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With the change to individual school and division ceremonies this spring, Commencement has brought additional opportunities for students to speak. A total of 10 students have been selected to represent their fellow graduates at the various ceremonies.
Graduate School of Education – 6 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Traditions at the Glen in Johnson City, N.Y.
Rachel Bachman, an Edgar Couper Fellow, is earning her EdD — a doctorate in educational theory and practice. She also earned a master of arts in teaching from Binghamton’s Graduate School of Education in 2009, after receiving her bachelor’s degree in actuarial science from Pennsylvania State University in 2007. Currently an assistant professor of mathematics education at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, she has also tutored at Binghamton’s McArthur Elementary School and for Student Support Services at Binghamton University, and has been an instructor for the Binghamton Enrichment Program. Her research involves evaluating the effectiveness of remedial mathematics courses for conceptual understanding, procedural facility and attitudes toward mathematics, and she has a paper on the topic accepted for publication in Research and Teaching in Developmental Education.
Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, Division of Science and Mathematics – 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Events Center
Danielle Leavy, a double major in mathematical sciences and philosophy, politics and law (PPL) from East Northport, N.Y., hopes to attend law school and work in family court. A member of the Senior Alumni Committee and vice president of social programming for the Senior Class Council, she has also served as a member and pre-hearing educator for the Student Conduct Board, president of the Junior Class Council, secretary of the Sophomore Class Council and a member of the Student Association Programming Board, Taste Buds and her hall government. She has interned with the Suffolk County Court and the Student Association and participated in the NEW Leadership NY week-long residential leadership program through the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society located at the University at Albany.
Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science – 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Events Center
Victoria Tagarelli, an electrical engineering major from Hawthorne, N.Y., begins her position at Lockheed Martin in Owego, N.Y. in July, in the Engineering Leadership Development Program. On campus, she has served as a peer advisor and an undergraduate course assistant for the Watson Engineering Design Division. She has also been a tour guide for Undergraduate Admissions for two years. A member of the Society of Women Engineers, she is also a member and treasurer of Orchesis Dance Explosion, a dance club on campus. As project lead for her team, she worked on a senior design project that provided interior lighting for a model train exhibit at the Roberson Museum and Science Center. She also completed two summer research assistantships, one at the University of Connecticut and one at the University of Maryland.
Lauren Huie is earning her PhD in electrical engineering. After earning her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Binghamton University in 2005, she obtained a full tuition scholarship and pursued her master’s degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. In 2008, she returned to Binghamton to begin her doctoral studies. Currently employed as a basic researcher at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, N.Y., she has eight conference publications and one journal publication to her credit. A member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers, she is or has been the principal investigator on two Air Force Office of Scientific Research projects and continues her work in the areas of wireless communications and signal processing.
Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, Division of Fine Arts and Humanities – 6 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Events Center
Jessie Rubin, an English literature major with a concentration in rhetoric, plans to pursue a career in social media and creative marketing. She has been a news editing teaching assistant, active in Chabad of Binghamton Fashion for A Cure planning committee and a member of the Hillel-Jewish Student Union Executive Board. From Merrick, N.Y., she has been member of the women’s Division I varsity tennis team for four years, including one as captain, and also stays active in the community, volunteering with The Magic Paintbrush Project that serves individuals with special needs and their families. She has used her social media and creative talents working as an intern with VH1, Fox News Channel and the Hannity Show, where she published articles online, contributed to blogs and created promotional materials.
School of Management – 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Events Center
Jeffrey Marks, a native of Rochester, N.Y., is earning his bachelor of science degree in accounting with a finance concentration, and following graduation will continue at Binghamton as a master’s student in accounting. A PwC Scholar, he was selected as the School of Management Student of the Year, he also received the Philip M. Piaker Award for ethics and service in accounting and was a member of the first-place team for the 2012 Reeves-Ellington Case Competition. He completed internships with both KPMG LLP in New York and Xerox Corporation in Rochester. He has served as a member and president of Beta Alpha Psi honors organization for financial information professionals, as a mentor and vice president of the Dean’s Mentoring Program, and as chapter co-coordinator for Challah for Hunger at Binghamton University.
Kaitlyn Orr, a native of Long Island, is receiving her master’s degree in accounting. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting with a concentration in consulting and leadership from Binghamton in 2012, and served as president of the PwC Scholars her senior year. She also interned with PricewaterhouseCoopers and will begin a position with them in New York City in August. She has been a career services assistant, a teacher’s assistant and course consultant, and a tutor in the Center for Academic Excellence. She was a member of the Manley’s Service Learning Project first-place team in 2012, creating a strategic plan for the Kopernik Observatory and Science Center. She also was on the teams that won the Richard Reeves-Ellington Case Competition in 2011 and the PwC xACT case competition in 2009.
Decker School of Nursing – noon Sunday, May 19, at the Events Center
Taryn Lindquist, from Elmira, N.Y., is receiving a bachelor’s degree in nursing with an Undergraduate Forensics Certificate, and will continue her education at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in its Neuro Step-down nurse residency program. She has been a nursing clinical assistant intern at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital on Long Island, and has clinical experience at several local healthcare facilities. As a certified group exercise and Zumba Gold instructor, she has taught classes for Campus Recreation and Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life, and at many charity events. She has also been a teaching assistant for Wellness through Aerobics. She was a member of the Binghamtonics a cappella group for three years, and has been an improvisational and sketch comedy performed with the Pappy Parker Players Comedy Group for the past two years.
Timothy Leonard, from Sayre, Pa., earned his bachelor of science degree in nursing from Binghamton University’s Decker School of Nursing in 2000, and is earning his MS in nursing with a family nurse practitioner concentration. He has clinical background as an operating room nurse, and most recently as a medical representative in the biotechnology industry and pharmaceutical sales consultant. Licensed as a registered nurse in both New York and Pennsylvania, he is weighing options to serve as an advanced practice nurse or to continue his education in Decker’s Doctorate in Nursing Practice program. He has served as a research assistant for the O’Connor Office of Rural Studies at the Decker School of Nursing and has also been active in professional nursing associations, including as an office of the New York State Nurses Student Association.
Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, Division of Social Sciences – 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Events Center
Leonard Simmons, from Wantagh, N.Y., will graduate with a in philosophy, politics and law and will attend the College of William & Mary Law School in the fall. His undergraduate experience has included being selected as the only undergraduate fellow into the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, presenting at research conferences and serving as a teaching assistant. Beyond his discipline, he founded TEDxBinghamtonUniversity in 2010, managing the annual event as executive director for three years. This year’s conference became one of the largest of its type in the world, selling out the Osterhout Concert Theater. He has also served as a member of the Student Conduct Board and Appeals Board, as a tutor for the Center for Learning and Teaching and as an intern for the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York.