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Five students among ‘20 in Their Twenties’

On Feb. 8, the Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition honored 20 young leaders in the Southern Tier who are 20 through 29 years of age at its third annual “20 in Their Twenties” recognition ceremony. Of this year’s recipients, five are current Binghamton University students and eight are alumni. The five current students are:

Craig Broccoli

A senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s in business administration in just five years, Craig Broccoli stays involved.

Nominators write that they are “impressed with his drive as he is truly one who will put forth his best in all of his endeavors.” Those endeavors include serving as president of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), a student-run organization that promotes environmental sustainability and is working to put rebuilt computers into the hands of the less fortunate; and a director of Catalysts for Intellectual Capital (CIC2020), another student-run organization working to retain Binghamton University graduates in the area.

Broccoli is also a resident assistant and campus tour guide, and leads a team of six for a senior design project.

Jianzhuang (Jay) Huang

Jianzhuang Huang, a RF signal integrity engineer at Endicott Interconnect Technologies Inc., earned his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science.

He is pursuing his doctorate from the Watson School while maintaining his full-time position at Endicott Interconnect.

Huang’s supervisors are impressed by his “work ethic, enthusiasm, technical knowledge and willingness to help,” and his doctoral adviser is amazed by his “ability to successfully face challenges and solve problems that often would be considered too hard by other students.”

Huang has also taught children in summer school in Brooklyn.

Anthony Olenik

Volunteer firefighter Anthony Olenik is a hardware design engineer for BAE Systems, Platform Solutions and holds two degrees from Binghamton University — a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics and an MBA.
He is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering.

An active member of engineering society Tau Beta Pi as a student, Olenik is now chief adviser of the Binghamton University chapter and a national district director for the organization. He is also leading Explorer Post 2010, a program affiliated with Boy Scouts of America, to interest young adults in the fields of math and science.

According to nominators, Olenik’s “strong sense of commitment and … willingness to do the ‘grunt’ work necessary to insure a successful outcome” are among his many positive attributes.

Jennifer Royer

Jennifer Royer, third deputy clerk of the Broome County Legislature, earned her bachelor’s degree in religious studies with a minor in Middle Eastern studies and sociology from Drew University, and is currently a master of public administration student at Binghamton University, expecting to graduate in 2010.

Called “a critical driving force in expanding” the fledgling Broome County Young Democrats role at the state level, Royer is also communications director for the New York State Young Democrats and coordinates their participation in Traci’s Hope, CHOW and their support for victims affected by the American Civic Association shooting.

She is also a graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute, a political entrepreneurship training program for young professionals, where organizers note that “she has the superb interpersonal and critical thinking skills that will help her wherever she goes in life.”

Brian Shea

As a senior at Binghamton University pursuing his bachelor’s degree in political science, Brian Shea has already had extensive experience in the political arena, working for U.S. Congressman Maurice Hinchey’s campaign, as liaison for then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Southern Tier and now as an aide for Assembly woman Donna Lupardo.

Nominators write that he “exemplifies what it should mean to be a public servant — principled, selfless and community-oriented,” through his outgoing personality and work ethic.

Shea has served as two-time chair of the Binghamton High School Community Thanksgiving Dinner. He is also active with the American Cancer Society, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the American Red Cross, even as he serves on the Student Association Executive Board at Binghamton University.

Alumni include:

• Rebecca Barlow: master’s in literacy for grades 5-12


• Brent Angeline: completed entrepreneurship course

• Colleen Barton: bachelor’s in human development

• Kari Anne Bayait: bachelor’s in studio art

• Thomas Hackett: bachelor’s in management/concentration in finance and marketing

• Eli Kassis: bachelor’s in psychology

• Angela Kucera: bachelor’s in industrial and systems engineering and master’s in systems science and industrial engineering

• Yanique Watson: executive MBA program

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Last Updated: 10/14/08