serving as a board member for the International Students Organization.
Anjalee U. Wijewickrama has a 4.0 grade point average majoring in Student Personnel Administration. She is an international student from the island nation of Sri Lanka. Anjalee has made her presence felt by interning for the Educational Opportunity Program and by assisting with the summer orientation program. She was asked to serve as an academic mentor and is a member of the Graduate Association of Student Personnel Administrators at Buffalo State College.
Justin Wojcik has a 4.0 grade point average and is majoring in Student Personnel Administration. Justin is currently the Operations Manager of the Campbell Student Union and he serves as the President of the Graduate Association of Student Personnel Administrators. He has served as a site coordinator for the Olmstead Parks Conservancy excursion, where he helped clean up Delaware Park, served as a site coordinator for Journey’s End during the Volunteer and Service Learning Center’s Saturday of Service event and winterized refugees’ homes in the Elmwood area.
2010 Student Leadership and Humanitarian Award Recipients
UNDERGRADUATE WHO’S WHO
Eedeebari Banuna (3.28 gpa) is a Senior who is double majoring in Chemistry and Economics with a concentration in Finance. Eedeebari is a McNair Scholar who is involved with the Physics Club, American Student Physics Society, and the Buffalo State Math Club. She has been a volunteer on campus for the Office of Disability Services as a note-taker, and has also volunteered off campus for the Buffalo Marathon and the Post-Keynesian Conference. Eedeebari hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.
Krystal Bellanti (3.84 gpa), a Senior and a Childhood and Early Childhood Education major, has achieved high grades within this dual certification program, especially in the concentration area of Math. She has volunteered at Dr. Charles E. Drew Science Magnet, Lovejoy Discovery School, and Westminster Community Charter School. Krystal has been a member of the Dean’s List every semester and is currently a member of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society.
Nicollette Brown (3.90 gpa) is a Senior who is majoring in Speech Language Pathology. Nicollette is a member of the McNair Scholars Program, the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society and the Dr. Anna P. Burrell Diversity Scholars Program. She has interned at the New York University Langone Medical Center and is a First Year Mentor in Neumann Hall and volunteers for the Office of Disability Services reading and transcribing tests.
Caitlin Cimato (3.79 gpa) is a Senior Business Administration major and recipient of the prestigious Provost Scholarship throughout her academic career at Buffalo State. A Dean’s List student, Caitlin is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society and has volunteered as a dance instructor at the Asarese-Matters Community Center.
Novella Curtis (3.24 gpa) is a Senior majoring in Psychology. She is a McNair Scholar and a four-semester member of the Dean’s List. As a counselor/intern, Novella has worked at the Center for Children and Families at the University of Buffalo, assisting in treating behavior disorders. Novella is a student member of the American Psychological Association and the Psychology Club at Buffalo State. She has volunteered for the AIDS walk, Breast Cancer walk and at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen, all in the New York City region.
Anna DeBalski (3.66 gpa) is a Senior and a Childhood Education major. As a member of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society, Anna is very focused on becoming a teacher. She has taught at the Lovejoy Discovery School and the Westminster Community Charter School. Anna has also volunteered for Camp Good Days and Special Times and the Special Olympics of New York.
Latoya Edwards (3.27 gpa) is a Senior Health and Wellness major and outstanding student athlete. She received the College’s Scholar Athlete Award for Excellence in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and was named Buffalo State’s Women Athlete of the Year in 2008 and 2009. Latoya was named to the U.S. Track and Field Coaches Association All Academic Team in 2008 and was named an NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field All American in 2008. She has volunteered for “Kids Night Out,” the Buffalo Niagara River Keeper organization and the Buffalo State voter registration campaign.
Jihea Eum (3.81 gpa) is a Senior majoring in Jewelry and Metals Design. Jihea has had her work featured in a number of exhibits, including in the Upton Hall Gallery and the Burchfield Penny Art Center. She is an active member of the International club, the American Host Families Program, and Students Involved in the Art of Metalsmithing. Jihea has also been chosen at the 2009-2010 Arts and Humanities Creative Associate Award.
Sarah Fehskens (3.83 gpa) is a Senior majoring in Spanish Language Literature. She spent a semester abroad at La Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. At Buffalo State she holds the position of President of the Honors Council and Spanish Club. She is the Designated Student Director of the Buffalo State College Foundation and a representative to the Dean of Arts and Humanities’ Student Council.
Julia Gefell (3.65 gpa) is a Senior and a Early Childhood and Childhood major. A dedicated athlete and captain of the lacrosse team, Julia has been named a SUNYAC Commissioner’s List athlete and SUNYAC All-Academic Team member, as well as a First Team All-Conference player. Julia is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society and is a two-semester member of the Dean’s List. She has volunteered at Kid’s Night Out and the Buffalo State Child Care Center.
