Locals report student news, Jan. 6 edition


Locals report student news, Jan. 6 editionRegion – Amanda Winer, of Westborough, was awarded third place in the Binghamton University Alumni Association's 2011 Exemplary Student Award Competition. The award honors outstanding Binghamton University students and judged on criteria including involvement on and off campus, University knowledge, personality and communication, academic strength, honors and awards, and overall impression.

Winer is studying history, Judaic studies and classical civilization in Binghamton's Harpur College of Arts and Sciences. She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta and has received the Helen Anne B. Rivlin Scholarship, Benjamin and Ann Schecter Scholarship, Faculty-Student Scholarship, Provost Academic Scholarship and Foundation Annual Award. She has served as a tutor in the Binghamton University Writing Center, teaching assistant for both the history and Judaic studies departments, president of the 2012 Senior Class Council (during junior year) and currently vice president of public affairs for the 2012 Class Council.

Among her many involvements, she is a tour guide and marketing intern for the Binghamton University Writing Initiative, chapter coordinator for Challah for Hunger, and founder of Shoreshim, Jewish Environmental Initiative. Winer is a service ambassador for the University's Center for Civic Engagement, participates in the English Conversation Pairs Program, and coordinates education and advocacy for all Challah for Hunger chapters worldwide.

Nirmal Devarajan, sophomore finance and advertising major from Shrewsbury, serves as a Balancing the Books tutor.

Balancing the Books is a collaboration between Syracuse University (SU) and the Syracuse City School District, and is a service-learning program geared toward tutoring local middle and high school students in the Syracuse area.

The tutoring program focuses on teaching students about the basics of financial literacy, which includes topics such as interest, credit cards, checks, debt, and the importance of dealing with all of these when they are adults. Most importantly, SU tutors are encouraged to share some of their experiences from secondary school or college life, their plans for the future, or offer advice to teach the students basic life skills and hope for a better and bright future.

The following local residents have earned degrees from Springfield College for studies completed in 2011. Erin Dagle of Northborough, master of education degree in psychology; Heather Kelly, of Shrewsbury, master of science degree in occupational therapy; Beryl Paulhus, of Shrewsbury, doctor of physical therapy degree in physical therapy; Matthew Johnson, of Westborough, bachelor of science degree in applied exercise science.

Catherine Mullaney of Shrewsbury was recently named to the President's List for the fall 2011 semester at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Tex.


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