Awards Applaud Outstanding Seniors
The Tufts University Alumni Association's Seniors Awards were bestowed
on April 29 on 11 members of the Class of 2000 for outstanding academic
achievement and ex- traordinary service to the Tufts community.
All award recipients achieved outstanding academic records, in addition
to their wide participation in campus activities. Those recognized
were as follows:
Marybeth Baker of Northfield, MA, served as co-captain of the Tufts
women's basketball team. She was named the New England Small College
Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week as well as to the
NESCAC all defensive and all academic teams. She led incoming freshman
in Wilderness Orientation, in addition to her involvement in EPIIC
symposia, which serve to educate the public on global issues. She
is also a trained volunteer for Boston's AIDS Action Committee.
Stacy Birdsell of Houston led activities of the Student/Alumni
Relations Committee and participated both on stage and behind the
scenes in all of the Torn Ticket productions of twice-a-year musicals.
She was a resident assistant, coordinating the guest speakers segment
of the Bridge Metcalf program. She also served as a member of the
Conference Bureau staff and in the Student Outreach program in Undergraduate
Erin Cox of Syosset, NY, was involved for four years with Tufts'
community service organization, the Leonard Carmichael Society,
which has 39 separate programs and more than 100 volunteers. In
addition to becoming its president in 1999, she served as co-president
of the Child Development Association and represented Tufts in the
Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC) program, a university presidentŐs
organization bringing together students who are interested in issues
of social justice, active citizenship, student empowerment and service.
She also co-taught an Exploration seminar.
Tiphanie Gundel of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, was involved with
Tufts publications such as The Tufts Daily, Queens Head and Artichoke
literary magazine, and Onyx literary magazine. In addition to her
participation in such intercultural organizations as the International
Club, Pan-African Alliance and Kwanza Celebration, she was vice
president of her dormitory council and a student member of the Higher
Education Initiative Symposium. She was also a member of the Peace
and Justice Executive Board and taught an Exploration seminar to
14 incoming students.
Mayuri Guntupalli of Williamsville, NY, was a member of the directional
staff, which was responsible for making decisions and overseeing
39 volunteer programs of the Leonard Carmichael Society. She coordinated
KidŐs Day, a full-day carnival for local children, as well as planning
several weeks of "Leap into Spring/Into the Streets" one-day
volunteer opportunities. She also co-taught an Exploration seminar
and participated in this year's EPIIC Symposium.
Matthew Lyons of Wakefield, MA, a mechanical engineering major,
was a four-year varsity athlete in cross-country and track, served
as captain of the cross-country team and was named Academic All-American
in cross country for three years. He was an active student representative
on a faculty-student-industry department advisory committee and
served as co-president of the Tufts Protestant Group, as well as
participating in Habitat for Humanity projects.
Erika Yoshiko Niwa of Darien, CT, was involved for four years in
Traveling Treasure Trunk, a children's theatre and improvisational
troupe of Tufts students who write and perform in local schools,
hospitals and shelters. She coordinated volunteers and managed Oxfam
Caf, and co-taught to 14 incoming students an Exploration course
that involved literature, poetry and creative expression. She also
served as a teaching assistant and research assistant in the Child
Keshia Pollack of Deer Park, NY, was a leader in the African-American
community at Tufts as a peer advisor at the African-American Center,
president and treasurer of the Caribbean Club, a member of the Black
Theatre Company, and secretary and co-president of the chapter of
the National Society of Black Engineers. A member of the 1999 Homecoming
Court and a resident assistant in her dorm, she was a community
volunteer with Bridge Over Troubled Water, Habitat for Humanity
and the Benjamin Banneker Saturday School in Cambridge.
Isaac Saposnik of Chicago coordinated the StudentsŐ Outreach and
April Open House programs for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions,
and taught in the American Studies Department. He also served as
president of the Tufts Hillel and presided over the governing board
responsible for planning and implementing social and religious programs
for the Jewish community on the Tufts campus.
Suzanne Swarc of Medford, MA, served as president of the Math Club,
organizing a series of popular and important activities for math
majors. She participated in the Tufts Leadership Program in Hong
Kong as well as follow-up seminars, including planning a three-day
university-wide symposium called Globalization and Modernization
for China. She also rowed on the women's crew team, was a student
supervisor of the campus coffee shop, and wrote and copy-edited
for The Observer.
James Weinberg of White Plains, NY, served as vice president of
the Leonard Carmichael Society. As a program associate of the Lincoln
Filene Center's National focus on Citizenship and Democracy, he
developed programming to inspire students to become more effective
leaders in the fields of policy and social justice.