The Scott M. McGovern '87 Memorial Scholarship
Michael Parenti is fascinated by “how the human body works,” so he chose the right major: pre-med. While the freshman from Staten Island, N.Y., says chemistry lab is his favorite class, he’s also making time for recreation; the
18-year-old hits the gym “a lot” and will begin playing rugby in the spring. Parenti is grateful for The Scott M. McGovern ’87 Memorial Scholarship he received this fall. “It means a lot to me. I have a sister in college already, and the scholarship made it possible for me to come here. It makes me grateful to attend a SUNY school.” Parenti isn’t yet certain about his career plans, but “I’m leaning toward physical therapy.” As an alumnus himself one day, he “definitely” would like to make a gift to the University and remain involved with the school.
Andrew Chang is off to a great start at UAlbany: A Presidential Scholar, he also received a Scott M. McGovern ’87 Memorial Scholarship.
“My parents are really proud, and grateful, too,” said the 18-year-old from Staten Island, adding his own words of thanks “to the generous donors who made both awards possible, and to the Lord.” Chang is interested in foreign languages and may pursue a major in East Asian studies. “Right now East Asia is an economic powerhouse, and there are so many opportunities,” he noted.
Alpha Phi Omega member Ewa Adamek has plenty of projects to keep her busy. Through her work with the service fraternity, she visits area nursing homes “to play games with the people there or have a girls’ night, where we do the ladies’ nails. We cleaned part of downtown Albany, and we write letters to veterans and soldiers. Last weekend, we went to the Boy Scouts’ Camp Boyhaven to help with an event. I’m getting involved in Middle Earth peer counseling, and next year, I’ll do more off-campus volunteering.” When she isn’t busy lending a hand to her neighbors in the Capital Region, Adamek, 21, is working toward a degree in psychology and preparing for graduate school. The junior from Staten Island, N.Y., likes UAlbany; “I’ve met a lot of great friends, and the professors are really helpful.” She has done research for Associate Professor of Psychology Elana Gordis, “looking at the effects of maltreatment and family violence on children’s adjustment.” The Scott M. McGovern ’87 Memorial Scholarship, which Adamek received this year, “helps a lot” financially, while allowing her to focus on her studies.