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College of Arts and Sciences

Honoring our 2020 Graduates

It is a special honor to congratulate the class of 2020 on the completion of their studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at UD. Faculty members and fellow students have challenged these men and women academically, and they have met those challenges. Such accomplishment deserves recognition as a major milestone in their lives. 

Congratulations Class of 2020

609

undergraduate degrees

163

graduate degrees

2

doctoral degrees

Awards

The Dean Leonard A. Mann, S.M., Award of Excellence is presented to the senior with an outstanding record of scholarship, leadership and service. Students nominated for the 2020 award are:

  • Anna Blair
  • Mary McLoughlin
  • Sam Penewit
  • Joshua Segalawitz
The recipient of the Dean Leonard A. Mann, S.M., Award of Excellence for 2020 is Joshua Segalawitz. Josh graduates with the Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights and Sociology. He was nominated for this award by Miriamne Ara Krummel.

Josh’s time at the University has embodied the definition of these three words: learn, lead, serve. He arrived in the fall 2016 semester as an engineering student. With an ever-constant thirst for knowledge, he changed majors several times. By the end of his first semester, Josh had changed his major to mathematics. By the beginning of his sophomore year, he had added human rights as a second major. At the end of the first semester in his sophomore year, Josh found his home and made his final change to a double major in human rights and sociology. Throughout his college career, Josh has also nurtured an interest in gender and sexuality studies.

A large part of his academic moves involved finding a program of study that complemented Josh’s personal desire for tikkun olam (Hebrew for “healing the world”). He has always had a strong desire to go out and heal the bruised world rather than try to find solutions to problems with only numbers and mathematical equations.

During a summer project involving a UD Flyers program in Washington, DC he worked with the NGO, Pathfinders International. There he started developing a better sense of the issues inherent to global development. More specifically, Josh became aware of the personal and psychological issues surrounding people who are left out of this alleged “development.”

He later spent a summer in Malawi. Josh was able to see first-hand what effect global development has had on a small Malawi fishing village. In Malawi, as part of a practicum for a human rights and global development program, Josh studied the male-only space of the fishing industry. Discovering that masculinity is more fragile in Malawi than in the US, he learned the importance of the fishing industry to household economics, food security, and gender representations: a complex mixture of financial and gender issues.

The final part of Josh's sociological journey toward learning, leading, and serving came together in his senior thesis, where Josh researched incels (involuntary celibates). Josh bravely visited and traveled into social media sites and mingled with this troubled group of angry men. Josh’s willingness to engage in this type of research project displays unusual courage for an undergraduate student - he willingly entered into a dangerous space filled with violent, disenfranchised men in order to study the way these incels build their social world.

Even in his earliest years at the University, Josh was engaged in the study of disenfranchised members of society through his writing. His first-year essay, “Searching for a Nonexistent Childhood," in which he wrote about the lives of Holocaust survivors, was published in the University student publication Line for Line. The research for this essay included an examination of his own grandfather's experiences during that period in history.

Josh has shown his passion for tikkun olam in many ways throughout his time at the University. In addition to his excellence in scholarship, Josh interacts with fellow students and faculty with a good natured, open-minded, thoughtful, and generous approach. With his dedication and involvement, he truly embodies the Marianist tradition of learn, lead, and serve.


  • The Mary Ann Dunsky Award of Excellence is given to the outstanding senior in visual arts. This year’s recipient is Ria Gordon.
  • The Mary Ann Dunsky Award to the Outstanding Senior in Studio Art is presented to Maria Rosario Gordon.

