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College Notes: May 2018
05:01PM / Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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The ceremony featured comments by university President Tony Collins and guest speaker retired Army Lt. Gen. Bernard Champoux, the uncle of one of the commissioning cadets. Champoux's assignments included brigade command at Fort Drum and Division Command in Hawaii. His last assignment was as the commanding general, Eighth United States Army/Chief of Staff, Combined Forces Command, Republic of Korea. The ceremony also included the swearing in of the new officers, the pinning of their gold bars by family members, and the traditional first salute, known as the 'Silver Dollar Salute.'

Graduations

Lauren Levardi from Pittsfield was awarded a bachelor of science in exercise and sports science from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., during commencement exercises on May 4-5. She was one of 1,183 students who walked during commencement, which had head football coach Joe Moglia as the speaker.
 
Assumption College awarded 617 degrees during its 101st commencement exercises on Sunday, May 13, held at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester, including to Taylor Kline of Adams and Sarah Morley of Pittsfield. The speaker was the Most Rev. Robert E. Barron, S.T.D., auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
 
Curry College in Milton awarded degrees on Sunday, May 20, to the following graduates:
  • Susan Bloom of Adams received a bachelor of science degree
  • Kendal Frye of New Ashford received a bachelor of arts degree
  • Anna Penna of Pittsfield received a bachelor of arts degree
  • Kate Hopper of Dalton received a bachelor of science degree
 
Lasell College in Newton held its 164th commencement ceremony on May 12, granting 398 bachelor's and 125 master's degrees. Among those graduating were: 
  • Carrie Lee Pierce of Clarksburg, majoring in event management
  • Paul Boutiette of Lanesborough
  • Abbey Moran of Great Barrington
  • Mallorie Smith of Pittsfield
 
Worcester Polytechnic Institute held its 150th commencement celebrations on May 10-12, awarding nearly 830 master's and doctoral degrees and more 1,000 bachelor's degrees 
 
Graduating with a master's on Thursday, May 10:
  • Tyler Parkin of Pittsfield, master of engineering degree in electrical and computer engineering
  • Joshua Colon of North Adams, master of science degree in manufacturing engineering
  • Stephen Lima of Pittsfield, master of science degree in systems engineering
 
Graduating with a bachelor's on May 12:
  • Timothy Jones of Pittsfield, bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering with distinction
  • Kimberley Kirchner of Pittsfield, bachelor of science degrees in biology and biotechnology with high distinction.
  • Aaron Weeks of Pittsfield, bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering
 
The following residents graduated from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the weekend of May 18.
  • Emma Arabia of North Adams received a bachelor of science degree in fashion merchandising
  • Ashley Harrington of Housatonic received a bachelor of arts degree in political science

 

American International College in Springfield awarded 600 undergraduate and graduate degrees to students representing 14 states and six countries at its 2018 commencement ceremony.
  • Hailey Gajewski of Pittsfield, received a master of arts in clinical psychology.
  • Erin Stalker of Great Barrington, received a bachelor of arts in liberal studies.
  • Aliah Curry of Pittsfield, received a doctor of physical therapy in physical therapy.
  • Rachelle Gayle of Pittsfield, received a doctor of physical therapy in physical therapy.

 

Molly McGuire of Pittsfield was among 472 who graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., on May 20. The undergraduates were awarded their degrees during the university's 179th commencement exercises in the Holton Memorial Quadrangle that included a speech by civil rights legend, attorney and presidential adviser Vernon E. Jordan Jr., DePauw class of '57. McGuire was awarded a bachelor of musical arts degree.

 
Elizabeth Hill of Cheshire graduated from Ohio Christian University in Circleville with a bachelor of arts in leadership and ministry, concentrating on pastoral ministry.
 
 
Some 3,055 students were awarded degrees during the University of Vermont's 217th commencement ceremonies. Alexander Nemerov, alumnus of the Burlington school and one of the nations' leading art historians and scholar of cultural history, delivered the address. Local graduates included:
  • Ace Brantly-Boutin of Great Barrington, bachelor of science, environmental studies
  • Christian Pickwell of Dalton, bachelor of arts and music
  • Jamie Waterman of Great Barrington, bachelor of science, forestry, cum laude
 

Honor Societies

Kathryn J. Wells of Windsor was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma at a ceremony conducted by the Western New England College chapter officers. The banquet, held April 19 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, was attended by 120 students, guests, College of Business faculty and staff, and administrators of the Springfield college. The national honor society is for business majors at schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. Students are selected from the top percent of their class.

 
Kathryn J. Wells of Windsor was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma at a ceremony conducted by the Western New England College chapter officers. The banquet, held April 19 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, was attended by 120 students, guests, College of Business faculty and staff, and administrators of the Springfield college. with photo
 
The national honor society is for business majors at schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. Students are selected from the top percent of their class.
 
