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UNH Manchester Graduates 348

May 16, 2007

UNH Manchester celebrated the achievements of nearly 350 graduates during the 22nd annual commencement at the Expo Center at The Center of New Hampshire on Tuesday, May 15.

The proceedings recognized 242 undergraduate and 106 graduate students who earned their associates, bachelors, masters or advanced graduate degrees at the university’s college in Manchester.

Interim UNH President Bonnie J. Newman led the proceedings. The commencement address, “Orthodoxy, Diversity and Co-existence” was given by Ralph Sidore, a Manchester-based property manager and trustee of the Saul O Sidore Memorial Foundation.

Keynote student speaker was Ginger Borase, a Windham resident, who received her BA in history, magna cum laude, after starting college in 1998. Beyond her demanding fulltime academic program, her journey included moving on after the death of her husband Vigay, raising four children and being a grandmother to seven.

In 2006, Borase received the Excellence in History Award. She is a member of the history honor society Phi Alpha Theta. In addition to her coursework, Borase tutored at Center for Academic Enrichment, achieving level two tutor certification, and led Windham Performing Arts in nine seasonal productions.

Sidore, the third of Saul Sidore's five children, is a Manchester native and a 30-year resident of Bedford. He and his wife of 37 years have two children and two grandchildren. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in history and began working in the retail motorcycle trade before his 20-year career at Pandora.

For the last fifteen years, he has been a property manager in the Millyard. He is an active high school soccer referee, a member of the Board of Intown Manchester and a member of the dean's advisory board at UNH Manchester.

Many of the 2007 graduates have enhanced their academic programs through internships, research, and community service, for example:

  • Shawn Laplante’s screenplay “Where They’ve Been” became a Top Five Finalist in the Yale-based Bulldog Productions bi-annual short script competition.
  • Michelle Mitchell, single mother of five, engaged in original research on the growth of Manchester as a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF).
  • Steve Bond was invited to be the FIRST LEGO league technical director at the national competition in April as a result of his computer information systems internship at FIRST.
  • Anthony Scarelli combined what he learned in his sustainable business class and a hobby into a business making "the most sustainable pen there is" utilizing scrap wood, recycled metal and other carefully considered materials.
  • Danuta Jakimowicz, who began her quest for a degree as a young woman in Poland 24 years ago, will graduate and pursue an alternative teaching certificate and achieve her goal of teaching children with special needs.
  • Christy Clothier claims no one hometown since her military parents moved all over the country. She joined the Navy to pay for college. Now, with her BA in English she plans to go on to graduate school and “give vets a voice.”
  • Seven of these graduates were in professor Alison Paglia’s adult development class -- Robin Banker, Lauren Enman, Lindsay Grigas, Kira Guild, Jennifer McGrath, Kristen Montour and Alexandra Parente – as part of their weekly service learning activities, they brought fashion and fun to the residents of the Pearl Manor at Hillcrest Terrace Retirement Community as part of their weekly service learning activities.
  • Tali Rojem was a tutor for five years and earned the master level certificate from the College Reading and Learning Association. Rojem was also a library peer mentor, a student government senator and representative to other college committees.
  • Craig Maciaszek enrolled at UNH Manchester after having surgery for a brain tumor. He quickly acclimated himself to the academic culture and became a peer writing tutor and library mentor.
  • Cindy Burrows, MET candidate, started her college career in 1974, majoring in sociology. Along the way, she started a family, went back to school to learn drafting, and in 2001 began the engineering technology program at night. Last week she started work at DEKA Research and Development as a test engineer. She’s celebrating her achievements with her two grown children and two grandchildren.
  • This year 11 UNH Manchester staff members will earn associate, baccalaureate, masters, CAGS, or Ph.D. degrees, eight will graduate from UNH, two from Granite State College, and one from SNHU.
  • Graduating from UNH are: Gail Fensom, Ph.D., Jane Schoenfeld, AA, Sean Embree, MPA, Jodi Abad, MPA, Stacey Silva, MPA, Raina Drouin, MA, Counseling, Donna McIntire, MA, Counseling, Ginger Hobbs Lever, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study. Granite state College graduates are Doreen Palmer, BA and Madeline Slocum, BS. Kim Wall earned her MS from SNHU.

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