Future Plans, Class of 2014


Commencement Committee
c/o Campus Life Office
Michael Lemieux, Chair
Williams Center
State University of New York at Fredonia
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2014 Graduates - to be included on this page, tell us your future plans.

2014 Graduates' Future Plans

Where are they now?

Jamilla Adams (B.S.Ed. Childhood Inclusive Education English) is a co-teacher at Leadership Prep Elementary.

Amanda Bottoms (Mus.B. Music Performance) will be attending the Julliard School of Music in the fall to pursue a master's degree in Vocal Performance, studying with Marlena Malas. She received the P.J. Hoyland Memorial Scholarship and the H. & A. Ziegle Jr. Scholarship to assist with her tuition.

Amanda Bradford (B.S. Social Work) will be attending Boston College's Graduate School of Social Work in its advanced standing Master in Social Work degree program.

Jannae Bratcher (B.A. Psychology) graduated Magna Cum Laude and has been accepted into the University of Denver's Master of Arts degree program in Forensic Psychology for Fall 2014.

Lindsey Buck (B.A. English Adolescence Education) graduated Summa Cum Laude and will be attending the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester to pursue a degree as a Literacy Specialist/Literacy Coach.

Madeline Burns (B.A. Sociology) will be attending SUNY Buffalo State in Fall 2014 in its Master of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration program. She hopes also to secure a graduate assistant position.

Mary Cappotelli (B.A. Psychology) graduated Summa Cum Laude and will be attending Alfred University in pursuit of her Psy.D. in School Psychology.

Loryn Chase (B.S. Biology) graduated Magna Cum Laude and will be attending SUNY Binghamton in the fall to pursue a second bachelor's degree in Nursing.

Alissa Mari Cole (B.S.Ed. Childhood Inclusive Education English 7-9) graduated Cum Laude and will begin graduate studies in the summer at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester in its M.S. Teaching Students With Multiple and Severe Disabilities program.

Gabrielle D'Imperio (B.A. Spanish) will be participating in Canterbury TEFL Summer Course Madrid, teaching English to elementary Spanish students at summer camps throughout Spain. After earning the International TEFL Certification, she will be provided a guaranteed job teaching English in Madrid.

Danielle Dineen (B.A. Psychology) had a second major in Sociology, graduated Magna Cum Laude and will be attending Stetson School of Law in Gulfport, Fla., on a full tuition scholarship.

Erin Dorozynski (B.S. Business Administration-Management) graduated Cum Laude and will be starting the GEICO Management Development Program in July. Erin is also former President of the Student Association.

Nicholas J. Dragonette (B.S. Biology) graduated Magna Cum Laude and has been accepted to and will be attending the State University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.

Elizabeth Drescher (B.S.Ed. Childhood Inclusive Education English) is completing her first semester in the Advanced Special Education master's degree program at Canisius College in Buffalo, with an expected date of graduation in May 2015. She is also working at the Fredonia Campus and Community Children's Center and in the fall will be substitute teaching in the Silver Creek and Dunkirk City school districts.

Emaleigh Dudley (B.S. Communication-Public Relations) will be working in IT and software development at the headquarters of Advantage Sales and Marketing in Irvine, Calif.

Jeremy Eddy (B.S. Geology) graduated Magna Cum Laude, was selected to serve as a Student Marshal at Commencement, and has been accepted to a master's degree program at the University of Kentucky, working with Dr. Kevin Yeager in the Sedimentology, Environmental, Radiochemical Research Laboratory (SER2L).

Chloe Elberty (B.A. English) of Rochester graduated Summa Cum Laude and will be attending Cornell University Law School in the fall in pursuit of a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree.

Ryan Glynn (B.F.A. Acting) graduated Cum Laude and this summer will be playing Touchstone in the Camden Shakespeare Festival's production of "As You Like It." In the spring of 2015 he will be touring with the Hampstead Stage Company, an educational theatre company, with "Shakespeare for the Common Core" including, "Romeo and Juliet," and "Pinocchio."

Mercedes Gonzalez (B.S.Ed. Childhood Inclusive Education Math 7-9 Extension) graduated Cum Laude with plans to complete the New York State Teaching Certification Exams this summer, and is applying for teaching positions. She is also Senior Group Leader in a middle school after-school program at the Eastside YMCA in Jamestown, and plans to pursue a master's degree in TESOL or Curriculum and Instruction.

Lydia R. Gruber (B.S. Biology Adolescence Education) graduated Magna Cum Laude and has accepted a job as a middle school science teacher in Richmond, Va.

Cory D. Jackson (B.S. Biology) graduated Summa Cum Laude and will be attending the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Samantha Kaser (Mus.B. Music Education) graduated Cum Laude and will be moving to Kansas to attend Wichita State University to pursue a master's degree in Special Music Education. She will also be teaching fifth through tenth grade band for two years at a Seventh Day Adventist Church school through an assistantship.

Carl Lam (B.A. Applied Music and Communication-Journalism, and B.S. Communication-Audio/Radio Production) graduated Summa Cum Laude and will receive the Lanford Presidential Prize at Commencement. Also a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, Carl will attend Canisius College to pursue a master's degree in College Student Personnel Administration with an assistantship in academic advising.

George Limb (Mus.B. Music Education) will be attending the University of Akron School of Music in the fall to pursue a master's degree in String Performance.

Alyssa Macaluso (B.S. Communication Disorders and Sciences) graduated Magna Cum Laude and will be attending graduate school at SUNY Fredonia in pursuit of a master's degree in Speech Language Pathology.

Dana Manza (B.S. Social Work) graduated Cum Laude and has been accepted into the advanced standing program for her Master of Social Work at Adelphi University on Long Island.

Annastacia Maynard (B.S. Geology) graduated Magna Cum Laude and will be attending Kansas State University in the fall where she will be studying kimberlites and pursuing a master's degree in Geology.

