2012-13 Convocation for Remembrance Scholars will be held Oct. 26

October 18, 2012

The 2012-13 Convocation for Remembrance Scholars, honoring 35 outstanding Syracuse University students from this year’s senior class, will be held Friday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel.

The Remembrance Scholarships, among the most prestigious scholarships awarded by the University, were founded as a tribute to the 270 people, including 35 students studying abroad through Syracuse University, who were killed in the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. This year marks the 24th anniversary of the tragedy.

The scholarships are funded through an endowment supported by gifts from alumni, friends, parents and corporations. Significant support for the Remembrance Scholarships has been provided by C. Jean Thompson ’66 and SU Board of Trustees Chairman Richard L. Thompson G’67 in memory of Jean Taylor Phelan Terry ’43 and John F. Phelan, Jean Thompson’s parents, and by the Fred L. Emerson Foundation.

Applicants for the $5,000 scholarship were asked to highlight their academic achievements and University activities, including community service. They also wrote essays and participated in interviews with members of the selection committee.

“Serving as chair of the Remembrance Scholar Selection Committee has been a most rewarding experience for me,” says Mark Glauser, associate dean for research and doctoral programs in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science and chair of the Remembrance Scholar Selection Committee. “These 35 scholars represent the best and brightest from across Syracuse University, highlighting what a wonderful, talented and diverse student body that we have. They have a deep understanding of the tragedy that was Pan Am 103 and the importance of honoring those we have lost while looking to the future to help make our world a better place for all, consistent with this year’s Remembrance Week theme: Look Back. Act Forward.”

Additionally, each year two students from Lockerbie are selected as Lockerbie Scholars. They spend one year studying at SU on a scholarship before returning to the United Kingdom to complete their university degrees. Both SU and the Lockerbie Trust support this award. This year’s scholars, Claire Dorrance and Rachel Nicholson, will also be recognized at the convocation.

Glauser will preside over the convocation, and messages will be delivered by SU Vice Chancellor and Provost Eric F. Spina and Michael Veley, chair of the Department of Sport Management in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, representing the selection committee. A Remembrance Scholar will speak on behalf of the group, and Glauser will present the scholars.

The 2012 Remembrance Scholars, and their hometowns and majors, are: Scott Raymond Anthes of Hamilton, N.J., civil engineering in L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science (LCS); Ryan Paul Badman of Jordan, N.Y., physics and applied mathematics in The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S); Ivan Andreivich Bakin of Buffalo, N.Y., international relations and Middle Eastern studies in A&S; Amanda Noel Balch of Sparrow Bush, N.Y., biology in A&S; Jaime Lynn Bernstein of Fairfield, Conn., chemistry and Spanish in A&S; Tara Faye Brenner of Freeville, N.Y., biochemistry and mathematics in A&S.

Also, Andrea Elizabeth Butchko of Dallas, Pa., civil engineering in LCS; David J. Carpenter of Liverpool, N.Y., music performance and biology in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) and A&S; Jake Cline of Newbury, N.H., bioengineering in LCS; Sarah Marie Costello of Haverhill, Mass., sport management and psychology in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics and A&S: Daniel Mattias Cowen of Wayland, Mass., policy studies and political science in A&S; Christopher Raymond DePalma of Flemington, N.J., School of Architecture.

Other scholars are Emily Louise Deshaies of Chelmsford, Mass., accounting in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management; Adam Perry Dukoff of Hewlett, N.Y., finance and accounting in the Whitman School; Jesse Michael Feitel of East Northport, N.Y., political science and public communication studies in A&S and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications; Maureen Elizabeth Finn of Southington, Conn., television/radio/film in the Newhouse School; Alise Marie Fisher of Randolph, N.J., public relations in the Newhouse School.

Also, Laura Elizabeth Foti of Downington, Pa., public relations in the Newhouse School; Carly P. Getz of Cazenovia, N.Y., marketing and public relations in the Whitman School and the Newhouse School; Kemardo Kitaro Henry of Baltimore, Md., and Richmond, Jamaica, biochemistry in A&S; Alyssa Lauren Ierardo of Chester Springs, Pa., biochemistry and geography in A&S; Gordon Michael Jones of Westerville, Ohio, mathematics in A&S; Anna Rachel Kahkoska of Colorado Springs, Colo., biochemistry.

Also, Daniel R. Kepple of Melrose, Mass., biological and medical physics and mathematics in A&S; Stephanie Frances Kranz of Amherst, N.Y., mathematics and policy studies in A&S; Alaina Leigh Mallette of North Syracuse, N.Y., geography and Spanish in A&S; Juliann Beatrice Merryman of Bear Creek, Pa., international relations in A&S; Elizabeth Grace Mikula of North Caldwell, N.J., School of Architecture; Matthew John Musacchio of Canastota, N.Y., public relations in the Newhouse School.

Other scholars are Perry Alexander Russom of Highland Park, Pa., broadcast journalism and political science in the Newhouse School and A&S; Kishauna Elaine Soljour of New Canaan, Conn., television/radio/film and African American Studies in the Newhouse School and A&S; Michelle Labadia Tarshus of Elmira, N.Y., information management and technology in the School of Information Studies; Natascha Michele Trellinger of Boulder, Colo., aerospace engineering and mathematics in LCS; Sarah Elizabeth Walton of Henniker, N.H., policy studies and geography in A&S; and Bailey Nay White of Boxford, Mass., mathematics and television/radio/film in A&S and the Newhouse School.