  • The John E. Dlugos Jr. Memorial Award of Excellence goes to an outstanding senior majoring in biology. This year’s recipient is Chad M. Jaenke.
  • The Brother Russell A. Joly, S.M., Award of Excellence to the student who best combines excellence in biology and genuine appreciation of nature is presented to Grace K. Attea.
  • The Environmental Biology Award of Excellence goes to the outstanding environmental biology major who excels in all areas of academic scholarship and overall service. This year’s recipient is Marigrace S. Moses.
  • The Environmental Biology Internship Achievement Award of Excellence goes to the outstanding environmental biology student who has demonstrated significant achievement in the internship program. This year’s recipient is Michelle N. Little.
  • The John J. Comer Biomedical Undergraduate Research Award to the undergraduate student who best demonstrates research excellence in biomedical sciences as a biology major. This year’s recipient is Erin E. Pellot.
  • The John J. Comer Ecological Undergraduate Research Award to the undergraduate student who best demonstrates research excellence in ecology as a biology major. This year’s recipient is Joseph R. Juodvalkis.
  • The Learn, Lead and Serve Undergraduate Award of Excellence to the biology undergraduate student who completed an outstanding experiential learning  project, which included both leadership and service. This year’s recipient is Emily V. Sandstrom.

  • The Brother George J. Geisler, S.M., Award of Excellence is selected by the Department of Chemistry faculty and given to an outstanding senior majoring in chemistry who has shown excellence in chemistry or biochemistry. This year’s recipient is Alexis R. Smith.
  • The American Institute of Chemists Award is selected by the Department of Chemistry faculty and given to a top-ranking senior majoring in chemistry or biochemistry in recognition of the student’s demonstrated record of ability, indication of leadership and professional promise. This year’s recipient is Rebecca J. Kramb.
  • The Chemistry Faculty Research Award is presented to Claire E. Hendrickson
  • The Charles Pedersen Award for Summer Research is presented to Alexis R. Smith.
  • The Verhoff Award for Summer Research is presented to Rebecca J. Kramb and Abigail Kelly.

  • The Omar Williams Award of Excellence, named for the longtime WDTN sports director, is given to the outstanding student in the field of electronic media. This year’s recipient is Ian A. Evans.
  • The Mary Elizabeth Jones Award of Excellence in Debating is awarded to Matthew O. Schubert.
  • The Ritter Collett Award of Excellence is presented to the outstanding senior in journalism. This award is named in honor of the Dayton Daily News sports editor emeritus. This year’s recipient is Sean M. Newhouse.
  • The Brother George F. Kohles, S.M., Award of Excellence in Journalism honors the memory of Brother Kohles, who assisted many journalism graduates in finding their first job. This year’s recipient is Grace E. James.
  • The Ellen M. Murphy Award of Excellence, presented to the outstanding senior in communication management, was initiated in 1996 by Sister Ellen Murphy, a longtime student adviser and friend of the Department of Communication. This year’s recipient is Katie K. Harper.
  • The Si Burick Award of Excellence for academic and cocurricular achievement in mass media arts is named in honor of the former Dayton Daily News sports editor. This year’s recipient is Erin B. Dwyer.
  • The PRSA Maureen M. Pater Award of Distinction goes to the outstanding senior in public relations. This year's award is presented to Lilly M. Barnett.
  • The Rev. Vincent R. Vasey, S.M., Award of Excellence to the outstanding senior in speech arts was established by Father Vasey over 20 years ago. This year’s recipient is Olivia M. Roberson.
  • The Bette Rogge Morse Award is named for a true pioneer in the field of women in communication. This year’s recipient is Julia E. Chandler.
  • The Faculty Award for Academic Excellence is presented to the senior with the highest cumulative and major grade point averages. This year’s recipient is Sean M. Newhouse.
  • The Dr. Florence I. Wolff Achievement Award for outstanding contributions in academic, extracurricular and community service activities honors a professor emerita in the Department of Communication. This year’s recipient is Melody C. Conrad.
  • The Joan M. Broskey Memorial Award for outstanding academic and professional achievements in public relations is presented to Christine E. Szabo.
  • The Flyer Media Award for Outstanding Achievement in Flyer TV goes to Haley Celeste Lehn.
  • The Flyer Media Award for Outstanding Achievement in Flyer News goes to Michael Crouchley and Mary McLoughlin.
  • The Chairs' Award for Outstanding Achievement is presented to Will Thompson, Francesca Hackworth, Jean Freeby, Tayte Miller, Emma Kapp and Erin Whalen.

