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Commencement 2014 preview: Meet the student speakers
May 12, 2014Tweet
Graduate School of Education – 5 p.m. Thursday, May 15, Chamber Hall, Anderson Center
Jacob Hammond, a native of Cortland, N.Y., studied geography at SUNY Geneseo and Queen’s University in Canada before beginning work toward a degree in secondary education at the University of Vienna in Austria. He returned to New York, and in 2010 enrolled in Binghamton University’s MAT program for social studies education, graduating in December 2011. Since then, he has worked as a teacher aide for students with disabilities in Cortland while pursuing his Master of Science in Education in Adolescence Special Education. He recently completed his in-service practicum at Dryden High School. He credits his 4-year-old daughter Elsie as being his inspiration while working toward his MSEd. Though he is applying for teaching positions in special education, he is also interested in pursuing a Doctor of Education degree in the future.
Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science – 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17, Events Center
Daniel Wong, from Merrick, N.Y., is receiving his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He has been on the Dean’s List every semester, carries a cumulative grade point average of 3.71, and was admitted to Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society as a junior. Recipient of the Lockheed Martin Honors Scholarship, he traveled to New Orleans over two spring breaks to construct homes as a member of Habitat for Humanity, and it an active member of the Alpha Kappa Psi Co-Ed Professional Business Fraternity. He has also been a student assistant in the Watson Career and Alumni Connections Office, working with students to develop skills to aid them in their job searches and careers. He begins a position as a fiber optics test manufacturing engineer with a firm in Allentown, Pa. in June.
Alper Alimoglu, an international student from Turkey, is receiving his master’s degree in computer science. He also earned his bachelor’s degree in information systems engineering in 2012. As a graduate research assistant at Binghamton, he has conducted research for data centers. He has also completed internships in Turkey at Istanbul Technical University, CISCO and Ericsson Software Development. He has been a member of the Computer Science Honor Society, has tutored freshmen and has participated in the Robocup Soccer Simulation League Tournament. He has published one paper with colleagues and has another in progress. A talented tennis player, he has played Division I tennis at Binghamton and was a member of three America East championship teams. He hopes to continue in a PhD program, either in the United States or Turkey.
College of Community and Public Affairs – noon Saturday, May 17, Events Center
Tanairy Carbo, from the Bronx, will receive her bachelor’s degree in human development. She has been a peer advisor for CCPA and a peer counselor for the Educational Opportunity Program. She also volunteered as a mentor for the UTURN program for young women in juvenile detention, and as a counselor for High Hopes Crisis Intervention Hotline. She is academic chair for Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.; vice president of SHADES, a student organization supporting diversity; and an active member of Alpha Phi Omega co-ed community service fraternity. She completed a shadowing experience at Habilitat Alternative Drug and Alcoholic Rehabilitation Center in Hawaii. Solely financially responsible for her education, she works on campus for Campus Recreation. She will continue at Binghamton University in the Master in Social Work program.
Decker School of Nursing – 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17, Events Center
Jon-Paul DiMarco will receive his bachelor’s degree in nursing with a minor in biology, and a certificate in forensic nursing. From New Hyde Park, he has had extensive clinical experience in emergency, pediatric, community health, orthopedic, medical/surgical, psychiatric, geriatric and maternal/newborn care. While a student, he was team conditioning captain for the Binghamton University Roller Hockey Team and qualified and played in the collegiate national championships for two consecutive years. He has worked with fellow students on projects to reduce hospital readmissions and to reduce teen pregnancies, and has conducted exercise-promotion activities with the local Boys and Girls Club. He also raised nearly $2,000 through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to help fund childhood cancer research. Following graduation, he will pursue as career as an emergency room nurse.
School of Management – 6 p.m. Saturday, May 17, Events Center
Marisa Sweeney, a double major in management/finance and philosophy, politics and law (PPL), is from Baldwin, N.Y. An active member of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholars Program, where she has been a mentor and vice president of fundraising, she has excelled academically and is graduating with a 3.94 cumulative grade point average. She is a vice president for the School of Management Dean’s Mentoring Program, studied abroad in The Netherlands and has been a teaching assistant in philosophy. A resident assistant for the past three years, she has volunteered for a local Girl Scout troop; been a member of Women in Business, the Student Association Programming Board, Transfer Mentors and the Student Assembly; and interned with Goldman Sachs, where she will begin her career as an analyst in credit risk management following graduation.
Kimberly Brower, from Merrick, N.Y., will receive her master’s degree in accounting, summa cum laude. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting with a concentration in marketing from Binghamton University in 2013. On campus, she has been a Road Map intern through President Harvey Stenger’s office, an admissions intern and a graduate assistant for the Discovery Program. She has been a vice president for the PwC Scholars Program and a vice president for Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity. She has also been a teaching assistant and graduate teaching assistant for several School of Management courses. Off campus, she has interned with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Euro RSCG World Wide PR in New York City. She begins her career with PwC’s entertainment, media and communications assurance practice in New York City in August.
Harpur College of Arts and Sciences – Division of Social Sciences – 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 18, Events Center
Belle Yoeli is a triple major in Judaic studies, Spanish and political science from New York City who has been on the Dean’s List every semester and carries a 3.8 cumulative grade point average. Even with a heavy academic load, she has been very involved on campus. She has been a tour guide and is a member and former business manager of the Binghamton Vibrations a cappella group, a member of the board of directors of Hillel at Binghamton and president of Hillel for the past year. She has also interned for the Jewish Federation of North America and been a co-staff leader for Taglit-Birthright. Following graduation, she will pursue a master’s degree in government with a focus on diplomacy and conflict studies at IDC Herzliya College in Israel.
Harpur College of Arts and Sciences – Division of Fine Arts and Humanities – noon Sunday, May 18, Events Center
Samson Widerman, a double major in English, general literature and rhetoric, and politics, philosophy and law (PPL) from Huntington, N.Y., will work for Teach for America in Chicago following graduation. On campus, he has been an orientation advisor and a writing intern for Harpur Perspective magazine, as well as treasurer of the Candid Photography Club. He has been a Student Assembly representative and vice president of Off-Campus 3 Council, and moved up to positions as assistant to the executive vice president and then executive vice president of the Student Association, overseeing and providing assistance and to 264 chartered organizations. He was also a member of President Harvey Stenger’s Infrastructure Road Map Team, working collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff, students and community members to develop the University’s Road Map to Premier strategic plan.
Harpur College of Arts and Sciences – Division of Science and Mathematics – 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18, Events Center
Christina Pullano, a double major in environmental studies and English with a minor in Spanish, is from Rochester, N.Y. Already an accomplished journalist, she served in newswriting capacities for two years and then as the editor-in-chief of Pipe Dream, the student newspaper, for the past year. Also a campus tour guide, she has been involved in student government for College-in-the-Woods and has interned in the Office of Research Advancement as a writer, and with the Office of Recycling and Resource Management, helping to plan zero-waste Earth Day activities. She has volunteered with SUNY VINES to improve neighborhood environments, is a student representative to the Committee for the University Environment, and has been a host and mentor for JUMP (Juvenile Urban Multicultural Project) Nation. She plans on pursuing a career in journalism.