Nabeel S. Dahod was a student marshal for the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 3. Dahod received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering with a minor in English. College of Engineering student marshals are selected for their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to engineering student life.
A 2009 graduate of Andover High School, Dahod the son of Yasmin Causer and Shabbir Dahod of Andover. Penn State honors include the President’s Freshman Award, the President Sparks Award, the Evan Pugh Scholar Award (junior) and the Evan Pugh Scholar Award (senior). He was the recipient of the Richard H. and Kay W. Klingler Scholarship in Chemical Engineering and the Lincoln A. Warrell Scholarship in Chemical Engineering. A Schreyer Honors College Scholar, Dahod studied abroad at Oxford University, St. Catherine’s College, in the United Kingdom.
Dahod was a member of the Penn State men’s varsity fencing team from 2009 through 2013. The team won the NCAA Division I National Championship in 2010.
Following graduation, Dahod will pursue a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Caroline A. Cormier, a freshman at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, has been named to the dean’s list for the first semester of the 2012-2013 academic year. She is the daughter of Alan and Mary Cormier of Andover and a graduate of Pike School in Andover and Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H.
Lauren Blaxter, a senior majoring in human rights at Bard College in New York, is part of a team of students that has won a Davis Projects for Peace Awards in support of the Bard Palestinian Youth Initiative.
Blaxter was recognized as part of a student-run BPTI organization founded in 2008 with the belief that constructive civil engagement, cultural exchange and education are fundamental means to building a viable and sustainable Palestinian State.
By working in collaboration with the people of Mas’ha, a small village in the West Bank, BPYI hopes to create a nonpolitical, action-oriented program with the goal of connecting Palestine with Bard College and its surrounding area. Every year, 20 Bard College students travel to Mas’ha, where they partner with the local community to run children’s summer camps and community service projects, teach English classes and engage in cultural discourse. This summer, the awardees will use the $10,000 in funding to complete renovations to the three-floor youth center.
Katie von Braun of Andover, a 2009 graduate of Phillips Academy, has graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor with a bachelor of music degree in violin performance with honors with a minor in anthropology. She will be starting graduate studies in the fall at San Francisco Conservatory of Music to pursue a master of music in violin performance. She is the daughter of Christine von Braun and Curt von Braun of Andover.
Samuel Gilboard, a sophomore majoring in English, graduate of Lawrence Academy in Groton and son of Bruce Gilboard and Bethany Gilboard; and Brianna Rockwell, a freshman majoring in environmental sciences, graduate of Andover High School and daughter of Deborah Rockwell and Brian Rockwell, were named to the dean’s list at the University of Rochester in New York for the fall 2012 semester.
Alyssa Solomon, a sophomore at the University of Vermont majoring in environmental studies, was named a 2013 Jeffrey Brace Award recipient by United Academics, the faculty union of the University of Vermont.
Each year, the UVM faculty union provides $500 awards to students who exemplify not only academic excellence but also an active commitment to achieving justice.
Solomon’s passion for promoting social justice was sparked in 2008 by her involvement in the human rights service organization Calling All Crows. This year, as an action leader for the organization, she focused her efforts on political action for marriage equality in the U.S. In December, she organized the Burlington Acoustic Equality event to raise awareness about the 1,138 federal benefits same-sex married couples are currently denied, and to support the passage of the Protection of Marriage Act.
She is a member of the Dewey House for Civic Engagement and co-founder of UVM’s Oxfam America Club, has organized death penalty awareness teach-ins and has been involved in various environmental groups on campus.