Department Awards and Honors

Department Awards and Honors

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History Department

Student Awards

William Paterson University

2020-2021
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Paul Vouras Humanities

Award for History:

Awarded to an academically outstanding, graduating History major who is continuing on to graduate school and/or is an outstanding Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society member.

Jacqueline Antonette Messina

Jacqueline Antonette Messina is a History major, Elementary Education (Middle School Endorsement) major, and a Teaching of Students with Disabilities minor at William Paterson University. Jacqueline graduated in Fall 2020 with Summa Cum Laude academic honors. She is also an inductee into the Tau Sigma National Honor Society for transfer students and the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. Jacqueline currently works as a 4th Grade Teacher at Rockaway Township Public School in New Jersey.

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Outstanding Graduating Senior

Award in History:

Awarded to an academically outstanding, graduating History major.

Robert Ian Elfers

Robert Ian Elfers is a History major at William Paterson University. He is an inductee into the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society. After graduating in Spring 2021, Robert plans to become a High School Teacher of History/Social Studies in New Jersey.

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Patricia Ripmaster Award

Awarded to an academically outstanding, graduating History major who is also pursuing a degree in Elementary or Secondary Education.

Victoria Cecelia Lipari

Victoria Cecelia Lipari is a History major, Elementary Education (Middle School Endorsement) major, and a Teaching of Students with Disabilities minor at William Paterson University. Victoria graduated in Fall 2020 with Summa Cum Laude academic honors. She is also an inductee into the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society. Victoria plans to become Teacher of Middle Social Studies or Elementary Education in New Jersey.

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Outstanding History Minor Award:

Awarded to an academically outstanding, graduating History minor and/or American Studies minor.

William J. Mioduszewski

William J. Mioduszewski is a Political Science major and History minor at William Paterson University. William graduated in Fall 2020. He is also an inductee into the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society. William plans to pursue a career in public service and is currently applying for positions at United States Congressional offices and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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Livio Stecchini Essay Award:

Awarded to any current History major/minor or American Studies minor for an outstanding writing assignment completed within a History course during the present academic year.

Maxwell Johnson

Essay: “Concerning Interwar (1918-1939) Transnationalism: Germany, China, Japan”

Maxwell Johnson is a History major, a Philosophy minor, and student in the Humanities Honors Program at William Paterson University. He is an inductee in the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society. Maxwell plans to pursue a PhD in History or a JD in Law.

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History Department

Student Awards

William Paterson University

2019-2020
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Paul Vouras Humanities

Award for History:

Awarded to an academically outstanding, graduating History major who is continuing on to graduate school and/or is an outstanding Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society member.

Abigail Taylor Jones

Abigail Taylor Jones is a double major History and Asian Studies (in the Japanese Language track), as well as a student in the Honors College (in the Humanities track) at William Paterson University. After graduation, her plans include attending graduate school to study contemporary Japanese cultural history.

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Outstanding Graduating Senior

Award in History:

Awarded to an academically outstanding, graduating History major.

Paul Michael Joseph Doumanis

Paul Michael Joseph Doumanis is a double major in History and Secondary Education at William Paterson University. He was accepted into the Japanese Exchange Teaching (JET) Program and will spend the 2020-2021 academic year teaching English in Japan to public school students.

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Patricia Ripmaster Award

(2 recipients for 2019-2020):

Awarded to an academically outstanding, graduating History major who is also pursuing a degree in Elementary or Secondary Education.

Monica Chigozie Amas

Monica Chigozie Ama is a double major in History and Early Childhood Education (with special emphasis on Teaching Students with Disabilities) at William Paterson University. She has accepted a job offer to teach at Saint Michael’s Junior Day Nursery in Paterson, New Jersey.

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Patricia Ripmaster Award

(2 recipients for 2019-2020):

Awarded to an academically outstanding, graduating History major who is also pursuing a degree in Elementary or Secondary Education.

Serena Pearson

Serena Pearson is a double major in History and Elementary Education (with special emphasis on Teaching Students with Disabilities), as well as a student in the Honors College (in the Cognitive Science track) at William Paterson University. After graduation, her plans include becoming an elementary education teacher.

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Outstanding History Minor Award:

Awarded to an academically outstanding, graduating History minor and/or American Studies minor.

David Hunter

David Hunter is a double major in History and Secondary Education, minor in American Studies, as well as a student in the Honors College (in the Humanities track) at William Paterson University. After graduation, his plans include becoming a secondary education teacher.

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Livio Stecchini Essay Award:

Awarded to any current History major/minor or American Studies minor for an outstanding writing assignment completed within a History course during the present academic year.

Pooja Patel

Essay: “Chinese Migrants to the U.S.: 1882-1965”

Pooja Patel is a triple major in Management, Marketing, and Economics, a minor in History, as well as a student in the Honors College (in the Business track) at William Paterson University. She will graduate in May 2021 and plans to attend law school.

