Rowan dean recognizes graduating Rowan seniors

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

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

Jennifer Armour, a psychology major from Ocean City, Md., is the lead research assistant on a grant-funded psychology project. Jen is also the vice president of Golden Key International Honor Society. She currently is interviewing for doctoral programs.

Sarai Campbell, an American Studies major from Laurel Springs, was selected for Amherst College's Summer Institute on Civic Engagement and Political Action in 2007. She attended the College Leadership Institute in New Jersey and the National Leadership Institute to promote ethical leadership.

Rebecca Del Fava, of Millville, worked full-time as a registered nurse while completing her bachelor of science in nursing. A proud mom and Golden Key International Honor Society member, she looks forward to continuing her education at the graduate level so she can teach future nurses.

Maggie Dziopko, of Stanhope, traveled widely and studied abroad in Spain, France and Germany while earning her degree in Spanish. In March 2007, she volunteered for a post-Katrina reconstruction project. After graduating, she hopes to spend time in China teaching English and perfecting her Chinese.

Candace Eirich, an economics major from Glassboro, took an academic trip to Burma in 2006 where she advocated for human rights during the military repression. She plans to explore applied economic development in graduate school.

Kelly Fallows, of Millville, is a non-traditional student raising two boys while studying geography and anthropology. In May she will celebrate her graduation by participating in the "Rowan Discovers Europe" adventure.

Dietrich Harris, of Arcadia, Fla., is a political science major. He served as junior class senator and on a variety of campus committees. He plans to attend law school next year, specializing in transnational law. He speaks and reads Japanese and hopes to complete part of his law school education in Tokyo.

William S. Huggins, of Mullica Hill, received several awards and scholarships for his academic achievement as a sociology major. He has worked as a research assistant, and he is a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta and Golden Key International Honor Societies.

Walter Jacob, a math major from Mullica Hill, had a paper published in the "International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology." He also is fluent in Latin, having translated a paper by 18th century mathematician Leonard Euler. He's presented his work at professional meetings and won several scholarships and mathematical awards.

Edmund O'Brien, of Towaco, is a biochemistry major who conducted a research project this semester on biophysical properties of antimicrobial peptides. Edmund plans to begin graduate studies this summer in pursuit of a doctoral degree.

Ricky Pearsall, a law and justice major from Flanders, is a recipient of the Rowan Day Scholarly Achievement Award and the Governor's Scholarship. He is an active member of several honor societies and vice president of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He traveled to China and Tibet as a member of the Delegation on Diplomacy, and he is an active volunteer in the community.

Dustin Rauenzahn, of Ocean City, will graduate with a dual degree in elementary education and math/science. Currently a student teacher, he has been an active member of the elementary education club and has been inducted into the Golden Key and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Societies.

Jason Rindosh, of Eastampton, is pursing a dual major in history and philosophy/religion studies. He is currently creating a case study that examines how immigrant individuals from the Dominican Republic formed identity at Camden High School. Jason plans to attend law school.

Neil Ruben, of Marlton, is a history major who has worked in a legal firm during his university career. He has been accepted into graduate programs at several universities, including Duke, Cornell and Georgetown.

Bahram Shahrokh, of Sewell, is president of the Pre-Professional Society, organizing events and lectures to inform students of possible career paths. He is actively involved in two research projects: a field research project in South Jersey marshes and a lab project working with a threatened sea grass species.

Danielle L. Socha, a computer science major from Maple Shade, has served as co-principal investigator on a grant-funded project. She has been accepted into Lockheed Martin Corporation's highly competitive Engineering Leadership Development Program. Danielle plans to pursue a master's degree in computer science.

Maria Torio, of Voorhees, is a dual major in English and secondary education. She has been an admissions ambassador at Rowan; a foundations representative for Kappa Delta Pi, the International Education Honors Society; and a senator for student government.

Lucas Willis, a physics major from Bellmawr, has been building an apparatus to study the coldest atomic plasmas on Earth. A dual major, he has published papers in mathematics and in physics. Lucas received a Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention in 2006 and 2007, and won a 2007 research fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He will pursue a Ph.D. in experimental atomic physics.