Student Achievements

Clarissa B. Amaral, ’11

Clarissa B. Amaral, ’11

ID major/Double major: Latin American and Caribbean Studies/Visual Arts
Minors: French and Film

Achievements:
Dean’s List (2007/2008, 2008/2009)
Summer Research (2009)
Rennes Term Abroad (2009)
Internship in Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation (2010)
Internship in France (2010)

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Gabrielle F. Baiman, ’11

Gabrielle F. Baiman, ’11

Major: Environmental Science
Minor: Spanish
Language studied at Union: Spanish

Achievements:
Ashraf M. Ghaly Geotechnical Prize (2011)
Summer Internship with a veterinarian at the Belmont Racetrack (2011)
Working for the year at the Bronx Zoo (2011)

Club or Student Organizations:
Rugby
Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Rachel E. Baker, ’12

Rachel E. Baker, ’12

Major: Asian Studies
Minor: Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Languages studied at Union: Mandarin, Spanish

Achievements:
Dean’s List 2008-2012
Asian Studies Departmental Honors
Recipient of the Andrew W. Archibald (1872) Prize (to the senior earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with the highest scholastic standing)
Phi Beta Kappa (elected in 2011)
Phi Betta Kappa Sophomore Award 2010
Editorial Internship with Radio Free Asia (Spring 2011)
Scholar’s Program
Inter-University Program in Beijing at Tsinghua University (2012-2013)

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Sarah M. Gagnon, ’12

Sarah M. Gagnon, ’12

ID major: Political Science and Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Minor: Spanish

Achievements:
Dean’s List (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11)
Union College Presidential Scholar
Horatio G. Warner (1826) Prize (2012) (to a student of high personal character who has the highest scholastic standing in the Bachelor of Arts program)
Oswald-Heck (1924)- Irwin Steingut Prize (2012) (to the student majoring in the Division of Social Sciences who has consistently done the best work in political science)
Phi Beta Kappa (elected in 2012)
David S. Kaplan (1982) Memorial Prize (2011)
Zeta Upsilon chapter, Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society)

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Marissa S. Gaines, ’10

Marissa S. Gaines, ’10

Major in French
Minor in Jewish Studies

Achievement:
Thomas J. Judson Memorial Book Prize (2008) to a sophomore who, in the opinion of the Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures, has shown academic excellence as well as sincere interest in the study of Modern Languages

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Leland Garivaltis, ’11

Leland Garivaltis, ’11

Major: Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Minor: Spanish
Language(s) studied at Union: French, Portuguese, Spanish

Off-campus programs: Brazil (2009), Washington, D.C. (2010)

Achievements:
Dean’s List: 2009-2010
Honors in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Summer Research Fellowship with Professor Meade (History), Summer 2010: “From Machismo and Patriarchs to the Will and Strength of Women in Latin America and the Caribbean”

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Hilary S. Handin, ’08

Hilary S. Handin, ’08

Double major in History and French

Achievements:
Honors in French
Honors in History
Freling H. Smith Prize (2008) for best senior thesis in history
Joseph D. Doty Prize (2007) for work of outstanding merit in history
Thomas J. Judson Memorial Book Prize (2006) for excellence in the study of modern languages
Phi Beta Kappa member
Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society member

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Sky Kochenour, ’11

Sky Kochenour, ’11

Major: Political Science
Minor: Japanese
Language studied at Union: Japanese

Achievements:
Dean’s list 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Member of Pi Sigma Alpha (National Honor Society for Political Science)
Member of Phi Betta Kappa

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Victoria R. Leonard, ’07

Victoria R. Leonard, ’07

ID major French-LACS
(Latin American and Caribbean Studies)

Achievements:
Honors in French and LACS
Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to France (2008-2009)
MAT in French (June 2008)
Summer Research Fellowship 2006 & Future Professors Program (2006-07)
Presented on the topic of her thesis at
The National Undergraduate Research Conference, San Francisco, Spring 2007

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Amanda C. Louis, ’12

Amanda C. Louis, ’12

Biology and Chinese Language ID Major
(Leadership in Medicine Program)

Achievements:

Dean’s List (2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011)
Phi Beta Kappa
The Roger H. Hull Community Service Award (2012)
Awarded IEF Grant funding in 2011 and 2012 for Volunteer Appreciation Banquet sponsored by Kenney Community Center and Wells House
Intern at the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York
Fall 2010 Shanghai Term Abroad
Volunteer of the Week (March 29, 2012)
Graduate Studies: Albany Medical College