Christina Jasek (3.52 gpa) is a Senior majoring in Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Psychology. She is captain of the women’s Swimming and Diving team at Buffalo State and is the varsity swimming coach at Buffalo Seminary. Christina has been a Buffalo State Scholar Athlete and a member of the SUNYAC All-Academic team. She was named to the Dean’s List and volunteered for SUNYAC Service Day and Kid’s Night Out.
Brandon Kawa (3.84 gpa) is a Senior Economics major and Dean’s List student throughout his college career. He received the Dunlop Federal Credit Union Scholarship in 2006 and volunteers with the Center for China Studies and as a tutor for macroeconomics.
Julie Kosmerl (3.87 gpa) is a Senior and a Speech-Language Pathology major. Julie has been a four-semester member of the Dean’s List and was recognized at the 52nd Annual Honors Convocation. She has worked in the community at the Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center and Tully’s Restaurant. Julie’s volunteer work is extensive, including venues such as the Food Bank of WNY, Ronald McDonald House, and Youth Engaged in Service.
Shareef LaBreche (3.65 gpa) is a Senior and a Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing. Shareef has received the Buffalo State Scholar Athlete Award and the Frances Tiu International Student Scholarship Award. As an assistant captain of the Buffalo State Varsity Hockey Team, Shareef has also been named to the SUNYAC All-Academic Team and has volunteered at Kid’s Night Out and the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk.
Angela Lambrix (3.99 gpa) is majoring in English Education (7–12) and has been on the Dean’s List every semester. A member of Kappa Delta Pi, she received the Ross B. Kenzie Family Presidential Scholarship, the Nicholas Patterson Perpetual Fund Scholarship, the Business and Professional Women of Buffalo/Amherst Scholarship, the Hazel M. Bleeker Scholarship and a UUP Scholarship. She is a member of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program.
Sooja Lee (3.28 gpa) is a Senior and a Jewelry and Metals Design major. She holds diplomas in Jewelry Design and Gemology from the Gemological Institute of America in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Sooja’s work has been featured in the Upton Gallery, the Dean of Arts and Humanities’ Gallery and the Keukdong Gallery in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Sooja is a member of Students Involved in the Art of Metalsmithing and the Society of North American Goldsmiths.
Jennifer Marchese (3.91 gpa) is a Senior majoring in Speech-Language Pathology. She is a member of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association and received a Buffalo State Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship. Her accomplishments led her to be recognized by the Speech-Language Pathology department with an academic excellence certificate. Jennifer has volunteered at the Buffalo State Child Care Center.
John J. McGowan (3.95 gpa) is a Senior and an Elementary Education major. He is a member of the National Honors Society and has volunteered at the Buffalo State Clean-Up Day, as well as the Polar Plunge for children with disabilities and the St. Vincent de Paul Toy Drive.
Nozomi Miyake (3.29 gpa) is a Senior majoring in Hospitality Administration. Nozomi has worked in Japan since she was 16 years old. She is currently interning at Campus House and is a member of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality. Nozomi has studied in South Australia as part of the Exchange Society. She participates in volunteer service learning in the Canisius YALT Program.
Katherine Niesser (3.67 gpa) is a Senior Exceptional Education major and recipient of numerous awards, including: the Elsie Jepson Memorial Scholarship Award, the Werner 2009-2010 Exceptional Education Award and the Paul Thoms Council for Exceptional Children Award. A Dean’s List student, Katherine is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi education honor society and the Council for Exceptional Children.
Cheryl O’Connor (3.97 gpa) is a Senior and a Childhood Education major. She is a member of the Association for Childhood Education International and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Cheryl has been a Sunday school teacher for ten years and delivers meals on the holidays for the city mission. She as been a member of the Board of Directors for the North Tonawanda American Babe Ruth Baseball League since 2002. She is a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member and a Dean’s List student.
Kei Okada (3.79 gpa) is a Senior majoring in Psychology. She received the 2008 Eleanor Blackburn and the 2009 Frances Tyau International Student Awards. She is a member the International Student Organization, the Asian Student Organization and Psi Chi Honor Society. She has earned Dean’s List distinction.
Janelle Ploetz (3.82 gpa) is a Senior Social Work major and President of the Phi Alpha Kappa Omega Social Work Honor Society. A Dean’s List student, Janelle is a member of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, NYPIRG and served on the College’s Strategic Planning Task Force in the spring, 2009. She has volunteered with the West Side Ministries and the Urban Christian Ministries.
