LAS Dean recognizes graduating Rowan seniors


Dr. Jay Harper, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Rowan University, recently honored 18 students as outstanding graduating seniors. Harper cited one student from each major in the Co

Dr. Jay Harper, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Rowan University, recently honored 18 students as outstanding graduating seniors. Harper cited one student from each major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences during a recognition tea in April, including:

? Andrew Benedict, of Williamstown, is an economics major who interned at the Federal Aviation Administration in Atlantic City and Rowan's Physics Department. Benedict is currently interested in financial markets and hopes to work in that field in the future.

? Amanda Guaglione, of Mullica Hill, is an English and writing arts double major, interested in writing for the stage and has authored one play. She is also very active in dance. Guaglione took a year off from school to take the lead role with a musical theater troupe that toured South Africa, performing for high school students, visiting AIDS clinics and teaching children about AIDS prevention.

? Sara Wheat, of Swedesboro, is a geography and anthropology major. She has already visited Africa, Europe, the United States and Canada. For seven consecutive years, Wheat competed in the United States National Figure Skating Championships at the juvenile and senior levels, medaling in four of those years and winning the Junior Ladies National Championship once.

? William Burrows, of Franklinville, is an American liberal studies major who was accepted to the master's program in education at Kansas City's Rockhurst University, which he will attend in September.

? Brian Mintey, of Sewell, is a philosophy and religion major and president of Rowan's Philosophy Club. Mintey plans to pursue a doctorate in philosophy. In addition, a paper of his was selected for presentation at the New Jersey Women's and Gender Studies Consortium Undergraduate Research Colloquium in April.

? Andrew Robertson, of Mickleton, is a physics major and president of the Physics Club, Rowan's chapter of the Society of Physics Students. Robertson has directed the club to two "Outstanding Chapter" awards. In addition, Robertson recently earned a National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship, a prestigious award that will cover tuition, fees and health insurance for him to attend any university with a graduate program in science and engineering and provide an approximate $30,000 stipend annually for up to three years.

? Kelli Nelson, of Elmer, will receive her Bachelor of Science in nursing this May. During her time at Rowan, she worked every weekend in medical/surgical nursing at the South Jersey Hospital Systems-Elmer.

? Scott Harshman, of Maple Shade, is a biochemistry major. In his senior year, Harshman began working with Rowan professor Dr. Cathy Yang, characterizing the interactions of
anti-cancer targeted DNA. He also was involved in a second clinical research program at Cooper University Hospital, which investigated patient preferences regarding treatment of chest pain. He continues to volunteer at Cooper University Hospital and the Camden County Animal Shelter.

? Jason Hisey, of Bayville, is a biological sciences major who participated in a spring break research trip to South Carolina to study Southeastern coastal ecology and cultures. Hisey also traveled to Florida to study the effects of shading on a species of threatened seagrass.

? Dan Kloza, of Toms River, is a history major. Africa World Press will publish Kloza's research on the African origins of Igbo Slave resistance in the Americas in an anthology The Igbo and the Igbo Diaspora. He was invited to present the paper at the 5th International Conference on Igbo Studies at Howard University this spring.

? Jennifer Petitt, of Manahawkin, is a law and justice major and current president of the Rowan's Law & Justice Honor Society. Petitt has interned with the Child Advocacy Center in Ocean County, where she worked in the sex crimes unit.

? Matthew Oster, of Marmora, is a mathematics major His favorite areas in mathematics include number theory and operations research. Oster has been very active in undergraduate research. He and two other students, recently received the Ben Fusaro Award at this year's Mathematical Contest in Modeling for the most creative solution to an airline seating problem. As a tutor for the department, Oster enjoys helping other students learn mathematics. He plans to pursue his Ph. D. in mathematics after graduation and hopes to become a college professor.

? Jonathon Feuss, of Oak Ridge, is a computer science major. Feuss along with Rowan professors have conducted experimental research on branching techniques to solve one of the most important problems in computer science, the NP-Complete Satisfiability problem. Last year, some of his original research was presented at the 11th Annual Consortium in Computing Science in Colleges.

? Sarah Manna, of Hammonton, is a foreign languages and literatures major, who will graduate with a dual degree in Spanish and education, a secondary education certification and an international studies concentration. In pursuit of her love of Spanish, Manna studied abroad in Argentina, Mexico and Spain.

? Hilary Gibbs, of Dumont, is a liberal studies: math/science, elementary education dual major, currently student-teaching in an "inclusion classroom" at the fourth grade level in Glassboro, where she enjoys the challenge of teaching both regular and special education children. At the end of this semester, Gibbs hopes to take part in a special two-week program in Camden, where she will have the opportunity to teach middle school mathematics.

? Mary Lenti, of Edison, is a political science major. Lenti is secretary of Rowan's forensics team and has been honored for her performance in recent tournaments. She is currently performing an internship at a lobbying firm and is seeking to continue her education by applying to law school. In addition to her academic pursuits, she spends part of her time as a volunteer softball coach.

? Kariann Amante, of Glen Gardner, is a psychology major and president of Rowan's Psychology Alliance. Amante is currently applying to doctoral and master's level programs in industrial/organizational psychology.

? Anne Lien, of Chatham, is a sociology major and the recipient of the Witchell Medallion. The award honors a student who, in the judgment of faculty, best demonstrates what C. Wright Mills, an American sociologist remembered for studying the structure of power in the U.S, called the sociological imagination. Chatham has put her graduate study plans on hold while she waits for her children to graduate - her son from Cornell University and her daughter from New York University.