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Announcements of Graduations, Dean’s List, Scholarships & Awards

Danny Abdeen of Salem Awarded Order of the Engineer

ROCHESTER, NY (07/25/2013)– Danny Abdeen, a resident of Salem, Conn., (06420) was awarded the Order of the Engineer at a ceremony at Rochester Institute of Technology in May.

The Order of the Engineer, a national recognition, is given to graduates and registered engineers to foster the spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession.

Abdeen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Harvey Palmer, dean of the engineering college, bestowed the Order onto 105 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, and administered the oath. The designation is recognized nationally and graduates are invited to accept the Obligation of the Engineering to “practice integrity and fair dealing, tolerance and respect, and to uphold devotion to the standards and dignity of the profession.”

Caroline Boulanger initiated into Lambda Alpha Epsilon at William Woods Universit

FULTON, MO (07/25/2013) — Caroline Boulanger of Voluntown, Conn., was one of six William Woods University students inducted into Lambda Alpha Epsilon criminal justice fraternity this past academic year.

Lambda Alpha Epsilon is a national fraternity for those employed in the criminal justice system or studying criminal justice. Benefits of membership include annual scholarships, conferences and awards, including Gold Key Awards. A Gold Key is awarded to members who meet the association requirements with a GPA of 3.5 to 4.0.

Alastair Clements of Lyme CT Graduates from Choate Rosemary Hall

 WALLINGFORD, CT (07/26/2013)– Alastair Clements of Lyme, son of Mr. Nicholas Clements and Ms. Elizabeth Baxter Lightfoot, was among 265 seniors at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, to graduate at the school’s 123rd Commencement on June 2. Clements will attend Columbia University in the Fall. Choate Rosemary Hall is an independent secondary school enrolling 865 boarding and day students from 40 states and 40 countries.

Local residents receive Dean’s List honors from Union College

SCHENECTADY, NY (07/24/2013)– The following local residents were awarded Dean’s List honors from Union College for the 2012-13 academic year:

Sarah Bradner ’14, a resident of Colchester, CT. Bradner is a 2010 graduate of Bacon Academy.

Daniel Mayne ’16, a resident of Old Lyme, CT. Mayne is a 2012 graduate of Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

Claire Nelson ’15, a resident of Stonington, CT. Nelson is a 2011 graduate of Williams School.

Nina Somps ’16, a resident of East Lyme, CT. Somps is a 2012 graduate of East Lyme High School.

To make Dean’s List, students must receive a 3.5 grade point average for the entire academic year. They also must meet several other requirements to be awarded the honor.

Union College, founded in 1795 as the first college chartered by the New York State Board of Regents, offers programs in the liberal arts and engineering to 2,100 undergraduates of high academic promise and strong personal motivation. Union, with its long history of blending disciplines, is a leader in educating students to be engaged, innovative and ethical contributors to an increasingly diverse, global and technologically complex society.

Waterford, Conn., High School Grad Wins Robert G. Porter Scholarship

WASHINGTON— Gabriel Morosky, a 2013 graduate of Waterford High School in Waterford, Conn., is one of four highly accomplished high school graduates to receive a Robert G. Porter scholarship at the American Federation of Teachers national TEACH Conference.

Each year, the AFT presents an $8,000 scholarship to each of four outstanding high school seniors who are the children of AFT members. Recipients must show exemplary service to their community and plan to pursue a career in labor, education, health or government service.

In addition to excelling academically, Morosky has been active outside the classroom. He was the drummer in his school’s jazz ensemble, a member of the Science Bowl team and a participant in Model United Nations. He has been a longtime volunteer at Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra concerts and also plays in his own folk band.

The Robert G. Porter Scholars Program is named in honor of the late AFT secretary-treasurer, who served for more than 30 years. Porter was known for his commitment to improving the quality of public education and public service.

Gabriel Morosky plans to attend Williams College. “I am proud to be recognized by the AFT,” he said.  “I am inspired by its devotion to improving education for all U.S. students, wherever they live and go to school, from early childhood through higher education.”

Morosky is the son of Daniel and Cheryl Morosky. His mother is a member of the Waterford Federation of Classroom Teachers, Local 2038.


News from Colgate University

HAMILTON, NY (07/22/2013) — The following students from Colgate University were recipients of the Dean’s Award for academic excellence during the 2013 spring term at Colgate University.

To be eligible for the Dean’s Award, a Colgate student must achieve a minumum 3.30 average while enrolled in at least four courses.

Jessica Sitko, a graduate of East Lyme High School from East Lyme, CT, and a member of the Class of 2016.

Timothy O’Brien, a graduate of Deerfield Academy from Mystic, CT, and a member of the Class of 2016.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students and faculty in local, national, and global communities.

We offer 52 majors and 13 additional minors to an internationally and culturally diverse student body of 2,900 students. Our Liberal Arts Core Curriculum, which has been in place since 1928, has been recognized as one of the most ambitious and elegant general education programs in the country.

