28 Honored as Outstanding Seniors in CAS

By Sue Wuetcher

Release Date: May 19, 2008

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 162nd general commencement ceremony held on May 11.

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York system that is its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities.

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

• Centrell O. Smith of Buffalo, African American Studies.

• Jeffrey A. Shevlin of Stockton, American Studies.

• Cristiano Agostino of Modena, Italy, Anthropology.

• Robert Vanwey of West Seneca, Asian Studies.

• Tara Bancroft of West Seneca, Biological Sciences.

• Benjamin Silverman of Fayetteville, Chemistry.

• Leslie Karen Feldballe of Buffalo, Classics.

• Lindsay Yost of Elyria, Ohio, Communication.

• Sara Hochrad of Bayside, Communicative Disorders and Sciences.

• Ruby Parihar of Niagara Falls, Economics.

• Jarret Rose of Blue Point, English.

• Chantal Englert of Vestal, Geography.

• James R. Noble of Cheektowaga, Geology.

• Alexander C. Johnston of Kenmore, History.

• Julia Lasch of Amherst, Linguistics.

• Tracy L. Stepien of Camillus, Mathematics.

• Michael Robert Rose of Dansville, Media Study.

• Jennifer O'Sullivan of Camillus, Music.

• Jeremy Skrzypek of Chaffee, Philosophy.

• Alexander Luke Kitt of Rochester, Physics.

• Samantha A. Horn of Buffalo, Political Science.

• Morgan Samantha Gottfried of Woodmere, Psychology.

• Katharine Facci of Webster, Romance Languages and Literatures.

• Marissa DiGennaro of Amherst, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary.

• Cara M. Burns of Lockport, Sociology.

• Rajavi Parikh of West Seneca, Special Major.

• Kelly Jakiel of Buffalo, Theatre and Dance.

• Christina E. Bettencourt of Buffalo, Visual Studies.