Commencement 2011

Alpha Chi Award

The Alpha Chi Award is given to a graduating student who, in the eyes of the members of Alpha Chi, best exemplifies truth and character, which are the ideals of the society.

Devin R. Wilkie

Devin Wilkie is an excellent student with a sharp mind and a real passion for learning. As an exceptionally engaged student leader, he has demonstrated his sincere dedication to our college community. One of his professors describes him as “the most reliable, organized student leader I have worked with while at Colby-Sawyer.” In addition to serving as the vice president of Alpha Chi, he is president of Safe Zones, the treasurer of Word Order, the secretary of the Philosophy Club and an editor of the literary magazine Solidus. In short, Devin Wilkie exemplifies the values of Alpha Chi both inside and outside the classroom.

Senior Achievement Award

The Senior Achievement Award is presented to a graduating senior who has distinguished themselves by displaying leadership qualities in their active involvement in the cocurricular life of the college.

Catherine L. Moulton

A Dean's List student who is a founding member of the Iota Tau Alpha Honor Society, Catherine "Catie" always challenges herself and finds great success through her hard work and dedication. She majored in Athletic Training and minored in Psychology and has completed three internships while at Colby-Sawyer. In addition to her academic accomplishments, Catie has distinguished herself through active and dedicated leadership involvement in the co-curricular life of the college.

Catie represents the college as an Admissions tour guide and plays an essential role in working with prospective students and their families. Working with Media Services, she provides audio/visual expertise for public events on campus, and is a liaison between the college and guest entertainers and speakers when they arrive to the college. She also works in the Sawyer Center box office and has assisted Alumni Relations in escorting alumni around campus.

For three semesters, Catie served as a chair for the Community Council. She is also a member of the Exercise and Sport Management Club and the Athletic Training Club and has volunteered at the Boston Marathon and the Colby-Sawyer College-Community

Wynne Jesser McGrew Scholar-Athlete Award

The Wynne Jesser McGrew Scholar-­Athlete Award may be given to the graduating female se­nior who, in the opinion of the Athletic Advisory Council, has made significant contributions to both the scholastic and varsity programs of the College.

Cailin Bullett

Cailin Bullett is a natural leader on the court and in the classroom. As a four-year starter and two-year captain of the Women's Basketball Team, Cailin has guided her teammates to a NAC Championship and return to the NCAA Tournament. She finished the season sixth in the nation with 6.1 assists per game and leaves Colby-Sawyer with a school record 583 career assists. She scored more than 1,000 points (1257) and 500 rebounds (522).

“She made my job easy for the last four years,” says her basketball coach. “She always knew what needed to be done both on and off the court, and could communicate that to her teammates effectively and quickly.”

Off the court, Cailin has made a tremendous impact as president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, as a Wesson Honors student, Dean's List student, Alpha Chi Honor Society member, and recipient of the Sawyer Fellowship Award and the Squires Award for Academic Excellence.

“She is the epitome of the scholar-athlete,” says a professor. “She is as significant a leader in the classroom, just as she assists and leads her teammates on the court.”

A History, Society and Culture major, Cailin will hold a new court next year with a full scholarship to Suffolk University Law School.

Scholar–Athlete Award

The Scholar-­Athlete Award may be given to the graduating male senior who, in the opinion of the Athletic Advisory Council, has made significant contributions to both the scholastic and varsity programs of the college.

James Wright Montanari

An Environmental Science major with a minor in Business Administration, James “Jim” Montanari is a Dean's List student, was an intern with Nova University Coastal Research team at Tvarminne Zoological Station in Finland and a participant in the Kearsarge Regional Food System project. Jim led the Men's Swimming and Diving Team as captain this season, and qualified for the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Championships all four years as a top sprint freestyle swimmer and a key member of team relays. A coach nominated Jim for his “proven leadership in and out of the pool.”

Graduate Award

The Graduate Award is given to a senior whose character and influence most constructively affected the junior class.

Daniel Frederick Moir

It was presented to Daniel Frederick Moir, a Child Development major from Salem, N.H. A driven and accomplished student, Moir's compassion and understanding have made him a role model for his fellow students.

Daniel “Dan” Moir is a driven and accomplished student already well respected and admired in his professional life, but it is his compassion that peers say makes him a role model who has taught them as much, or more, about life than any class could.