Coulter T. McPhail (B.S. Geology) graduated Cum Laude and has an internship in California with the U.S. Geological Survey, where he will be working in hydrology, focusing on the Klamath Lake area of Oregon.

Brittany Noble (B.S.Ed. Childhood Inclusive Education/English) graduated Cum Laude and will be attending SUNY Fredonia for graduate school in its Literacy Education program.

Alison D. Phillips (B.A. English Adolescence Education) graduated Summa Cum Laude and will be attending the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester in pursuit of a master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Mary Porcaro (Mus.B. Music Education) has been offered a General Music position in elementary education in Yuma, Ariz. This summer she will be working as a music teacher at the Southampton Racquet Club and Camp.

Steven Russell (B.F.A. Musical Theatre) will be in the acting company of the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, performing the role of Marius in "Les Miserables," in the ensemble in "Schrek," and in the role of Swing in "Hands on a Hardbody."

Chelsea St. George (B.S. Mathematics) graduated Magna Cum Laude and has accepted an Actuarial Analyst position at Independent Health in Buffalo. She plans on completing her Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA) qualification to become an actuary.

Kyle Smolinski (B.S. Computer Science) graduated in January 2014, moved to Pittsburgh, Pa., and works for the Oncology Nursing Society, a non-profit organization that trains oncology nurses in cancer treatment. A current project is working with the development team, creating new ways to collect and transfer information between the organization's internal systems, and redesigning the network infrastructure for easier future expansion.

Ashley Szalkowski (B.S. Biology) will be attending the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Mass., after completing her Fredonia degree in December, in pursuit of a Doctor of Optometry degree.

Morgan Taylor (B.S. Social Work) graduated Cum Laude and has been accepted into the Advanced Standing Program at the State University at Buffalo to pursue a Master of Social Work degree.

Ashley Wheeler (B.S. Communication Disorders and Sciences) graduated Summa Cum Laude and will be attending the graduate school at Nazareth College in Rochester to pursue a master's degree for a career as a speech-language pathologist.

Samantha Zywar (B.S. Social Work) will be attending the State University at Buffalo School of Social Work to pursue a Master of Social Work degree. She has also been offered a part-time job as a social worker at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County.

 

2013 Graduates
Where are they now?

Meagan K. Allers (B.S. Ed. Childhood Education Math) is the 2013 Senior Class President, was a finalist for the Lanford Presidential Prize and is graduating Magna Cum Laude. She will be attending Canisius College in the fall in its College Student Personnel Administration program  while serving as the graduate assistant for Wellness and Student Programming in the Department of Campus Programming and Leadership Development.

Stephanie S. Andrasek (B.S. Exercise Science) is graduating Cum Laude and will attend Ohio University to begin her master's degree in Exercise Physiology.

Visual Arts and New Media major Audrey E Bialke (B.A. Visual Arts and New Media/Painting and Drawing) is graduating Summa Cum Laude and has work on exhibit at SUNY System Administration in the Spring 2013 SUNY Student Art Exhibition which has been selected for the 2013 Best of Show. Her triptych will be on exhibit at system administration until late May and then moved to the New York State Museum for exhibit from the second week of June until Sept. 18.

Michael Bianco (B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies) plans to continue working with WWW.WNY.FM and to attend SUNY Fredonia to pursue a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Sound Design.

Coty Brawdy (B.S. Management) is graduating Cum Laude and will be attending graduate school at Rochester Institute of Technology in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Sustainability and Sustainable Development.

Rebekah Bretl (B.S. Public Relations) graduated Magna Cum Laude and has been hired by Mint Promotions, Inc., a marketing firm which operates in the Buffalo and Rochester areas.

Ashley Bucholtz (B.S. Marketing) is graduating Cum Laude and will soon begin working as Catering Sales Coordinator for the Rochester Red Wings, the Triple-A Minor League Affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.

Rachelle Burns (B.S. Communication Disorders and Sciences) is graduating Magna Cum Laude and will be attending the graduate studies program in Speech-Language Pathology at SUNY Buffalo State in the fall.

Stephanie Calderon (B.S. Public Relations) has been hired by Townsquare Media.

Brian Campbell (B.A. Philosophy) will be attending Brooklyn Law School in the fall in pursuit of his J.D.

Nicholas Catanzaro (B.S. Molecular Genetics) graduated Cum Laude and will begin work this fall on his Ph.D. in Microbiology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).

Katherine Clark (B.S. Math Adolescence Education) will be attending Nazareth College in Rochester for graduate school in the area of inclusive education, and will also be looking for teaching jobs in the area.

Andrea DeGrave (B.S. Social Work) is graduating Magna Cum Laude and will be starting a full-time position with the Erie County Department of Social Services as part of the Child Welfare Scholarship Program she was involved with during her senior year. She plans to pursue a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Buffalo beginning in Spring 2014.

Hannah Delansky (B.S.Ed. Childhood Inclusive Education Earth Science) who is graduating Summa Cum Laude and is a Student Marshal for Commencement, will be attending SUNY Albany in a graduate program in Special Education and Literacy. She will also be substitute teaching and tutoring.

Joseph DeMaria (B.S. Psychology) is graduating Summa Cum Laude and will be attending the University of Washington in Seattle in pursuit of a master's degree in Human Centered Design and Engineering.

Diana Derr (B.S. Accounting) is graduating Summa Cum Laude and has been accepted into the Accounting M.B.A. program at Marist College.

David DiPalma (B.S. Biology) is graduating Magna Cum Laude and attending the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.

Jessica Violet Doores (B.A. French Adolescence Education) is graduating Summa Cum Laude and will leave the U.S. at the beginning of July to spend a year as an au pair in Bellevaux, France, teaching English to four children and gaining mastery in her French linguistic skills. She plans to pursue a master's degree in French education when she returns to the U.S. and hopes to teach.

