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Volume 1, Fall 2019

This page contains all of the submissions from the inaugural edition of Illuminate, which was published in Fall 2019. You will find all of the academic entries and creative entries listed below. Also archived on this page is the list of contributors to the 2019 edition. 


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of Volume 1!










Zachary Aszalos

Zach Aszalos is a mathematics major and honors student at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. He has served as the Vice Chairperson of the Honors Program Student Advisory Board and has presented original undergraduate research in the field of discrete mathematics.

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Mary Elizabeth Baldwin

Mary Elizabeth Baldwin is a recent graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she received her BA in Literature. As an undergraduate, she was a member of Ramapo College's Honors Program and served on the student executive board. 

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Anthony Bartolomei

Anthony V. Bartolomei is a recent graduate who is currently pursuing a career in law enforcement. He earned his BA in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Dominican College, where he was an honors student.


Christian Biseinere

Christian Biseinere is a Junior Software Developer at LLumin.  He graduated from Westfield State University with a BS in Computer Science in May 2019, where he minored in History and Mathematics, and completed a Commonwealth Honors Project.


Xarielle Blanchette

Xarielle Blanchette is an honors student at Monroe College. She is currently a junior pursuing her BBA in Business Management with a minor in Marketing.


Chenise Calhoun

Chenise Calhoun is a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Youth Development sector, currently serving in Morocco. She earned her BA in French Literature and International Studies from Towson University, where she was an honors student. Her academic interests include globalization, migration, colonialism, and African/African American studies.

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Kevin Cataldo

Kevin Cataldo is a first-year third grade language arts and social studies teacher at Luis Muñoz Marín School in Newark, New Jersey. He earned his BA in Education and English from Felician University, where he was an honors student. Kevin is also currently an MA candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University. 

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Alina Chemini

Alina M. Chemini is an integrated masters of Engineering Management student at Robert Morris University, where she also works as an engineering intern for a laser welding project and a Graduate Assistant at the RISE Center. She earned her BS in Engineering with concentrations in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering as an honors student from Robert Morris University.

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Kyle Dineen

Kyle Dineen is a graduate of Frederick Community College, currently  majoring in kinesiology at the University of Maryland, College Park on a full-tuition scholarship. At FCC, he served as the Student Government Association President, student liaison to the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s Student Advisory Council, and was a student leader in the Honors Student Association. He earned distinction as the 2019 Maryland State New Century Scholar and received the John and Edythe Portz Outstanding Honors Student Award by the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council. An explorer at heart, his hobbies include research, travel, community involvement, and physical activity.


AnnaMaria Leal

AnnaMaria F. Leal is a student at St. Francis College. She is majoring in Psychology and double minoring in Spanish and Women & Gender Studies. She is a member of the swimming and diving team as well as a thrower on the track and field team. She is also a member of the honors program, the vice-president of her school's chapter of SAAC, a junior senator and coordinator of the community service committee for her school's Student Government Association, and the founder and second year president for the Photography Club, to name a few things.


Madison MacDougall

Madison MacDougall is a sophomore at Salisbury University where she is double majoring in Biology and Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Science. She is also a member of SU's Honors College and recently joined a research lab studying the neurodegenerative aspects of diabetic peripheral neuropathy using zebrafish as a model.

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Juanita Meunier

Juanita Meunier is a sophomore student at the Community College of Rhode Island, where she will be an honors program graduate in spring 2020 with an AS in Finance and an AA in General Studies. She is the VP of Leadership for the Pi Omicron chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, a leader of the CCRI-Knight Campus DECA chapter, and a participant in the CCRI Emerging Leaders Program. She was named a 2019 scholar with Kappa Beta Delta Business Honors Society.


Brian Morreale

Brian G. Morreale is a student in the honors program at Daemen College. He is in the process of obtaining his BS in Psychology. He enjoys the outdoors and going on hikes. Brian hopes to go to graduate next year and study metacognition.

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Nicole O'Connell

Nicole O’Connell is a recent graduate of Worcester State University, where she studied English and history as an Honors student. O’Connell is now studying for her Master’s in professional writing and communication at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

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Christina Scourlas

Christina Scourlas is a full-time Registered Nurse in the Radiology department at Crystal Run Healthcare. She earned her Associates degree in nursing from SUNY Orange (Orange County Community College), where she was an honors student. She is currently enrolled full-time at SUNY Plattsburgh online in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree, and aspires to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Her hobbies include exercise, camping, hiking, and cooking healthy meals!

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Kyle Souza

Kyle D. Souza was a member of the Dominican College Honors Program and graduated number one in his class in May 2019. He earned his BA in Criminal Justice with minors in Philosophy and Sociology. He is currently pursuing his Juris Doctorate at Quinnipiac University School of Law. Mr. Souza is very interested in presidential elections. This interest led him to conduct the study in this edition.


Alycia Wilson

Alycia Wilson is a Claims Advocate at a law firm in downtown Providence. She earned her BA in English/Journalism with a minor in Spanish from the University of New Hampshire at Durham, where she was an honors student. Wilson graduated summa cum laude. 

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