Dan has turned the pain of deep loss and identity exploration into lessons that inspire those who know him. One fellow student wrote in nominating him, “There are three things that I learned about life from Dan. First, he taught me that no matter what someone else thinks, you should remain exactly who you are. Second, he taught me to delight in the little things. Last, that life gets better.”

Even through a personal transformation, Dan remained exactly the same at heart. When people walked out of his life, he stayed strong, remained true to who he was and found ways to be happy. “He is the personification of the phrase 'when life gives you a reason to frown, give them a thousand reasons to smile,'” says a student. “Honestly, I don't think he can help smiling!”

A Child Development major who earned a minor in Psychology, Dan was a member of the Education and Child Development Club and active with the

The Colby-­Sawyer Award is given to the senior who, in the opinion of the faculty, best exemplifies the ideals of the college in personal dignity, intellectual growth, contribution to campus life and constructive influence on other students.

David H. Winton Baccalaureate Award

The David H. Winton Baccalaureate Award is presented to the graduate who ranks highest in scholarship among those in the graduating class.

Veronica L. Smith

The David H. Winton Baccalaureate Award was presented to Veronica L. Smith at the ceremony. Veronica "Vee" Smith transferred to Colby-Sawyer as a sophomore and immediately made her mark on the intellectual life of the college. An Exercise Science major with a minor in Chemistry, she earned a place on the Dean's List every semester. An Alpha Chi Honor Society member and two-time recipient of the Class Academic Award, she served as a teaching assistant and peer academic tutor. A professor says: "In all she does, Vee demonstrates critical thinking. She is able to take a case study and determine the critical elements, and identify solutions and potential implications." Veronica completed an internship as a counselor working with girls and women to assist them in developing healthy lifestyles. She will continue her studies in graduate school, where she will focus on nutrition.

Colby-Sawyer Award

The Colby-Sawyer Award is given to the senior who, in the opinion of the faculty, best exemplifies the ideals of the college in personal dignity, intellectual growth, contribution to campus life and constructive influence on other students.

Enoch Mahama Holu

It is hard to overstate Enoch Holu's leadership, intellectual ability and determination to succeed. In his first semester he was awarded the James Duane Squires Book Award, which honors students who have performed academic accomplishments above and beyond expectations. Enoch has excelled in all aspects, not only academically as a Wesson Honors, Dean's List and Alpha Chi Honor Society member, but also as a community member who served the Cross Cultural Club as vice president for a semester. The clearest example of his maturity, intellectual curiosity and leadership is his work in strengthening the college's international education. In summer 2012, Enoch retraced the “African trail of tears” from his home in Ghana to the coastal fortresses that housed slaves before their transport to the American colonies. He documented his journey and presented his findings on campus. What makes Enoch exceptional is that his achievements have come in spite of the many hurdles he has had to overcome. While encountering and overcoming hardship is a common experience for our students, Enoch has exhibited an extraordinary level of maturity and determination that makes him stand out among his peers.

Senior Commencement Speaker

The Class of 2013 Commencement Speaker Medal is presented to a student who represents the the character of the graduating class and will give an inspirational and engaging speech that represents the college's values and learning outcomes. The theme for this year's senior Commencement address is “The Real World.”

Cory James Schofield

When Media Studies major Cory Schofield transferred to Colby-Sawyer in his junior year, he found himself caught between the challenges of a first-year student and the effort required of a junior. Cory, a lover of films, music, acting and artistic expression, became involved with the CSC Players and the CSC Singers and quickly became part of the college culture. Through these experiences, he decided to combine his Media Studies education with his desire to produce music by starting an online music production company and composing scores for short and feature-length films. “I have no doubt it will be a lifelong endeavor. I couldn't imagine a life without music!” he says. Cory, a member of the Alpha Chi and Lambda Pi Eta honor societies, is honored to deliver the Student Commencement speech. “Even though I've only been with the Colby-Sawyer community for two years, it has become my home,” he says. “I'm beyond proud to represent my graduating class.”

2013 Baccalaureate Awards


Art, Studio Art - Katherine Elizabeth Rial

Katherine “Kate” Rial is a Dean's List student who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a concentration in Ceramics and a minor in Art History. As a committed and gifted artist, Kate has the knowledge and ability to work across other artistic media, but in her specialty in the art and craft of clay, she creates beautiful functional and sculptural ceramics. Her works are in the permanent collection of the college and her thesis art exhibition in the Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery was a series of compelling works of the highest quality. While at Colby-Sawyer, Kate was also an exceptionally dedicated member of the Women's Lacrosse team.

