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Naming the Exemplary Student

Arel Moodie

Arel Moodie is a senior philosophy, politics, and law major, and soon will add a concentration in business, which he hopes to use in pursuing his dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Moodie is a proud brother of La Unidad Latin Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity INC. He has served as president and is currently the public relations chair of the Binghamton Association for Mixed Students (BAMS). In addition, Moodie has been the president of the Latino Greek Council (LGC), was a chartered member of Student In Free Enterprise (SIFE) and a chartered brother of Chi Alpha Epsilon Nation Honor Society (XAE). He is a member of the Black Dance Repertoire (BDR) and a peer counselor for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Moodie hopes that he represents these respective organizations to the best of his abilities, exemplifying their mission statements.

Moodie loves Binghamton University because it fosters creativity and allows students to participate and serve in many organizations. He values the opportunity to get involved in community service and offers the following advice to fellow students.

“It is important for all students to get involved in their own way to help the community and help themselves,” he said. “I’ve tried to take advantage of many of the opportunities that this University has to offer and there are so many more out there that are doing great things.”

Moodie is from Brooklyn, New York, and attended Abraham Lincoln High School in Coney Island.

Joshua Marcus

Joshua Marcus is a senior economics major and plans on attending medical school in fall, 2005. While a student at Binghamton University, he has been involved with several organizations and held a variety of leadership positions.

He served as a resident assistant in Oneida Hall in College-in-the-Woods and worked as a tutor for courses in economics, chemistry and organic chemistry at the Center for Academic Excellence.

He is a member of the Binghamton University Judicial Board and Pre-Health Student Advisory Committee, which advises pre-health students on possible course selections, volunteer work, and career paths and also plans programs and presentations for other students.

Marcus is a member of the Binghamton University Presidential Scholars program and currently serves as its senior class representative.

He has been on the Dean’s List every semester since his freshmen year and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, and Phi Beta Kappa. Marcus was selected for the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.”

In his spare time, Marcus enjoys spending time with his friends and family, specially his three younger brothers. He enjoys following football and hockey and playing basketball with friends.

He is a regular volunteer at the Sarah Jane Johnson Methodist Church soup kitchen at and a three-year veteran volunteer for the Broome/Tioga Counties Special Olympics.

Marcus hails from Long Beach, New York and graduated from Long Beach High School in June 2001.

Peggy Echt

Peggy Echt is a Phi Beta Kappa psychology major with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. She’s spent each summer throughout college working with children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental retardation, either in Binghamton or near her home area in the Catskills.

For the second consecutive year, Echt assists a social skills group for children with autism at the Institute for Child Development (ICD). As a research assistant at ICD, she has been involved in numerous research projects and has presented research at professional conferences.

As a certified aerobics instructor, Echt is creating an exercise video for children with autism at ICD in addition to teaching five classes a week at Fitspace.

For the past three years, she has also been a research assistant for the Family and Marriage Studies Laboratory, where she is preparing her honors thesis for journal publication.

Echt serves as president of the Binghamton Chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology majors, and coordinates an annual student research fair. Politically aware, Echt has been an Israel columnist for Hillel’s literary magazine, Hatikva, written editorials in Pipedream, planned guest lectures with the Judaic Studies department, raised funds for Magan David Adon Israeli Ambulance Corps and Victims of Terrorism Fund with Hillel’s Israel Action Committee, and participated in campus and national rallies at the White House.

A transplant from Fort Worth, Texas and graduate from Bat Torah Academy Yeshiva High School, Echt plans to pursue a dual masters degree in special education and applied behavior analysis to continue conducting research and working with children with developmental disabilities.

Tom Triebwasser

Tom Triebwasser, a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering, minoring in Arabic Studies, is thrilled and honored to be a part of the Exemplary Student Award process.

Tom notes that his status as finalist is the icing on his cake. Having spent his entire collegiate career at Binghamton, he says that to be recognized for his academic and extracurricular achievements in this way is truly an amazing feeling.

Besides spending much of his time working with his colleagues in the Watson School, Treibwasser hosts the weekly radio show “Tom’s Treehouse” on WHRW-Bing-hamton, and sings with Kaskeset, the co-ed Jewish a cappella group on campus. He says that at Binghamton, there are no limits to student offerings: he can work on completing his senior engineering design project; send his voice across campus and the world at WHRW; and sing into the night with great friends - all in one day.

In addition, Tom serves as one of the student mashgichim, or kosher supervisors, of the Kosher Kitchen and Vegan Co-Op, as well as a gabbai, or service leader, at the Chabad House of Binghamton.

As an Eagle Scout, Triebwasser has always looked for ways to give back to the community. He notes that serving his fellow students at the Kosher Kitchen, the Vegan Co-Op, or the Chabad House is one of the most rewarding and satisfying ways he can give back to the Binghamton University community.

Tom hails from Red Hook, N.Y., where he attended Red Hook Central High School. He graduated as the salutatorian of the Class of 2001.

Matthew Schneider

Matthew Schneider is senior in the School of Management, majoring in marketing and finance. Schneider is also completing an economics minor, the international studies certificate program, and is a University Scholar.

His proudest achievement was his election as president of the Student Association this year. He is enjoying the experience, which he says allows him the opportunity to represent all students on a daily basis and for allowing him to welcome all incoming freshman this past summer during orientation.

He serves as president of SOM’s PricewaterhouseCooper’s Honors Program and their Toastmaster’s International chapter, a position that he also held last year. Schneider is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Golden Key, and Beta Gamma Sigma Honors societies.

He works in the XCEL center as a leadership consultant. Schneider’s most memorable accomplishment in his time at Binghamton was his involvement with BTV, the student television station, where he created several weekly shows including “The Schneider Factor” featuring in-studio debates about world and campus issues.

He attended Commack High School in his hometown of Commack, Long Island.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08