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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences students receive Syracuse University's highest awards


April 13, 2011, by Judy Holmes

Two students from The College of Arts and Sciences have been selected as Syracuse University’s Senior Class Marshals. Justin Cole (economics, political science, and policy studies major) and Katherine Lewinsk (international relations and policy studies major) will carry the Class of 2011 banner to open Syracuse University’s 157th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 15.

Senior class marshals—among the most prestigious honors at SU—serve as the all-University student representatives for graduation. They are distinguished individuals who have excelled during their undergraduate career and who exemplify the spirit of the senior class.

The Cole and Lewinski are among a number of College of Arts and Sciences students who have recently been recognized with some of the University’s most prestigious awards. All of those recognized are also enrolled in the Renée Crown University Honors Program. 

College Marshals
The College of Arts and Sciences has recognized its 2011 College Marshals. College Marshals lead the procession of graduates from their school or college into the Commencement ceremony. They are selected for distinguished achievement in scholarship, leadership, service, and collegiality. The 2011 College of Arts and Sciences Marshals are:
•    Nemal Gobalasingham, chemistry and chemical engineering, who is also enrolled in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science
•    Teresa Soldner, chemistry and Middle Eastern studies
•    Na’Tasha Webb-Prather, African American studies and political science.

University Scholars
University Scholar is the highest form of academic recognition the University annually bestows on students graduating with a baccalaureate degree. Eight of the 12 graduates selected as 2011 University Scholars are enrolled in The College of Arts and Sciences; three are dually enrolled in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Those selected are:
•    John Giammatteo, anthropology and magazine, dually enrolled in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Giammatteo is also a 2011 Marshall Scholar.
•    Qi Li, biochemistry
•    Carolyn McChesney, geography and radio, television, film, dually enrolled in the Newhouse School
•    William Joseph Ralbovsky, policy studies
•    Teresa Soldner, chemistry, international relations, and Middle Eastern studies
•    Sarah Wendel, biology
•    Bridgette Werner, Latino Latin American studies and photography, dually enrolled in the Newhouse School
•    Melanie Zilora, economics and policy studies.

Chancellor’s Awards for Public Engagement and Scholarship
Presented during the annual celebration dinner in March, these awards honor students, faculty, and staff who exemplify SU’s commitment to engagement with the community and Scholarship in Action.  Awards are presented in several categories recognizing groups, organizations, and academic service-learning achievements. Three categories recognize individual accomplishments—Resident Advisor, the Inspiration Award, and the Chancellor’s Citations. Chancellor’s Citations represent the highest ideals of the Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship.
Two of the four SU students selected to receive a 2011 Chancellor’s Citation for Public Engagement and Scholarship are enrolled in The College of Arts and Sciences. Additionally, both Honorable Mentions were presented to Arts and Sciences students.

Those who received Chancellor’s Citations are:
•    Alison Carey, a senior policy studies major, was honored for her passion for advancing environmental action and policy on campus, in Central New York, and in Mexico. Carey was also a 2010 Udall Scholar, presented by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation for her work on sustainable urban development.
•    Robert Solonick, a junior Spanish language, literature and culture and international relations major, was recognized for his work with high-school students in the Nottingham Mentoring Program and the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection’s Above and Beyond Program. 

Honorable Mention went to
•    William Joseph Ralbovsky, senior policy studies major
•    Sarah Wendel, senior biology major.

Two College of Arts and Sciences juniors, Sarah Walton, policy studies and public relations dually enrolled in the Newhouse School; and Christine Ward, policy studies, were recognized for their work in organizing “The ‘Cuse Spot at Wilson Park,” a program at the Wilson Park Community during the 2011 winter break that offered youth from across the City of Syracuse an opportunity to participate in 12 classes and programs, including beginning French, dance, karate, and cooking.