Ehm and Legaspi will lead graduates at 2002 Commencement
Sharon R. Ehm and M. Bryan Legaspi have been chosen as the Senior Class Marshals for Syracuse University’s 148th Commencement. They will lead the procession of graduates into the May 12 Commencement ceremony, which will begin at 9:20 a.m. in the Carrier Dome.
Ehm is the daughter of Bert and Rebecca Williams of Johnston, Iowa and William and Rose Ann Ehm of West Des Moines, Iowa. She is a senior majoring in policy studies in The College of Arts and Sciences and public relations in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Ehm is the recipient of several honors. She is a 2001-02 Remembrance Scholar, a member of the Honors Program, and was named the Outstanding Freshman of the Year (1998-99) and Outstanding Junior of the Year (2000-01) in the Newhouse School. She was named to the 2001-02 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and named a Matrix Scholar by the local chapter of New York Women in Communications. She is a Chancellor’s Scholar, a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and was a DIPA Hong Kong Scholar.
She has served as a peer advisor for the Newhouse School, president of the Lawrinson Hall Council and is a member of the Kappa Tau Alpha and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. She has been involved with the Wilson Park Community Center, the Alibrandi Catholic Center, United Way Meals on Wheels, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Habitat for Humanity.
Legaspi is the son of Marlon and Elizabeth Legaspi of Jamesville. He is a senior majoring in economics, international relations and Spanish language, literature and culture in The College of Arts and Sciences.
He is a 2001-02 Remembrance Scholar, a member of the Honors Program and the Omicron Delta Epsilon, Phi Eta Sigma and Sigma Iota Rho honor societies. He was named to the 2001-02 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. He served as president of the SU campus chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society, an associate justice on the Student Government Association Review Board, a member of the Student Association Assembly, a senator on the University Senate, an undergraduate representative to the Board of Trustees, and has served on numerous committees.
He previously volunteered with the Loretto Geriatric Center, Crouse Hospital, the Spanish Action League, Golden Key, People in Action and the D.A.R.E. Program.
To be selected a class marshal is among the most prestigious honors at the University. Senior class marshals are selected on the basis of academic achievement, involvement in student organizations and campus and community service. Each finalist must submit an essay entitled “What the SU Experience Has Meant To Me.”
This year’s selection committee was chaired by Lena-Rose Orlando, assistant director for student affairs. Members include Mary Jo Custer, director for student affairs and associate to the senior vice president and dean of student affairs; Eric F. Spina, associate dean and associate professor in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science; Jessica Rozali, a senior in the School of Management (undergraduate representative); and Rommel Abad (graduate representative).
Additionally, the following students (listed with their majors) have been selected as college marshals:
o School of Architecture-Alice Carey and Andrew G. Watkins (both majoring in architecture).
o The College of Arts and Sciences-Michael J. Caldwell (fine arts and television, radio and film); Sara Nadelman (sociology); and Kristen M. Syfert (mathematics and history).
o School of Education-Jeanna Ane Labik (communication sciences and disorders) and Jonathan M. Smallridge (social studies education and history).
o L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science-Faith L. Tartaglia (chemical engineering) and Michelle M. Weller (electrical engineering).
o The Graduate School-Deirdre Black (physics).
o College of Human Services and Health Professions-James C. Barton (social work) and Tracy L. Stalker (nutrition).
o School of Information Studies-Brian Daniels and Shenea Hunt (both majoring in information management and technology).
o School of Management-Michael Andreotta (finance and marketing) and Alexandra Berwitz (finance and accounting).
o The Maxwell School-Tanya C. Beer (international relations and public administration).
o S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications-Benjamas Dhammarungruang (advertising) and Kana Yamazaki (advertising).
o College of Visual and Performing Arts-Aaron Michael Bittel (music education) and Laura L. Schwenninger (drama).
The college marshals for the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry are Amanda O’Connor (landscape architecture) and Daniel John Zuniga (biochemistry).
College marshals are selected annually by each of the University’s schools and colleges and by ESF on the basis of academic achievement, involvement in student organizations, and campus and community service. College marshals have the honor of leading the procession of graduates from his or her school or college into the Commencement ceremony.