Working Hard for Others
Serena Rockingster ’19 is determined to live a life of giving. A magna cum laude graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a minor in women’s and gender studies, Rockingster, of Brooklyn, sees herself as a professor and clinical psychologist far down the road of her future.
Mary Catherine Sawyer ’19
Mary Catherine Sawyer, who graduated summa cum laude, had her first taste of teaching music during her sophomore year as part of the Jamaica Field Service Abroad program, a 10-day trip to Port Antonio, Jamaica, where she worked one-on-one with elementary school students.
Austin Raetz ' 18
Austin Raetz just graduated summa cum laude and was accepted into a prestigious graduate program in History at Cornell University. What’s equally impressive is his passion and personal connection to his field of study, as he examines sexuality and gender roles through a historical lens.
Genevieve Ruhland ’18
Before Genevieve Ruhland ’18 wrapped up her double major in music education and math this year, she directed a 70-minute experimental percussion performance in the Academic Quad—a project that allowed her to explore less mainstream percussion music as part of her Presidential Scholars research.
Mahala Nyberg ’18
As a SUNY Potsdam Presidential Scholar, Mahala Nyberg ’18 worked extensively on a project focused on the life of WWII Veteran Donald Waful. She is now a senior and wrapping up a challenging course load with a double major in history and archaeological studies.
Alexis Michael '18
As one of 21 students working on independent research projects through the Presidential Scholars Program this year, Alexis Michael ’18, a double major in archaeology and history, took aim at an experiment that could change archaeologists’ theories about when Indigenous populations first used the bow and arrow in Eastern North America.