Saint Rose recognized more than 100 students for their distinguished academic achievement at the Honors Convocation held on April 30 in Picotte Recital Hall. President Marcia White, joined by the deans of the four schools and many other faculty and administrators, presented the awards to the students. Students were also recognized for their induction into various academic honors societies.
Academic Achievement Awards
This award is presented to the outstanding members of each class who have achieved the highest cumulative grade-point average (GPA)
Class of 2023
Nick Koenig, Psychology (BS)
Class of 2024
Rylee Desso, Early Childhood and Childhood Education Birth –Grade 6
Lauren Parete, Social Studies: Adolescent Education/Special Education (Dual Degree, BA/MSED)
Saint Rose of Lima Awards
The award is presented to two graduating seniors who have maintained the highest cumulative average during their entire course of study at the College. One award is presented to a four-year student, the second to a transfer student.
Four-Year award: Shane S. George, Psychology, Research Honors Concentration (BS)
Transfer Student award: Aidan Carrick Sullivan, Psychology (BA)
Biagiotti-Burton Endowed Award
This award is given to History and Political Science majors who are selected for their courage, honesty, and community involvement.
Awardee: Elizabeth French
Clayton Trag Rock & Roll Rebel Annual Scholarship
This award is given to a junior Music major who is a talented rock and roll, jazz, or blues musician with financial need and a 3.5 GPA in Music courses.
Awardee: Mia Giovanna Longo
Gariba Abdul-Korah Memorial Award
This award, named for our late colleague Dr. Gariba Abdul-Korah, goes to the student with the broadest international perspective. This might include study abroad, service with an international agency/organization, study of an international problem, or plans to attend graduate school in international politics, law, or history.
Awardee: Edidiong Mark Edem
The Honorable Loretta A. Preska Endowed Award
This award is presented to a student who meets the following criteria: First preference given to an undergraduate student planning to attend law school, who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement. Second preference will be given to an undergraduate student majoring in the sciences, who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement.
Awardee: Megan Frederick
Jack Fragomeni Memorial Music Award
The award is presented to a junior guitar student who has shown the most improvement since his or her first year. Recipients are selected by the Music faculty. The award is named in honor of the late Jack Fragomeni, a jazz guitarist and part-time Music Department faculty member for 25 years.
Awardee: Matthew Maiorano
J. Robert Sheehan Music Scholar Award
This award is presented to a sophomore or junior vocal or keyboard music student, who, as determined by the Music faculty, has exhibited outstanding dedication to the department and exceptional progress and promise in Music, from academic and applied performance perspectives. The award is made possible by friends and family of J. Robert Sheehan, former chair of the College’s Music department, in recognition of his many years of service.
Awardee: Alexis Nicole Cummings
Michael D. Normandin Innovative Computing Technology Award
This award is presented to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Computer Information systems or Music Industry. The recipient need not be an academic achiever, but a student who demonstrates ambition, enthusiasm, and creativity in computer use to solve a problem. It is named for Michael D. Normandin ’87, who has decades of real-world computer technology leadership and experience.
Awardee: Eyobed Tadesse
Sister Patricia Kane Writing Award in Journalism
This award, named for the founder of The College of Saint Rose journalism program, is presented to a Communications major. Students are invited to submit pieces of journalism that meet the following criteria: compelling, accurate writing that adheres to standard journalistic convention and foregrounds the student’s ability to source a story and deliver accurate information in a timely fashion.
Awardee: Jehlani Commander
Sister Rita Agnes Casey, CSJ Endowed Music Award
This award is presented to a female senior Music major who has demonstrated commitment to continuing music studies It is given in honor of Sister Rita Agnes Casey, one of the College’s founders and chair of the Music department from its inception in 1920 until 1957.
Awardees: Paige Menneci, Brianna Marie Moss
Sister Rosaleen Gilroy, CSJ History-Political Science Award
This award honors the graduating senior carrying the highest cumulative GPA in the History-Political Science major.
Awardee: Camden R. Malone
Senior Writing Award
The honoree is selected from a group of candidates who submitted three anonymous writing samples to judges from outside the College community.
Awardee: Megan Frederick
James J. Carr III Award for Business Beyond the Classroom
This award honors students who have at least a 3.0 GPA and have distinguished themselves outside the classroom in an internship, field study, or faculty-directed research. It was established in 2013 in the memory of James J. Carr III, a pioneer of the restaurant boom in downtown Albany.
Awardee: Sarah Sharkey
William and Camille Ruggiero ’37 Endowed Honors Internship Award
This award was established in 2011 to honor William and Camille Ruggerio, who were deeply interested in business and in many aspects of giving back to their communities. This award supports students participating in the Honors Internship Program in the summer between junior and senior year.
Awardees: Ahmed Lakrafli, Jolie Poulsen, Rae-Anne Richards, Sciorra Christania Saint-Louis, Logan W. Simms
Dr. Anne Toolan Rowley Endowed Award
This award recognizes a graduate student who demonstrates outstanding scholarship and exemplary service to children and adults with communication needs in language and literacy, including speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
Awardee: Anna Paula Ribeiro
Joyce Coon Memorial Award
This award is presented to a graduate student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program who has demonstrated academic excellence in the area of adult neurogenic communication disorders and swallowing and, also, has demonstrated the personal qualities exemplified by Joyce Coon – compassion, caring, and collaboration. It was established in memory of Coon, who received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Saint Rose in 2004 and who had been pursuing her graduate degree in the program.
Awardee: Taylorann R. Torre
Dr. Huey C. Bogan Award for Creativity in Teaching
This award recognizes an outstanding graduate student who exemplifies the qualities of Dr. Bogan, including academic excellence, creativity, and passion for education. Dr. Bogan, a Childhood Education professor at Saint Rose for 16 years, passed away in 2009.