Cara L. Doyle (B.S. Biology) is graduating Summa Cum Laude and moving to Puerto Rico in the summer for a year to take classes and practice Spanish. Then she plans to apply to medical school.

Chelsea L. Drake (B.A. Journalism) is graduating Cum Laude and plans to move to the greater New York City area to continue working as the research assistant to author, journalist and lecturer at Yale University, Jake Halpern. She will also be pursuing a career in the magazine and publishing industry.

Elizabeth Ellis (B.A. Theatre Arts) will be working as a Stage Manager at the Bristol Valley Theatre in Naples, N.Y., until late August. A week later she will move to Phoenix, Ariz., to work as a stage management intern at the Phoenix Theatre until June 2014.

Hannah R. Farley (B.A. Environmental Science) will be the Gleaning Project Coordinator for the not-for-profit Chautauqua County Rural Ministry in Dunkirk, N.Y., where she will manage nine community/gleaning gardens, four school gardens, and teach children in the county how to grow their own food. She will also host bi-monthly cooking and nutrition workshops at the Friendly Kitchen in Dunkirk and farm markets, and recruit volunteers for gleaning in farmers' fields for donations to the soup kitchen and food pantries in the county.

Sarah Ficarro (B.S. Communication Disorders and Sciences) received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence and will graduate Summa Cum Laude. She will attend SUNY Fredonia in pursuit of a M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology.

Colin Frank (B.S. Video Production) graduated Magna Cum Laude and plans on pursuing news publication and video production company work in the Rochester, N.Y., area.

Christine M. Fuentes (B.A. Legal Studies) will be moving to Charlotte, N.C., to attend the Charlotte School of Law.

Ryan M. Gallagher (Mus.B. Music Education) is graduating Summa Cum Laude and has been awarded a Graduate Excellence Fellowship at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, to pursue a Master of Music degree in early music performance in Baroque cello.

Dustin Gardner (B.S. Ed. Childhood Education English) is graduating in December 2013 and plans to substitute teach and eventually teach overseas.

Stacey Gawel (B.A. Visual Arts and New Media) graduated Cum Laude  and has an internship at ConservArt in Buffalo, N.Y., for the summer and has been asked to intern at Strong Museum in Rochester, N.Y. in the fall. She plans on pursuing a master's degree in art conservation.

Erin Virginia Geil (B.S.Ed. Childhood Inclusive Education English) is graduating Cum Laude and plans to attend Roberts Wesleyan College graduate school for Literacy Education. She hopes to teach in her hometown of Hilton, N.Y., or move down south to teach.

Emily McKay Ginty (B.S. Molecular Genetics) is graduating Magna Cum Laude and is pursuing a career in the medical field in North Carolina.

Melissa Grove (B.S. Communication Disorders and Sciences) is graduating Magna Cum Laude and will attend SUNY Fredonia to pursue her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology.

Matt Herr (B.S. Sport Management) has accepted a graduate assistantship at SUNY Canton, joining the staff of its hockey program.

Lydia Iarocci (B.A. Sociology) is graduating Summa Cum Laude and will attend the University of Bridgeport (Conn.) in the fall to pursue a M.A. in East Asian and Pacific Rim Studies.

Joshua S. Jansen (B.F.A. Theatrical Production and Design) will graduate Cum Laude and has been hired as Technical Director for the Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith, N.H.

Katrina Johnston (B.S. International Studies) is graduating Cum Laude and on July 1 will be leaving for Ethiopia as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She will be working in the education sector for just over two years.

Katie Kaminski (B.S. Management) has accepted an offer from Deltek, a software company headquartered in Virginia, as a Sales Development Representative.

Stacey M. Klimczak (B.A. Visual Arts and New Media) graduated Cum Laude and plans to enjoy the summer with her 11-year-old twins. Her plans for the fall include an internship within culinary publishing and promoting her business, Seeds from the Earth.

Deena Koopman (Criminal Justice, Molecular Genetics) has accepted a full time position as a quality assurance lab technician at Steuben Foods in Elma, N.Y., where she will be testing for bacteria and allergens along with making sure that products packaged meet company standards.

Carolyn Mahany (B.A. Psychology) will be returning to her hometown of Arkport, N.Y., and attend graduate school at Alfred University to earn a master's degree in Mental Health Counseling.

Jessica Maiorana (B.S.Ed. Child Inclusive Education Art) is graduating Magna Cum Laude and will be a Student Marshal at Commencement. She will attend St. Bonaventure University to pursue a master's degree in Differentiated Instruction: Students with Disabilities and gifted talented.

John McIntosh IV (B.S. Business Administration) graduated Magna Cum Laude and will attend Michigan State University College of Law in the fall to pursue a J.D.

Greg Minchak (B.S. Marketing) has been hired for an inside sales position at Fetch Logistics in Amherst, N.Y.

Molly McCune (B.S. Social Work) was accepted into the State University at Buffalo's Advanced Standing Master of Social Work program.

Jake Nowak (B.S. Sport Management) has been hired as an intern at Allied Integrated Marketing in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for the summer.

Leah Palmer (B.A. Psychology) is graduating Magna Cum Laude and plans to pursue a master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Western Kentucky University in the fall.

Jennifer Pfeffer (B.S. Marketing) is graduating Summa Cum Laude and will be participating in the Disney College Program for merchandising, starting in August.

Rachael Radicello (B.S. Environmental Science) is graduating Magna Cum Laude and has been accepted at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to study water resources.

Cayley M. Reid (B.S.Ed. Childhood Inclusive Education) will be attending graduate school at Utica College to pursue a master's degree in literacy. She will continue to work for the Madison-Oneida BOCES Special Education program.

Meghan T. Reilly (B.S.Ed. Early Childhood Education) and plans to attend SUNY Brockport to further her education in literacy and special education. She will work at Storybook Childcare throughout the summer as the head teacher for the school-age program.

Katherine Reiners (B.S. Social Work) has been accepted into the Simmons College Advanced Standing Program in Boston, Mass., to pursue a Master of Social Work degree.