  • The Award for Outstanding Service to the Department of Computer Science is presented to Kyle L. Mielke.
  • The Chair’s Award for Excellence in Computer Science is awarded to Rebekah T. Greczanik.
  • The recipient of the Lawrence A. Jehn Alumni Award for Excellence in the Senior Class is selected by the computer science department faculty. The award is given to the outstanding senior majoring in computer science. This is the highest award offered by the department. This year’s recipient is Jack McCarthy.

  • The Brother Thomas P. Price, S.M., Award of Excellence is given to the senior majoring in English who has achieved the highest cumulative grade point average in his or her academic career at UD. This year’s recipient is Emma M. Scovill.

  • The George H. Springer Scholarship is awarded to outstanding seniors in the Department of Geology. The scholarship was established through donations from alumni and friends of the department in memory of Professor Emeritus and Chair George H. Springer. Awards are for academic performance, undergraduate research and service. This year’s recipients are Garrett L. Radzikowski for academic performance and Brandon T. Spear for undergraduate research and service.

  • The Brother John R. Perz, S.M., Award of Excellence to the outstanding senior in modern languages is given annually to the outstanding graduating senior chosen from French, German and Spanish majors. In addition to academic excellence, consideration is given to involvement in and service to the Department of Global Languages and Cultures. The Joseph Poelking Sr. Family sought to honor the memory of Brother Perz through the establishment of this award. This year’s recipients are Emma R. Adams and Connor J. Lynch.
  • The Brother George J. McKenzie, S.M., Award of Excellence to the outstanding senior in written French is given to Connor J. Lynch.
  • The Professor Enrique Romaguera Award of Excellence to the outstanding senior in spoken French is presented to Andrea M. Knuth.
  • The Dr. James M. Ferrigno Award of Excellence to the outstanding senior in Spanish is presented to Natalie E. Blank.

  • The Dr. Samuel E. Flook Award of Excellence to the outstanding senior majoring in history is awarded to Sarah H. Eyer, Hannah F. Kratofil and Ryan H. Reed.
  • The Dr. George Ruppel, S.M. Award of Excellence in historical research is presented to Ryan H. Reed.
  • The Steiner-Beauregard Phi Alpha Theta Service Award for significant service promoting the activities of the Delta Eta chapter is presented to Marcel J. Tworek.

  • The Linda C. Majka Outstanding Community Engagement and Leadership Award is presented to Elyse M. McMahon.
  • The Outstanding Human Rights Studies Senior in Academic Excellence is Joshua A. Segalewitz.

  • The Dr. Margaret P. Karns Award for Academic Excellence and Service in global and local issues is given to a graduating senior whose work combines academic excellence and service in a way that draws out the connections between international and local issues. This year’s recipient is Connor J. Lynch.
  • The Outstanding Senior Award for International Studies is given to an International Studies major who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance and consistently high engagement with the campus and Dayton communities. This year’s recipients are Natalie E. Blank and Justin A. This.
  • The International Studies Peer Mentorship Award is given to Morgan N. Day.

  • The Senior Award of Excellence in Mathematics is given to Preston R. Boorsma.

  • The Superior Cadet Award, provided by the Department of the Army, is presented to the outstanding senior cadet each academic year. This year's recipient is Alexander T. Otto, who will be graduating in December 2020.

  • The Department of Music Senior Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University Orchestra is given to Mariyaruth J. Miles-Flynn.
  • The Department of Music Senior Award for outstanding contribution to the University vocal ensembles is given to Mary Catherine Donovan.
  • The Brother Todd Ridder, S.M., Award of Excellence is awarded for outstanding service by a student majoring in music. This year's recipient is Emma Fitzpatrick.
  • The Phi Mu Alpha College Honor Award is presented for musicianship, scholarship and general contributions to the College chapter. This year's recipient is Caleb G. Vanden Eynden.
  • The Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity Scholastic Award goes to the chapter’s graduating senior who has attained the highest scholastic rating.This year, it is presented to Caleb G. Vanden Eynden.
  • The Sigma Alpha Iota College Honor Award is presented for musicianship, scholarship and general contributions to the college chapter. This year's recipient is Emma Fitzpatrick.
  • The Sigma Alpha Iota Professional Music Fraternity Scholastic Award is given to the chapter’s graduating senior who has attained the highest scholastic raating. It is presented to Itzel Fenton.

