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Students to speak at commencement

Two undergraduates and one graduate student will represent their peers as student speakers at Commencement ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21. Doctoral candidate Christopher Parmeter will speak at the Graduate School ceremony at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jordan Peck will speak at the professional schools ceremony at 9 a.m. Sunday, and Jeffrey Teitelbaum will speak at the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Parmeter, who is from Montour Falls, will be hooded on stage as a Ph.D. in economics before speaking. He has accepted a position as assistant professor of agricultural and applied economics at Virginia Tech. His fields of specialization are econometrics, statistics, microeconometrics and international trade.

Parmeter also earned his master’s in economics from Binghamton and holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and mathematics from Nazareth College. He has one article forthcoming in the Journal of Applied Econometrics with Binghamton faculty Daniel J. Henderson and Subal C. Kumbhakar and several papers submitted for publication or under revision.

Recipient of the Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research, Parmeter has served as a teaching assistant and a research assistant for the Department of Economics. In addition to presentations at Binghamton, he has presented at seminars at Illinois State University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, the University of Nevada-Reno and Miami, Syracuse and Southern Methodist universities. He has also presented at conferences in Belgium, Canada, Texas and New York City.

Peck, of New City, is graduating with a dual major in physics and mechanical engineering and has been accepted into a master’s program in technology and policy at MIT.

He has served as a physics tutor and a teaching assistant in addition to his many leadership activities on campus. Starting as a Student Assembly representative for Roosevelt Hall, he moved on to become president of Hinman College Council, then Student Association president. Most recently, he has served as representative of the university centers to the New York State Student Assembly, treasurer for the same organization and facilitator for Off Campus College Meeting, representing off-campus students.

Teitelbaum, a Searingtown resident, is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in economics. Selected as the University’s Exemplary Student of the Year last fall, he has been heavily involved in student governance for Newing College and College-in-the-Woods, serving as a council advisor for Broome Hall and both academic vice president and president of Oneida Hall.

A resident director for three years, serving one year in Broome Hall and two in Cascade creating programming and counseling students, Teitelbaum has been president of Hillel for two years. In his role as president of Hillel, he presented an award to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on behalf of Hillel International and led Hillel’s portion of the program when Edgar Bronfman was awarded an honorary degree in 2004.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08