MEET OUR TEAM
Autumn Barszczowski is a public relations graduate from Point Park University. She is a clerical assistant at the City of Pittsburgh's Department of Public Works and a Student Center Coordinator at Point Park University. During her time as a student, she filled multiple roles within her honors program and Honors Student Organization including serving as a mentor, board member, and eventually as President. She was also an active participant in the national and regional honors councils, where she acted as a moderator and presenter at conferences. She even served for one year as Student Representative for NRHC and helped to plan the 2018 conference in Providence, Rhode Island. She loves having the opportunity to continue playing an active role in honors education and seeing the work that students are producing.
AnnMarie DelliPizzi is an Associate Professor of Biology and the Director of the Honors Program at Dominican College. She also holds adjunct positions in the Department of Pharmacology at New York Medical College and the Department of Nursing at Lehman College, where she teaches pharmacology to both undergraduate and graduate nursing students.
Dr. DelliPizzi earned a BS in Biology from Manhattan College and an MS and PhD in Pharmacology from New York Medical College. She has co-authored two anatomy and physiology lab manuals and has published many peer-reviewed articles. At Dominican College, she is the Health Professions Advisor, Faculty Advisor for the Nu Psi Chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the National Honor Society for Biology, and mentors undergraduate research for biology students.
Kyle Dineen is a pre-med kinesiology major from the University of Maryland, College Park,
where he is a member of the Student Alumni Leadership Council, an officer for the Tau Sigma
National Honors Society, and the Executive Chair of the Maryland Higher Education
Commission’s Student Advisory Council. Kyle previously attended Frederick Community
College and graduated with High Honors and a full-tuition scholarship to the University of
Maryland. Prior to graduation, he served as the SGA President, authored the FCC honors
handbook, and was the recipient of the John and Ethel Portz Award, the Coca-Cola New Century
Maryland Transfer Scholarship, and was selected to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Maryland
Academic Team. Kyle is both an editor and author for the Illuminate journal and has presented
research at the 2019 Northeast Regional Honors Conference and the 2018 Maryland Collegiate
Alaina McKenna is a Senior Criminal Justice & Psychology dual Major at Gannon University. She will graduate with the class of 2021 and once graduated plans to work as a federal agent with the department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). She is the chair of the Honors Photography Committee and also an honors mentor.
Kathryn M. MacDonald is the Coordinator of the honors program and a full-time faculty member at Monroe College. She earned her MA in mass media and communication from Fordham University. MacDonald has BA degrees in English, communication arts, and women’s studies from the College of New Rochelle, where she was an honors student. MacDonald serves as the President of the Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC). She also has the honor of being named the 2017 recipient of the National Collegiate Honors Council’s Sam Schuman Award for Excellence at a Four-Year Institution.
Darryl L. Peterkin is Director of the Clara I. Adams Honors College at Morgan State University (Baltimore, Maryland). Dr. Peterkin has a BA in American Studies from Yale University (1988) and a PhD in American history from Princeton University (1995). A specialist in the history of higher education in the Early Republic, Dr. Peterkin has taught history at the Community College of Baltimore County (Essex, Maryland), Dillard University (New Orleans, Louisiana), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Morgan State University, Rowan University (Glassboro, New Jersey), Washington University in St. Louis, and Xavier University of Louisiana (New Orleans, Louisiana). He has served as Director of Studies for Butler College at Princeton University, Director of Faculty Recruitment and Development at The National Faculty (New Orleans, Louisiana), and Dean of Honors at Dillard University. Prior to coming to Morgan in 2009, Dr. Peterkin was a Senior Program Officer and Director of the Center to Serve Historically Black Colleges and Universities at the Southern Education Foundation (Atlanta, Georgia).
A proud Southerner, Dr. Peterkin has devoted much of the last thirty years to learning the intricacies of his grandmother’s biscuit recipe and the pursuit of Carolina-style barbecue. He is also an enthusiastic baseball fan -- especially of the Atlanta Braves -- and a student of science fiction and its influence on literature, history, technology, and American popular culture. Dr. Peterkin is an aficionado all things Star Trek, but maintains good diplomatic relationships with visitors from the Star Wars universe.
In the wee hours of the morning, Dr. Peterkin works on several nonfiction and fiction projects including a biography of Joseph Caldwell, the first president of the University of North Carolina, a play about President Harry S. Truman and the desegregation of the United States Armed Forces, a political thriller set during the Administration of President George Washington, and a retelling of the Sherlock Holmes origin story.
Dr. Peterkin lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Emma C. Sarro received her BS in neuroscience from Brown University, in Providence, RI while competing on the Track and Cross Country teams at the University. She then went on to earn her PhD in Neuroscience from New York University in 2011 and completed a postdoctoral stay at the Medical College of New York University. In 2014, she accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Biology at Dominican College. Dr. Sarro has published in peer-reviewed journals, such as, Journal of Neuroscience, Current Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience as well as Developmental Neuroscience and the Annals of the New York Academy of Science. Her PhD and postdoctoral research focused on the development of perception and the influence of experience and specifically, early-life trauma, on brain function.
Briana Stephenson is a sophomore Marketing major in the Business and Liberal Arts Honors Programs at Molloy College. She graduated as the Valedictorian from St. Agnes Academic High School. Briana is a very active student on her college campus: she was elected as Sophomore Class President on the Molloy Student Government, took on the roles of Student Ambassador, Business Ambassador, and New Student Orientation Leader, and became a member of the Honors Advisory Board. She also served as a Youth Representative at the United Nations and attended a Global Citizenship Seminar in Salzburg, Austria this past June.
Nathalie Waldschmidt is currently pursuing an MA in Communication at the University of Ottawa (Canada) with a focus on organizational communication. She earned her undergraduate degree in business management at Monroe College, NY while also being an active member in the honors program. Before that, she worked several years in Germany as a management assistant.
After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication (Radio and Television) at Ohio University in 1986 and his Master’s degree in English/Education at Long Island University’s C.W. campus in the Spring of 1994, Bruce Wigutow joined the Briarcliffe College faculty in the Fall of 1994 and continued as a full-time Associate Professor through to January of 2014. Professor Wigutow also taught as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Farmingdale State College (SUNY) from 2002 through 2015. Professor Wigutow joined the adjunct staff of Monroe College’s English Department in September of 2014 and became a member of the full-time faculty in September of 2015. Professor Wigutow has been teaching in the Monroe College Honor’s Program since the Winter semester of 2015.
While at Briarcliffe College, Professor Wigutow was named Outstanding Member of the Faculty on two occasions, 2000 and 2008. Since arriving at Monroe College, Professor Wigutow has taught several classes within the English curriculum. Professor Wigutow received the Faculty of Distinction Award in the Spring of 2016. In 2019 Professor Wigutow was named the Northeast Region Honors Council Honors Professional of the Year in the Faculty Category. Also in 2019, Professor Wigutow was named an Honorary Member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Professor Wigutow resides in Lake Ronkonkoma, NY with his wife Dawn and daughter Katherine.