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Kristina J. Csaplar, ’11

Kristina J. Csaplar, ’11

Major: Math
Minor: Spanish

Achievements:
Dean’s List (2007/2008; 2008/2009; 2009/2010; 2010/2011)
Intern at the Union College Office of Alumni Relations
Phi Beta Kappa Member
Member of Omega Phi Beta, Greek Honor Society

Club or Student Organizations:
Gamma Phi Beta
Project Sunshine
Math Club

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Melissa A. McDonald, ’10

Melissa A. McDonald, ’10

ID Major: Political Science/Anthropology
Minor: Russian Language and Literature

Achievements:
Dean’s List 2008-2010
Independent Study Abroad Grant
Winter-Spring 2009
John Iwanik Prize (2010) for an Outstanding Russian Language Student
US Fullbright Grantee for 2010/2011 to Moldova

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Wei Yu, ’13

Wei Yu, ’13

Double Major in Mathematics & Economics
Minor: Japanese

Achievements:
Departmental Honors in Economics
Recipient of 2013 Martin Terry Resch Prize (To the senior who shows the greatest promise for advanced study in pure or applied mathematics )
Dean’s List: 2009-2013
Member of Phi Beta Kappa
Graduate program in Mathematical Finance at Rutgers University
Internships: Citi Bank

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Brianne H. Sosa, ’08

Brianne H. Sosa, ’08

Double major in Psychology and Spanish

Achievements:
Honors in Spanish
Sigma Delta Pi National Hispanic Collegiate Honor Society member (Tau Mu Chapter)

Clubs or student organizations:

Delta Delta Delta

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Miles Q. Kueffner, ’09

Miles Q. Kueffner, ’09

Double major in Spanish and English

Achievements:

Sigma Delta Pi National Hispanic Collegiate
Honor Society member (Tau Mu Chapter)

Clubs or student organizations:

President of Spanish Club (2006-08)
Admissions Ambassador
Work study student
Gatekeeper
Senior Intern
Breazzano House Council member

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Jessica A. Sherrod, ’12

Jessica A. Sherrod, ’12

Major: Asian Studies
Language Studied at Union: Chinese
Term Abroad: Fall 2010 Fudan University (复旦大学) Shanghai, China

Awards and Achievements:
Dean’s List (2008-2012)
Asian Studies Departmental Honors
National Conference of Undergraduate Research (Ogden, Utah 2012)
Acceptance into Princeton in Beijing Program
Phi Beta Kappa

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Marissa F. Peck, ’14

Marissa F. Peck, ’14

Double major: Environmental Studies and Spanish
Language(s) studied at Union: Spanish

Awards and achievements:
William Cady Stone Fellowship (2012-2013)
Dean’s List (2010-2011)

Clubs or student organizations:
VP of Green Fee Governance Committee
Environmental Club
U-Sustain
Taiko Japanese Drumming Ensemble
Union Women’s Basketball Team
Union College Outdoors Club

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Yiran Zhang, ’12

Yiran Zhang, ’12

Major: Managerial Economics
Minors: German and Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Language(s) studied at Union: Spanish and German

Achievements:
Dean’s List (2009-2012)
Member of the International Economics Honor Society (Omicron Delta Epsilon)
Member of the German Honorary Society (Delta Phi Alpha)
Davis United World College Scholar
HR Assistant at Earth Recycle (Mexico, 2009)
Research Intern at The Nature Conservancy (Washington, DC, 2010)
Global Wealth Management Intern at Merrill Lynch (Albany, 2011)
Summer Analyst at Ipsos Business Consulting (Shanghai, 2011)
Frankfurt School of Finance and Management in Germany (MA. International Business)

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Amanda H. Schlossberg, ’13

Amanda H. Schlossberg, ’13

Major: Political Science
Minors: Chinese and History
Languages studied: Chinese at Union College, and Italian during Union Study Abroad Program to Florence, Italy

Achievements:

Dean’s List 2009-2013
Departmental Honors in Political Science
Phi Beta Kappa (2013)
Pi Sigma Alpha (American Political Science association)
Member of the Scholars Program
Recipient of the 2013 Oswald Heck-Irwin Steingut Prize

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In Celebration of Students Achievements

These webpages are dedicated to highlight the achievements of all our students in Modern Languages and Literatures (majors, ID majors, Organizing Theme majors, and minors).
If you are a student or alumnus/alumna of our department, and would like to share with us your achievements and be profiled on this website, please contact Prof. William Garcia (garciaw@union.edu).

