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Pforzheimer Honors College

Fall 2010 Honors Student Showcases

Brandon Lentine

If you live in Martin Hall, you probably already know Brandon Lentine; if not, it is time to learn about one of Pace's most gifted students.

This Molecular Biology major hails from Putnam Valley, New York. Given the proximity of his town to Pace, Brandon was a commuter during his first-year. Realizing that he wanted to become more involved on campus, Brandon decided to apply to be a Resident Assistant. Not only did he get the position, but he has been a high-performing R.A. for the past three years in both North and Martin Halls.

Being a Resident Assistant has helped Brandon become immersed in the university, as well as develop lifelong relationships along the way. His favorite part about Pace has been seeing his residents grow and helping them in anyway possible.

Aside from being a R.A. on campus, Brandon is a UNV 101 Peer Advisor, a member of Alpha Phi Delta national fraternity, and a tutor for Chemistry and Micro-Biology.

Pace garnered such a prized student because the school "runs in the family" as Brandon puts it. Both Brandon's father and brother attended Pace, and his mother currently works for the University.

Brandon appreciates being a part of the Honors College because of the opportunities offered outside the classroom. Brandon states, "The Honors College provides the room for creativity to maximize your education." He has completed an Honors Research Grant this past spring, which he enjoyed thoroughly. The Honors events are also something Brandon takes pleasure in, especially the Yoga workshop.

Brandon's most valued accomplishment involves the three research projects he has worked on while attending Pace, one of which was published. He is currently doing research pertaining to cancer.

After Pace, Brandon hopes to attend Medical School, and currently has several interviews lined up with prestigious schools. His top three choices are Dartmouth College, Stony Brook University, and Albert Einstein School of Medicine. If his previous success at Pace is any indicator, Brandon will go on to many great things in the future.

Michael La Corte

Many students can preach about taking advantage of all the opportunities Pace provides, but few practice it like 22-year-old, Michael La Corte. This Psychology major, English/Literature minor from West Patterson, New Jersey chose Pace because when visiting as a high school senior, he realized, "I could just see myself here." Since then he has done almost everything imaginable. He is a brother of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, the General Editor of the Yearbook, a member of five honor societies, a Welcome Center tour guide, a UNV 101 Peer Leader, and was a Summer Orientation Leader in 2009.

Getting involved in so many organizations and roles has opened many doors for Michael, particularly once he joined Phi Kappa Tau. Since becoming a brother, Michael has been in much contact with alumni of the fraternity, which led to a unique internship at Yale in a Psychology Research Unit. Responsibilities included transcribing counseling interviews, working with patients and conducting medicinal evaluations. The experience he gained was invaluable and would not have been possible without his networking.

Michael's favorite accomplishment has been making a name for himself through his extracurricular activities and the support he has gained from helpful people as a result. Most recently, he spear-headed Phi Kappa Tau's event "Hole In the Wall." It was an event to raise funds for camps that host children with serious illnesses such as cancer. Michael helped to raise $500 as well as gain much interest from people about further helping this great cause.

Michael values all the great connections and relationships he has made at Pace, some of which have been provided through the Honors College. The best part about being in Honors, according to Michael, is the events. His favorites include anything with the Pleasantville Cottage School.

Given all that Michael has done, it is no surprise that he would extend the advice, "Get involved and put your face to something so people can know who you are; make your time here worth it!" He has clearly done that as he has also travelled to Trinidad and Tobago as part of a Psychology travel course and attended the National Conference on Student Leadership.

Michael's future plans are to attend Graduate School and hopefully one day be able to apply his Psychology and English backgrounds and write for Psychology Today, a leading Psychology magazine.

Olivia Drabczyk

Many Pace students will recognize her smiling face on campus, but those same people may not know how immersed Olivia Drabczyk is with the world around her. It is typical to find students who try to take advantage of their Pace experience, but few do as much as Olivia.

This 21-year-old from Staten Island is Editor-in-Chief of the yearbook, the Community Service Chair for her sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, a Welcome Center tour guide, and a Student Ambassador. Those are only a few of the many engaging activities Olivia is involved in on campus.

Outside of Pace, Olivia does a great deal to help others. This Applied Psychology major both works and volunteers at the Pleasantville Cottage School where she is a mentor to an 11-year old in the Edenwald School. She also enjoys being a personal assistant to a young girl with multiple disorders. Finally, Olivia rounds out her busy schedule with volunteering at Blythedale hospital.

So, why did this impressive individual decide to showcase her talents at Pace University? It turns out that Olivia's aunt and uncle attended Pace, and Olivia says, "because of them I have been wearing Pace hoodies ever since I was young." The close proximity to home and the interest Pace displayed in her through personal letters and phone calls persuaded Olivia to follow in her aunt and uncle's footsteps.

Olivia attributes her intense involvement with Pace to her being president of the Future Educators Association as a first-year student. She states, "that experience helped make me who I am and got me involved with Pace really fast." Because of this single opportunity, Olivia has been making a positive impact on campus and her fellow students ever since.

Another aspect of Pace that Olivia flaunts is her membership in the Honors College. Her favorite part is the Honors courses because they provide the greatest knowledge and fun learning experiences. The Honors events, especially Decorating the Pleasantville Cottage School, are another reason Olivia loves the Honors College.