Samuel Roux (B.A. Social Studies Adolescence Education) is graduating Cum Laude and plans to work for the ACCESS Program of the University College at Syracuse University with students with special needs, ages 21 to 25. It is a partnership with Onondaga Community Living which allows students with severe disabilities the opportunity to audit classes.

Andrew Ruffin (B.S. Public Accountancy) will return to Brooklyn to begin Becker CPA Review courses. By December he hopes to have taken and passed all four parts of the exam, and will pursue work in the New York City area.

Jessica L. Sabatini (B.F.A. Acting) is graduating Summa Cum Laude and plans to move to Los Angeles, Calif., in mid-October.

Samantha Sayers (B.F.A. Theatrical Production and Design) will be traveling to Iowa to be the Properties Stage Supervisor at the Des Moines Metro Opera for the summer, and then will move to Seattle, Wash., to work for the Seattle Repertory Theatre in its Props Department.

Courtney Schmidt (B.A. Political Science) has a summer internship at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Public Affairs.

Gregory Shepard (B.A. Applied Mathematics) has been hired as the new Business Apprentice for the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City. He will move to the area in August.

Paul Shephard (B.A. Philosophy) is graduating Summa Cum Laude and going to Northern Illinois University to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy.

After student teaching in fall, Brian Sibbitts (Mus.B. Music Education) will be heading to Basic Training (AIT) and Music School in Virginia Beach, Va., to become of member of the National Guard Band of New York.

Caitlin Skellett (B.A. English) is graduating Summa Cum Laude and will be working as a Promotions Assistant for Clear Channel Rochester, supervising other Promotion Assistants and working at most events for all of the seven stations in the company.

Jennifer M. Smith (B.A. History) is graduating Cum Laude and is planning to attend the University of Pittsburgh to pursue her M.Ed.

Keeper of the Dream Scholar Lauren E. Smith (B.S. Communication Disorders and Sciences) is graduating Summa Cum Laude and will receive the 2013 Lanford Presidential Prize at Commencement. The prize, created and endowed by the late President Emeritus Oscar E. Lanford and Mrs. Lanford through the Fredonia College Foundation, recognizes a member of the graduating class who has exhibited balanced achievement, including a G.P.A. of at least 3.0, and who exemplifies Fredonia's ideals. Lauren has been accepted into the graduate program in Communicative Disorders and Sciences at the University at Buffalo and will begin study in the fall.

Joan Snyder (Mus.B. Performance) is working as a graduate assistant at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, where she is pursing a Master of Music degree in Opera and Voice Performance.

Iana J. Spann (B.S. Chemistry) and will be attending SUNY Fredonia in the fall to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

Emma Steever (Mus.B. Music Education) is graduating Summa Cum Laude and will be attending the University of Delaware in the fall on a full academic scholarship to pursue a master's degree in Music Education. She will act as the music coordinator for the University of Delaware's Music for Young Minds early childhood music program, as well as teach early childhood music classes through the program.

Lindsay Marie Sutherland (B.S. Communication Disorders and Sciences) will be spending her summer working for Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center and looks forward to attending graduate school in the fall at SUNY Buffalo State in pursuit of her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Kayla Tennity (B.S. Biology) was accepted into the Adolescence and Special Education master's degree program at St. John Fischer College in Rochester.

Joseph Todisco (B.A. History) is graduating Cum Laude and has been accepted into the graduate Theology program at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.

Zachary Tomporowski (B.S. Computer Information Systems) has been hired as a web developer/programmer in Buffalo, N.Y., and will pursue other career opportunities.

James Joseph Urbanski (B.S. Communication Disorders and Sciences) is graduating Cum Laude and will be attending the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium to pursue a Clinical Doctorate of Audiology.

Alexandra VanBergen (B.S. Psychology) is graduating Cum Laude and was accepted into the M.S. in Mental Health Counseling program at SUNY New Paltz for the Fall 2013 semester.

Will Wickett (B.S. Business Administration) has been accepted into the master's degree program in MSc Human Resource Management and Organisational Analysis program at King's College of London, University of London, for Fall 2013.

Jessica Windnagle (B.S. Business Administration) has accepted a job offer for a management training position in Cintas' Document Management division and will be relocating to Bridgewater, N.J. in July.

Megan Wirth (B.A. Visual Arts and New Media/Drawing and Painting) has received a summer internship at the Buffalo Arts Studio.

Erica Wrobel (B.S. Communication/Video Production) is graduating Cum Laude and will be moving to Los Angeles, Calif., and working with Montana Artists Agency to pursue a job with a production company that works on feature films, television and commercials.

 

2012 Graduates

Where are they now?

Leanne Albro (B.S. Social Work) is graduating Magna Cum Laude and will be attending Syracuse University beginning this summer to pursue her Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree through its Advanced Standing Program.

Matthew Bowman (Mus.B. Music Education) anticipates graduating in December 2012 and following graduation plans to travel to California where he will begin a bike-camping rip throughout western states. Along the way, he will contact local musicians and record performances as well as interviews about what inspires them to make music.

Sydney Brunecz (B.A. Political Science) is graduating Summa Cum Laude and will be attending Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Fall 2012.

Michael Caranante (B.A. Political Science) will attend the University at Buffalo Law School in Fall 2012.

Jacob Colby (B.S. Social Work) will attend the State University of New York at Albany School of Social Welfare in pursuit of his Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree.

Theo Collins (B.A. Political Science) is graduating Summa Cum Laude and will be attending Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pa. He also has been selected to serve as a Student Marshal at Commencement.

Valerie Connor (B.A. French-Adolescence Education) is graduating Magna Cum Laude and will be moving to Paris, France, at the end of August to live with a French family for 10 months while being an au pair for two young boys.

Paula Culhane (B.S. Mathematics) will be relocating to Boston, Mass., as a management trainee for Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. The company is expanding to the New England area.