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Julian D. Jocque, ’15

Julian D. Jocque, ’15

Major: Computer Science
Minor: Chinese and Music
Languages Studied at Union: Chinese and French

Achievements:
Summer Research Grant (2013) using evolutionary algorithms to drive locomotion in Union’s tensegrity robot
Dean’s List 2011-12 & 2012-13
Recipient of the 2013 Thomas J. Judson Memorial Book Prize

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Philip E. Barr, ’14

Philip E. Barr, ’14

Double Major: Managerial Economics and Spanish
Language Studied at Union: Spanish

Achievements:
Recipient (2012) of Thomas J. Judson (1966) Memorial Book Prize (to a sophomore who has shown academic excellence as well as sincere interest in the study of modern languages)
White Star Scholarship (given by Fiji for academic achievement)
Dean’s List (2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013)
Sigma Delta Pi (National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society)
Summer internship (2013) with John Hancock Mutual Funds

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Catherine A. Degen, ’14

Catherine A. Degen, ’14

Major: Economics
Minors: German and Mathematics
Language Studied at Union: German

Achievements:
Hans Hainebach Memorial Prize in German Literature (2012)
Mellon Summer Research Fellowship (2012)
Sophomore Scholar Athlete of the Year (2011-2012)
Union College Scholars Program
Dean’s List (2010-2011)
Liberty League All-Academic Team (2011)

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Catherine E. Ziac, ’14

Catherine E. Ziac, ’14

Major in Economics and Minor in Russian
Language Studied at Union: Russian

Achievements:
2nd place New York State Russian Language Competition 2012
Treasurer of the Russian and East European Culture Club
Campus Relations Coordinator for U for Israel
Dean’s List for the 2011-2012 school year
Blogger for Union’s student blogging site “Unfiltered”
Worked in Sales and Trading in the Fixed Income and Commodities division at Morgan Stanley in New York City summer (2013)
Tutor for the Economics Department

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Sarah M. Wizner, ’14

Sarah M. Wizner, ’14

ID major: Sociology/Psychology
Minor: German
Language Studied at Union: German

Achievements:
Becker Career Center Community Service Grant (Summer 2013)
Hans Hainebach Prize in German Literature (Spring 2013)
Dean’s List 2011-2012
Member of ODK (National Leadership Honor Society)

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Lauren A. Brown, ’13

Lauren A. Brown, ’13

Double Major in American Studies and French
Languages Studied at Union: French and Spanish

Achievements:
Dean’s List (2009-2010)
Aimé Simon ’91 Term Abroad Award (2011)

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Kathryn E. Burns, ’13

Kathryn E. Burns, ’13

ID major: Russia and Eastern European Studies
Language Studied at Union: Russian

Achievements:
Recipient of John Iwanik Prize, May 2012 & May 2013
Dean’s List 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012

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Abigail R. Calish, ’13

Abigail R. Calish, ’13

Major: Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Minor: Mathematics
Languages Studied at Union: Spanish & Hebrew

Achievements:
Departmental Honors in Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Dean’s List 2012-2013
Order of Omega (Greek Leadership Honors Society)

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Mikaela A. Coburn, ’13

Mikaela A. Coburn, ’13

Major in French and Francophone Studies
Language Studied at Union: French

Achievements:
Scholar’s Program
Summer Research Fellowship (2011)
Dean’s List 2010, 2011, 2012
Honors in French
Phi Beta Kappa

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Laura A. Crowe, ’13

Laura A. Crowe, ’13

Double Major: English & Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Language Studied at Union: Spanish

Achievements:
Dean’s List (2009-10) (2010-11) (2011-12) (2012-13)
Presenter at Steinmetz Symposium (2012)
Sigma Tau Delta (National English Honors Society)
Departmental Honors in Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Sigma Delta Pi – National Hispanic Collegiate Honor Society member (Tau Mu Chapter)
Phi Beta Kappa (2013)

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Shilpa M. Darivemula, ’13

Shilpa M. Darivemula, ’13

ID major in Biology and Spanish
Language Studied at Union: Spanish

Achievements:
Union College Kenney Center Volunteer Recognition Award 2012
Roger H. Hull Summer Community Service Internship Funding Recipient 2012
Resident Advisor Programming Award 2011
Deans List 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2012-13
Watson Fellowship Recipient 2013 with the project titled: Of Medicine and Mudras
Departmental Honors in Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Member of Sigma Delta Pi (National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society)
Member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society
UNITAS Community Building Award, 2013
Independent Study Abroad Chile: Ayurvedic and Mapuche Medicine Workshop Instructor