When Olivia reflects on her time at Pace, she is proud of the fact that she was able to be so involved and still be such an exceptional student. Upon graduation, Olivia plans to either attend graduate school for Occupational Therapy or join the Peace Corps. She has already tasted being abroad and making a difference as this past summer she travelled to Nepal using the Honors Research Grant. She learned a great deal about the conception of mental health and the current treatments given in this country

Patrick Finnegan

Blending athletics and Honors College classes is no easy task as it tests a student's fortitude dedication to their commitments. Senior football player Patrick Finnegan is one of those rare students who has stood tall to this challenge and has excelled along the way.

This 21-year-old is a fierce competitor on the field and a diligent student in the classroom. The Hazlet, New Jersey native can be found in the Honors Office throughout the week because his free-time is occupied with being a student aide for Honors.

Some athletes are simply satisfied with their team involvement, but Patrick furthers his university experience. He is a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity which contributes to the events and service held at Pace. Patrick also uses his experiences to help first-year students as a UNV 101 peer advisor. What is even more impressive is that Patrick does all of this while battling diabetes.

Patrick decided to come to Pace because of the football program and its distance from home. He notes that, "Pace is close enough to home, but far enough where I need to live on campus." The business program at Pace also influenced his decision as he is a Business Management major.

Patrick genuinely appreciates being in the Honors College. He enjoys the intriguing classes and the events that are provided. His favorite event is the Halloween party with the Pleasantville Cottage School children. Another benefit according to Patrick is the snacks that are available in the Honors office. "No one goes hungry in the Honors College," Patrick says.

Patrick's tenure at Pace has led to his many accomplishments, including the Honors Research Grant enabling him to conduct his "International Rum Marketing" project. He is most proud of being able to balance all that he does while managing to thrive academically. Patrick attributes his success to "working hard and keeping at it no matter how tough things get." It is this attitude that makes him an excellent example for Honors students, especially athletes, to follow.

Sindhu Mathew

Sindhu Mathew is a senior in the 5-year BBA/MBA program for Public Accounting. This 21-year-old is a brilliant, dedicated student who has achieved a great deal at Pace University.

Few may see her on campus nowadays because she currently commutes to the Manhattan campus from her home in Bloomfield, New Jersey. After living on the Pleasantville campus for three years, she decided to make the switch. Even though she attends classes on the other campus, she is an active member of the Pleasantville community through her involvement with Golden Key Honor Society which she has been the Vice President of for the past two semesters.

Sindhu does miss living on the Pleasantville campus, as she highlights living in Dow Hall for two years as one of her favorite experiences at Pace. She states, "The room in Dow was so nice, and I had a lot of fun with everyone there."

She decided to attend Pace largely due to her intended major. Sindhu knowing she wanted to major in Public Accounting, recognized the strength of Pace's Accounting program. She also was aware of the University because her cousin had attended Pace as well.

One of Sindhu's favorite parts about Pace is the Honors College. Some of her cherished memories were provided by the events that Honors offers. Her favorite has been the trip to Six Flags Great Adventure each year. Sindhu says, "I like them all, but Six Flags is the best because it is unique from many of the trips offered on campus." Sindhu has accomplished many things while attending the school. Along with being V.P. of Golden Key Honor Society, she has been the Treasurer for Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honor Society, a UNV 101 Peer Advisor for two years, and an active member in the Accounting Society.

She is proud to say that she has had an internship every summer and gained experience in the field of accounting. This has helped Sindhu secure a full-time offer from PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting firm.

Along with working at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sindhu plans to study and earn her Certified Public Accountant license. Given her dedication and work ethic, Sindhu should have no problem accomplishing any of her tasks.

Stephanie Canova

Pace University was founded as an Accounting school, and ever since it has produced talented students such as Stephanie Canova. This 22-year-old is a Public Accounting major in the BBA/MBA program who has a significant amount of experience at such a young age.

For the past three years, Stephanie has worked for a small accounting firm where she has earned enough experience to attract the interest of a "Big Four" Accounting firm such as Deloitte & Touche. She has completed the mentorship program with Deloitte and will be interning with them this upcoming summer.

Much of her appeal also comes from her involvement on campus. She is a member of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority, Vice President of Scholarship and Awards for Delta Sigma Pi, Vice President of Finance Programming for the Lubin Business Association, and Student Coordinator of the Welcome Center.

Stephanie attributes her high level of involvement to her joining the sisterhood of Delta Phi Epsilon. Aside from it being her favorite experience at Pace, she says "It helped me become a leader not only in the sorority, but in the entire Pace community."

When asked what attracted the Mahwah, New Jersey native to Pace, she replies that receiving the Homer S. Pace Medal Award in high school led to her interest in the university. She also says that the Pforzheimer Honors College and the presentation given by Prof. Christopher Walther and Dr. Janetta Benton at Open Houses helped persuade her to attend.

Since coming to Pace and being in the Honors College, Stephanie has enjoyed the many opportunities, events and courses that Honors has provided for her. Her favorite event is Decorating the Pleasantville Cottage School which is held every December.

Although Stephanie has one more year left in her BBA/MBA program, she has her future plans already in the works. She hopes that her internship with Deloitte & Touche turns into a full-time position. She hopes to earn her CPA, along with attending Law School in the evenings when she begins working full-time.

A piece of advice that Stephanie gives to all students is "get involved!" She states, "Your Pace experience is what you make it." Being involved can greatly enhance your time at Pace, and Stephanie's story is a true testament to that advice.