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Exemplary Student Awards

Five undergraduates are finalists for the annual Exemplary Student Award. The competition, coordinated by the Homecoming Committee, honors academic achievement, University involvement and knowledge of campus history. The winner will be announced during Baxter’s Barbecue on Saturday, Oct. 14.

All prizes are sponsored by Cleaner’s Supply. Jose Moreira ’00, IT director for the company, will present the award along with President Lois B. DeFleur and Matt Schneider ’05, who received the award in 2004.

All five students will receive an award this year. The winner receives a full-tuition scholarship for one semester.

Second place is a $500 bookstore scholarship; third is a $250 bookstore scholarship; fourth is a $125 bookstore scholarship and fifth is a $75 bookstore scholarship.

This year’s judges are Don Blake, Academic Affairs; Luisa Catapano ’05, graduate student; Rob de la Fuente ’98, alumnus; and Marty Wygmans, Student Affairs.

Jean Y. Lee
Senior Jean Y. Lee, an English and art history major, plans to pursue a doctorate in literary studies. She expects to focus on 19th century fiction or post-colonial studies, incorporating her art history background into her readings. Lee, 21, grew up in Searingtown. She serves on the executive board of Korean American Christian Fellowship and is involved with Binghamton Students for Students International as well as Phi Beta Kappa.

Michael Schiffman
Senior Michael Schiffman, a finance major, is considering going to dental school or pursuing a career with a Wall Street investment bank. Schiffman, 20, a Brooklyn native, grew up in Hewlett. He is president of the Student Association and involved with Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and the PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholars Program, the honors program in the School of Management. He previously served as president of Broome Hall and Newing College and was the SA representative for Off Campus College.

Pierce Schiller
Senior Pierce Schiller, a bioengineering major, plans to apply to both graduate schools and law schools. He hopes to pursue a career in the research or legal aspects of bioengineering. Schiller, 21, is a native of Whitestone. He is a third-year resident assistant and alumni liaison for Tau Alpha Upsilon. He’s also involved with the Binghamton Bio-Engineers and

Stephanie Skiba
Senior Stephanie Skiba is majoring in history and political science with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies. She plans to pursue a JD in law with a possible joint degree in Latin American history. Skiba, 21, grew up in Queens. She is a resident assistant in Mohawk Hall, president and founding member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, president of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and a representative on the History Department Undergraduate Committee. She’s also involved in Phi Alpha Theta, Golden Key, intramural volleyball, CIW Co-rec Football and CIW Co-rec Volleyball.

Consuelo Valenzuela
Senior Consuelo Valenzuela, who’s majoring in political science and French language and literature, plans to go to law school and focus on international law. Valenzuela, 20, is a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She is the educational outreach coordinator for Perspectives International, a nonprofit corporation, and president of Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society. She’s also involved with the French Table and French Club. Valenzuela is former academic vice president of College-in-the-Woods, former president of Oneida Residential Hall and dealer coordinator for Casino-In-The-Woods, an award-winning fundraiser held by College-in-the-Woods.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08