Milford college students make strides in academic year

On Sunday, April 26, Becker College inducted 34 students into the Theta Chapter of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, including Breanna Cuchara of Milford.
Milford Native Christian V. Baglini was recently inducted into the Psi Chi Honor Society at Stonehill College.
He also was recently inducted into Stonehill College’s Honor Society Lambda Epsilon Sigma. Baglini is a member of the Class of 2015 and a neuroscience major.
Castleton history student Adam Enes of Milford joined history students from around the Northeast as they recently presented at the Phi Alpha Theta National History Society Upper New York Regional Conference at Marist College in New York.
The event showcased presentations by undergraduate and recently graduated history students on a variety of topics and time periods in history. Prizes were awarded to the best student papers in each session.
A number of Eastern Connecticut State University students were recently inducted into Eastern’s Tau Nu chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society. Lawrence Noel of Milford was among the inductees. His major is communication.
Brooke Jenney of Milford recently participated in the 2015 Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition at The University of Findlay. Jenney showcased her creativity in digital photography.
More than 160 students presented their undergraduate research at Keene State College’s 15th Annual Academic Excellence Conference on April 11. Andrew Deluke of Milford presented on the topic Reliability of ImPACT Score in Athletes with ADHD/ADD and/or LD.
Springfield College student-athlete Melissa Nelson of Milford earned 2015 spring Academic All-Conference Team honors by the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
Nelson majors in business management and is a member of the softball team.
Kevin Veeley of Milford was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma honor society at St. Bonaventure University April 29.
Western Connecticut State University conferred undergraduate degrees May 10, at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard.
The following students from Milford received degrees: Christian Anthony Allen, BS Justice and Law Administration; James J. Anderson, BA History; Laura Rosemary Byrne, BS Nursing; Jacqueline Suzanne Chakar, BA Art; Colleen L. Lord, AS Liberal Arts; Paul J. Mastrianna, BBA Marketing; Anthony Phillip Monterosso, BS Secondary Education; Robert Joseph Stevenson, BS Justice and Law Administration; Matthew Michael Szygiel, BA Communication; Joshua X. Torres, BA Mathematics; Audrey Evelyn Twitchell, BA Musical Theatre
In Burlington, Vt., Bernard Smigel of Milford has been named to the Champlain College dean's list for spring 2015. Smigel is majoring in broadcast and streaming media.
Milford resident Lindsay Hull, a junior majoring in finance at La Salle University in Philadelphia, was named to the dean's list for the fall, 2014 semester.
A number of Eastern students were recently honored at the Environmental Earth Science Department's annual awards ceremony. Awards were bestowed on students who excelled in research or academic excellence. Joshua Bartosiewicz of Milford earned the Quaternary award.
Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio held its 128th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 3. Debra Mastroni-Kenyon of Milford earned a bachelor of arts degree.
Max S. Garrett, of Milford,  a member of the class of 2018 at Washington and Lee University, was recently inducted into Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, which is limited to students who complete the first term of their first year with superior academic records.
To be eligible for Phi Eta Sigma, a student must be in the top 20% of the class at the end of his or her first term.
Victoria Lakic of Milford was among The University of Scranton students inducted into Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology. Qualifications for induction into the honor society include a major or minor in psychology, rank in the top 35% in general scholarship, and superior scholarship in psychology.
Lakic is a senior in the Panuska College of Professional Studies at the Jesuit university.
Jacqueline Paton of Milford was among the 498 students who graduated at Lebanon Valley College's 146th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 9. Paton received a bachelor of science in early childhood education and special education, graduating with cum laude honors. Paton is a graduate of Jonathan Law High School.
The Nursing Program at Gateway Community College (GCC) held the Class of 2015 Pinning Ceremony May 15. The ceremony marks the transition from student to professional for 89 nursing degree graduates.
Milford residents Kenneth Giorgi, Keith Russell Jr. and Meghan Yeager were among those honored.
Eastern Connecticut State University's 125th Commencement took place at the XL Center in Hartford on May 12. The following Milford residents received diplomas.
Christian Adams graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in political science.
Ellen Giordano graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in English.
Heather Hudak graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business information systems.
Bethany Niebanck graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in history.
Logan Roddy graduated with a bachelor of science degree in communication.
Brett Wist graduated with a bachelor of science degree in communication.
Western Connecticut State University conferred undergraduate degrees upon the following students on Sunday, May 10, at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main St. in Bridgeport.
Milford: Christian Anthony Allen, BS Justice and Law Administration; James J. Anderson, BA History; Laura Rosemary Byrne, BS Nursing; Jacqueline Suzanne Chakar, BA Art; Colleen L. Lord, AS Liberal Arts; Paul J. Mastrianna, BBA Marketing; Anthony Phillip Monterosso, BS Secondary Education; Robert Joseph Stevenson, BS Justice and Law Administration; Matthew Michael Szygiel, BA Communication; Joshua X. Torres, BA Mathematics; Audrey Evelyn Twitchell, BA Musical Theatre.
Lyndon State College held its 103rd commencement ceremony on May 17. Amy Perrelli of Milford received a bachelor of arts in liberal studies.
Bryant University in Smithfield R.I. held its 152nd commencement on Saturday, May 16. Among the graduates is Kerri Lynn Allen, of Milford, earning a bachelor of science in business administration in marketing.
Jessica Kaczynski of Milford graduated from the University of New Hampshire on Saturday, May 16, on the Durham, N.H. campus. She earned a BS degree in environmental & resource economics and she graduated summa cum laude
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has announced that Ryan Clark of Milford, a junior majoring in environmental engineering, was named to the university's dean's list for academic excellence for the spring 2015 semester.
William Cogguillo of Milford was awarded a degree during  Lehigh University's Spring 2015 graduation. Cogguillo received a master of science degree.
Gina T. LeDonne of Milford received her Juris Doctor, with honors, from Pace Law School at the commencement exercises held on May 17.
  LeDonne completed her first year of law school at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, where she was a participant in a year-long social justice project. While in law school, LeDonne was selected for a competitive corporate law externship program and was involved with several intellectual property student organizations. She was also a peer mentor.
A 2007 graduate of Lauralton Hall and a 2011 honors graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Mass.,  LeDonne is the daughter Catherine and Joseph Adiletta of Milford.
Hannah Konicki of Milford was inducted into the Emmanuel College circle of national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa in April 2015.
Several residents have achieved dean's list for the Spring 2015 semester at Lasell College in Newton, Mass. Timothy Dunne of Milford is a member of the class of 2017, majoring in history. Lea Riccio of Milford is a member of the class of 2017, majoring in fashion and retail merchandising.
The following Keene State undergraduates were named to the dean’s list. Andrew DeLuke, Somer Matar and Caroline Stapleton of Milford.
Notre Dame High School graduate Nicholas Bilcheck was inducted into the Honor Society at Bucknell University
CREATE (Celebrating Research Excellence and Artistic Talent at Eastern), the premier undergraduate research and art conference at Eastern Connecticut State University, held its inaugural event at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. Bethany Niebanck, a history major from Milford, presented at CREATE.
Mentored by History Professor Anna Kirchmann, Niebanck's oral presentation was titled “The Harp, the Stars, and the Dollar: Irish Immigrants and their Motivations for Fighting in the Union Army During the American Civil War.”
Chas Elterman of Milford graduated from Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., on May 9.
Adam Figliuzzi of Milford graduated with a bachelor of science in exercise science from the University of Mount Union in May.