Watoii Rabii (3.63 gpa) is a Junior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Biology. Watoii is a McNair Scholar, as well as a member of the Psi Chi National Honorary Society in Psychology. Currently, he is the Vice President of the Student Political Society as well as a member of the Psychology Club. Watoii was the winner of the Outstanding First Year Freshman in 2008 and was a Dean’s List student during his freshman year.
Kelly Reuter (3.68 gpa) is a Senior Psychology major. Kelly has excelled at both sports and academics as a member of the women’s soccer team. She was a SUNYAC All-Academic team member from 2007-2009, as well as a member of the SUNYAC Commissioner’s Academic List and a Buffalo State Scholar Athlete. Kelly is National Honor Society member in Psychology.
Mary Rivers (3.45 gpa) is a Senior Psychology major and member of the American Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists. She has participated in the University at Maryland McNair Annual Research Symposium (2010), the University at Buffalo McNair Research Conference (2009) and the Buffalo State McNair Annual Symposium (2007, 2009). Mary received the Foster Care Success Scholarship in 2009 and has volunteered at the Hopevale Residential Treatment Center, the Buffalo State Child Care Center and the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.
Yolanda Rondon (3.78 gpa) is a political science major, with minors in both international economics and international relations. A member of the All College Honors Program and the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, Yolanda studied abroad in Turkey and Beijing, China, and was named European council president for the 2010 SUNY Model European Union simulation. She served on USG’s Judicial Council and the College Senate and is a tutor in political science and economics for students in the Educational Opportunity Program.
Jennifer Samuel (3.60 gpa) is a Senior Speech-Language Pathology major and an Art Therapy minor. Jennifer was a member of the Dr. Anna P. Burrell Diversity Scholars Program and is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. She is the secretary of the Buffalo State chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and a member of the Caribbean Student Organization. Jennifer serves the community by working for the Salvation Army and the Worship and Community Center by providing meals for the homeless. She also works in the Disability Services office at Buffalo State College.
Sasha Stauffer (3.70 gpa) is a Senior Psychology major. She is a Psi Chi Honor Society member and a Dean’s List student. She is a volunteer dog walker at the Niagara County SPCA and has volunteered for the Buffalo Breast Cancer Walk.
Melissa Tresley (3.85 gpa) is a Senior majoring in Business Administration. She received the Community Junior Achievement Award in 2009 and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International honor society. Melissa has volunteered on mission trips to the Dominican Republic, Kenya, and New York City.
Samson Tsige (3.95 gpa) is a Senior Criminal Justice major and member of the Alpha Phi Sigma honor society. He is active with the Criminal Justice club, the American Mock Trial Association and the College’s student judicial hearing boards. Samson has volunteered with the Salvation Army and the South West Area Neighborhood Association.
Dean Vassor (3.55 gpa) is a Senior majoring in Criminal Justice. Dean is a McNair Scholar and the president of the Criminal Justice National Honor Society. He is a Dean’s List student and part of the All-College Honors program. He is a Public Safety Officer for the city of Philadelphia and member of the Community Policing Committee. Dean also tutors other Criminal Justice majors through the Educational Opportunity Program at Buffalo State.
Nicholas Weigand (3.81 gpa) is a Junior and a Social Studies Education major. As a member of the men’s Swimming and Diving team, Nick serves his fellow Buffalo State athletes as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Nick is an All-College Honors student and received the Harold Peterson Scholarship for his academic success in history courses. Nick is also a First-Year Mentor for the Residence Life Office and has volunteered at events such as Kid’s Night Out and Clean up Day.
Phillip Weiss (3.60 gpa) is majoring in Public Communication. He received the May Randazzo Memorial Scholarship and has served as President of the Lambda Pi Eta, Rho Psi Chapter honor society since 2008. A Dean’s List student, Phillip has published articles in the Buffalo News and is a writer for the College’s publication, 1300 Elmwood Avenue. He has volunteered with the St. Gabriel’s Youth Organization and the Excalibur Awards planning committee.
Venus Wiggins (3.91 gpa) is a Senior Social Work major who has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Maria Ferraro Scholarship, the EOP Scholarship, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. A Dean’s List student, Venus served as President of the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society and as Vice President of the Phi Alpha Kappa Omega Social Work honor society. She has volunteered at the Lighthouse Women’s Residential Facility, at Gerard Place and with the Making Strides Walk for Breast Cancer.
Lafayette Williams (3.27 gpa) is a Senior and an Individualized Studies major. He received the Litwin Family Memorial Award for campus leadership and the 2008 Phillip Santa Maria Award for Student Leadership in Equity and Diversity. A member of the Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society, Lafayette volunteers with the College Based Transition Program, organized a benefit for Hurricane Katrina victims and is a member of the Native American Students Organization.