Sarah S. Flanagan (B.A. Theatre Arts) is graduating Summa Cum Laude and will pursue a career in theatre and stage combat. Upcoming work includes acting in two original productions as well as an alumni-produced version of "Romeo and Juliet." In Fall 2012 she will be pursuing graduate studies at Louisiana Tech University. While there, she will complete the process of being certified in all eight stage combat weapons disciplines recognized by the Society of American Fight Directors and begin fulfilling the requirements to become a SAFD-Certified Teacher and eventually attempt to be named a Fight Director. There are currently only 40 certified Fight Directors in the U.S., and only four are female. She will also receive her SUNY Fredonia degree with Honors in Liberal Education.

Zhuojun (Georgie) Fu (B.A. Communication-Public Relations), who has a second major in Computer Science, will pursue a master's degree in International Affairs with a merit fellowship at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. She is graduating Summa Cum Laude and will also receive the Lanford Presidential Prize at Commencement.

Steven Gangloff (B.S. Biology) will graduate Summa Cum Laude and has been accepted to the University at Buffalo's School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for study beginning in Fall 2012.

Travis Gordon (B.A. Political Science) will be working for the city of Dunkirk as an independent contractor putting together a Community Development Block Grant comprehensive five-year plan, and in the fall will be attending the State University at Buffalo to pursue a master's degree in Urban Planning.

Arda Gumusalan (B.S. Computer Information Systems) was accepted into a doctoral program in computer science at George Mason University near Washington, D.C. He attended SUNY Fredonia through its Dual Diploma agreement with Ege University in Turkey.

Bethany R. Jones (B.S. Social Work) has been accepted into Roberts Wesleyan College's Advance Standing program to pursue her Master of Science in Social Work degree.

Leah J. Kerns (B.S. Biology) will be attending the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. 

Maegan Kivler (B.A. Sociology) graduated Cum Laude and is a graduate assistant in the SUNY Fredonia Office of Admissions. She is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education and Student Services Administration at SUNY Buffalo State, with internships in the Counseling Department at Erie Community College's South Campus this summer and in the fall in the Academic Advising Department at SUNY Buffalo State.

Basar Koc (B.S. Computer Information Systems) who is graduating Magna Cum Laude, has been accepted into a doctoral program in computer science at the University of Miami at Coral Gables. He attended SUNY Fredonia through its Dual Diploma agreement with Ege University in Turkey.

Jill Mahon (B.S. Molecular Genetics) is graduating Summa Cum Laude and will attend SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine in Fall 2012.

Christina Marsh (B.S. Social Work) is graduating Cum Laude and will attend the State University at Buffalo in Fall 2012 to pursue her Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree.

Jessica Newberry (B.S. Social Work) has been hired at Southern Tier Environments for Living (STEL) as a full-time resident counselor at the North Main Community Residence. She will be attending the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, to pursue a master's degree, participating in its Intensive Weekend Program.

Chelsea Ringen (B.S.Ed. Childhood Inclusive Education: Social Studies 7-9 Ext.) has a second major in History and is graduating Summa Cum Laude. She has accepted a teaching position through Teach for America. During the summer of 2011 she served as an operations coordinator for Teach for America in Delta, Miss.

Alyssa Rothman (B.S. Social Work) has been accepted into the State University at Buffalo's social work graduate program.

Mario Rubano (B.S. Music Therapy) has a second major in Music Performance (Guitar) and will graduate in December 2012. He has been accepted to the Louis and Lucille Armstrong Music Therapy Program at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan for 2012-2013.

Julie Rummings (B.A. English) was accepted into the Master of Science degree program in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation in the School of Education at Syracuse University.

Marilyn Schindler (B.S. Computer Information Systems) will attend the State University of New York at Buffalo to pursue a master's degree. A Seneca language teacher, she hopes to write an interactive program for the Seneca community in Seneca language.

Anna Slocum (B.F.A. Theatrical Production and Design) is graduating Cum Laude and has a concentration in Costume Design. She will be working this summer in Auburn, N.Y., at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse as a stitcher. Anna plans to move to New York City once her summer contract is complete, and is waiting to hear about an internship.

Renee Solly (B.S. Biology) is attending graduate school in an Interdisciplinary Master of Science program through the Roswell Park (Cancer Institute) Graduate Division of the University at Buffalo.

Gregory Terho (B.S. Chemistry) will be attending Colorado State University in Fort Collins, working toward his Ph.D. in Chemistry.

Lucy Warmbrodt (B.A. Applied Music) passed an audition in December 2011 on alto saxophone for the Musician Enlistment Option Program with the U.S. Marine Corps. She plans on enlisting within a year to become a Marine musician.

Natalie Weber (M.S.Ed. Literacy I: Birth-6) has been awarded the Graduate School Recruitment Fellowship to attend he internationally recognized Early Childhood Education program at the University of Texas at Austin. She has been a graduate assistant in SUNY Fredonia's College of Education.

 

2011 Graduates

Where are they now?

Andrew J. Bock (B.A. Political Science) will attend the State University of New York at Albany in pursuit of a master's degree in Economics, concentrating in Health Economics and Policy.

YoonHee Chun (Mus.B. Music Performance) will be attending the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa to pursue a Master of Music degree in Music Performance with a Graduate String Quartet assistantship.

Christine Domres (B.S. Communication Disorders and Sciences) will attend the Buffalo State College to pursue a Master of Science in Education degree in Childhood Special Education.

Molly Egloff (B.S. Communication Disorders and Sciences) will be staying in the area to continue her job as a computer technician at D & B Computers in downtown Fredonia. She plans to achieve SQL server repair certification from Microsoft and to become proficient in Java script and HTML web design.

Deavon Eysaman(B.S. Communication Disorders and Sciences) will attend SUNY Fredonia to pursue a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Lanford Presidential Prize recipient Rachel R. Foltz (concurrent B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies/Music Business and B.A. in Psychology) will attend Ohio State University to pursue a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She has been awarded a graduate assistantship in Admissions Counseling. Rachel is also a 2011 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.

