2012 NYU-SCPS Convocation Award Recipients and Flag Bearers

M.A. in Graphic Communications Management and Technology (GCMT)

Flag Bearer
Joseph W. Gilpin Jr.
Joseph Gilpin Jr. is the president of the Graphic Communications Management Association Student Club. GCMT Academic Director Bonnie Blake described Gilpin as “an extraordinary student who represents the talent, intelligence, generosity in spirit, and passion of our master’s program community.” Gilpin is deeply committed to his fellow students, faculty members, alumni, and board. He is a mentor and a role model to children, a trusted leader, and a well-respected media professional who shows great promise personally and professionally.

The Graphic Communications Management and Technology Leadership Award
Eunic M. Ortiz
Eunic Ortiz is an exceptional student who demonstrates her leadership role within NYU-SCPS and throughout the media and communications industry. As vice president of the Graphic Communications Management Association student club, Ortiz contributed heavily to the GCMT program. Her awards include the M.A. in Graphic Communications Management and Technology program Prism Scholarship and the Esperanza Scholarship from the New York Women in Communications Foundation. GCMT Academic Director Bonnie Blake said, “Ortiz is entrepreneurial and a skilled strategist. She is a tribute to our program and to our industry.”


M.S. in Fundraising and Grantmaking

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Akira Johnson Barclay
Akira Barclay has combined part-time studies at the George H. Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising with a demanding, full-time position in grantmaking and with raising two young children. Despite her busy schedule, Barclay has been among the most serious and proficient students in the M.S. in Fundraising and Grantmaking and has contributed to important discourse within and outside the classroom. She served as marketing editor of Philanthropy NYU and chaired the New York Chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. She also authored articles for Philanthropy NYU and the blog Black Gives Back.

The Heyman Center Award for Excellence and Achievement
Susanna P. Johnson
Susanna Johnson has distinguished herself in the classroom and as a student leader during her time at the George H. Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising. In her capacity as president of the Fundraising Student Association and as a member of the editorial board of Philanthropy NYU, the Center’s student-run online journal, Johnson effectively collaborated with her peers to offer a diverse array of events, experiences, and publications. She has consistently earned one of the highest GPAs in the master’s degree program and has used her capstone paper as a platform to further her passion for education by developing a strategic fundraising plan for the Meeting Street Academy, a charter school in North Carolina, which has become her personal philanthropic priority.


M.S. in Global Affairs

Flag Bearer
Joy Galvez
Joy Galvez demonstrated outstanding commitment to student life by serving as president of the Global Affairs Graduate Society and as student ambassador for the graduate program. During her tenure in these positions, Galvez worked with student groups, individual program candidates, and administrative staff to help facilitate over 20 student events, community service projects, and information sessions for prospective students. In addition to her role in student affairs, she also has been featured in various Center for Global Affairs (CGA) publications for her exemplary onsite research on Afghan energy security as it relates to international development and peacebuilding.

The Center for Global Affairs Excellence and Achievement Awards
Rorry Daniels
In addition to achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA, Rorry Daniels was a chief member of the student research team involved with the NYU-SCPS Center for Global Affairs Scenarios Initiative. Working with CGA Clinical Professor Michael Oppenheimer, Daniels has devoted much of her extracurricular engagement to helping coordinate region-specific workshops, which brought together Pakistan experts from Asia, Europe, and the U.S. for the Scenarios project. In 2011, she was one of the participants of the NYU team selected to contribute a grand strategy for Russia in the Wikistrat’s International Grand Strategy Competition.

Gordon Little
Gordon Little has given admirably of his time as co-leader of the Energy Policy International Club (EPIC) at the NYU-SCPS Center for Global Affairs. In addition to achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA, Little’s work was published in the 2012 International Association for Energy Economics Winter newsletter and has received radio coverage detailing his work with Kopernik, an online marketplace that helps to introduce lifechanging technology to the developing world.

Marisa Tramontano
As a student in the M.S. in Global Affairs (MSGA) program at NYU-SCPS, Marisa Tramontano has maintained a 4.0 GPA and holds the title of co-founder of the Center for Global Affair’s gender working group, Lysistrata. In addition to serving as a student ambassador for the MSGA program, Tramontano also played a key role in forging a partnership with CGA’s Women’s Initiative to provide scholarships to MSGA students embarking upon research in gender studies. In March 2012, Tramontano was invited by the Quebec Ministry of International Relations to serve as one of eight participants from the United States and Mexico in the third annual Young Leaders Program.


M.S. in Real Estate

Flag Bearer
David J. Rosen
Even though he had a demanding internship throughout most of the program of study, David Rosen took to the M.S. in Real Estate program with consistent enthusiasm as shown by his admirable academic record. Rosen also was a student contributor to the first issues of Premises, the signature publication of the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate.


