28 Honored As Outstanding Seniors in CAS

By Sue Wuetcher

Release Date: May 22, 2006

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Twenty-eight students were honored for being the outstanding graduating senior in departments within the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Buffalo's 160th general commencement ceremony held on May 14.

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, the largest and most comprehensive in the State University of New York system. UB's more than 27,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. The university offers the only degrees in law, pharmacy and architecture in the SUNY system, and is the home of the only comprehensive public school of engineering and only school of informatics in New York State.

Each outstanding senior received a medal and a personalized certificate. Students who were honored and their departments are:

• Daniel A. Soto of the Bronx, African American Studies

• Joan Schnell of Niagara Falls, American Studies

• Brittany Helen Dolph of Elmira, Anthropology

• Dawn Exton of Perry, Art

• Erica Pastore of Erie, Pa., Art History

• Mandeep Samra of East Amherst, Biological Sciences

• Lok Lok Liu of Hong Kong, Chemistry

• Kathryn Kohout of Clarence, Classics

• Theresa Gugger of Binghamton, Communicative Disorders and Sciences

• Carl Woelfel of Lancaster, Economics

• Shea W. Bigsby of Vestal, English

• Matthew J. Cascarino of West Apalachin, Geography

• Victoria Everett of Cheektowaga, Geology

• William P. Chapman of Hemlock, History

• Rena Malik of East Amherst, Interdisciplinary Degree Programs

• Adam Sposato of Plattsburgh, Linguistics

• Matthew E. Pragel of Rochester, Mathematics

• Timothy Gera of Ithaca, Media Study

• Gabe I. Goodwin of Buffalo, Music

• Timothy Campbell of Amherst, Philosophy

• Michael Dziomba of North Tonawanda, Physics

• Andrea L. Voelker of Lewiston, Political Science

• William Paul Chapman of Hemlock, Psychology

• Kelsey Riley of Salamanca, Romance Languages and Literatures

• Lauren Ann Alessi of Getzville, Sociology

• Jeffrey Nisbet of Kenmore, Special Majors

• Jeffrey Coyle of Buffalo, Theatre and Dance

• Joelle Bence of West Seneca, Women's Studies