Nakheon Yang (3.75 gpa) is a Hospitality and Tourism major with a minor in Business Economics. Nakheon is a member of Eta Sigma Delta, the International Hospitality and Tourism Management Honor Society. He has volunteered annually at the Buffalo State Community Service Day and also has volunteered at Loaves and Fishes. Nakheon has studied French Language and Literature at Dong-a University in Busan, South Korea. He is a member of Club Managers of
GRADUATE WHO’S WHO RECIPIENTS
Laurel Almand (4.00 gpa) is majoring in Student Personnel Administration. Laurel holds duel Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Human Resources from Liberty University. She is currently a Financial Aid Counselor at Medaille College and has volunteered at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Association of College Personnel Administrators. Laurel has also worked with Roswell Park and obtained a grant that works towards fighting drug and alcohol abuse with children.
Yadira Austin (4.00 gpa) is majoring in Early Childhood Special Education. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education in 2008 at Buffalo State. Yadira is a Resident Director in a first-year residence hall. She is an active alumnus of Lambda Theta Alpha, serving as the New York Area Finance Supervisor, as well as a Faculty Advisor to the local Buffalo State Chapter. Yadira is a Burrell Diversity Scholar and a Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society member.
Rachel Berg, (4.00 gpa) is a major in Childhood Special Education. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the Council for Exceptional Children and served as vice president of the Best Buddies chapter. Her volunteer activities include the Enterprise Charter School, the Upgrade Academics Summer Literacy Enrichment Camp for urban students and Dodd Middle School in Freeport, New York., where she served as a mentor and tutor for students with disabilities.
Dao-Wen Chang (3.89 gpa) is a Creative Studies major. She is an active member of the International Student Organization, as well as the Chinese Students/Scholars Association. Dao-Wen has significant volunteer experience with the Vacant Lot Project and LINKS Youth Leadership Institute, helping young children with their leadership and creativity skills.
Joselyne Chenane (4.00 gpa) is majoring in Criminal Justice. She is a member of the International Student Organization and has enriched her experience by participating in the weekly social hours, sharing her culture with others. She has volunteered for the Orientation Office, as well as the American Host Family Program and English Conversation Program.
Kevin Hamm (4.0 gpa) is a Student Personnel Administration major and President of the Graduate Association for Student Personnel Administration. He participated in the SPA annual conference and professional development day programs and is a member of the College Student Personnel Association (CSPA). Kevin served on the College’s Student Health Advisory committee, assisted the admissions office during an internship experience and volunteered as an advocate for the SUNY Fredonia Students with Disabilities program.
Elizabeth Marsh (3.81 gpa) is a Speech-Language Pathology major. Elizabeth has an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in Sociocultural Anthropology. Currently, she is a graduate assistant for the New York State Speech-Language Pathology Consortium. Elizabeth is also a member of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development. Her volunteer experience includes the March of Dimes and Adult Recreation Therapy Center of Ontario.
Dawn Murphy (4.0 gpa) is a graduate student majoring in Elementary Education. While earning her NYS Certification in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, Dawn has worked at the West Seneca Central School District, at Lake Shore Central Senior High School, at Enterprise Charter School at William Kaegebein Elementary School, the Eggert Road Elementary School and at St. Simons Pre-School.
Jose Perez (3.80 gpa) is a graduate student majoring in Career and Technical Education. He received recognition as the “Educator of the Year” from Hispanic Heritage Awards in 2009. Jose has volunteered with the Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES and teaches Spanish for Health Professionals at Niagara County Community College.
Winton Tran (3.92 gpa) is majoring in Student Personnel Administration and is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition, including: the Robert A. Davis scholarship (2009), the Dorothy Hass Community Engagement Award (2008), the Percy Sutton Award (2007) and the McNair Summer Research scholarship (2007). Winton is a member of the Golden Key international honor society, the Mortar Board honor society, Psi Chi and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
2009 Who’s Who Undergraduate Student Recipients
Gertrude B. Antwi
Jennifer M. Arroyo
Nandani D. Goolsarran
Bryana J. Haas
Darryl L. Hamilton
Jason L. Klinger
Angela R. Lambrix
John J. McGowan
Rachel E. Mooney
Russell M. Nixon
Jenelle N. Orosz
Heidie J. Stauffer
James R. Steiner
Jenna M. Vilardo
Bethany M. Wagner
Lai Sze Wan
Huewayne A. Watson
Chantal A. Wiedemann
2009 Who’s Who Graduate Student Recipients
Amy E. Henchey Gliset Lebron
Aimee M. Levesque
Jennifer L. Sienkiewicz
Michael W. Spence
Angela E. Stranahan
Diego E. Uribe Larach