Awardee: David Witbeck
Dr. Mark Ylvisaker Memorial Award
This award is presented to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student who exemplifies the qualities of Dr. Ylvisaker: a love of and great aptitude in learning and scholarship, innovative and successful efforts in helping others to communicate, and a genuineness and warmth that is evident to all.
Awardee: Abbey Wicklund
Sister Charleen Bloom, CSJ, Scholarship Award
Awardee: Victoria Zhushma
The Michael Welshhaun Memorial Award
This award recognizes a Communications Sciences and Disorders student who has used technology to improve the communication ability of someone with complex communication challenges.
Awardee: Emma Bagnato
American Institute of Chemists
Awardee: Isabel Jayasinghe
General Chemistry Award
This award is presented to the best student or students in general Chemistry at the College. Award criteria include GPA and motivation for and interest in Chemistry.
Awardee: Hannah Parsons
Donna L. Reittinger Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Psychological Research
This award recognizes a senior-level student graduating in December or May of the academic year PSY 498 is taken. Students must have completed all of PSY 498 successfully. Eligible students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in psychology and an overall GPA of 3.0.
Awardee: Shane S. George
Marie Chirico Bello ’48 Award
This award is presented to a full-time undergraduate Science major who shares Marie Chirico Bello’s passion for science, demonstrated through high academic achievement. It was established in 2011 in honor of the 85th birthday of Marie Chirico Bello ’48, who majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry.
Awardee: Ciera Lundy
Sister Noel Marie Cronin Excellence in Mathematics Award
Awardee: Arba Goskova
Sister Theresa Wysolmerski, CSJ, Award for Excellence in Biology
This award is presented to an outstanding full-time undergraduate Biology, Biology: Adolescence Education, Medical Technology, Biology/Cytotechnology, or Childhood Education (Biology concentration) major who meets specific academic criteria and has demonstrated academic excellence, breadth of interest, and general social concern.
Awardee: Samah Alharbi
Senior Class Scholar-Athlete Award
This award is presented to one male and one female student who fit the following criteria: has attended The College of Saint Rose for at least four semesters, been a member of a varsity sport for at least two seasons, including their senior, be a graduating senior or enrolled in a combined program and successfully completed the undergraduate portion, and have the highest cumulative GPA (minimum of 3.5). Awardees are selected by the Athletics Department in conjunction with the faculty liaison to the Athletics Department.
Awardees: Colleen Quaglia, Camden R. Malone
Mary P. VanDerzee Memorial Award
This award is presented to a sophomore or junior (in any degree program) who is registered with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities. A minimum 3.00 GPA is required, and applicants must complete an application (includes a 200-300 word essay).
Awardee: Josh Myers
Outstanding Senior Awards
The award recognizes graduating seniors who have at least a 3.5 GPA and who meet other criteria specified by the department faculty in which they study.
School of Arts and Humanities
Jehlani Commander, Alexandra Mulligan, Communications
Laura Nickel, Music Industry
Paroma Lahiri, Music Performance
Elizabeth Diaz Sartillo, Music Education
Megan Frederick, Lilian Surgent, Bobbi Le’Rae Valentin , English
Andrew Vogt, English: Adolescence Education
Ethan Lawrence, History: Adolescence Education
Edidiong Mark Edem, Political Science
Cheyenne Haemmerle, Scott Jones, Social Studies
Huether School of Business
Trisha Roshanie Deonarain, Accounting
Meenakshi Coondiah, Trevor Goodemote, Finance
Leslie Marcelino Torres, Human Resources Management
Sophia Isabel Rijo, Management
Megan Mayer, Marketing
Allison DellaPorte, Josie Hubbard, Michelle Miller Kalinsky, Karilyn Korec, Business Administration Administration/Bachelor of Science
Sharleen Mary Quartararo, Administration/Bachelor of Science
Nicholas J. Moore, Master of Science in Accounting/Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Jacob Palladino, Master of Science in Business Analytics/Bachelor of Science in Finance
Sean Dadey, Master of Business in Finance
Dominic Meola, Master of Business in Financial Planning
Thelma P. Lally School of Education
Liliana Battibulli, Carolyn M. Brussel, Childhood Education/ Special Education
Emily K. Goldup, Erin McLoughlin, Inclusive Early Childhood
Emily McCarthy, Communication Sciences and Disorders Education/ Special Education
Ashley H. De Kraai, Lauren Jane Owens, Early Childhood Education/Childhood Education B–6
Sara Stelter, Math Adolescence (Dual Degree) BA/MSED
Jennifer Gardy, Adolescence Education Science
Delaney Shepardson, Adolescence Education Social Studies
Emily M. Paolicelli, Adolescence Education/Special Education: English (BA/MSED)
Honor Societies are national or international organizations who recognize students for academic excellence usually within a specific academic discipline. Each one has its own set of requirements for membership. Separate induction ceremonies are held by each of the individual Honor Societies.
Alpha Phi Sigma: Criminal Justice Honor Society
Moderator: Dr. Ian MacDonald, Dean of the School of Mathematics and Sciences
Delta Delta Epsilon: International Honor Society in Forensic Science
Moderator: Dr. Sara Alvaro, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Delta Mu Delta: International Honor Society in Business
Moderator: Dr. John Dion, Assistant Professor of Marketing
Kappa Delta Pi: International Honor Society in Education
Moderator: Dr. Kristi Fragnoli, Professor of Teacher Education
Phi Alpha: International Honor Society in Social Work
Moderator: Dr. Donna Van Alst, Assistant Professor of Social Work
Psi Chi: The International Honor Society in Psychology
Moderator: Dr. Ross Krawczyk, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Tau Sigma: National Honor Society for Transfer Students
Moderator: Michael Richter, Coordinator of Education Advising/Placement Center