UAlbany's seniors—accomplished, outstanding and
ready to make their mark on the world
UAlbany is graduating many exceptional seniors
who have used their four years to pursue and extract
all the countless opportunities that are available
at this great University. It is impossible to
mention all of these outstanding young men and
women, but here are a representative few:
Major/Minor: Double major in political science and
Activities/Honors: Presidential Scholar, president
of the SUNY Student Assembly, Student Association
Chief Justice, RACC Rowdies, intern with New York
State Office of Homeland Security.
At UAlbany: Brian has always had a strong
interest in government and public service, which is
why he decided to major in political science.
UAlbany's affordability, large campus size, and its
proximity to the state capital made the college a
perfect fit for him.
As one of the "RACC Rowdies" Brian enjoys cheering
on UAlbany's athletics teams. He recalls his
favorite memory as being the overnight campout in
front of the RACC for tickets to the America East
Conference Championship. When UAlbany successfully
defeated Vermont and landed a spot in the NCAA
Tournament, Brian rushed the basketball court to
excitedly congratulate the winning team. He said:
"It was by far the most school spirit I have ever
seen at UAlbany."
Future: Although his undergraduate career is
coming to an end, Brian will continue on at UAlbany
as a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in
public administration. As far as his plans for the
future, he says he would like be "working for the
federal government in Washington, D.C., in the
Defense or Homeland Security field...knock
Basketball games at the RACC,
Song: "Fly Away" by Lenny Kravitz
Professor: David McCaffrey
Downtime activity: watching television
It can't hurt to try.
Major/Minor: Accounting/business administration
Activities/Honors: President of the class of 2006,
president of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership
At UAlbany: In the summer of 2005 Darwin interned
for Verizon where he worked for their Human
Resources department in college relations and
recruitment. His job was to contact college career
centers throughout the nation, to build
relationships with them, and to search for qualified
recent graduates for Verizon. He stayed in constant
contact with the company's hiring managers to find
the best qualified candidates, and eventually
extended formal job offers to those whom Verizon
wanted to hire.
On campus Darwin worked as a housing manager for
the University Apartments, served on the University
Auxiliary Services Board of Directors and on the
Parking Appeals Board. He was a member of Kappa
Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Future: Darwin's academic achievements in
UAlbany's nationally recognized accounting program
won him the notice of Ernst & Young, LLP. After
graduation, he will join that firm as a tax
Professor: Michelle Forte
Song: Thank You by Various Artists
Place on campus: The fountain
Quote: Don't frown because
you never know who may be falling in love with your
Major/Minor: Double major in criminal justice and
Activities/Honors: UAlbany Chamber Singers and
Chorale, member of Presidential Honor Society,
National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and French
National Honor Society (Pi Delta Phi), Presidential
Scholar, recipient of the Chancellor's Award for
Academic Excellence, recipient of multiple Prix de
l'Ambassade (awards from the French Embassy),
interned with the U.S. Embassy in Paris.
At UAlbany: Evelyn chose UAlbany because of its
reputable School of Criminal Justice. "I was
interested in law and wanted to see if criminal law
was something I wanted to pursue," she said. "Very
few schools offer such undergraduate programs."
Music also played a large role in Evelyn's life and
she loved being involved in the UAlbany Chamber
Singers and Chorale.
Future: Evelyn will be pursuing a master's degree
in French at UAlbany, but her post-graduation plans
include law school. In 10 years, Evelyn sees herself
living in France while practicing law at an
Place on campus: Ritazza's
Song: Imagine by John Lennon
Professor: David Griggs-Janower
Downtime activity: singing
Quote: People who live in glass houses shouldn't
throw stones. - Unknown
New Paltz, NY
Major/Minor: Public policy/education
Activities/Honors: President of Middle Earth Peer
Assistance Program, Omicron Delta Kappa National
Leadership Honor Society, Presidential Scholar.
At UAlbany: Like most freshmen, Aliya came to
UAlbany with little idea of what she wanted to
study. She took a class on public policy to fulfill
a GenEd requirement and found her passion.
In her sophomore year she became involved with
the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program. Aliya is
part of Outreach, the Middle Earth Players, and
served as the historian in 2004-2005 academic year
and president in the 2005-2006 academic year.
Through Middle Earth she was elected to the position
of Student Trustee for the BACCHUS Network, a
national peer education organization. One of her
favorite experiences with Middle Earth was working
as a facilitator for alcohol intervention programs
through a grant awarded by the National Institute on
Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse to study the
effectiveness of peer influence. Aliya truly
believes it is important for students to be involved
on their campus because it shrinks a school of
12,000 undergraduates to a community of friends.
Future: In the fall Aliya will continue her
studies in the master's degree program in public
administration at UAlbany's Nelson A. Rockefeller
College of Public Affairs and Policy.
Place on Campus: The Podium on a warm day
Professor: David McCaffrey
Song: You gotta be Des'ree
Author: Paulo Coelho
Quote: I try to laugh at whatever life brings
because when I look down I miss all the good stuff
and when I look up I just trip over things. - Ani
Major/Minor: Criminal justice with a concentration
in law and a double
minor in history and political science.