  • The Reverend Charles Polichek First Award of Excellence to the outstanding senior in philosophy is given to Dawson Vandervort and Teresa Labello.
  • The Reverend Charles Polichek Second Award of Excellence to the outstanding senior in philosophy is presented to Troy Lampenfeld.
  • The Richard R. Baker Award of Excellence in Philosophy is given to a graduating student who has earned distinction in the study of philosophy through commitment to philosophical inquiry and assisting other undergraduate students in their pursuit of philosophical studies. It is awarded this year to Treven Cade.

  • The Sigma Pi Sigma Award of Merit goes to a senior in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and involvement in physics. It is donated by the department and Sigma Pi Sigma, the national honor society of the Society of Physics Students. This year's recipient is Ryan H. Massie.

  • The Brother Francis J. Molz, S.M., Memorial Award to the Outstanding Senior in Premedicine is awarded annually to the student who best demonstrates the qualities of unselfishness, community service and academic achievement. This year's recipient is Kelci A. Murray.
  • The Montgomery County Medical Society Award to the Outstanding Senior in a Premedical Curriculum is awarded to Henry A. Kuechly.
  • The Joseph E. Scherger, M.D., MPH Leadership in Medicine Award is presented to a graduating Premedical student who has demonstrated leadership toward improving the health of the public through better health care. This year's recipient is Serafino A. LaGalbo.
  • The Miami Valley Academy of Family Physicians Award is presented to the graduating senior who's activities exemplify the philosophy of family medicine. This year's award goes to Kelci A. Murray.

  • The Reverend Raymond A. Roesch, S.M., Award of Excellence to the outstanding student in psychology is presented to Erin E. Collins.
  • The Kenneth J. Kuntz Award for outstanding service is given by department faculty. This year's recipient is Shea N. Heath.
  • The Charles E. Kimble Research Award is given to the graduating senior who best demonstrates research excellence in psychology. This year's recipient is Kelly C. Boris.

  • The Brother Albert H. Rose, S.M., Award of Excellence to the outstanding senior in political science is donated by Joseph Zusman ’65. This year's recipients are Cierra D. Stewart and Hannah F. Kratofil.

  • The Margaret Mary Emonds Huth Memorial Award of Excellence is presented to the outstanding senior in anthropology and is donated by the family of Dr. Edward A. Huth. This year's recipient is Matthew P. Clifford.
  • The Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Award in Human Relations is presented for excellence in scholarship, christian leadership and the advancement of brotherhood and sisterhood. Donated by the family of Dr. Edward A. Huth, this year's winners are Lilian C. Hannibal and Chloe E. Massie-Costales.
  • The Reverend Andrew L. Seebold Award of Excellence is presented to the outstanding senior in sociology. This year's recipients are Ruth C. Schultz and Joshua A. Segalewitz.
  • The Joseph Zusman '65 Award of Excellence is presented to the outstanding senior in social work studies. Donated by Joseph Zusman '65, this year's recipient is Mallory R. Zalla.

  • The Dr. “G” Award for Outstanding Commitment to Mainstage Theatre recognizes a graduating senior who has demonstrated a willingness to be involved in the wide spectrum of theatrical productions in the theatre mainstage season. This year's recipient is Jillian M. Mitchell.

  • The Joyce Durham Award for the best student essay on the subject of women or gender is presented to Mary E. McLoughlin, with Joshua A. Segalewitz receiving honorable mention.