 
Alexander Tierney of Pittsfield was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Tierney was initiated at George Mason University in Baton Rouge, La. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter, and high standing academically. Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897.
 

Academic Lists & Awards

The Student Government Association's Thomas E.J. de Witt Spirit Award is given annually to a member of the Lasell College community who most embodies both the love and spirit for the Newton school. This year, Mallorie Smith a senior from Pittsfield received the award.

Dean Stockley of Adams received the Academic Achievement Award in Biological Sciences at Southern Vermont College's Honors Convocation in Bennington this spring.

 
Assumption College in Worcestor honored 73 students with awards for academic excellence during the 34th annual Honors Convocation, held on April 23 in the Jeanne Y. Curtis Performance Hall. During the ceremony, Sarah Morley, of Pittsfield, a member of the class of 2018, received the departmental award for chemistry and the Ray Marion Award, which is awarded to the three seniors with the highest grade-point averages as they enter their senior year. 
 
 
Micah Siegel of Pittsfield, a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Florham Campus, located in Madison, N.J., has been named to the honors list for the spring 2018 semester.
 
 
Kate Hopper of Dalton has been named to the dean's list every year during her enrollment at Curry College in Milton. A dean's list reception took place on May 2 and recognized 83 members of the class of 2018 for their exceptional academic achievement.
 
 
Two local students were honored at the annual Prize Day celebration at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., honoring students' achievements in academics, research, service and governance.
 
Mark Marzotto of Great Barrington was honored with the General Electric Energy Steinmetz Award, given to a senior in mechanical engineering who completes the best senior project.
 
• Jason Turner of Pittsfield was honored with the George H. Catlin Prize, given to a graduating senior in liberal arts with the highest scholastic record and deemed most promising for graduate study and for eventual service in college teaching. He also received the Martin Terry Resch Prize and the Professor Frank Titus Memorial Prize in Physics.
 
 
 
The following students have been named to the dean's list at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine,  for the winter semester ending in April 2018:
 
Sophie Gerry and Benni Magnusson McComish, both 2016 graduates of Mount Greylock Regional School; Rose May, a 2014 graduate of Wahconah Regional High School; Quintin Pollart, a 2014 graduate of Berkshire School; and Grace Ellrodt, a 2016 graduate of Lenox Memorial High School.
 
 
Lasell College in Newton has named the following students to the spring 2018 dean's list. This semester's list has a total of 707 students from all class years, including 126 members of the school's first-year class.
 
Paul Boutiette of Lanesborough; Olivia Case of Adams; Abbey Moran of Great Barrington; Elizabeth Chapman of Pittsfield; Bailee Duquette and Elizabeth Bona, both of North Adams; Allison Borowsky of Dalton; and Margaret Martin of Williamstown.
 
Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester has named Caroline Raifstanger of Great Barrington to the winter 2018 dean's list and Aspen Sawyer of New Marlborough to the president's list. 
 
In honor of their outstanding academic achievement, Emmanuel College in Boston has named more than 600 students to the dean's list for the spring 2018 semester including Jamie Behrent, Lindsay Curry and Nichole Lapierre, all of Pittsfield, and Bailey Tonini of West Stockbridge.
 
Zachary Levesque of North Adams received the Highest Ranking First-Year Award at Southern Vermont College's Honors Convocation this spring in Bennington. 
 
Crystal VanDeusen of Housatonic was named to the spring 2018 dean's list at Hudson Valley Community College. VanDeusen is studying in the EMT-Paramedic academic program at the Troy, N.Y., college.
 
 
The University of Vermont in Burlington has named the following local students to the dean's list: Daniel Brainerd of Dalton; Trevor McFarland, Frank Piasecki and Jamie Waterman, all of Great Barrington; Lauren Curry of Pittsfield, and Zachary Armet and Neel Patel, both of Williamstown.
 
 
Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., has named the following students to its honors lists for the spring 2018 semester: 
  • President's list (minimum GPA 4.0): Evan Callaghan of Pittsfield
  • Dean's list (minimum GPA 3.5): Alexis Dunn of Adams, Taylor Zucco of Great Barrington, and Lucas Charland of Pittsfield and Heather Macfarlane, both of Pittsfield.
 
Curry College of Milton has named the following area students to the dean's list for the spring 2018 semester: Susan Bloom of Adams, Kirby Bryce of Clarksburg, Kendal Frye of New Ashford and Matthew Stewart of North Adams.
 
 
Senior Sarah Morley and rising sophomore Samantha El Saddik, both of Pittsfield, have been named to the dean's list at Assumption College in Worcester for the spring semester.
 
 
 
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