This strong liberal arts background proves incredibly powerful after graduation, with students launching start-ups, finding jobs with established industry leaders, or being accepted at highly ranked graduate schools.

Samantha Brodnicki Named To Dean’s List at University of the Sciences

PHILADELPHIA, PA (07/22/2013)– Samantha Brodnicki has been named to the spring 2013 Dean’s List at University of the Sciences. Selection for this award is based on completing and passing all assigned courses with no grade below a “C” and attaining an academic average of at least 3.4 for courses taken in the spring of 2013.

Brodnicki of Gales Ferry, is a doctor of pharmacy student.

At University of the Sciences, students embark on a challenging learning experience in a proving ground for successful professionals in the science and healthcare-related fields. A private institution dedicated to education, research, and service, and distinguished as the nation’s first college of pharmacy, the University has produced leaders in the science and healthcare marketplaces since its founding in 1821. Students in USciences’ five colleges learn to excel in scientific analysis and to apply their skills to improving healthcare in the lives of people worldwide through such disciplines as pharmacy, biology, physical therapy, healthcare business, and health policy. For more information, visit

Local Students Named to Dean’s List at The College of Saint Rose

ALBANY, NY (07/22/2013) — The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, today announced that 812 students have been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester.

Full-time students who complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and achieve a semester grade-point average of at least 3.5 with no grades of D, F, Incomplete or Pass/Fail are eligible for inclusion on the Dean’s List.

The Dean’s List includes the following area students:

Bridget Buckley of East Lyme

Emily Seifert of Niantic

The College of Saint Rose is a private, independent, coeducational, liberal arts college located in the heart of New York‘s capital city. The College offers 72 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs and serves nearly 5,000 students. Through a strong liberal education curriculum and progressive academic programs, a Saint Rose education instills students with the passion, knowledge and purpose not only to do great things – but extraordinary things.

Local Students Named to Dean’s List at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY (07/19/2013)– The following local residents were named to the Dean’s List at Ithaca College for the spring 2013 semester.

Olivia Norris, a resident of Waterford and a Occupational Therapy major in the class of 2015, was named to Dean’s list in Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance for the Spring 2013 semester.

Haley Cavanna, a resident of Lebanon and a Communication, Mgmt. & Design major in the class of 2015, was named to Dean’s list in Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications for the Spring 2013 semester.

Carmen Ladipo, a resident of Niantic and a Cinema & Photography major in the class of 2015, was named to Dean’s list in Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications for the Spring 2013 semester.

Macy O’Hearn, a resident of Lebanon and a Anthropology major in the class of 2014, was named to Dean’s list in Ithaca College’s School of Humanities and Sciences for the Spring 2013 semester.

Catherine Lewis, a resident of North Stonington and a Athletic Training major in the class of 2013, was named to Dean’s list in Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance for the Spring 2013 semester.

Amanda Hutchinson, a resident of Ledyard and a Journalism major in the class of 2015, was named to Dean’s list in Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications for the Spring 2013 semester.

From day one, Ithaca College prepares students for success through hands-on experience with internships, research and study abroad. Its integrative curriculum builds bridges across disciplines and uniquely blends liberal arts and professional study. Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, the College is home to 6,100 undergraduate and 400 graduate students.

Lebanon Valley College: Smart Power

Laura E. Young of Colchester, Conn., was named to the fall 2012 Dean’s List at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa. Young is a junior early childhood education and special education major. Dean’s list students must maintain a grade point average of 3.4 or above on a 4-point scale.

Young is a graduate of Bacon Academy.

Lebanon Valley College® in Annville, Pa., welcomes 1,630 full-time undergraduates studying more than 30 majors, as well as self-designed majors. Founded in 1866, LVC has graduate programs in physical therapy, business, and music and science education. Annville is 15 minutes east of Hershey and 35 minutes east of Harrisburg; Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore are within two hours. On the web at

Trinity College: Smart Power

The following students at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., have received Faculty Honors for the fall 2012 semester:

Nicholas Bellas of Old Lyme, CT, of the class of 2016.

Caroline Blanchard of Norwich, CT, of the class of 2013.

Brianna Scalesse of Norwich, CT, of the class of 2016.

To earn Faculty Honors, a student must achieve a semester grade point average of at least a 3.667 with no individual letter grade below B-minus.

Wake Forest University: Smart Power

The following local residents were among over 1900 students from Wake Forest University who made the Fall 2012 Dean’s List:

David Serfes a resident of Mystic, CT

Alec Christian a resident of Salem, CT

Wake Forest University combines the best traditions of a small liberal arts college with the resources of a large research university. Founded in 1834, the school is located in Winston-Salem, N.C. The University’s graduate school of arts and sciences, divinity school, and nationally ranked schools of law, medicine and business enrich our intellectual environment. Learn more about Wake Forest University at