Rowan students honored by dean

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The Rowan University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognized 17 outstanding graduating seniors at the 7th Annual Dean's Recognition Tea held recently in the Rowan University Student Center Bal

The Rowan University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognized 17 outstanding graduating seniors at the 7th Annual Dean's Recognition Tea held recently in the Rowan University Student Center Ballroom.

The honored students were chosen based on their representation of their department on campus and in the community.

Bradley Bailey of Pittsburgh, Pa., a biochemistry major, has served as a tutor in chemistry and biochemistry courses. Bailey currently is conducting a biochemical research project to characterize the structure of an enzyme involved in prostate cancer. He plans to pursue a doctoral degree.

Arielle Botter, a sociology major from Vineland, is the Sociology Department's 2006 recipient of the Witchell Medallion, which honors a student who best demonstrates what C. Wright Mills called the "sociological imagination." Botter's achievements include presenting her research to and being accepted into the honors program at the 2005 annual meeting of The American Sociological Association and winning the 2006 Sociology Department research paper contest. Botter, member of a host of honor societies and recipient of several scholarships, received the Fulbright scholarship and plans to continue with graduate study in international affairs.

John Ciocco, a history major from Franklinville, is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honors society, and the Progressive Student Alliance. His research on the Richardson Avenue School, a Jim Crow institution in Swedesboro, from 1931-1942, was presented at the annual History of Education Meetings and the Oral History Association.

Christopher Clement, of Glendora, is a computer science major. His accomplishments include co-authoring three research papers accepted by international conferences on artificial intelligence and digital communications and information visualization. He also worked on a research project for which he helped to write a paper that was accepted at the International Conference of Parallel and Distributed Processing Techniques and Applications, and he presented research at Rowan's Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) Student Research Symposium in 2005. He also led a team of students in a visualization project for the Federal Aviation Administration, for which he received an award of excellence and will intern with during the summer of 2006. Among other achievements, he is an honor society member and scholarship recipient.

Tara Edmond, of Somerdale, is graduating with degrees in liberal studies: math/science and elementary education and plans to teach science and mathematics at the elementary or middle school level. She has made contributions to her field by designing education materials to teach math and science to elementary school students. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society and Elementary Education Club. She serves as the secretary for the Math/Science Club and is a United States Achievement Academy National Collegiate Education Award recipient.

Alicia Esposito, a mathematics major from Ocean Township, served as vice president of the math club, and was a member of last year's William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition team and a successful participant in the mathematics contest at the Garden State Undergraduate Conference. Esposito, who has been a math tutor at Rowan, plans to teach high school when she graduates and expects to pursue graduate work in mathematics so she eventually can teach at the college level.

Fred Georgette, a husband and father of three from Pitman, is a geography and elementary education major. He has traveled extensively and works full-time as a truck driver while attending college and raising a family.

Rebecca Gilbert, of Millville, is a double major in history and economics with a concentration in international studies who balanced academic life with family obligations. She is a member of both the history and international studies honor societies and participated in three German exchange programs since 2000. She hopes to attend graduate school and land a job in international relations.

Andrea Hahn-Walsh, of Cherry Hill, is a non-traditional student with a husband and two children. She is graduating among the top one percent of the 2006 English majors at Rowan, with a combined major in English and elementary education.

Mary Hamilton is a psychology major from Glassboro. She has conducted independent studies in the areas of personality development and eating disorders. Parts of her work will be presented at the Eastern Psychological Association conference. Hamilton also has conducted psychology fieldwork and is active in the Psychology Alliance and The National Honor Society in Psychology. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in art therapy.

Leo E. Hughes, Jr., of Mullica Hill, is dual degree candidate in law and justice studies and accounting. Hughes, a published poet, is an officer and Webmaster of the Accounting Society and a member of Golden Key International Honor Society and Alpha Phi Sigma-Epsilon Nu, the law and justice honor society. He also is certified by Federal Emergency Management Agency in the National Incident Management System. He devotes spare time to organizations such as the Knights of Columbus and serves as an official at Catholic Youth Organization football games for the Catholic League in the Delaware Valley area. He completed an internship with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service last summer, and plans to pursue a career in federal law enforcement.

Sean Hvisdas, of Sicklerville, is a political science major. He is the managing editor for The Whit, Rowan's campus newspaper; vice president of communications for the Golden Key Honor Society; and a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society. He plans to pursue a graduate degree in international relations or law.

Ann Leaming, of Elmer, is a Liberal Studies: American studies major with a background in education at Pennsylvania State University and schooling from the Culinary Institute of America. She recently taught English in China.

Steve MacMaster is a physics major from Springfield, Pa. He contributed to research in superconductivity, shared his experience in laser technology and actively supported the holography project at the Materials Science Summer Institute at Rowan.

Megan Mastranduono, a Spanish major with a dance minor, secondary education certification and international studies concentration, of Sewell, will be graduating with honors in May. She studied abroad and opened El Circulo de Espanol, Rowan's Spanish Club, to the Rowan community.

Sheryl Timpanelli, of Cherry Hill, is attaining a bachelor's of science in nursing from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey School of Nursing and Rowan joint BSN program. Timpanelli, a nurse at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, is a mother of two and hopes to one day become a nurse practitioner.

Nicole Weidl, a biological sciences major from Shamong, served as president of the Biology and Pre-Professional clubs. As a leader of these clubs, she recruited speakers and promoted charity events, including several for the American Cancer Society. Weidl also was coordinator for the University's STEM Symposium for two years. She was a member and captain of the cross country team and a member of the track team, setting a school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Her plans after graduation include dental school.

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