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Alyssa M. Feldman, ’13

Alyssa M. Feldman, ’13

ID Majors: Biology and Spanish
Language Studied at Union: Spanish
8-year Leadership in Medicine program

Achievements:
Dean’s List 09-10, 11-12, 12-13
Departmental Honors in Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership Honor Society)
Order of Omega (Greek Leadership Honors Society)
Internship at Community Care Physicians
Accepted to Albany Medical College 2013-2017

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Diana C. Fletcher, ’13

Diana C. Fletcher, ’13

Double Major: Economics/Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Minor: Mathematics
Language Studied at Union: Spanish

Achievements:
Dean’s List 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12
Departmental Honors in Economics and Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Member of the Scholar Program
Interned at Steve Madden
Awarded “Smart Team” member in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 at Championship swim meet for having a GPA of 3.3 or higher during the season

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Molly L. Greenberg, ’13

Molly L. Greenberg, ’13

Major: Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Minor: English
Language Studied at Union: Spanish

Achievements:
Dean’s List (2009-2010) (2011-2012) (2012-2013)
Gold Star Scholarship Recipient
Sigma Tau Delta (National English Honor Society)
Departmental Honors in Spanish and Hispanic Studies

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Jenna K. Langhans, ’13

Jenna K. Langhans, ’13

Major: Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Minors: Political Science and Dance
Language Studied at Union: Spanish

Achievements:
Dean’s List 2009-2013
Departmental Honors in Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Sigma Delta Pi (National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society)
2013 Edward Villella Dance Fellowship recipient
IEF Grant for project in Dance (for competition of Dance Minor)
Ronald K. Amiraian (1980) Memorial Prize Recipient (May 2012)
Primer Premio de Español Recipient from Center for Cross Cultural Studies, Seville (March 2012)

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Robert W. Meeson, ’13

Robert W. Meeson, ’13

Major in French and Francophone Studies
Minor in Mathematics
Language Studied at Union: French

Achievements:
Honors in French
Dean’s List 09-10, 10-11, 11-12, 12-13
Union Scholar’s Program
Elected to Phi Beta Kappa (2013)

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Gabriel C. Sturges, ’13

Gabriel C. Sturges, ’13

Major: Spanish
Minor: English
Languages Studied at Union: Spanish and Arabic

Achievements:
THOMAS J. JUDSON (1966) MEMORIAL BOOK PRIZE (2011) – To a sophomore who has shown academic excellence as well as sincere interest in the study of modern languages
ISA in Andorra (in 2012) where he had an internship as an English teaching assistant
Dean’s list: 2009-2010

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Emilie Arseneault, ’12

Emilie Arseneault, ’12

Double major in English and French
Language Studied at Union: French

Achievements:
Dean’s List 2010-2011
Sigma Delta Tau member
Omicrom Delta Kappa member
All-ECAC Hockey Academic Selection
Awarded the David Brind (1982) MEMORIAL PRIZE IN ENGLISH and PRESIDENT’S COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN SENIOR THESIS PRIZE

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Emily Cassello, ’12

Emily Cassello, ’12

Double Major in Francophone Studies and Classics
Languages Studied at Union: French, Latin and Ancient Greek

Achievements:
Dean’s list 2010-2011
Honors in French and Classics
Member of Eta Sigma Phi, the National Classics Honor Society
Presenter at Parilia Conference (an undergraduate Classics research conference) in spring of 2012

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Sara E. Block, ’12

Sara E. Block, ’12

ID major in French & Spanish
Languages studied at Union: French, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic

Achievements:
Departmental Honors in French & Spanish
Scholars Program 2008-2012
Presidential Scholarship 2008-2012
Dean’s List 2008-2009, 2010-2011, 2011-2012
IEF Grant Recipient 2009
Steinmetz Symposium Presenter 2010, 2011, 2012

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Madelyn Degutis, 12′

Madelyn Degutis, 12′

Double major in Spanish and Economics
Language Studied at Union: Spanish

Achievements:
Dean’s List 2009-2011
Honors in Spanish and in Economics
Honor Societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Order of Omega (Greek Honor Society), Sigma Delta Pi (National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society), Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor Society)

