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Callahan and Williams represent SU's Class of 2010 as senior class marshals

April 28, 2010

Sara Miller
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Senior class marshals Kate Pettitt Callahan and Timeka N. Williams will carry the Class of 2010 banner to open Syracuse University’s 156th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 16, and continue a longstanding tradition by representing their class on this special occasion.

Callahan of Willimantic, Conn., double majors in nutrition in the College of Human Ecology and policy studies in The College of Arts and Sciences. Williams, of Detroit, double majors in magazine journalism in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and international relations in Arts and Sciences.   

Senior class marshals—among the most prestigious honors at SU—serve as the all-University student representatives for graduation and lead the Commencement procession onto the floor of the Dome. Senior class marshals are distinguished individuals who have excelled during their time at SU and who exemplify the spirit of the senior class. The criteria used to determine qualified nominees include scholarship, academic honors, student organization involvement, campus service and community service. An essay and a copy of an official SU transcript are also required. 

Marshals for each of the University’s schools and colleges have also been selected to lead the procession of graduates from each school or college into the Commencement ceremony. Selected for distinguished achievement in scholarship, leadership, service and collegiality, the 2010 marshals are:

School of Architecture

  • Marina Gabriela Betti Albiero Brink of Madrid, Spain;
  • Danton Spina of Clementon, N.J. 

The College of Arts and Sciences

  • Chad Ivan Brooker of Cobleskill, N.Y., a political science, policy studies and economics triple major;
  • Jennifer Ann Helen Gramer of Portland, Ore., a history and art history double major;
  • Amy E. Rabideau of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., a chemistry and biology double major.  

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

  • Linda Jirouskova of Milevsko, Czech Republic, a master’s student in international relations and economics. 

School of Education

  • Emily Poccia of Guilford, Conn., a health and exercise science major;
  • Sara Scribner of Waterbury Center, Vt., an inclusive elementary and special education, and history double major. 

L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science

  • Mussadiq Akram Arain of Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia, a chemical engineering and international relations double major;
  • Scott Kuzdeba of South Deerfield, Mass., an electrical engineering and economics double major. 

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

  • Nadia Essi of Syracuse, N.Y., a biotechnology major;
  • Justine R. Schmidt of East Syracuse, N.Y., a biochemistry major. 

Graduate School 

  • Patrick M. Hakey of Fairfax, Vt., of The College of Arts and Sciences. 

College of Human Ecology

  • Tasha M. Brown of Elmont, N.Y., a child and family studies, and psychology double major;
  • Brittany L. Chin of East Greenbush, N.Y., a nutrition and dietetics major. 

School of Information Studies

  • Katlyn Bennett of Livonia, N.Y., an information management and technology, and political science double major;
  • Matthew T. Rose of Cranston, R.I., an information management and technology major. 

College of Law

  • Victor Ray Garza of Alice, Tex. 

Martin J. Whitman School of Management

  • Sierra Bromley of Fair Haven, N.Y., an accounting major;
  • Larry Seivert of Orchard Park, N.Y., a supply chain management and finance double major. 

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

  • Carly Pavlick of Canton, Ohio, a public relations major;
  • Dina Spector of Stamford, Conn., a magazine journalism major. 

University College

  • Diane Dickson of Seneca Falls, N.Y., a legal studies major. 

College of Visual and Performing Arts

  • Elysa Smigielski of Lebanon, Ohio, a studio art major;
  • Amanda Stessen of Syracuse, N.Y., a communications and rhetorical studies, and policy studies double major. 

For full information on SU’s Commencement weekend, visit

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