Athletic Training - Whitney Breen Cashin

Whitney Cashin has demonstrated excellence in the Athletic Training major through her academic and leadership accomplishments. She comes to class prepared for discussions and activities. Whitney volunteers for program activities and provides mentoring for underclass students. She has been a Dean's List student, an Evolving Leaders Program officer, and an Exercise and Sport Sciences Club member. Whitney also played a major role in developing and leading the first Athletic Training Club. She has represented athletic training nationally at iLead, an annual conference for students interested in leadership and in preparing for the professional world of athletic training.

Biology - Annemarie Jennifer Wehrer

Annemarie Wehrer is an outstanding student in all of her classes, and is especially strong in biology and chemistry. She is a Dean's List student and a member of Alpha Chi and the Health Professions Association. Annemarie's senior research focused on the evolutionary benefits of friendship. She is preparing for a career as a physician's assistant.

Business Administration, Dr. Margaret “Marnie” Kurtz Award - Sean Pengxiang Ding

Sean is an active participant in class who asks insightful questions in order to fully understand course concepts. He is a Dean's List student and a member of Sigma Beta Delta, Alpha Chi and the Wesson Honors program. Sean has served as a teaching assistant for our Principles of Economics course, and he routinely volunteers to assist other students in their quantitative courses. Sean has accomplished all of this while accelerating his studies, completing his degree requirements in just three years.

Child Development - Kathryn Buck

Gregarious, compassionate and charming, Kathryn “Katie” Buck is a delightful combination of scholar, campus leader and early childhood advocate. A Dean's List student and Psi Chi Honor Society member, Katie served as co-president of the Education and Child Development Club and demonstrated excellent leadership skills and a deep commitment to young children and their families. She significantly increased membership in the club and led successful initiatives such as clothing and food drives and collections of toys and art materials for hospitalized children. As a sophomore, Katie received the Ann Gulick Award, presented to those who through community service, exemplify reliability, loyalty and unselfishness.

English, Carl M. Cochran Award - Devin R. Wilkie

Devin Wilkie has been a leader from the moment he arrived on campus. He has served as the president of Safe Zones; vice president of Alpha Chi; treasurer of Word Order, the club for creative writers and English majors; editor for Solidus literary magazine; and Philosophy Club treasurer. Devin has been an active, community-building presence on campus. His academic work is always superb, and his presence in classes is productive and collegial. Devin is hard-working, thorough in his research topics, and an excellent example of the type of learner we value at Colby-Sawyer: one who embraces the important connections between curricular and co-curricular activities. He is a Sawyer Fellowship recipient and earlier this year was recognized with the Barbara Johnson Stearns Award.

Environmental Studies - Ashley A. Reynolds

A Wesson Honors and Dean's List student, Ashley Reynolds produces excellent, meticulous work in the classroom and dares to enjoy academic adventure and rigor. Dedicated to exploring the outer bounds of Environmental Studies, Ashley embraced the challenges of racing the rapids of the Colorado River with the River Communities class and studying a semester in East Africa. Though committed to her academics, Ashley is always generous with her time and was active with the Campus Activities Board and Alpha Chi, and was a resident assistant for two and a half years. She further demonstrated her passion for the environment by serving as president of Students for a Greener Campus and secretary of Sustainability Core.

Exercise Science - Justine Marie Sachetta

Justine Sachetta, a Wesson Honors Program student, excelled in the classroom and pursued her academic interests through scholarly and professional activities. A Dean's List student and Psi Chi Honor Society member, Justine also participated on the Women's Swimming and Diving team. Always gracious and supportive of her peers, she is engaged, inquisitive and respected in the classroom. She challenges assumptions and makes connections and practical applications from theoretical constructs. Her strong communication skills served her well in two internships. Over the past two years, Justine has worked on a research project examining the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) metabolic calculations. She will co-present these findings at the ACSM Conference this summer.