M.S. in Real Estate Development

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Gregory J. Delaine
During his time in the M.S. in Real Estate Development program, Gregory Delaine has participated in numerous NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate activities. He has offered his time and his talent as part of REISA, the Institute’s student organization. He was especially lauded by Clinical Assistant Professor Constantine Kontokosta for his efforts, and the Institute is pleased to recognize him.


M.S. in Digital Imaging and Design

Flag Bearer
Adia R. Upperman
Adia R. Upperman is an excellent student in addition to being quite active in the community. Upperman serves as secretary for the Center for Advanced Digital Application’s (CADA) student club, Digital Artist’s Network. She is extremely supportive of her fellow students and is active in attending various industry events. In addition, Upperman has been of great assistance to CADA by working on various projects for the department.

The Digital Imaging and Design Award for Excellence
Christina Mitrotti
During her tenure as a student in the CADA graduate program, Christina Mitrotti excelled in all areas: academics, student community engagement, and professional achievements. Mitrotti has been deeply involved in assisting the department, serving as the project manager and the creative director of the CADA Graduate Showcase for the past two years. In addition, she has collaborated on several Tisch student projects. Her professional achievements include serving as an intern at several prestigious film and post-production companies: lighting and compositing intern at Sony Pictures Imageworks; compositing intern at Framestore; and digital compositing intern at Big Film Design. Her film credits include: War Horse, The Adjustment Bureau, Arthur Christmas, and Tower Heist, in addition to several upcoming feature films: Dark Shadows, Man of Steel, and Life of Pi.


M.S. in Publishing: Digital and Print Media

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Sara E. Dayton
As a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Sara Dayton came to the M.S. in Publishing: Digital and Print Media program with a background in editing and art history. She interned during her first semester in the program at Ladies’ Home Journal, where she assisted editors with features for the magazine and wrote articles for the website. She then incorporated her art and publishing knowledge as an intern in the Digital Media department of the Museum of Modern Art, working on their website and apps. Dayton is now a freelance digital media contributor for the Museum. She is a recipient of the Don Gussow Business Publishing Award, the J. Richard Munro Publishing Fellowship, and the Thomson Group Scholarship.

The Award for Excellence in Book Publishing
Kristin Vorce
During her time as a student in the M.S. in Publishing: Digital and Print Media program, Kristin Vorce was promoted from an editorial assistant at John Wiley & Sons to a project editor. She was selected by her publisher to serve on an elite task force to develop a new series based on a bestselling book. In her current role, Vorce manages nonfiction titles, from manuscript to bound book, and works closely with authors and the Wiley publishing team. She has been an officer of the program’s Publishing Student Association and was a recipient of the prestigious 2011 Oscar Dystel Fellowship.

The Award for Excellence in Magazine Publishing
Jillian Quintana Gatcheco
As an international student from the Philippines, Jillian Gatcheco enrolled in the M.S. in Publishing: Digital and Print Media program in 2010. She brought with her valuable experience as an online content editor and a freelance writer. Gatcheco worked at the NYU Stern School of Business on the relaunch of its website and as a layout designer for the NYU College of Dentistry’s 150th anniversary book project. During her time in the graduate program, she also completed internships at NBC Universal’s iVillage and at Bonnier Corporation’s workingmother.com, where she was invited back to serve as interim assistant editor at Working Mother magazine. Gatcheco was a recipient of the Thomson Group Scholarship in Spring 2011 and in Fall 2011.


M.S. in Human Resource Management and Development

Flag Bearer and NYU Commencement Banner Bearer
Dan Zheng 
A native of Yuyao, China, Dan Zheng has excelled in her graduate studies in human resource management. Her efforts have resulted in good grades and in a deep appreciation of the ways in which companies in the U.S. are structured and how they operate. She is well regarded by her classmates and acknowledges the invaluable lessons that she has learned from them. “I met people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, something that I never would have done had I remained in China,” she admitted. Zheng plans to put her degree to work by pursuing her interests in training, development, and recruiting when she returns to China to intern with a media company.

The Human Resource Academic Excellence Award

Rodney C. Hancock
Rodney Hancock has been recognized with the Academic Excellence Award for his studies in human resource development and management. He has earned the highest GPA in the program. This fall, Hancock will pursue a Doctorate of Education in Adult Learning & Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research will focus on human resource development as it pertains to new advances in adult learning theory and practice. 

The Human Resource Industry Excellence Award

Annemarie DiGiacomo
Annemarie DiGiacomo has been honored with the Industry Excellence Award for her service to the Leadership and Human Capital Management Department. She is the current president for the Society for Human Resource Management chapter and has dedicated her time and efforts to the Department and her fellow students.


