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For Immediate Release
April 11, 2014

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Honors and Awards Ceremony Salutes Outstanding Students

Annual event celebrates student success

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BROCKPORT, NY—The College at Brockport’s most outstanding students were spotlighted during the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony on April 11. The event, which has been held for more than 25 years, recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students for their academic success and dedicated service to the College and community.

Brockport President John R. Halstead, PhD, presented the President’s Citation Award, the highest honor given to a graduating senior, to Cullen Wegman, a fine arts major with a concentration in ceramics.

“One of his nominators wrote that Cullen ‘is a unique, creative scholar who truly believes in being involved in the local community.’ Yet another nominator wrote that: ‘I’m in awe of Cullen’s ability to handle it all with such grace and humility.’ So am I,” Halstead said as he introduced Wegman to the crowd in Seymour College Union.

This year’s top awards include:


Cullen Wegman, who holds a 3.86 GPA, is studying for his bachelor’s degree in fine arts. He is a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship and has made the President’s List and the Dean’s List with Honors throughout his undergraduate career. He is a member of the Women’s Center Advisory Board, serves as president of the Art Student Association and participated in the Leadership Development Program. Along with his campus involvement, Cullen found time to train to become a firefighter for the Brockport Volunteer Fire Department. Cullen also excels as an artist: He has received numerous awards for his artwork in juried exhibitions and has painted wall murals for two organizations in South Africa. He recently applied for the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award, which would allow him to begin a project to collect refuse from Lake Ontario and make it into artwork to be auctioned off as a fundraiser for conservation efforts.


UNDERGRADUATE— Jonathan Allentoff, an interdisciplinary arts for children major with a minor in music, maintains a 3.94 GPA. Jonathan is the founding music director and president of the Brockport Symphony Orchestra, a college-community orchestra comprised of over 75 students, faculty, staff, community players and professional musicians. Jonathan also created the Brockport Youth String Orchestra, an ensemble of children ages seven to ten, as well as the Brockport String Trio. Just last year, he created and licensed orchestral arrangements of holiday songs and film soundtracks in Los Angeles, California. Jonathan is a member of numerous professional affiliations, including the College Orchestra Directors Association, the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, just to name a few.

GRADUATE—Angie Muzzy, who holds a 3.87 GPA, is an MFA candidate in the Department of Dance. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Theater and Dance from Keene State College in 2008, graduating cum laude. Angie received a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at Brockport and is currently on the faculty at Alfred University. She has served as coordinator for the New Dancers Showcase and Alumni Showcase and secretary for the National Dance Education Organization. She also was the coordinating assistant of the American College Dance Festival Association’s 2014 Northeast Regional Conference hosted on campus in March 2014. Awards including the Distinguished Professor Award for Graduate Research, Payton Choreographic Award, Monserrat Dance Award, and Friends of Dance Scholarship have allowed Angie to showcase her choreography at Visual Studies Workshop, the Southern Vermont Dance Festival, CultivatedanceNH and ACDFA.


UNDERGRADUATE—Nicholas Kinney, who holds a 3.89 GPA, is completing his bachelor’s degree in business administration and psychology. He is a Presidential Scholarship recipient and a member of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Psi Chi Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. A member of the Honors College, Nicholas is the co-editor of the Honors Newsletter and a student representative of the Honors Advisory Council. After graduation, he hopes to work in the legal assisting field for one or two years before attending law school. Nicholas is an Eagle Scout and has completed over 150 hours of community service in Brockport and his hometown of Randolph, NY.

GRADUATE—Jennifer Vitullo holds a 3.83 GPA while completing her third degree. She received a bachelor’s degree in applied arts and sciences from RIT in 2004 and a master’s degree from St. John Fisher in math/science/technology education in 2009, and she will now receive her master’s degree in forensic accounting from Brockport. Jennifer is a member of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society and the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. Her work experiences include interning as a software engineer at Xerox and a hardware engineer at Intel, teaching high school math in Rochester and bookkeeping at English Road Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.


UNDERGRADUATE—James Lachman, an undergraduate student in the social work program, maintains a 3.94 GPA. James is a Vietnam War veteran with a strong motivation to aid other veterans in need. During his time at Brockport, James returned to Vietnam to serve victims of Agent Orange. He volunteers with the Office of International Education at the College, where he recruits students for study abroad opportunities. He is a member of the Tau Sigma Transfer Student Honor Society, Phi Alpha Social Work Student Honor Society, Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society and Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. James is also an intern at Strong Behavioral Health in Rochester, where he works alongside clinical social workers to serve individuals with a variety of mental health needs. He plans to continue his education and pursue his master’s degree in social work from the University at Buffalo.

GRADUATE—Eric Goodwin, who holds a 3.91 GPA, is a graduate student in the counselor education program with a concentration in mental health counseling. Eric earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from The College at Brockport in 2011, graduating summa cum laude. He is a student intern for Unity Behavioral Health at Greece Pinewild Outpatient Clinic, where he provides mental health counseling to diverse populations, creates treatment plans and provides referrals for community resources. Eric served as a volunteer counselor for the Tunnel of Oppression and the Clothesline Project on campus, as well as the Monroe County Anti-Bullying Rally in Rochester. In addition, Eric is a member of the American Counseling Association and the New York Mental Health Counselors Association.


UNDERGRADUATE—Kathryn Oaks, who holds a 3.82 GPA, is a double major in physical education and health science. Kathryn serves as president of the Future Professionals section of New York State Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NYS-AHPERD). Kathryn also has been president of the Phi Epsilon Kappa Honor Society and a member of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, the Leadership Development Program, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Health Science Club. She also served as a Student Health Advocate for Prevention and Outreach Services here on campus. Kathryn has gained experience teaching physical education at both Victor Intermediate School and Pittsford Mendon High School and is currently student teaching in the Pittsford Central School District.

GRADUATE—Erin Asquith earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health science from The College at Brockport in December 2012 and will earn a master’s in education with a concentration in athletic administration this May. She holds a 4.0 GPA and is on the Dean’s List with Honors. Erin served as vice president and then president of the Phi Epsilon Kappa Honor Society while also participating in the PE Majors Club and the women’s soccer team. She has been named the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year as well as Major of the Year for the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. Upon graduation, Erin hopes to teach physical or health education and coach at a New York State high school, as she one day aspires to become an athletic director at the high-school level.


UNDERGRADUATE—Elizabeth Morgan is currently studying for her bachelor’s degree in psychology while holding a 3.99 GPA. She is a member of the Delta College Program as well as the Psi Chi Honor Society, Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Golden Eagle Senior Council and Psychology Club. Elizabeth has completed several internships, one of which was abroad in Ireland, where she coordinated with mental health professionals and worked alongside individuals suffering from mental illnesses. She was a finalist for the Departmental Scholar Award for psychology and received the Delta College Program Scholar Award last year for having the highest GPA in the program.

GRADUATE—John Bateman, who holds a 3.92 GPA, is studying for his master’s degree in environmental science and biology with a concentration in terrestrial ecology. His thesis is about the effects of stormwater ponds on anuran community structure and function. John volunteers at his local elementary school, leading students on walks, observing the ecosystem and organizing classroom discussion relating to environmental science. He has received both the Sigma Xi Award for Undergraduate Research and the Distinguished Professors Award for Graduate Research. John also is a research assistant for the Research Foundation for the State University of New York, where he is creating bathymetric and topographic maps for Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area. He will begin his PhD work in environmental and forest biology at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry this fall.

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