Annual Fall Awards

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 Friday, November 10, 2017 at 4:00 PM in Clark Lounge, Campus Center. See Event Photos Here.


The Shirley Hockett Scholar: KAITLYN SEVILLA, Clinical Health Sciences
Nominating Faculty Members: Assistant Professor Sarah Fishel, Department of Physical Therapy

Kaitlyn Sevilla is a junior Physical Therapy major from Auburn, NY. She has minors in Women’s and Gender Studies and the Honors Program. She believes that her minors have allowed her to take classes that she would have not had the opportunity to otherwise, noting that they have helped her to become a more well-rounded learner and person. Last semester, Kaitlyn spent the semester in London, England at the Ithaca College London Center. While abroad, Kaitlyn was able to travel to several countries, which has expanded her understanding of other cultures and increased her awareness of how people interact and communicate. On campus, Kaitlyn works for Project Look Sharp as an Office Assistant. This semester, Kaitlyn is also working as a Physical Therapy Aide at the on-campus Neurologic Physical Therapy Clinic. She will begin working as a Research Assistant at the end of November 2018 on a study conducted by Ithaca College Physical Therapy faculty members. She is also deeply committed to service, and is the President of the student organization, Ithaca College Big Brothers, Big Sisters. This is a club that facilitates relationships between Ithaca College students and the children of the Ithaca community. She is also in the process of becoming a One-to-One Mentor (a “Big Sister”) and is expected to be matched with her Little Sister in the beginning of January 2019. Kaitlyn also recently became one of the Student Vice Presidents for Phi Kappa Phi and is excited to begin working with such talented faculty members and students.

In her free time, Kaitlyn likes to hang out with her sister, Kristen, and her dog, Zoey, as well as explore Ithaca’s gorges and restaurants with her friends. She is forever grateful for her two loving and supportive parents, Roger and Kathy, who have shaped her into the person she is today. She would also like to thank Dr. Fishel for nominating her for this award and for continuously supporting her throughout her academic career, as well as Dr. Mayer for giving her the opportunity to work in the on-campus clinic and believing in her abilities.

The John Harcourt Scholar: AMY KRUZAN, Environmental Studies
Nominating Faculty Member: Assistant Professor Fae Dremock, Department of Environmental Studies

Amy Kruzan is a senior Environmental Studies major with minors in writing and honors. She is currently working on her honors thesis, an environmental fantasy novella following a family of women in the Arctic that is faced with death and a radioactive landscape. This past summer, she interned in Dublin, Ireland with Sustainable Nation Ireland, a non-profit focused on championing sustainable investment and business in Ireland. There, Amy wrote blog posts on responsible investment, designed a fact-sheet to accompany Ireland’s Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century Roadmap report, and attended business workshops. Beginning in Spring of 2017, Amy was a member of the student team responsible for managing the Ithaca College Natural Lands and organized tours of the space for first-year students. In the fall of 2018, Amy served on the executive council, wrote an article, and was a webmaster for Roots Environmental Journal, a student-run publication on campus.

The John Bernard Scholar: JASON WEBB, Biochemistry
Nominating Faculty Member: Assistant Professor Te-Wen Lo, Department of Biology

I grew up in a small rural town in Central New York called Verona. Growing up I had been active in athletics, playing baseball, basketball, and football. My entire life I had been interested in understanding how things work. So, I have always been drawn toward the sciences as they allow me to explore this question on multiple levels. Two subjects that have always interested me are biology and chemistry which led me to pursue a degree in biochemistry at Ithaca College. During my time at Ithaca I have performed research in Te-Wen Lo’s research lab working on a variety of genetic and developmental biology topics. My research has focused on understanding the signaling pathway of fibroblast growth factor receptors in metazoan development. During my time in the Lo lab I have been able to attend and present my work scientific conferences both in New York but also across the country. The most memorable of these was the 21st International C. elegans conference that took place at UCLA the summer of 2017. This past summer I was also a part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program (SURIP) at Penn State’s Medical College. As a part of this program I was able to perform biomedical research in the Chroneos Lab trying to understand how our immune system interacts with Influenza A. On top of the research I have done at Ithaca I have also been a Teaching Assistant for multiple classes here at Ithaca including Biochemistry, Neurobiology, and Genetics. Currently in the process of applying to graduate schools to pursue a PhD in biology and biomedical sciences.

The Raquib Zaman Scholar: RYAN PRICE, Environmental Studies
Nominating Faculty Member: Assistant Professor Fae Dremock, Environmental Studies

Ryan is an Environmental Studies major in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College with a minor in Writing. He’s been inducted into the Ithaca College Oracle Society and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. He’s a recipient of the President’s Scholarship and the Fred. L Emerson Endowed Scholarship. In 2017, he interned with the Pember Nature Preserve and in 2018 with the Fingers Lakes Land Trust doing land management, environmental outreach, and education. In 2018, Ryan was selected to conduct an independent summer research project through the Ithaca College Summer Scholars Program funded by an Emerson Humanities Collaboration Award. While conducting his project, he did archival research, and interviewed people responding to and involved in a contamination event linked to a paper mill in his hometown. Using all this material as background, he wrote a draft of a novel that explores the complexities surrounding the issues of pollution and industry. He is the current editor of the online science literary journal Alluvian. Besides his academic pursuits, Ryan has been involved with various student organizations—Ithaca College Environmentalists, Stop Wasting Ithaca’s Food Today (SWIFT), and the Student Governance Council’s Campus Affairs Committee—promoting sustainability and environmentalism across campus.  

Ithaca College Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Presidential Scholar Award Winners


Shirley Hockett Award

John Bernard Award

John Harcourt Award

Raquib Zaman Award

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

PKP Chapter President's Award

  • Dane Cash, 1997

The Michael Twomey Award

  • Kimberly Huth, 2002