Lauren Gismondi (B.F.A. Musical Theatre) will be traveling to New York City with other SUNY Fredonia gradutes for a showcase with agents for both stage and film, and a series of workshops about the "ins and outs" of show business. She leaves Memorial Day weekend for Kentucky to become a Company member of the Jenny Wiley Theatre.

Lacey Heid (B.S. Communication Disorders and Sciences) will attend graduate school at SUNY Fredonia to pursue a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology, and hopes later to pursue a Ph.D. to become a specialist in speech fluency disorders. Lacey has also been selected as a Student Marshal for Commencement.

Joe Lopez III (B.S. Communication/TV & Digital Film), a Keeper of the Dream scholar, has accepted a position as a Video Editor and Director of Photography for the JK Design advertising agency, with offices in New Jersey and Manhattan. He interned with the SUNY Fredonia Office of Public Relations as a videographer/editor during the spring semester.

Alex Morton (B.S. Sport Management) signed a standard contract with the Ontario (Calif.) Reign of the East Coast Hockey League. In four seasons with Blue Devil hockey, he had 34 points and 54 assists in 101 games.

Lauren Murphy (B.S. Applied Mathematics) has accepted a position as a Financial Advisor with AXA Equitable in Williamsville, N.Y.

Mark Pringle (B.S. Ed. Childhood Education - Spanish) has accepted a second grade teaching position at Victor (N.Y.) Primary School. Beginning in Spring 2012, he will be attending Nazareth College in Rochester to pursue his master's degree in Literacy Education.

Senior Class President D.J. Schier (B.S. Communication/Public Relations) will be moving to California to attend the University of Southern California in pursuit of a master's degree in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs.

Kyle D. Van Schoonhoven (Mus.B. Music Education) will be attending graduate school at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., majoring in Voice Pedagogy and Performance. He has also received maximum scholarships from the college and will have a graduate assistantship.

Steve Rizer (B.S. Business Administration/Marketing) signed a contract with the Mississippi Riverkings of the Central Hockey League. He was among the top scoring defensemen in NCAA Division III each of the past two years and was named All-SUNYAC this year and after his freshman year.

Andrew Szuba (B.A. Social Studies - Adolescence Education) will be pursuing a Master of Science in Education degree at SUNY Fredonia beginning in the summer and starting in August will be serving as a graduate assistant to Dean of the College of Education Christine Givner.

Kristina Taber (B.S. Geology) has accepted a position with Horizon Well Logging, LLC.

 

2010 Graduates:

Where are they now?

Lindsay Aromola (B.S.Ed. Childhood Inclusive Education - Mathematics) will be attending St. Bonaventure University to pursue a master's degree in Childhood Literacy.

Jonell Belcher (B.A. Psychology) will attend the University of Denver in Colorado next year as a scholarship recipient to pursue a master's degree in Clinical Social Work with a certification in Animal-Assisted Therapy.

Amanda Bogert (M.S.Ed. TESOL) is making history as the first SUNY Fredonia master's student selected to participate in the U.S. Department of State's Fulbright Program. She will be an English Teacher Assistant in the country of Andorra for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Nicholas Borelli (B.A. Visual Arts and New Media) will attend the New York Academy of Art in Manhattan next year as a scholarship recipient to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Painting.

Katie Boyle (B.S. Geophysics) has been accepted to Penn State for a Ph.D. program in Geophysics/Seismology. She will begin her studies this summer, traveling to Tanzania and Zambia for field work.

Pianist Abbie Brinson (Mus.B. Music Education) will be attending Ohio's Bowling Green State University in the fall to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Ethnomusicology.

Tim Buckley (Mus.B. Music Education) will be substitute teaching in the Ken-Ton School District immediately following Commencement and also will attend SUNY Fredonia for graduate studies in Music Education in order to receive his Master of Music degree.

Scott Byrne (B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies - Music Business) will return home to Long Island, where he is the founder of the Island Music Lab in Hauppauge, an inclusive recording studio, publishing and promotion company. He plans to continue his career as a music producer and talent developer in the entertainment industry.

Amanda Caldwell (B.A. Psychology) will move to Massachusetts following graduation and attend Boston College's Graduate School of Social Work to pursue her Master of Social Work degree.

Ned Campbell (B.A. English), former managing editor of The Leader, was awarded an eight-week internship with Eagle Newspapers, sponsored by the New York Press Association. He began work immediately after Commencement and as an intern, is currently serving as acting editor for the Skaneateles Press while the editor is on leave.

Patrick Capella (B.S. Accounting) will pursue a Master of Science degree in Accounting at the State University at Buffalo, with a concentration in Taxation.

Nicole Comella (B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies - Sport Management and Exercise Science) will attend Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., in the fall to pursue a master's degree, focusing on cardiac rehabilitation.

Sarah Covotta (B.S.Ed. Childhood Inclusive Education - Mathematics) will attend St. Bonaventure University in the fall to pursue a master's degree in Childhood Literacy. This summer, she will be working as a teacher's aide at Erie 1 BOCES in West Seneca.

Sarah Crisman (B.S. Accounting) has accepted a position as a staff accountant with Brock, Schechter & Polakoff, LLP, a CPA firm in Buffalo, N.Y. She is also planning on sitting for the CPA exam in the fall.

Michael J. Davis (B.S. Business Administration - Marketing) will attend Clarkson University next year in pursuit of his M.B.A. in Environmental Management as part of the 4+1 program affiliated with the Fredonia School of Business.

Thomas Demmer (B.S. Accounting) has accepted a position as a staff accountant with Tronconi Segarra & Associates, LLP, a CPA firm in Williamsville, N.Y.

Meghan Donals (B.S.Ed. Childhood Education - Mathematics) will attend Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., in the fall to pursue a master's degree in Inclusive Education at the Childhood level.

