Departmental Honors and Achievements

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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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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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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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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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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Ramsey A. Steiner, 12′

Ramsey A. Steiner, 12′

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

Achievements:
Dean’s List (2008-2012)
Honors in Chemistry and French
Honors Societies: Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Honor Society)
Grants and Fellowships: IEF Student Research Grant (2011), Laudise Summer Research Fellowship (2011), Scholar’s Summer Research Fellowship (2010)
MVP of Women’s Cross Country Team (2011), 6K record holder (2011), 4×800 record holder (2010)

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Paige J. Valchuis, 12′

Paige J. Valchuis, 12′

Double Major in French and Economics
Language Studied at Union: French

Achievements:
Deans List (2009-2012)
Fall 2010 Term Abroad in Rennes
Internship at Ameriprise Financial (2011-2012)

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Nicole A. Abrams, ’11

Nicole A. Abrams, ’11

Major: Spanish
Minors: Psychology and Sociology
Language studied at Union: Spanish

Achievements:
Departmental Honors in Modern Languages and Literatures
Sigma Delta Pi (National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society)

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Elizabeth R. Ackley, ’11

Elizabeth R. Ackley, ’11

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

Achievements:
BRUCE M. GARBER (1971) PRIZE (2011) – To the premedical or predental student who best exemplifies the qualities of personal integrity and humane concern for the future practice of medicine or dentistry
Departmental honors in Spanish
Dean’s List (2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010)
Sigma Delta Pi – National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (Tau Mu Chapter)
Phi Beta Kappa (Phi Beta Kappa Sophomore Prize)
Charter Member in Union’s pending chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa
Coordinator of the America Reads program
Outstanding Volunteer of the Year 2009 for committed participation in service learning programs at the Kenney Community Center

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Ariana L. Awad, ’11

Ariana L. Awad, ’11

ID Major: Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Spanish
Language Studied at Union: Spanish

Achievements:
Honors in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
IEF grant for independent thesis research in Santiago, Chile in December of 2010

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Alexander W. Brockwehl, ’11

Alexander W. Brockwehl, ’11

Double Major: Political Science and Spanish
Language Studied at Union: Spanish

Achievements:
Dean’s List: 2009-2010
Departmental honors in Spanish
ALBERT C. INGHAM (1847) PRIZE (2011) – Awarded to the student in social sciences judged to have done the most outstanding piece of scholarly work
ROTARY FOUNDATION ENDOWED PRIZE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDY (2011) – To the senior who shows the greatest promise and interest in an area of international relations
Sigma Delta Pi – National Hispanic Collegiate Honor Society member (Tau Mu Chapter)
President (2010-2011), Zeta Upsilon Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha (National Honor Society for Political Science)
Minerva Fellow for 2011-2012: He went to Estero del Plátano, Ecuador. While there, he taught, oversaw a scholarship program, worked on sustainability initiatives, and administered micro loans to local start-up businesses

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Andrew N. Churchill, ’11

Andrew N. Churchill, ’11

Double major in French & Political Science
Languages Studied at Union: French and Latin

Achievements:
Dean’s List (2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010)
Graduating with honors in French and Political Science
OSWALD HECK (1924)-IRWIN STEINGUT PRIZE (2011) – To the student majoring in the Division of Social Sciences who has consistently done the best work in political science
WILLIAM W. THOMAS AWARD IN FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES (2011)
HORATIO G. WARNER (1826) PRIZE (2011) – To a student of high personal character who has the highest scholastic standing in the Bachelor of Arts program
ALAN LAKE CHIDSEY (1925) CITIZENSHIP AWARD (2011) – To a senior for distinctive contribution to the advancement of responsible government in student affairs
ALBERT HILL RECOGNITION AWARD (2011) – To seniors who have held leadership positions and demonstrated exceptional commitment to enhancing the college community
Ronald K. Amiraian (1980) Memorial Prize (2010)

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Julia E. Dimitrova, ’11

Julia E. Dimitrova, ’11

Major: Psychology
Minor: German
Language Studied at Union: German

Achievements:
Dean’s List: 2008-2009, 2010-2011
Psi Chi Society (Psychology Honors Society – inducted May 2011)
IEF Grant (Fall 2010, Senior Thesis)
DAAD RISE (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst – Research in Science and Engineering) Intern – Aachen, Germany, Summer 2010

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Shannon R. Funkhouser, ’11

Shannon R. Funkhouser, ’11

Double major: Psychology and French
Languages studied at Union: French and German

Achievements:
Dean’s List: 2009-2011
Departmental Honors in Psychology and French
Psi Chi National Psychology Honors Society

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Alicia E. Jones, ’11

Alicia E. Jones, ’11

Major: Modern Languages and Literatures
Minor: Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Language Studied at Union: Spanish

Achievements:
Dean’s List (2009, 2010, 2011)
Departmental Honors in Spanish
Sigma Delta Pi – National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society Member (Tau Mu Chapter)

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Emma A. Krosschell, ’11

Emma A. Krosschell, ’11

Double Major: English and French
Language Studied at Union: French

Achievements:
Dean’s List: 2007-2011
Scholars Program
Departmental Honors in English and French
DAVID BRIND (1982) MEMORIAL PRIZE IN ENGLISH (2011)
PRESIDENT’S COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN SENIOR THESIS PRIZE (2011)
DANIEL F. PULLMAN CLASSICAL PRIZE (2011) – To a senior of high scholastic standing in Humanities
MRS. EDWIN L. RICH PRIZE (2011) – Awarded each year to a student majoring in English who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship
Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society
Thomas J. Judson Memorial Book Prize (2009)
William H. Bloom (1945) M.D., and Jonathan R. Bloom (1988) Poetry Prize (2010)

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Aria D. Walfrand, ’11

Aria D. Walfrand, ’11

Double Major: Psychology and Spanish
Language Studied at Union: Spanish

Achievements:
Deans’ List: 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010
Departmental honors in Spanish
PRESIDENT’S COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD (2008 & 2011)
Summer Research in Political Science department for the Summer of 2009
Psi Chi member
Sigma Delta Pi – National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society member (Tau Mu Chapter)

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Megan A. Weill, ’10

Megan A. Weill, ’10

Double major: Chemistry and German
Language Studied at Union: German

Achievements:
2009 Hans Hainebach Memorial Prize in German Literature
2009 Scholarship from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) for a 3 month science internship in Germany

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