Convocation Spotlights Student, Faculty and Athletic Achievement
International student Abi Cottam '13 represented the highest level of athletic and academic achievement in 2012-13.
Rider President Mordechai Rozanski touted numerous examples of student, faculty and athletic achievement form the past academic year during a presentation at the Opening Fall Convocation on Thursday, August 29, in the Yvonne Theater.
Those highlighted include award-winning student accomplishments, league championships by several varsity teams, and several prestigious appointments for faculty members.
- Amanda Schott (Graduate Level Teacher Preparation, ’13) and Jami Centrella (Elementary Education and English ’13) selected as N.J. Distinguished Student Teachers for 2013. Fourth consecutive year that Rider graduates have been recognized as N.J. Distinguished Student Teachers.
- Clarissa Beck (Accounting, ’13) part of international team taking second place at the sixth annual institute of internal Auditors Case Competition in Orlando, Fla. Clarissa interned at KPMG this summer before entering the M.Acc. program.
- Carolina Sanchez (Music Theatre, ’13) cast in West Side Story on national tour in the part of Rosalia and understudy for Maria. Nearly 50 percent of music theatre majors cast this summer in regional productions across the country.
- The Model United Nations Team won Outstanding Delegation and Outstanding Position Paper at the Model United Nations for the fifth year in a row.
- Thirteen students inducted in the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) Collegiate Chapter in February.
- Josephine Boyle (Global Studies, ’15) and Rachel Safer (Global Studies, ’15) at Summer School on Transitional Justice workshop at University of Ulster. Two of just three undergraduate students invited from universities around the world.
- Travis Maiuro (English and Cinema Studies, ’14) won “three bests”: student paper, student screenplay and student film at 2013 Film and Media Studies/Cinema Studies annual symposium. First Rider student to earn this distinction.
- Anna Lenti (Choral Conducting, ’13) and Drew Lusher (Music Education, ’14) selected as National Semifinalists in the American Choral Director’s Association Conducting Competition.
- The Rider News won 11 Collegiate Press Awards, including first place in the “General Excellence” category. Six staffers also received one or more first-place nods, including Katie Zeck (Elementary Education & Journalism, ’14), Joe Petrizzo (Journalism’13), Nicole Veenstra (Journalism, ’13), David Pavlak (Business Communication, ’13), Kristy Grinere (Journalism ’13), and Maggie Sarlo (Accounting,’13).
- Danyelle Johnson, (B.A. in Graphic Design and B.A. in Fine Arts, ’13) had internships with Seventeen magazine’s art director and with Arcade Publishing.
- Hannah Strong (Music, ’14) organized tree planting at WCC this year. As a result, WCC has been awarded the designation, “Tree Campus USA.”
- Twenty-four McNair Fellowship students (96 percent of all) made poster/oral presentations at the Society for Research in Child Development, New England Psychological Assoc., Assoc. for Psychological Science Convention, and Eastern Psychological Assoc.
- Howard Furman (Human Resource Management, ’15) named Northeast Province Collegian of the Year by the Delta Sigma Pi professional fraternity.
- Lisa Carrasquillo (Elementary Education/Psychology, ’12), Kristina Crossan, (Elementary Education/Psychology, ’13), and Alexandra Martini (Elementary Education, ’13) first Rider students doing international student teaching experience (at the American International School in Barcelona, Spain).
- Baseball: Won MAAC regular season title and established new Rider record of 34 regular season wins.
- Men’s Basketball: Qualified for postseason play for fourth time in the last six years; won first postseason game since 1957.
- Field Hockey: Sixth conference championship and seventh regular-season title in 12 years. Sandra Peñas: Second player to earn All-America honors.
- Women’s Soccer: Abi Cottam and Jennifer Meier named Academic All-Americans; Abi for the second year in a row, a first-ever.
- Swimming & Diving: Men won MAAC championship for second year in a row; women runners-up for fourth year in a row and achieved Team Scholar All-America honors.
- Track & Field: Men and women both won MAAC championship.
- Wrestling: Tied for second at the CAA championship and sent four wrestlers to the NCAAs.
Faculty and Staff Achievements
- Anne Law (Chairperson, Psychology) named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the 2013-14 academic year.
- Judith Fraivillig (Professor, Graduate Education) and Kathy Browne (Asst. Provost/Geological, Environmental and Marine Sciences) helped School of Education join the 100K in 10 partnership, an initiative to produce STEM teachers for our nation’s schools.
- Sherry Li (Assoc. Professor, Accounting) and Betsy Haywood-Sullivan (Assoc. Professor, Accounting) awarded the Lybrand Certificate of Merit for their “Made in China: The Mengniu Phenomenon, A Study of One Chinese Firm’s Differentiation Strategy,” published in January 2013 issue, Strategic Finance; also selected as one of best articles of the year.
- Vickie L. Weaver (Director, Public Safety) sworn in as president of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).
- Jonathan Yavelow (Professor, Biology) new book, Star Gazing to Sustainability: Appreciating the Scientific Process.
- Shawn Kildea (Asst. Professor II, Communication and Journalism) awarded fellowship by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. His film Children of Terror won first place in the professional division of the National Broadcasting Society annual conference.
- Jo Anna Chapin (Admin. Specialist, CCS) received the N.J. American Legion Campus Veterans Stewardship Award for organizing the 2013 Rider University Veteran Career Fair and Military Expo.
- Al Holcomb (Chairperson, Music Education) and Frank Abrahams (Assoc. Dean, CCS) presented sessions at the Fourth International Symposiums on Assessment in Music in Taipei, Taiwan in April.
- Kelly Noonan (Professor, Finance and Economics) and Hope Corman (Professor, Finance and Economics) and Dr. Nancy E. Reichman, Dept. of Pediatrics at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, awarded $250,000 research grant from the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research.
- Paul Jivoff (Assoc. Professor, Biology) awarded second year funding from Gov. Christie’s 10-point plan to address ecological decline in Barnegat Bay.
- Nadine Marty (Director, Counseling Center) elected president of the N.J. College Counselors Association
- Nathan Hurwitz (Asst. Professor II, Theater & Dance) new book in fall 2014, No Business Like It: A History of the American Musical Theatre.
- Christian Carey (Asst. Professor II, Music Composition) released a digital extended play (EP) recording by the Locrian Chamber Players of his Gilgamesh Suite, commissioned to commemorate the John Cage Centenary.
- Tan Miller (Assoc. Professor, Information Systems and Supply Chain Management) co-authored a book entitled Supply Chain Planning: Practical Frameworks for Superior Performance.