Fall Awards - Presidential Scholars

The Presidential Scholar award program was established to honor outstanding student academic performance combined with exceptional depth and breadth of interest and outstanding community service. Named after the first four past presidents of Phi Kappa Phi, who were distinguished Ithaca College faculty members, the awards are thus named the Shirley Hockett Award, the John Bernard Award, the John Harcourt Award, and the Raquib Zaman Award.

The Ithaca College chapter of Phi Kappa Phi held its annual Fall Awards & Induction Ceremony on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 4:00 PM in Emerson C, Campus Center.


The Shirley Hockett Scholar: LYDIA LOISELLE, Biology
Nominating Faculty Members: Assistant Professor Te-Wen Lo, Biology

Lydia is a Biology major and Neuroscience minor from West Hartford, CT. She has been conducting research in Professor Jean Hardwick’s lab since her sophomore year at Ithaca College. Studying heart disease and learning lab techniques in neurobiology is what sparked her passion for medicine. She has had the incredible opportunity to present research at two conferences during her time in the Hardwick lab. At the 2019 Eastern Colleges Science Conference she was awarded outstanding platform presentation in Animal Biology. Most recently, she traveled to Chicago to present a poster on changes in neuropeptides in ganglia with chronic heart disease at the annual Society for Neuroscience Conference. She would also like to thank Te-Wen Lo for nominating her for the Shirley Hockett Presidential Scholar Award. Te-Wen has been both a professor and supervisor to Lydia and has seen her progress over the years into a confident, young scientist.

Lydia has recognized the importance of incorporating a balance of work and hobbies into her schedule. Outside of academics, she plays the violin and has been the concert master of the Ithaca College Sinfonietta. During her free time, she also enjoys running and cooking, and is excited to participate in her first Spartan race in November. After graduation, she intends on taking a gap year to work as a PCA in her hometown and begin applying to PA schools.

The John Harcourt Scholar: MARGARET MCKINNIS, Writing
Nominating Faculty Member: Assistant Professor Jaime Warburton, Writing

Margaret McKinnis is a senior Writing major with minors in Honors and Linguistics. She currently works as a tutor at the Writing Center. While at IC, Margaret has been involved with the Ithaca College New Voices Literary Festival, first as a student guide and then as the student director. In addition, she has interned for local organizations, including Community Arts Partnership and The Sophie Fund, writing feature stories and organizing events such as a reading for the Spring Writes Literary Festival. During this past summer, Margaret worked at the Ithaca Writers Institute as a teaching assistant in creative nonfiction and poetry, where she collaborated with professors on the design and implementation of their curriculum and also crafted her own lesson plan on research and creative writing. In the summer of 2018, she pursued independent research to explore poststructuralist theory through Ithaca College’s Summer Scholars Program. Margaret is currently working on her senior project with Professor Jaime Warburton where they are exploring how various aspects of linguistics shape the way we give accounts through narrative.

The John Bernard Scholar: JUSTINA SNYDER, Physical Therapy
Nominating Faculty Member: Clinical Professor Barb Belyea, Physical Therapy, and Associate Chair, Chair of Graduate Studies

Justina Snyder is a senior Physical Therapy student from Haddon Heights, NJ. She is a part of the Leadership Scholar Program and has minors in Neuroscience, Psychology, and the Honors Program. On campus, Justina is involved as a Business Services Assistant for the IT department, Front Desk Receptionist for the Wellness Clinic, and a President’s Host Tour Guide for the Office of Admission. In addition to connecting with prospective students and their family members as a tour guide, Justina has also enjoyed working with first-year students as their Resident Assistant during her sophomore and junior years. This year, she is serving as President of the Physical Therapy Student Association (ICPTSA) and is a member of the ICPT Mental Health Taskforce and representative for the PT Department on the HSHP Student Advisory Council. Outside of on-campus extracurriculars, Justina is dedicated to service and has participated in the Patient Care Advocacy Team offered through Ithaca College and Cornell University. Through this leadership program, she volunteered at Cayuga Medical Center on a weekly basis. She has also volunteered in the community for IC’s MLK Day of Service the past three years and has worked as a volunteer for the Human Expression Through the Arts: A Reciprocal Development program (HEARD) at the MacCormick Secure Center in Brooktondale. Academically, Justina is fortunate to be able to integrate what she has learned in her coursework for her three minors by conducting research through the Psychology Department for her honors thesis. For her project, she is studying the combined influence of stress and concussion on adolescent behavior and physiology using an animal model. Justina is also thrilled to have been elected as Student Co-Vice President of Phi Kappa Phi this year. She would like to thank Dr. Belyea for nominating her for this award and her family for their constant love and support!