Latin Honors

  • Emma R. Adams
  • Lilly M. Barnett
  • Caleb J. Baron
  • Emily Battaglia
  • Kaci E. Bornhorst
  • Bryan J. Borodkin
  • Melissa N. Budisch
  • Caroline A. Calhoun
  • Rachel E. Carr
  • Melody C. Conrad
  • Timothy Cook
  • Marie J. Crouchley
  • Morgan Day
  • Ashton N. Dix
  • Madison N. Enderle
  • Sarah H. Eyer
  • Claire M. Feller
  • Jean M. Freeby 
  • Katie K. Harper
  • Indigo E. Hudepohl
  • Chad M. Jaenke
  • Julianne E. Kalec
  • Kayla E. Kingston
  • Hannah Kratofil
  • Henry A. Kuechly
  • Serafino A. LaGalbo
  • Connor J. Lynch
  • Laura M. McFarland
  • Elyse M. McMahon
  • Miranda N. Melreit
  • Natalie R. Merline
  • Kelci A. Murray
  • Sean M. Newhouse
  • Marie C. Reddy
  • Ryan H. Reed
  • Alexa R. Rojas
  • Malea C. Rolfse
  • Shannon R. Saelinger
  • Alaina L. Saliba
  • Matthew O. Schubert
  • Emma M. Scovill
  • Joshua A. Segalewitz
  • Anna L. Stachler
  • Cierra D. Stewart
  • Szabo, Christine E.
  • Jordan M. Terschluse
  • Justin A. This
  • Kylie N. Timmerman
  • Caleb G. Vanden Eynden
  • Veronica K. West
  • Lesley L. Wray

  • Fatimah Mohammed Alabi Al Makarm
  • Natalie L. Allen
  • Sarina E. Allison
  • Anna G. Blair 
  • Victoria R. Boehlert-Somohano
  • Alexandra D. Brezovec 
  • Kaeley E. Bush 
  • Jordyn J. Caffray 
  • Nicholas M. Chapasko
  • Mary G. Charleton
  • Matthew P. Clifford
  • Elizabeth M. Collins 
  • Opal A. Contizano
  • Cassidy T. Count 
  • Gina M. Crisanti
  • Amy L. Cunningham
  • Megan E. Cunningham
  • Ethan J. Dawson
  • Meghan E. Deist
  • Anna M. Delaney
  • Erin M. Delvecchio
  • Marcella R. Domka
  • Alice T. Donohue
  • Mary Catherine Donovan
  • Olivia F. Dubay
  • Sabrina L. Dunbar
  • Amanda L. Fawcett
  • Lauren E. Getgey
  • Mark A. Ghastine
  • Garrett M. Grissim
  • Franchesca R. Hackworth
  • Lilian C. Hannibal
  • Kelsey J. Harbert
  • Abigail M. Hines
  • Bailey N. Johnson
  • Madison S. Johnson
  • Emily M. Jones
  • Tyler K. Jones
  • Jocelyne K. Jordan
  • Emma L. Kapp
  • Krista M. Kaufmann
  • Kenneth R. Keller
  • Isabella A. Klotz
  • Andrea M. Knuth
  • Lindsay M. Koeller
  • Christopher W. Koester
  • Madison R. Kurlandski
  • Rebecca F. LeBouef
  • Courtney Lemert
  • Kate T. Limes
  • Grant W. Little
  • Michelle N. Little
  • Nilan Mani
  • Jack W. McCarthy
  • Mary E. McLoughlin
  • Sarah E. McQuillan
  • Gabrielle A. Mentink-Schulte
  • Abigail A. Miller
  • Tayte R. Miller
  • Thomas A. Murphy
  • Samantha L. Neanover
  • Kerri A. Nicholson
  • Patricia K. Parker
  • Thomas L. Pedrotti
  • Erin E. Pellot
  • Nicole B. Perkins
  • Kate A. Rathgeber
  • Amanda R. Ratliff
  • Anna Rose Redgate
  • Rachel M. Richardson
  • Olivia M. Roberson
  • Adam M. Roman
  • Nicholas R. Rotsching
  • John W. Ruff
  • Ruth C. Schultz 
  • Henry C. Shay
  • Sara D. Shinn
  • Alexis R. Smith
  • Elizabeth P. Smorse
  • Emma C. Statt
  • Therese A. Sweeney
  • Ethan A. Swierczewski
  • Emily E. Tangney
  • Kristen Travers
  • Danielle R. Villhard
  • Mackenzie M. Volz
  • Cheyenne L. Ward
  • Elizabeth A. Weiler
  • Erin P. Whalen
  • Casey C. Willson
  • Ellyn R. Winski
  • Claire O. Wolfe
  • Charles Woodhull
  • Janeta Y. Yancheva
  • Sarah M. Yelsik
  • Mallory R. Zalla
  • Christopher R. Zannetti
  • Brendan L. Zdunek
  • Kendra E. Zonca

