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Biology Student Receives D'Youville Medal

Biology Student Receives D'Youville Medal

Joseph Colasuonno, a senior biology student and member of the Class of 2015, received DYC's highest student honor at the 56th Honors Convocation.

Buffalo, New York – March 24, 2015 – D’Youville College held its 56th Honors Convocation on Wednesday March 4, 2015 at Kleinhans Music Hall.

The convocation, which featured remarks from Brenda Williams McDuffie, president and CEO of Buffalo Urban League, honors and recognizes undergraduate and graduate students for outstanding achievement.

Sister Denise A. Roche, GNSH, D’Youville president, conferred the honors and awards including the college’s highest honor, the D’Youville Medal, awarded to Joseph Colasuonno, a senior biology student and member of the Class of 2015.

The Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart Medal, established in 2012, to recognize an outstanding graduate student, was awarded to Roli Bansal, an occupational therapy student.

The Saint Catherine of Alexandria Medal, awarded annually by Kappa Gamma Pit, a national college honor society, was awarded to James White, a Business Management/Pre-Law student. This award is conferred on a junior who has rendered outstanding service to the college or has established the best record for progressive achievement.

The Lee Conroy Higgins Award, presented by the D'Youville College Alumni Association and named after the late Mrs. Carl Higgins, former director of alumni relations, was awarded to Rebecca Mercuri, an occupational therapy major. The award recognizes a fourth-year student who is outstanding in concern for fellow students and support of and involvement in campus activities.

The Dr. J. Warren Perry Health & Human Services Leadership Scholarship was awarded to Stefanie A. Pawelek, a chiropractic student.

Other Awards


Newton Huyn, Academic Achievement Award

Business Department

Sarah Deci, Undergraduate Student Award
Alissa Pielaszkiewicz, Graduate Student Award


Christina Mandolfo, Academic Excellence Award

Exercise and Sports Studies

Amanda Drake, Academic Award

Graduate Education

Angela Wareham, Gerald Calabrese Special Education Award
Deandra Modica, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) Award
Melanie Facca – Adolescence Education Award
Reginald Reyes – Childhood Education Award

Liberal Studies/Education

Emily Rutowski, Academic Excellence

Health Services Administration

Eric Kohler and Marc Flury, Academic Award

Health Services Management

Alissa DiMillo and Courtney Clark, Academic Award

Health Policy/Health Education Doctoral Program

Colleen Delaney and Matthew Hamilton, Academic Excellence Award

Liberal Arts

Caitlyn Landrigan, Writing Award
Christopher Killings, History Award
Joseph Franz, Humanities Award
Jamie Kohl, Foreign Language Award
Samantha Mercuri, Career Discovery Award
Catherine Brooks, Psychology Award

Math and Natural Sciences

Emily Choate Robert Kubiak, Biology Award
Mei Yun Lin, Mathematics Award
Daniel Snyder, Jamal Williams and Mei Yun Lin, Research Award

Nursing (Undergraduate)

Meghan Dudzic, Margaret Curry Award
Emily Graber, Eleanor G. Alexander Award

Nursing (Graduate)

Kyle M. Horton-Maser,
Bernice Schneeberger Nursing Theory Award
Jesse Morimoto, Marjorie Stanton Research Award
Stephanie Urgo, Family Nurse Practitioner Award

Occupational Therapy

Jessica Bauer, BS/MS Academic Excellence Award
Larissa Hussain, MS Academic Excellence Award
Kelsey Eriksen, Professional Promise Award
Rebecca Mercuri, Program Director's Award


Bradley Reinhardt (P1), Academic Award
Meghin Cocca (P2), Academic Award
Michael Raes (P3), Academic Award
Mary Frances Wilkie (P4), School of Pharmacy Hygeia Award

Physician Assistant

Andrea Milleville, Academic Excellence Award

Physical Therapy

Li Hsing Wei, Academic Excellence Award
Kaitlynn Trzaska, PT Service/Leadership Award

Student Association Scholarship

Evan Kaminski
Katilyn Buck
Tomasina Lamper
Patrick Barber


Honors Convocation Photo Gallery, March 4, 2015

View the entire photo gallery of the Honors Convocation Event


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