Seniors, Achievements Recognized

Graduating seniors at the spring reception

The spring honors reception is an occasion to celebrate with seniors and socialize with fellow students, faculty and friends. It’s also a time to recognize the outstanding work and contributions of students like Saskia Gregg, who took home the award for top paper, and Roopa Nagarajan and Conner Jansen, co-winners of the Senior Award.

Saskia earned Top Paper in a Senior Fellows Class for her essay “The Fifth Wave” about the waves of feminist history and activism and their reflection in music. It was written for “Diversity, Advocacy and Popular Music,” a course taught by Dave Junker in Spring 2018. He said the paper stood out for its “clear prose, sharp analysis and engaging personal framework.”

Seniors Charlotte Whalen, Ernest Chan and Brandon Curtis earned honorable mention.

For the Senior Award, Roopa and Conner were both honored for their significant contributions to the honors program both in and out of the classroom.

Roopa Nagarajan and Conner Jansen shared this year’s Senior Award for their contributions both in and out of the classroom.

Roopa was a student representative on the task-force that developed the new four-year honors program and she has served several times on other panels and committees as a student representative. Conner was social chair for this year’s honors student council and the driving force behind the special event in March with deaf author, performer and activist Terry Galloway.

Many other students made an impact in ways both big and small. Among them are the members of this year’s student council: Scott Rubinger, Conner Jansen, Audrey McNay, Lisa Marie Resendez, Neelam Bohra and Greg Phea.

In our inaugural year as a four-year program, their service lays the groundwork for next year’s cohort and the newly elected members of the student council. Winners of the recent election for officer positions include President Fatema Dawoodbhoy, Communications Chair Wendy Rodriguez, Treasurer Faith Avery and Service Chair Sanika Nayak.