Activities/Honors: UAlbany Moot Court team (quarter
Criminal Justice Association, Dean's Award for
At UAlbany: Matt's interest in criminal justice
led him to UAlbany's Moot Court team. His favorite
academic memory was winning the quarter finals of
the Moot Court Competition. Matt said, "It felt
really good to have all the hard work pay off in the
long run, and it has provided me much understanding
in regard to prepping a legal argument."
Future: Matt will be attending Loyola (New
Orleans) Law School. In 10 years he hopes to be
working as a prosecutor. His main interests in law
reside in understanding why criminals commit their
Song: Rosalita (come out tonight) - Bruce
Professor: James Acker
Downtime activity: reading
Quote: Fun ain't easy if it ain't free.
Major/Minor: Biology (premed)
Activities: Research in the psychology department,
Phi Delta Epsilon, prehealth fraternity,
Presidential Honors Society, Project SHAPE (Sexual
Health and Peer Education), Presidential Scholar,
Presidential Scholar Leadership Council, National
Society of Collegiate Scholars, Omicron Delta Kappa,
National Leadership Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa
Honor Society, UAlbany Advocates, intramural dodge
ball, Midnight Madness Basketball League, University
at Albany tour guide.
Melissa's interest in biology began her junior year
in high school while taking an AP class. "I found
that I really enjoyed the material in the class and
had a real passion for the sciences."
Melissa was also extremely involved in
extracurricular activities on campus, especially
with Project SHAPE. She joined the Midnight Madness
Basketball League after tryouts in December 2004.
She has been playing basketball since the fourth
grade in a town league, the North Bellmore North
Merrick Basketball League. "My dad was my coach then
and he taught me to play," she said. "Midnight
Basketball League was a great place to go and hang
out. The games are competitive and fun to watch.
It's a great way to spend a Friday and Saturday
night. Also, it's free, which everyone knows is
great for college students!"
Future: Med school and 10 years from now, she
would like to be a pediatric reconstructive plastic
Favorites: Exercising, spending time with
friends, hanging out around the fountain when it's
Valley Cottage, NY
Major/Minor: Business administration - double
concentration in finance and marketing
Activities/Honors: Chancellor's Award for Student
Excellence, Omicron Delta Kappa Region II Leader of
the Year, Vice President of the UAlbany Chapter of
Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor
Society, President's Award for Undergraduate
Leadership (Great Dane and School Spirit awards),
University at Albany Outstanding Senior Award,
student member of University Auxiliary Services
Board of Directors, housing manager for Empire
Commons, University at Albany School of Business
Award, University at Albany Spirit Committee member.
At UAlbany: From the beginning, Joe knew that he
wanted to follow the business administration track.
Because of UAlbany's excellent reputation and that
of the School of Business, he knew that UAlbany was
where he wanted to attend college. He recalled, "The
environment was welcoming, the people were friendly
and the energy was definitely there. The University
at Albany also has an excellent track record for
placing graduates in major companies and
corporations throughout the United States."
He advises incoming UAlbany students to "make sure
to balance your schedule between work and play,"
since there are so many activities to join on the
UAlbany campus. "Getting involved and becoming part
of the next generation of student leaders on campus
is very important for the overall success of the
Some of his best moments at UAlbany were connected
with the 2006 men's basketball team winning the
America East Championships and then going to the
NCAA Tournament. "I have never seen so much school
spirit and pride in the RACC before. My friends and
I traveled with the team to Philadelphia, where they
played an incredible game against UCONN. Those are
memories that I will have for the rest of my life."
Future: Joe will be working full-time as an
analyst at JP Morgan Chase beginning in August 2006.
He hopes to eventually go back to school for an
M.B.A. Ten years from now, Joe pictures himself as a
wealthy partner or vice president of a Park Avenue
firm in New York City.
Place on campus: Hanging out by the fountain
Song: Living on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Professor: Paul Morgan Jr.
Downtime activity: Going for a run around Perimeter
Quote: Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it,
and work at it until it's done right.
- Walt Disney
Double Major: Biochemistry and molecular
Activities/Honors: Volunteered at Albany Medical
Center, Charles Drew Minority Association of
Pre-Health Students (MAPS), the Collegiate Science
and Technology Program (CSTEP), a 2005-2006
Goldwater Scholar, and the National Institutes of
Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship.
At UAlbany: Before coming to UAlbany, Edgardo
served in the United States Marine Corps, where he
reached the rank of sergeant. Since his arrival at
UAlbany he has found it to be "very refreshing to be
in an environment where students are proud to
express themselves, where they welcome each other
and share in one another's experiences."
He was highly involved in research at UAlbany,
especially in Caro-Beth Stewart's laboratory in the
biology department. He studied the molecular
evolution of AIDS-related genes in primates. "I've
also been fortunate enough to win scholarships and
internships that have helped finance my educational
expenses," he said.
Future: After graduation, Edgardo will have a
summer internship in biomedical research at the
National Institutes of Health. In the fall, he'll
start in a combined M.D./Ph.D. program at Albert
Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. Ten years
from now, Edgardo figures he'll be in the middle of
a medical residency program. "I have a long road
ahead of me," he said. His ultimate goal is to
practice medicine and conduct research, either in
the Bronx or Washington, D.C., and to "give back" to
the community through his work in science and
Favorites: Running and bike-riding, hanging out
with friends, family and his girlfriend, listening
to music, and playing chess.
Quote: Sometimes we pay the most for the things
we get for free.