Kristie Dunham (B.A. English) will be working at Smart by Design, a newly-opened kitchen and bath store in Lakewood, N.Y. where she already works part-time in design and retail. She expects to be writing the company business plan and advancing her knowledge in the interior decorating and design field.

Paul Frey (B.S. Computer Science) has just accepted a position as the Geographic Information System (GIS) Coordinator for Cattaraugus County, N.Y., and will begin on May 17.

John R. Gradel (B.A. Social Studies - Adolescence Education) will study abroad for two weeks this summer in Paris on the "Heavenly Portals" experience coordinated by SUNY Fredonia's International Education Center, then return to campus to serve as an Orientation Leader. In the fall, John will go to graduate school at Bowling Green State University to pursue a master's degree in College Student Personnel, working as a graduate assistant in the school's Education Abroad office. John has been awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, and will receive the Lanford Presidential Prize at Commencement.

Julie M. Graham (B.S. Biology) will receive the Lanford Presidential Prize at Commencement. Julie be attending the State University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in the fall and is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. She was a Pharmacy Intern at Brooks Memorial Hospital in nearby Dunkirk in Clinical Pharmacy this year, and this summer will move to Buffalo to work for Wegmans for experience in Retail Pharmacy. Her interests include Clinical Pharmacology with a focus in pharmacodynamics and toxicology.

Tim Hawco (B.S. Communication/TV and Digital Film) has been selected for a paid internship this summer in the 10-week 2010 NASA Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars (LARSS) program. He will research, interview head scientists, produce technology marketing videos, and develop awards videos. His mentor will be Sheri Beam from the NASA Strategic Relationships Office. In the fall he plans to move to San Francisco to work in the film industry.

Jessica Henry (B.S. Social Work) has been accepted the State University at Albany's Advanced Master's in Social Work program. She will also complete the Internship in Aging Program at SUNY Albany, with plans to graduate in May 2011 with a concentration in Gerontology.

Mark Herron (B.S. Biology) will attend LeMoyne College next year to pursue a master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies.

Amanda Jimerson (B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies - Self Design) is applying to graduate school with hopes to work on her master's degree on education in the fall. She will be working at Silver Creek Central School and with the Seneca Nation of Indians. She is also getting married this summer.

Eric Johnston (B.S. Mathematics - Adolescence Education) will be attending graduate school at SUNY Fredonia and during the summer will work at the Cutco Cutlery Headquarters.

Robert Karson (B.A. Criminal Justice) will be attending the State University at Buffalo Law School in Fall 2010 in pursuit of his J.D. degree.

Matthew M. Koerner (B.A. Applied Music, B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies - Music Business) will attend the University of Nevada/Las Vegas this fall on a full fellowship in Jazz Studies and Commercial Media. His duties will include performing as well as classroom instruction. Matthew will also begin his Master in Business Administration degree at the same school, with the goal of contributing to the live and recorded music industry in the future.

Jim Kontrabecki (Mus.B. Music Education) completed his second bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, and has accepted a position teaching elementary instrumental music (strings) in the Orchard Park Central School District. He will continue serving on the faculty at SUNY Fredonia teaching violin and string pedagogy, along with maintaining a private studio and freelancing regularly with area ensembles and musicians.

Meghan Laux (Mus.B. Music Education) will finish her degree program this fall with student teaching in West Seneca, N.Y., and then work as a substitute teacher in the Fulton City School District until Fall 2011 when she will attend graduate school. During the summer, Meghan will teach private lessons, play in wedding quartets and hopes to play in the Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra.

Julie Levitt (B.S. Communication Disorders and Sciences) has been accepted to Ithaca College's Speech-Language Pathology master's degree program and will begin there in the fall.

Daniel Longo (B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies - Sport Management and Exercise Science) will attend Dowling College on Long Island to pursue his M.B.A. in Health Care Management. He is also co-director for the newly-founded Arrhythmia Dance Company.

Margaret Lynch (B.S. Molecular Genetics) will pursue a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree in Public Affairs with a concentration in International Development Studies at Cornell University.

Melissa Mankowski (B.A. Social Studies - Adolescence Education) will pursue a master's degree in Social Studies - Adolescence Education for grades five through 12 at the State University at Buffalo while substitute teaching in area schools.

Melissa Marra (B.A. Psychology) will attend the University of Denver (Colo.) next year to pursue a master's degree in Clinical Social Work with a certification in Animal-Assisted Therapy.

Benjamin Martin (B.A. Criminal Justice) is living in Charlotte, N.C., and plans to take the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Exam in August. In the future, he hopes to pursue a master's degree in emergency management.

Teresa M. McCarthy (B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies - Arts Administration) will attend the State University at Buffalo to pursue a master's degree in Higher Education Administration while working as a graduate assistant in the Office of Admissions at SUNY Fredonia, where she has been a Visitation Intern this year.

Mary I. Meyer(B.S. Accounting) who has a double major in Finance, is leaving in mid-June for a 10-week to three month internship with Manutech, Inc., an American manufacturer of magnetic components. SUNY Fredonia alumnus Lance Durban, '70, is President of the company and offered this internship opportunity to Fredonia. Mary will train at the Miami, Fla., office and then travel to MANUTECH's manufacturing facility in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she will work on a rotating series of jobs to obtain a broad exposure to the business. One of her assignments will be to assist the company's Language Training office with English language classes and helping to evaluate the effectiveness of its English as a Second Language program. Following this adventure, she plans to sit for the Certified Public Accountant exam toward the end the year.

Katelyn Rose Miller (B.S. Biology) will attend the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine in the fall. She hopes to complete her two-year clinical rotation at Cornell University or the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine to complete her doctoral degree in Veterinary Medicine, specializing in equine sports and large animal medicine. She also plans to continue with National Physique Committee competitions in hopes of gaining her pro card in women's figure building and to compete on the international level.