  • John D. Alexander
  • Ghaida Salman S. Alghuzaywi
  • Colton L. Amberger
  • Cole S. Arnold
  • Laurel G. Aug
  • Colleen R. Avery
  • Justin M. Balogh
  • John D. Barnard
  • Mary C. Bauman
  • Natalie E. Blank
  • Kelly C. Boris
  • Carmen M. Braccio
  • Allison C. Burns
  • Cassady N. Calder
  • Elli R. Capellupo
  • Hannah E. Carpenter
  • Katherine E. Carroll
  • Antony Casimeer
  • Erin E. Collins
  • Kaylee A. Coyle
  • Sarah A. Critchfield
  • Isabel L. Cross
  • Callie A. Dannhauser
  • Olivia N. Depperschmidt
  • Seth M. DeWitt
  • Haley E. Edwards
  • Blair Elmore
  • Heather C. Essman
  • Grace K. Evans
  • Itzel Fenton
  • Cameron V. Fredecker
  • McKenna T. Freund
  • Lane E. Frost
  • Daniel G. Ganser
  • Kara K. Gillespie
  • John D. Gindlesberger
  • Maria R. Gordon
  • Rebekah T. Greczanik
  • Shea Heath
  • Tiffany E. Hendricks
  • Suzanne M. Hiltz
  • Karlie J. Horn
  • Brian C. Hughes
  • Trevor J. Jacob
  • Zachary S. James
  • Tessa N. Jatczak
  • Brittany J. Jerger
  • Joseph R. Juodvalkis
  • Wyatt A. Kaiser
  • Ashley L. Kalt
  • Dylan J. Kertzie
  • Katherine L. Kirchner
  • Morgan C. Klutho
  • Meghan A. Konen
  • Rebecca J. Kramb
  • Troy H. Lampenfeld
  • Nicole M. Lawless
  • Kaitlyn M. Leach
  • Zachary Lemaster
  • Maranda E. Lewis
  • Michaela C. Linehan
  • Natalie C. Lundak
  • Colin R. Maddock
  • Aubrey L. Makar
  • Ryan H. Massie
  • Andrew M. Melaragno
  • Alexandra C. Michalski
  • Kyle L. Mielke
  • Grace E. Miles
  • Mariyaruth J. Miles-Flynn
  • Alyssa M. Miller
  • Samantha A. Monendo
  • James E. Nagai
  • Holland E. Nash
  • Allison N. Noe
  • Fiona O'Malley
  • Michael P. O'Reilly
  • Bailey Ortiz
  • Samuel P. Penewit
  • Madison M. Pingley
  • Faith G. Plummer
  • David H. Pohlman
  • John A. Porcari
  • Amanda M. Prendergast
  • Sahil Rajan
  • Samta Rajan
  • Corey J. Reichel
  • Carley R. Roberts
  • Leigh A. Roberts
  • Katherine E. Rustige
  • Emily V. Sandstrom
  • Joshua M. Schmellenkamp
  • Carl V. Schultz
  • Thomas G. Schweikert
  • Stacia N. Seitz
  • Sarah C. Sloan
  • Sarah E. Smith
  • Kelly M. Sonnefeld
  • Bailey N. Spearman
  • Colin R. Starvel
  • Bernard B. Tippen
  • Hannah L. Torok
  • Marcel J. Tworek
  • Daniel C. Vail
  • Caitlyn M. Ward
  • Julia D. Wenderski
  • Roman A. Zegarelli