The Raquib Zaman Scholar: MATTHEW DARBY, Occupational Therapy
Nominating Faculty Member: Assistant Professor Alyson Pasquale, Occupational Therapy, and Professor Carole W. Dennis, Occupational Therapy

Matthew Darby is a senior Occupational Therapy major with a minor in Health from Guilderland, New York. He enjoys being involved within the Occupational Therapy department. Matthew has been the president of the Ithaca College Student Occupational Therapy Association for the past two years, he volunteers at various admission events, and in 2018 he helped facilitate Amie Germain’s child lab for her Human Development I course. Outside of the Occupational Therapy department, Matthew works as a Head Learning Coach for Tutoring Services, serves as a teaching assistant for Fundamentals of Biology I, and was an Orientation Leader for this year’s orientation. He has been inducted into the Oracle Honor Society, the Occupational Therapy honor society of Pi Theta Epsilon, and Phi Kappa Phi. In the summer of 2019, Matthew was a member of a group research project with Dr. Carole Dennis that looked at children ages 12-24 months and their abilities to drive a powered robot chair with a joystick. Matthew, and his group members, will be presenting their findings with a poster at the 2020 American Occupational Therapy Association’s National Conference. He would like to thank to Alyson Pasquale and Dr. Carole Dennis for recommending him for this award. Matthew would also like to thank his family, friends, peers, and the Occupational Therapy faculty for supporting him through his academic pursuits.

Past Award Winners


Shirley Hockett Award

John Bernard Award

John Harcourt Award

Raquib Zaman Award

2018 Kaitlyn Sevilla Jason Webb Amy Kruzan Ryan Price
2017 Cynthia Becker Jesse Hsu Anna Gardner Chanel Underwood
2016 Timothy Conners Margaret Butler Christina Tudor Carson Mohler
2015 Kaitlyn Dehority Sean Themea Danice Kelley Merrideth Maley
2014 Rachel Snyder Curt McConnell Candace Burton Carin Pracht
2013 Benjamin Van De Water Andrew Becker Macy O'Hearn Lee Henig


Sam Gates

Maria Barton

Brianna Gobetz

Katherine Oertel


Miriam Schildkret

Kaylee Underkofler

Alana Koehler

Macy Sutton


Allyce Barron

Jillian Neeley

Abigail Jamiel

Jacquelyn Simone


Madeline Smith

Matthew Zeitler

Joseph Fraioli

Allison Walker


Jill Cadby

Janelle Mackereth

Elizabeth Getman

Sarah Brylinsky


Nicole Cade

Lia Stelljes

Dana Cizmas

Stephanie Elowson


Nicholas Kunkle

Nitan Rajan

Megan Keenan

Michael Salvaggio


Dominic DiOrio

Matthew Pearsall

Andrew Dippell

Joseph Wladkowski


Sara Barasch

Barbara Bujak

Kristen Ryczak

Syrena Shirley


Todd Sandstrom

Matthew Sprague

Megan Sullivan

Nicole DeVita


Andrea Vedock

Tracy Robinson

Betsy Leach

Elizabeth Davis


Brian DeMaris

Amanda Rudy

Heather Harmon

Zachary Miner


Paul Fowler

Michelle Fura

Melissa Bernardin

Daniel Sternberg


Hans Van Der Schaaf

Brin Tucker

Karin ChunTaite

Dylon Curatolo


Matthew Hoch

Elizabeth Pender

Michele Moritis

Patrice Lyons


Shawna Cutting

Michael Axtell

Amy Childers

Anthony DeSare


Heather Young

Julie Quimby

Anna Thomas

Lisa Kline


Teresa Lemery

Lawrence D. Finger

Carrie Perfetti

Thomas Hoaglin


Pablo Cora

Angela Boniello

Natalya Shneyder

Marc Maloney


Ann Stewart

Monica Srodon

Thomas Boyd

Angel Houghton


Jennifer Kwiecinsky

Thomas Boyd

Lisel Gorell

Erika Schweitzer


Kirk Wallace

Jennie Menickelli

Lisa Sharfstein

Cynthia Warnokowski


Walter Eppich

Kristen Bjornberg

Susan Werking

John Sperry


Wendy Schaefer

Michelle Gibbons

Coleen Hubler

Heather Trypuc


Steven D. Wickham

Joseph M. Bliss

Richard E. Graef

Michele A. Tesbir


Jean M. Rodriguez

Teresa L. Longin

Jacqueline K. Szablewski