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    University Students Receive Frank O’Hara Awards

    Ten University of Scranton students were recently given Frank O’Hara medals in recognition of having the highest grade-point averages in their first-, second- and third-year in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kania School of Management and the Panuska College of Professional Studies for the 2020-21 academic year.
    January 13, 2022

    Frank O’Hara medals were given to University of Scranton students with the highest grade-point averages in their first-, second- and third-year in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kania School of Management and the Panuska College of Professional Studies for the 2020-21 academic year. The awards, named in honor of the late Frank O’Hara who served the University for 53 years in various administrative positions, were presented at a ceremony held recently on campus.

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Thomas Elias, Tunkhannock, received a medal for academic achievement for his freshman year. A recipient of the University’s full-tuition Presidential Scholarship, he is currently a sophomore double majoring in philosophy and theology and participates in the University’s Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program. On campus, he is a class of 2024 senator in Student Government, treasurer of the Astronomy Club, a tour guide, and has a radio show on 99.5 WUSR. He is also a member of Christians for the Common Good and the Philosophy Society. Elias is involved with the University’s Center for Service and Social Justice, Campus Ministries, and research in the Physics Department.

    Emily Amershek, New Ringgold, received a medal for academic achievement for her sophomore year. A recipient of the University’s full-tuition Presidential Scholarship, she is currently a junior majoring in philosophy and participates in the University’s Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program. On campus, she is a tour guide, an orientation assistant, a Campus Ministries lector, a tutor for logic courses, and a teaching mentor for INTD 290. She is also a member the University Review Board, and has studied abroad in Israel and Palestine. Amershek represented the University of Scranton with Philadelphia Insurance Companies in the summer of 2021.

    Sarah White, Brooklyn, New York, received a medal for academic achievement for her junior year. A recipient of the University’s full-tuition Presidential Scholarship, she is currently a senior double majoring in biology and philosophy and participates in the University’s Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program and the Magis Honors Program in STEM. On campus, she is a production manager of Esprit, co-founder of the Royal-Ties Program, vice president of The Royal Signers, co-president of Random Acts of Kindness, president of Alpha Sigma Nu and vice president of Phi Sigma Tau honor societies. She is also a tutor with the University’s Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, a P.A.C.T. peer facilitator, chair of the Team Development Committee of Relay for Life, and a lector with Campus Ministries. While working with the University’s Center for Service and Social Justice, White participated in the Craft for a Cause Program, the We Care Program, cross-campus Racial Justice Dialogues and a domestic outreach service program to St. Michaels, Arizona. White also participated in Michigan University’s Great Lakes Research Experience for Undergraduates in summer 2021

    Kania School of Management

    John Sheehan, Dumont, New Jersey received a medal for academic achievement for his freshman year. He is currently a sophomore majoring in accounting and participates in the University’s Business Honors Program. On campus, he is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, Society of Accounting Students and helps with the Portfolio of Responsible Investments under Student Management, which is worth almost $1 million. He also served as an accounting tutor.

    Alice Banks, Hazleton, received a medal for academic achievement for her sophomore year. She is currently a junior majoring in finance and participates in the University’s Business Honors program. On campus, she is a Royal Start Ambassador for first-year students and a resident assistant for junior and senior housing. She is a member of the Women’s Business Honor Society, the United Cultures Organization, Praise and Worship and the University of Scranton Black Student Union.

    Marissa Angelo, Dickson City, received a medal for academic achievement for her junior year. She is currently a senior majoring in accounting and participates in the University’s Business Honors Program. On campus, she is co-vice president of the Kania School of Management’s Student Advisory Board and a junior officer for the Institute of Management Accountants Student Chapter. She is also a member of the Business Leadership Honors Program, Kania Women in Business Club, the University of Scranton Society of Accounting Students and Omega Beta Sigma honor society. Angelo received the 2021 Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Scholarship and won the PricewaterhouseCoopers case challenge in 2019 and 2020.

    Panuska College of Professional Studies

    Kathryn Regan, West Chester, received a medal for academic achievement for her freshman year. She is currently a sophomore majoring in kinesiology and participates in the University’s Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program and the Magis Honors Program in STEM. She is a member of the University’s Women’s Swimming and Diving Team. While working with the University’s Center for Service and Social Justice, she has participated in the Clothesline for Men and We Care Programs.

    Alexis Angstadt, Jamison, received a medal for academic achievement for her sophomore year. She is currently a junior and is majoring in occupational therapy. On campus, she is a tutor with the University’s Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, a teaching assistant for OT anatomy, and a junior representative in the Student Occupational Therapy Association. She is also a member of the Kindness for Chemo Club and participates in various intramural sports. Angstadt has volunteered with St. Clare’s Food Pantry and Rock Steady Boxing, a boxing gym to help those with Parkinson’s disease.

    Cristina Rodier, Nutley, New Jersey, received a medal for academic achievement for her sophomore year. She is currently a junior majoring in occupational therapy. She is a member of the Student Occupational Therapy Association and has participated in intramural soccer. She served at the University’s Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence as a note taker for the statistics in behavioral sciences course.

    Kayla Maas, Barryville, New York, receives a medal for academic achievement for her junior year. She is currently a senior majoring in kinesiology. On campus, she is a member of the Kinesiology Club and volunteers with the University’s Center for Service and Social Justice. She serves as a teaching assistant for anatomy and physiology. Maas also works as a nursing assistant at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York.

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