Honors Institute Alumni
Welcome to the new Alumni page! As you can read, this section is a work in progress. We want our alumni to give their input for the alumni pages because we want the design that can best serve our alumni; therefore, our first Areté President, Pete Cirak (email@example.com) has agreed for alumni to send him any information about themselves or others that they would like on the webpage. We love hearing from you!
Selina Rose Gallo-Cruz, 2004 Honors Institute graduate, graduated from Emory University with her Ph.D. on May 13, 2013. She was very active in the Honors Institute and participated in the “life altering” Honors international trip. Her article about the trip was published in the Florida Collegiate Honors Council newsletter. After Selina Gallo graduated from HCC, she transferred to and graduated from Wellesley. Selina received four teaching offers, three from research universities and one from the College of Holy Cross. “Holy Cross seemed the best fit to balance engaged and rigorous research with engaged and rigorous teaching, something both HCC Honors and Wellesley help me to deeply value.”
Jacob N. Drew, 2009 Honors Institute graduate, graduated from the University of South Florida in 2011 and is pursuing his masters degree in theology at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas.
Jodi Catlow, 2009 Honors Institute graduate and 2011 Agnes Scott graduate, was accepted into the University of Maryland, Baltimore to complete her masters degree in social work.
Annie Chen, 2009 Honors Institute graduate, graduated from Boston College in December 2011 with her Bachelors degree in Philosophy. She is currently taking the steps necessary to become qualified to teach math in secondary schools.
This summer Matthew Rooney and seven other USF undergraduate anthropology students will be participating in The Crystal River Early Village Archaeological Project (CREVAP). Together with several students from Ohio State University, they will spend the entire month of June living in Crystal River near a Hopewell (100 BC - AD 400) village site, which they will continue excavating as part of a three year project that began last summer. Matthew will also be spending two weeks in the archaeology lab at USF, cleaning and organizing artifacts from both last year's finds and the finds this year. For more information visit www.crystalriverarchaeology.org/.
Sara Brady, 2009 Honors Institute graduate, was selected as a UNC Chapel Hill class of 2013 Senior Marshal. The UNC senior class marshals are a select group of diverse, energetic seniors who love UNC. Marshals plan several events and programs that help seniors optimize their final school year and prepare for life after Carolina. Marshals are some of UNC’s most committed and thoughtful students. Her son, Bailey, just turned 13.
Honors Institute alumni continue to give service back to their communities! Dode Ackey, 2000 Honors Institute graduate, is the founder of Africa International University (AIU) Foundation, a US non-profit organization raising money to build schools through Sub Sahara Africa. On July 25, 2011, the Foundation opened its first middle and high school (International Academy of Niamey) in Niger Republic that began operating for the 2011-2012 academic year. Please visit the Foundation's website at http://www.aiufoundation.org/ for more information and ways to help.
Damir Sinovcic, 2000 Honors Institute graduate, released his latest book called 50 US Architects: Residential + Planning. Please visit his website for more information or to purchase the new book: http://designbookpress.com/books/viewbook/us50.
Nader Hasan, 2008 Honors Institute graduate, writes for the University of South Florida's newspaper, The Oracle. Check out his article called, "Palestinian Peace Process is Not Dead." Nader is currently completing his Bachelors degree in International Affairs and Religious Studies.
Jacqueline Munera-Mason, 2007 Honors Institute graduate, received news that her first research article has been accepted for publication! Check out "Human Perceptions of Coat Color as an Indicator of Domestic Cat Personality" in Anthrozoos next year.
Mario Leandre, 2005 Honors Institute graduate, has been accepted into seven different University College of Medicines and has chosen to attend Florida State University College of Medicine.
Nathan Nandkishorelal, 2007 Honors Institute graduate, has been accepted into the Florida Institute of Technology and started the Masters in Business Administration degree in July 2011.
Justine Naylon, 2007 Honors Institute graduate, received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of South Florida in May 2011.
Basel Amer (Honors Institute graduate of 2010) has received notice that he prevailed in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars' Community College Transition Scholarship for $5,000! The organization awarded the annual scholarship for the first time last year, and another of our alumni received the scholarship: Annie Chen, who transferred to Boston College. Basel is in his first semester at the University of Texas, Austin, majoring in engineering. Congratulations, Basel!
Melanie Link-Perez, a 2000 graduate of the Honors Institute, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Smith College, completed her graduate degree from Miami University of Ohio and earned her Ph.D. this year. She is teaching at the University of Oklahoma and loves being in the classroom. Her areas of research have been plant systematics (evolutionary relationships in ferns).
Shannon Bean, 2009 Honors Institute graduate and a junior at Eckerd College. Shannon received a paid internship this past summer through Harvard University for Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Research.