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Rachel M. Feldman, ’12

Rachel M. Feldman, ’12

Double major in Visual Arts and Spanish
Language Studied at Union: Spanish

Achievements:
Union College Scholar
Dean’s List 2010
Honors in Spanish and Visual Arts
IEF Grant for Visual Arts thesis
Steinmetz presenter 2009-2012 in Visual arts
Steinmetz presenter in 2012 in Spanish on “The Changing Gender Role of Mexican American Women”

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Rachel L. Finkelstein, ’12

Rachel L. Finkelstein, ’12

Major: Spanish
Minor: Psychology
Language Studied at Union: Spanish, French and Khmer

Achievements:
Dean’s list all four years, (2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012)
Sigma Delta Pi (National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society)
RONALD K. AMIRAIAN (1980) MEMORIAL PRIZE (2011) – To a student of modern languages who has performed with distinction on a Union term abroad
Term Abroad in Seville, Spain (2010)
Pilot Project Internship Term Abroad in Siem Reap, Cambodia (2011)
Marketing and Advertising Assistant for the Joe to Go Restaurant and Boutique in Siem Reap, Cambodia
English teacher for The Global Child in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Erica A. Fugger, ’12

Erica A. Fugger, ’12

ID Major: History & German
Minor: American Studies
Language Studied at Union: German

Achievements:
Honors in History & German
Class Historian
Deans List (2009-present)
Most Valuable Player in Swimming (2010)
All-Academic Honoree in Liberty League and UNYSCSA (2010, 2011)
All-American Scholar & Athlete (2010, 2011)
Potts Fund Grant for Historical Research (2011)
Hans Hainebach Memorial Prize in German Literature (2011)
Freling H. Smith (1865) Prize for Best Senior History Thesis (2012)
Albert C. Ingham (1847) Prize for Scholarly Contribution to the Social Sciences (2012)

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Ajay Major, ’12

Ajay Major, ’12

ID major: Chemistry/Spanish (Leadership in Medicine Program)
Minor: Math
Languages Studied at Union: Spanish, and Hindi

Achievements:
Honors in Spanish
Member of Sigma Delta Pi (National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society)
Member of the Gatekeeper Honorary Society
LEE AND WILLIAM WRUBEL MEMORIAL PRIZE in 2012 (to a senior preparing for dentistry or medicine, based upon both academic achievement and character)
ANTHONY C. LAVECCHIA (1998) MEMORIAL AWARD in 2012 (to the student who demonstrates a keen interest and passion in journalism, especially with a focus in political journalism)
Spring 2010 National Health Systems (NHS) Term Abroad
Resident Advisor Service Award Recipient (2010)
Dean’s List (2008-2009; 2009-2010; 2010-2011)

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Rachel C. Mayer, ’12

Rachel C. Mayer, ’12

Double major: Political Science and Francophone Studies
Language Studied at Union: French

Achievements:
Dean’s List (2009)
Accepted to NYU Graduate School (International Politics)
Awarded position of Language Instructor at Université de Rennes, Rennes, France for 2012-2013

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Kelsey B. Mulvihill, ’12

Kelsey B. Mulvihill, ’12

Double major: French and Political Science
Language studied at Union: French

Achievements:
Honors in French
MILDRED WILDER PRIZE (2012) (to the senior majoring in Political Science who has written the best piece of scholarly work pertaining to the subject of women and politics)
Aimé Simon ’91 Term Abroad Award (2010)
David S. Kaplan ’82 Award (2010)
Dean’s List (2008-2011)
2009 Mini-term in Martinique
Fall 2010 Term Abroad in Rennes, France
Honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society), Order of the Omega (Union’s Greek Honor Society), Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society)
Senior Admissions Intern (Union College)

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Michael G. Lewis, ’12

Michael G. Lewis, ’12

Double Major in Political Science and Spanish
Languages studied at Union: Spanish and Russian

Achievements:
Honors in Spanish
Honors in Political Science
Dean’s List (2008-2012)
Winter 2011 Term Abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honors Society
Order of Omega, Union’s Greek Honor Society
Honorable Mention for the Charles Tidmarch Prize (honoring one of the best senior theses in the department of political science)

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Alexander B. Porter, ’12

Alexander B. Porter, ’12

Double Major in Political Science and Francophone Studies
Languages Studied at Union: French

Achievements:
Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society
Dean’s List 2010-2011
Chi Psi Executive Board

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Rebecca K. Robinson, 12′

Rebecca K. Robinson, 12′

Double major: Mathematics and French
Language Studied at Union: French

Achievements:
Dean’s List 2009-2012
Honors in French
Summer Research at Union College (2012)

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