M.S. in Integrated Marketing

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Pamela Samathivathanachai
Since she enrolled in the M.S. in Integrated Marketing in Fall 2010, Pamela Samathivathanachai has maintained a commendable record of academic achievement. In addition to her classroom studies, she interned at Projeqt, a presentation software company, parlaying the experience into an ongoing freelance marketing management job. Consequently, she secured internships for three of her fellow classmates at Projeqt’s parent company, TBWA\Worldwide.

Integrated Marketing Award for Excellence
Farzana Nasser
Farzana Nasser has maintained an impeccable record of academic achievement in the NYU-SCPS M.S. in Integrated Marketing program since she enrolled in Fall 2010. A brand manager at General Mills before returning to school, she interned at digital agency Razorfish and venture capital fund Trigger Media Group, where she will be working as the head of product management after graduation.


M.S. in Management and Systems

NYU Commencement—Graduate Degree Representative
Camille Gallo
Camille Gallo’s graduate work in the M.S. in Management and Systems program epitomizes the best of academic excellence, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, and innovative thinking. That combination, and her focused drive to succeed, provided the foundation for her to establish a social networking site and support group that targets parents and caregivers of special-needs children. Her unique way of looking at things allowed her to take what she learned in the classroom and bring it to fruition by integrating business, technology, and a passion for social causes. Her ability to use her knowledge, skills, and talents to serve others is an inspiration to her professors and to her fellow classmates.


The Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management Graduate Awards

The Ricelle “Bunny” Grossinger Hospitality Award
Eric Eduardo Ricaurte—M.S. in Tourism Management

Eric Ricaurte is an excellent student with a stellar academic record. His greatest strengths are his entrepreneurial and creative mindset, and his ability to grasp the concepts taught in class and apply them to the real world of tourism. This is evident in the sustainable tourism consulting contracts that Ricaurte has garnered around the world and how quickly he has become recognized for his expertise.

The Jonathan Tisch Academic Achievement Award
Nancy Lynn Huang—M.S. in Tourism Management
Nancy Huang has earned the highest GPA in the M.S. in Tourism Management program. In addition to her ability to excel academically, she exhibits strong leadership capabilities and is a stickler for detail. Thoughtful and well organized, she served as a graduate research assistant to Clinical Professor Fred Mayo for his upcoming book, Planning and Conducting an Applied Research Project. 


The Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management Undergraduate Awards

The Ricelle “Bunny” Grossinger Hospitality Award
Yvette Ly—B.S. in Hotel and Tourism Management
Yvette Ly has consistently contributed to NYU, the Tisch Center, and the industry through her active involvement as a leader of the NYU Hospitality Business Society and the Internship & Career Fair. She exhibits the qualities for which the Award’s namesake is best known: commitment to excellence and to service. Growing up in the San Francisco kitchens of her Vietnamese immigrant grandmothers, both of whom were restaurateurs, strengthened Ly’s belief that “the hospitality gene is something you’re born with.” Ly recently accepted a full-time offer with The James New York and looks forward to staying connected to the Tisch Center as an alumna.

The Jonathan Tisch Academic Achievement Award
Lauren Bosch—B.S. in Hotel and Tourism Management
Lauren Bosch has earned the highest GPA in the B.S. in Hotel and Tourism Management. Additionally, Bosch has exemplary leadership qualities and has shown dedication and service to the industry and the community. She is greatly admired and respected by her professors and her fellow classmates. In addition to her academic achievements, Bosch served as president of the NYU Hospitality Business Society, as a resident assistant, and as an NYU admissions ambassador. 

The Allie Sherman Sports Business Leadership Award
Theodora Berenson—B.S. in Sports Management
Theodora Berenson embodies the key criteria of this award, which include leadership, academics excellence, entrepreneurship, and service. She has not only excelled in the classroom, but also has been an active participant in several initiatives for the Sports Business Society, internship fairs, and volunteer events for Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. During her studies, Berenson interned for the BMF Media Group in production, and for the New York Mets in media relations. After graduation, she plans to work in marketing for a media company, a sports team, or a sports league. 

NYU Commencement—Undergraduate Degree Representative

Britney E. Messier—B.S. in Sports Management and Leisure Studies
Britney Messier’s outstanding accomplishments throughout her collegiate career have transcended the classroom. Besides achieving a 3.711 cumulative GPA, Messier has consistently supported several noteworthy causes and extracurricular activities on campus. She has been an active member of the Athletic Department’s event staff at NYU as well as a student athlete on the women’s volleyball team. Messier also has volunteered her time and her immense talents to organizations such as Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity. Most notably, Messier has regularly occupied a prominent place on the Dean’s List. Her vast academic accomplishments were recently recognized with her induction into the Tisch Center’s Scholars Program, which recognizes the best and the brightest students in the program.