Phi Alpha Theta

National History Honor Society

Rho-Alpha Chapter

Department of History
William Paterson University

2021 Inductees

Natalie AlpizarJoan CastanedaMatthew Hyman
Victoria LipariWilliam MioduszewskiKiera Shepard
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2020 Inductees

Monica Chigozie AmaAdrianna Del GuercioRobert Ian Elfers
Abigail Taylor JonesAmanda LusskinPooja Patel
JoAnn RonconeJohn Santa MariaKatie Smeilus
Anthony SudolGianna SullivanSacha Matthew Trinidad

2020-2021 Graduating Seniors

Department of History

William Paterson

*** Magna Cum Laude ** Summa Cum Laude * Cum Laude

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Christopher Mitchell Angelica Nicholas George Bechtler
Nicholas Jeffrey Clausen Zachary John Clemente
Gabriel A. Diaz Thomas J. Dutzar
Robert Ian Elfers Matthew Patrick Ferrara
Sheila Garcia Harrison Ireland Hohnecker **
Andrew Itzep Danial Shahzad Khan
Shawn Khan Jonathan Koch
Christa Hope LaTorre Christopher Gerard Liloia
Victoria Cecilia Lipari *** Amanda R. Lusskin
Adam Robert Magi Marcelo Gabriele Malleo
Daniel John Martino Jacqueline Antonette Messina ***
Joshuah Morgan Debra Alison Mourad
Armando Javier Ovalles * Hannah E. Remenschneider *
Jessica Lyn Reul John Robert Santa Maria*
Lindsay Stoerger Veronica Terrana *
Ryan James Tower * Carlos Abisain Trinidad
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2019-2020 Graduating Seniors

Department of History

William Paterson

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Vincent Gerald Alley Monica Chigozie Ama***
Olivia Grace Archilla* Naemeh Adnan Asfour*
Cianna Christine Berlangieri Louis Hayes Burdick
Amanda Carfagno Paul M. Caron
Gabriela Esperanza DePena Paul Michael Doumanis***
Kayla Rose Henderson* David August Hunter**
Abigail Taylor Jones*** Danna Rae Kane
Niasia Andrenda Kennedy* Robert L. Keuhlen
Christa Hope LaTorre Connor Eugene Mendes*
Joshua Abraham Ramos Anthony James Sudol
Gianna Sullivan** Sacha Matthew Zacaris Trinidad
Gregory William Vivino Ja’shon Elijah Woodard
Alexander Patrick Wooton* Edson Zapata
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Spring 2021 College of HSS

Dean's List

History Majors

William Paterson University

Students who took a minimum of 12 credits and earned a grade point average of 3.45 or better are named to the Dean’s List for Fall and Spring semesters. Courses taken under the pass/fail option are not counted towards the 12-credit minimum requirement.

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Shurma Akther Arturo Baron Brianna Brady
William Brown Shaye Calderon Daniel Carter
Daniel Cassini Francisco Chavez-Salazar Kyle Crispina
Adrianna Del Guercio Ryan Donovan Matthew Ferrara
Vincenzo Ferrara Lucas Fertakos Liliana Flores Acosta
Jared Franzson Terrell Gambill Mikee Garrido
Jacquelyn Gazzano Ashley Green Christine Halpin
Fazli Hida Liam Hornbostel Matthew Hyman
Andrew Itzep Maxwell Johnson Michael Johnson
Danial Khan Mark Kirker Griffin Leary
Nicholas Lepri Lilian McGough Ian Metzger
Anthony Morano Joseph Paolantonio Joseph Pawlica
Olivia Prihoda Hannah Remenschneider Grace Rinaldo
Joann Roncone Andrew Rovito Matthew Ruffel
Thomas Ryder Ali Senman Max Skelly
Lindsay Stoerger Jonathan Stolarz Kelly Taggart
Carlos Trinidad Evelin Vaquero Catherine Wilson
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Fall 2020 College of HSS

Dean's List

History Majors

William Paterson University

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Shurma Akther Arturo Baron Nicholas Bechtler
William Brown Shaye Calderon Daniel Carter
Francisco Chavez-Salazar Kyle Crispina Adrianna Del Guercio
Ryan Donovan Thomas Dutzar Vincenzo Ferrara
Lucas Fertakos Jared Franzson Terrell Gambill
Mikee Garrido Ashley Green Tahani Helms-Ishmael
Fazli Hida Liam Hornbostel Matthew Hyman
Andrew Itzep Maxwell Johnson Cara Kennedy
Danial Khan Mark Kirker Jonathan Koch
Griffin Leary Ana Martinez Lilian McGough
Leo Neblung Armando Ovalles Joseph Paolantonio
Joseph Pawlica Shannon Portway Hannah Remenschneider
Jessica Reul Gabriella Reyes Grace Rinaldo
John Santa Maria Metin Selman Lindsay Stoerger
Veronica Terrana Carlos Trinidad Evelin Vaquero
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Spring 2020 College of HSS

Dean's List

History Majors

William Paterson University

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Vincent Alley Noah Amores Naemeh Asfour
Cianna Berlangieri
William Brown
Daniel Carter Johana Castro
Carl Contino Kyle Crispina Thomas Dutzar
Evan Federico Vincenzo Ferrara Jared Franzson
Lindsey Giordano Ashley Green Fazli Hida
Liam Hornbostel Maxwell Johnson Danna Kane
Mark Kirker Anthony Merendino Joseph Paolantonio
Hannah Remenschneider Joann Roncone Matthew Ruffel
Thomas Ryder John Santa Maria Samantha Shaw
Jonathan Stolarz Gianna Sullivan Carlos Trinidad
Sascha Matthew Trinidad
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Fall 2019 College of HSS

Dean's List

History Majors

William Paterson University

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Seda Akman Noah Amores Naemeh Asfour
William Brown Jack Cahill Daniel Carter
Nico Casella Johana Castro Zachary Clemente
Kyle Crispina Gabriel Diaz Thomas Dutzar
Eduardo Fernandez Ismael Fernandez Vincenzo Ferrara
Jared Franzson Fazli Hida Liam Hornbostel
Matthew Ruffel Samantha Shaw Jonathan Stolarz
Gianna Sullivan Carlos Trinidad Matthew Trinidad