Marianne Moehle (B.S. Biology) will attend LeMoyne College next year to pursue a master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies.

John P. Murphy (Mus.B. Music Education/Piano) will attend the Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student to pursue a master's degree in Piano Accompanying.

Allison Murray (B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies - Women's Studies) will be attending the University of Rochester in pursuit of a master's degree in Psychiatric Nursing.

Rachel Niegelberg (Mus.B. Music Education) is working as a general music and choir teacher at Robert J. Kaiser Middle School in Monticello, N.Y.

Trevor Nelson (B.S. Mathematics and Mathematics - Adolescence Education) is finishing his Mathematics major in May and will student teach in the fall to complete his Adolescence Education major.

Emily North (B.A. Political Science) has been accepted to Syracuse University College of Law.

Mary Palmer (Mus.B. Music Education) will relocate to Las Vegas, Nev., to begin her teaching career with Clark County, and will also continue her work as a singer/songwriter. Mary plans to attend the University of Nevada at Las Vegas in Fall 2011 to pursue a master's degree in Music Education and then work toward a Ph.D.

Leslie Porter (B.S. Social Work, December 2009) will attend the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) to pursue a master's degree in Social Work and was awarded a $15,000 fellowship.

Will Prapestis (Mus.B. Music Performance) will be attending Boston University in the fall to pursue a Master of Music degree in Music Performance.

Caitlin A. Pratt (B.A. Visual Arts and New Media) will attend Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., next year to pursue New York State Certification and a Master of Science in Education degree in Art Education.

Theodora Prunoske (Mus.B. Music Education) will be working at Real Brave Audio Studios following graduation, teaching private violin lessons and beginner violin classes.

Alyssa Renwick (B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies - Music Business) will be working for Country Music Television (CMT) in Nashville, Tenn. for the summer and helping with the annual CMT Award Show on June 9. She plans to stay in Nashville and pursue a career in the music industry.

Catherine Riedesel (M.S.Ed. TESOL) has been recommended for a Fulbright Grant through the U.S. Student Program and will participate in an English Teaching Assistantship in Turkey during the 2010-2011 academic year.

David Rizzo (B.S. Computer Science) has accepted a position with Lockheed Martin Marietta in San Diego, Calif., as a network engineer.

Andrea Roney (Mus.B. Music Education), who will complete her degree in December after student teaching, will also graduate with a minor in Spanish and plans to pursue a master's degree in Music Education Technology. She plans travels to Argentina and hopes to teach in New York State and later in the South.

Emily Russell (B.S. Communication Disorders and Sciences) has received a full scholarship to pursue her Ph.D. and AuD. degrees at East Carolina University starting this fall. The scholarship was awarded by the Speech and Hearing Association of Western New York, which selects one undergraduate student per year from either SUNY Fredonia, State University at Buffalo, or Buffalo State College, for the scholarship.

Christopher Scott (B.A. Psychology) will begin work in October at The Family Foundation School with at-risk teens. He will also enjoy more time at his avocation, barbershop singing.

Michael P. Seay (B.S. Computer Science) works for Synacor, Inc., of Buffalo, N.Y., as a software engineer. He also coaches with Star Swimming in Buffalo.

Caitlin Shea (B.S. Social Work) has been accepted to the State University at Buffalo in its advanced standing master's program to complete her Master of Science in Social Work degree.

Steve Spinney (B.S. Computer Science) graduated in December 2010 and accepted a position as a computer programmer with Heritage Centers in Buffalo, N.Y., beginning in February 2011.

SUNY Fredonia ice hockey goalie Pat Street (B.A. Economics), who will graduate Summa Cum Laude in May and has a second major in Business Administration - Finance, will pursue a career in professional ice hockey. During the spring semester, he had two professional stints, one with the Bloomington Prairie Thunder and the other with the Port Huron Ice Hawks of the IHL. After playing professionally for a while he hopes to attend graduate school.

Samantha Stryker (B.A. English) will be attending the State University at Buffalo to pursue a master's degree in Library Science and Information Systems.

Boris Van Druff (Mus.B. Music Performance) will be attending the University of Tennessee at Knoxville on a full scholarship for graduate studies. He will be majoring in voice performance and pedagogy and his assistantship will involve singing roles and chorus parts with the Knoxville Opera. Boris will also be a featured vocalist at the Commencement Eve Pops Concert in King Concert Hall on campus.

Alexis Vega (B.A. History) has accepted a full-time position with Lake Shore Savings.

Ashley Wagner (B.A. Psychology) has a paid summer internship with Big Brother Big Sister of Niagara County (N.Y.). She plans to attend Alfred University to pursue a master's degree in Counseling to become permanently certified to work with middle school and junior high school children.

Emily Warner (B.S. Social Work) has accepted a job with STEL (Southern Tier Environments for Living), working with the mentally ill in a group home in Gowanda, N.Y.

Faith Wester (B.S. Bus. Admin. - Finance) has accepted a job as a Financial Analyst at QCI Asset Management in Rochester, N.Y., an investment firm.

Anneliese Weyand (B.S. Communication/Media Mgmt.), who served as a resident assistant on campus for seven semesters and graduated in December 2010, has accepted a position with Conrad Hilton Hotels in Chicago, Ill. She plans to pursue a master's degree in Business Hospitality.

Jessica Yerico (B.A. Social Studies-Adolescence Education) will be pursuing a master's degree in History from Buffalo State College and substitute teaching in local schools. Her ultimate goal is a teaching position in Western New York.

Sara Yerke (B.S.Ed. Childhood Inclusive Education - Mathematics) will attend St. Bonaventure University to pursue a master's degree in Childhood Literacy.

Jillian Ziemianski (B.A English) who will graduate with minors in Communication and Writing, will attend Minnesota State University in Mankato beginning in August, where she will work toward her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She also received a teaching assistantship, renewable for the three years of her residency, and will be teaching English Composition.


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