Paul McGhee Division

Flag Bearer—A.A. in Liberal Arts
Crystal T. Johnson
Like many of her fellow nontraditional students, Crystal Johnson has faced numerous life challenges to reach her first academic milestone, earning the Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts degree. She has met every obstacle with grace and aplomb, while excelling in her studies. In Fall 2012, she will continue her pursuit of a college education by enrolling in McGhee’s Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with a concentration in Psychology. 

Flag Bearer—B.A. in Social Sciences
Aundaray Guess
Aundaray Guess will be graduating this spring after a previous attempt to earn his degree was derailed by his HIV diagnosis 25 years ago at the age of 19. He has faced the challenge of his HIV status by using it as motivation for his work as a writer and artist, as well as in his employment. He is currently the author of 20+, a blog in which he details his life with the virus, sharing both positive and negative experiences with blog readers so that they can feel less isolated. Guess also is a playwright and an actor who has written, produced, and performed in numerous one-man shows, the most well known being naked, which was funded by the Jerome Foundation. In February 2012, he revived his theater company, Flayva Cabaret, which showcases LGBT artists of color.

Flag Bearer—B.S. in Digital Communications and Media
Brendan N. Woodcock
Brendan Woodcock is a high-achieving student whose professional conduct, meticulous work, and follow-through have allowed him to excel throughout his academic career. Woodcock is never satisfied with an easy answer and displays intellectual curiosity and persistence in all that he does. His interest in design and branding is highly conceptual and analytical, yet he also has the visual talent to create engaging works of art. After graduation, Woodcock plans to pursue a graduate degree.

The Alpha Sigma Lambda Dean’s Award for Excellence
Fabrizio Raho—B.S. in Leadership and Management Studies
Fabrizio Raho is very hard working, detail oriented and committed to succeed. He also is willing to initiate and to participate in class discussions, and to help other students as needed. He will be able to apply all that he has learned through McGhee to his already extensive professional background in logistics and international business.

The Harvey J. Stedman Award 
Melanie Fleiss—B.A. in Social Sciences, Organizational Behavior
Having been out of school for more than 10 years, Melanie Fleiss found her academic experience at McGhee to be “stimulating and transformative.” For her hard work and success, Fleiss has truly earned this award, which goes to the graduate who best exemplifies the life and the achievements of the adult student. Upon graduating, she plans to return to her chosen field of human resources.

The Herbert C. Jaffa Award
Kelly Margaret Stuart—B.A. in Humanities
Generous, organized, utterly original, but without pretension, Kelly Stuart makes everything look easy and fun. One of her gifts is the ability to take the most complex theoretical insights and turn them into art that visually clarifies concepts. She works in multimedia using images, music, poetry, and analytical essays that are not only astonishing in their rich detail, but deeply moving. This award recognizes her academic achievement, and her service to NYU-SCPS.

The Wallace Gobetz Memorial Award
Susan Keller—A.A. in Liberal Arts
Susan Keller is graduating from the Paul McGhee Division with an A.A. in Liberal Arts, and she is receiving the Wallace Gobetz Memorial Award because she has the highest GPA in the Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts. 

Marty Correia—B.A. in Humanities
Marty Correia will graduate from the Paul McGhee Division with a 4.0 GPA. In addition to her stellar academic record, she immersed herself in a wide array of extracurricular activities including supporting her fellow students and the creative writing program by arranging readings and workshops and by participating in special events. While still a student, Correia’s work has been published, and she is well on her way to having a serious writing career.

Mary M. Rogers—B.A. in Social Sciences, Organizational Behavior
Mary Rogers is graduating from the Paul McGhee Division with a B.A. in Social Sciences and a concentration in Organizational Behavior and Communication. Rogers was a McGhee Scholar during 2009-2010, and she is receiving the Gobetz Award because she is graduating with one of the highest GPAs in her area of study.

Angela Moy—A.A.S. in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Angela Moy is graduating from the Paul McGhee Division with an A.A.S. in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. She is a McGhee Scholar and is receiving the Gobetz Award because she has the highest GPA in her area of study. 

The Wallace Gobetz Memorial Award and Convocation Banner Bearer

William N. Duffey III—B.A. in Social Sciences, Organization Behavior
Bill Duffey completed his studies with a 4.0 GPA and received written accolades from numerous faculty members. In addition to his excellent academic record, Duffey assisted in recruitment efforts by talking with new student applicants about his McGhee experience and by participating in admissions events. Duffey, who works full time in Boston, commuted for the entirety of his studies at McGhee. He received “honors” for his senior project and was chosen to be a speaker at the George
Sideris symposium. Based upon his studies at McGhee, he wrote a value proposition for his company’s CEO, which led to a promotion. He will pursue an M.B.A. at Boston College beginning in Fall 2012.

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