Graphic Design - Karen Lynne Fondoules

Intellectually curious and hard-working, Karen is a talented designer who brings energy and enthusiasm to the classroom. A Dean's List student, Karen is an Alpha Chi member, and in 2011 she received a Sawyer Fellowship for significant academic contributions to campus life. Having completed multiple internships, she helps foster an atmosphere of propriety and professionalism among her fellow students. Inspired by visual culture, contemporary design and design history, she considers multiple influences while working on any given project. As a result, her design work is highly inventive and original, and she raises the bar for performance in the classroom and beyond.

Health Care Management - Megan Elizabeth Perry

Megan demonstrated academic excellence in the Health Care Management Program and has been active and engaged during her time at Colby-Sawyer. A member of Sigma Beta Delta and Alpha Chi honor societies and the Wesson Honors program, Megan is also a consistent Dean's List student. She graciously gives assistance to other students needing support, while finding the time to take part in a theater production and serve as an Orientation Leader. A leader who balances fiscal discipline with compassionate and ethical decision-making, Megan is exactly the kind of leader that the health care industry needs.

Health Promotion - Christina Lynn Fulford

Christina is a Wesson Honors Program scholar and Alpha Chi member who has maintained a Dean's List average every semester. With a special interest in health issues of the young, Christina chose an internship with a New Hampshire agency dedicated to optimizing the early years for infants and children. Christina elected to do primary research for her Capstone project, “Environmental Factors that Influence Food Consumption among Undergraduates.” Her study, completed in collaboration with a student colleague, involved collecting and analyzing data and reflects the focused, thoughtful work on critical health promotion issues that characterized her undergraduate career. In addition to being an exceptional student, Christina is a remarkable writer known for her critical thinking abilities.

History, Society and Culture - Krista DiGloria

Krista DiGloria has been an exceptional scholar and natural leader during her years at Colby-Sawyer. Her dedication to excellence is evident in her academic accomplishments as a Dean's List student and Alpha Chi honor society member, as well as in the pivotal leadership role she played within the Wesson Honors Program. Krista combines her drive for excellence with an open and inquisitive mind, and she speaks and acts from deeply held principles and has the courage to reflect on and critique her own beliefs. This combination of traits makes Krista an ideal example of the citizen-scholar that the History, Society and Culture major seeks to produce.

Media Studies - Joshua Hardy

Josh combines excellence in the classroom with enthusiastic service to the college community. A member of Alpha Chi and Lambda Pi Eta, he has contributed written and video pieces to the Colby-Sawyer Courier, hosted a radio show on WSCS, and served as a technical assistant for Windcrossing Productions. He has also participated in several shows with the Colby-Sawyer Players and co-wrote and co-directed “Weekend Warrior: The Musical!” For his Capstone, Josh created promotional pieces for Concord Community television, which presented him with its Intern of the Year award and offered him the position of training coordinator to oversee the station's summer classes and camps.

Nursing, Grace Adella Sheldon Graves Award - Aimee Nicole Morin

Aimee Morin best exemplifies the ideal Colby-Sawyer nurse in a class of high performing nursing students. A member of the Dean's List and the Equestrian team for a time, Aimee stands out for her exceptional leadership qualities both inside and outside of the classroom and clinical environment. Dedicated to both the art and the science of nursing, she served as co-president of the most robust Student Nurses' Association in the program's history.

Psychology - Haley Elizabeth Gisonno

Committed to getting the absolute most out of her time at Colby-Sawyer, Haley went above and beyond the typical undergraduate curriculum. In addition to her double major in Psychology and Child Development, Haley served as a teaching assistant, expanded her knowledge of the scientific process by working as a research assistant, and completed an internship with an inner-city school in Washington, D.C. A member of the Wesson Honors Program, Dean's List, and the Psi Chi and Alpha Chi honor societies, she has shown tremendous discipline in managing her academic and athletic responsibilities. As a member of the Women's Basketball and Field Hockey teams, Haley acted as a role model and mentor for her teammates. She is a confident young academic who will excel as she continues on to graduate school.

Public Health - Taylor Brooke Funaro

Taylor pursued her degree in Public Health with enthusiasm and commitment. Her academic work has been consistently intelligent and thoughtfully crafted, and she is a role model of excellent teamwork in group situations. In her Capstone project, “The Effects of Parental Attitude and Beliefs toward Nutrition on Childhood Obesity,” Taylor displayed her ability to appreciate the sociological, psychological and biophysical complexities of this challenging public health problem. While at Colby-Sawyer, Taylor served as treasurer of the Community Service Club.