CT State Community College Gateway Celebrates Academic Awards

The CT State Community College 2024 Dean’s Academic Awards Ceremony was held Thursday May 16, in the Curran Community Room. Fifty-eight exceptional students were recognized with departmental and programmatic achievement awards. Gateway’s 2024 graduates are members of the inaugural class of CT State Community College, the nation’s 7th largest community college, a majority minority college that serves more than 70,500 students. Gateway is CT State’s flagship campus and proudly celebrated the students’ stellar academic achievements.  

Gateway’s Student of the Year Award was presented to Cristian Montanez, Student Government Vice President and a community advocate, who will attend classes at Yale University after receiving his Associate Degree in Political Science.  

Molly Donnolo received the Culinary Arts Award. The Biomedical Engineering Technology award recipient was Fnu Gul E. Andam and the Railroad Engineering Technology Award was presented to Adrian Martinez. Faculty and staff award winners were Lorraine Li, Professor of Economics, and Faculty Union leader and Belinda Petrovic, Gateway Alumna, Academic Associate and Science Lab Coordinator.  

Interim Dean of Faculty Rose Ellis, Ph.D. said, “Our Gateway students, many of whom work full- and part-time, are parents and leaders in the community, dedicate themselves to their educations. With resilience and perseverance they have reached the top of their graduating class.” 

“We are incredibly proud of these and all graduating Gateway students. Education is not just about receiving knowledge, but also about applying it wisely. We have tremendous confidence these students will apply all they’ve gained for the betterment of themselves, their families and our community,” said Scott Kalicki, Ph.D, Gateway’s Interim Chief Executive Officer and a member of CT State Community College President Dr. O. John Maduko’s Cabinet.  

The event was well attended by awardees, faculty, administrators, family, and friends.  

See a complete list of students and their awards below: 

Cristian Pagan Allied Health Exercise Science, Academic Excellence 
Ryan Beavis Allied Health Excellence in Clinical Internship 
Amanda Neri Allied Health Excellence in Community Internship 
Tracy Sam Allied Health Excellence in Food Service Internship 
Kirsten Wilson Allied Health Nutrition and Dietetics Academic Award 
JeSocial Sciencesica Pireaux Allied Health Diagnostic Medical Sonography Academic Excellence Award 
Tenzin Yangzom Allied Health Radiography Program Clinical Excellence Award 
Andrew Riccardi Allied Health Nuclear Medicine 
Santiago Moreno Allied Health Radiography Program Academic Excellence Award 
Grace Mates Allied Health Diagnostic Medical Sonography award of Clinical Excellency 
Eddie Page III Automotive Automotive Technology: General Motors ASEP Certificate 
Alex Morales Automotive Automotive Technology: General Motors ASEP 
Dashawn Gray Automotive Automotive Technology: Honda PACT Certificate 
Dylan Erlichson Automotive Automotive Technology: Honda PACT, AAS 
Eric Mayorga  Automotive Automotive Technology: CARS, AS 
Max Rook Automotive Automotive Technology: CARS, AS 
Stephanie  Hill Business Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship 
Jinyeong Jeon Business Accounting, AS 
Rachael Powers Business CSCU Transfer: Business Studies, AA 
Kerwin Blount Business Accounting, AS 
Paul O’Connor Business Culinary Arts Certificate 
Molly Donnolo Business Culinary Arts 
Peter Cuni Business CSCU Transfer: Business Studies 
Perle Ebengo Business CSCU Transfer: Business Studies 
Maximilian Schnabel Business CSCU Transfer: Business Studies 
Grace Kirby Business BFIN 1100: Personal Finance 
Michael Saxton Business Business Office Technology: Medical Option, AS 
Vanessa Simmons Business Business  Administration, AS 
Cheri Thompson Business Business Office Technology: Office Option, AS 
Margaret Young Business Business Office Technology: Electronic Health Records Specialist Certificate 
Vince Bartelli Business Water Management Certificate 
Angelo Corvera Engineering Technology Computer Engineering Technology 
Fnu Gul E Andam Engineering Technology Biomedical Engineering Technology 
Angela Irizarry Engineering Technology Computer Engineering Technology 
Regina Bower Engineering Technology Electronics Technician Certificate 
Cristian Infante Engineering Technology Electronic Engineering Technology 
Adrian Martinez Engineering Technology Railroad Engineering Technology 
Pouya Neisani Samani Engineering Technology Electronic Engineering Technology 
Robert Frye Engineering Technology CSCU Transfer:Computer Science Studies 
Giovanna Mastelari Engineering Technology CSCU Transfer:Computer Science Studies 
Bibi Sana Muneer Engineering Technology CSCU Transfer:Computer Science Studies 
Genesis Valencia Humanities Graphic Design, AS 
Julia Lee Math/Science Environmental Science & Toxicology 
Gabriel Montalvo-Alvarez Math/Science College of Technology: Engineering Science 
Kristin Mills Nursing Nursing 220C: Nursing in Health and Illness III 
Kristin Mills Nursing Nursing 225C: Nursing in Health and Illness IV 
Christopher Ayesu Nursing Nursing Degree 
Cristian Montanez Social Sciences POLS 1002: American Government 
Sylvia Hilton Social Sciences Early Childhood Education, AS 
Raouaa Moghrabieh Social Sciences Early Childhood Education, AS 
Sophia Acevedo Social Sciences CSCU Transfer: Social Work Studies 
Portia Moncrease Social Sciences CSCU Transfer: Social Work Studies 
Marta Velez Social Sciences CSCU Transfer: Social Work Studies 
Victor Rolon Social Sciences CSCU Transfer: Criminology Studies 
Stacey Ruggiero Social Sciences Criminal Justice 
Ajarano Smith-Bowe Social Sciences Liberal Arts & Sciences 
Sebastian Holquist Social Sciences Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor, AS 
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