'00, mathematics, spent the fall 1999
semester as one of twelve participants in the Mathematics Advanced
Study Semester (MASS) program at Penn State University. Begun
in 1996, the MASS program offers an intense semester-long graduate-level
study of mathematics to undergraduate students from around the
country interested in pursuing a career in mathematical research.
Students are required to complete three core courses in the areas
of geometry, number theory, and analysis, as well as a research
project in each.
One of Weis' three
projects, titled "Pseudo-Primes, Carmichael, and Sigma-Phi Numbers,"
won an award for best overall project. His research for the paper
continued work he began on his own while at The College. In collaboration
with famous mathematician Carl Pomerance, whom Weis contacted
about his problem, he was able to prove that the density of Sigma-Phi
numbers is zero. Weis hopes to publish his results. n While attending
the national conference for student members of college and university
Boards of Trustees last year, student trustee Samantha Rozycki
'01, elementary education/English, got the idea to have a
state conference for all New Jersey student members of Boards
of Trustees. Rozycki, and alternate student trustee Albert
W. Ribeiro '02, political science, organized the first New
Jersey student trustee conference, held in February. The conference
was held as a prelude to the national conference in March to give
the New Jersey student trustees an opportunity to get to know
one another and begin to discuss issues before the national conference.
n Rob Bacher '01, computer science, and Anthony Emma
'01, computer science, represented TCNJ in the Mid-Atlantic
Regionals of the ACM International Programming contest, held at
Drexel University in November.
The duo placed twenty-ninth in
a field of 143, earning them a finish in the top twenty percent.
Both placed higher than teams from many schools, including Bucknell
University, Lehigh University, Rowan University, and Villanova
University. All teams were given a set of eight problems
to be solved by programming in C, C++, or Java within a time limit
of five hours. Lisa Sparaco '00, communication studies,
presented a paper at the National Communication Association conference
in November. The paper, titled "The Language of Community: City
Characteristics and Nationwide Coverage of Bilingual Education,"
was co-authored with Andre Sebastian Guerrero '99 and Don
Scuorzo '00, both communication studies majors.
Forty-four students from The
College have been selected as national outstanding leaders and
are included in the 2000 edition of Who's Who Among Students In
American Universities and Colleges. Students who receive the honor
of appearing in the distinguished Who's Who must be upper-class
students who have been nominated by campus committees of peers,
faculty, and staff as well as the editors of the annual directory
on the basis of their "academic achievement, service to the community,
leadership in extracurricular activities, and potential for continued
success." The students named this year to Who's Who are:
Esther Ahn, Nick Beykirch, Divya Bhoj, Michael Boutros, Kristen
Carr, Tracy Christiano, Bill Connolly, Kathleen Curran, Nancy
DiGiovanni, Lisa Dornbach, Tracey Duncan, Brendan Dunne, Christina
Foglio, David Frost, Lisa Fusick, Jessica Galandak, Shawn Gerum,
Lacey Gibbon, Kelly Hands, Stacey Hargraves, Erin Harrigan, Cathleen
Hayden, Lakia Haywood, Linette Henry, Gary Javadi, Kerry Kennedy,
Andrea Mazzula, Sean McMillan, Jill Medaska, Kellie Miller, Dawn
Newman, Onaney Ortiz, Jessy Palamattam, Kevin Popadines, Jennifer
Praschil, Jayson Punwani, Dara Richardson, Dominic Santillo, Jenny
Son, Catrina Sparacio, Christine Stracey, Nathaniel Torres, Nicole
Vitulli, and Heidi Wenderoth.
Twenty-two students from The College have been inducted into the
Blue Key Honor Society for 1999. Students inducted into Blue Key
are recognized for their involvement and leadership in campus
activities, their scholarship, and their potential as citizens
and leaders. To be accepted into Blue Key, a student must be of
junior or senior standing with at least a 3.5 grade point average.
This year's inductees are:
Michael Boutros, Michael De Ieso, Heather Ann Diaforli, Andrew
Feldman, Kristin Jacobson, Danielle Kerns, Julia Kerns, Akiko
Matsumoto, Paulette Matuszewski, Linda Mercurio, Kendra Papson,
Eva Patel, Jennifer Praschil, Jennifer Schick, Karen Schultz,
Allyson Siliato, Jamie Sneeringer, Celeste Steinberg, Lori Vales,
Nicole Vitulli, Kevin Weis, and Beth Wolk.
TCNJ Business Students
The first-time pass rate of The College's
students who took the Certified Public Accountant Examination
was the highest in the State of New Jersey and the region,
according to results posted in the National Association
of State Board of Accountancy's report "Candidate Performance
on the Uniform CPA Examination."
The November 1998 results showed that the
percentage of TCNJ’s accountancy graduates who passed
all four parts of the examination on their first attempt
was 44.4 percent. TCNJ placed higher than all colleges and
universities in the region whose students took the test,
including the University of Pennsylvania, the University
of Delaware, Rutgers University, and Villanova University.
The performance of TCNJ’s students
who took the exam also ranked them second and third in the
United States on two parts of the four-part exam. The College
placed second on the Business Law and Professional Responsibilities
portion of the exam and third on the Financial Accounting
and Reporting portion of the exam.
In addition, The College's School of Business
outcome assessment program requires graduating seniors to
take the Major Field Test in Business developed by Educational
Testing Service. Graduating seniors from 244 schools of
business throughout the country participated in this exam,
representing 10,830 seniors. The exam tests competencies
in areas including accounting, economics, management, quantitative
business analysis, and marketing.
TCNJ’s School of Business students
scored in the ninety-fifth percentile of all seniors who
took the examination this year. This result is consistent
with TCNJ’s past performance, which has been between
the ninety-third and the ninety-eighth percentile for the
last ten years.