April 25, 2022
26 students lauded for notable academic achievement during April 21 event
Hackettstown, N.J., April 22, 2022—Centenary University recognized 26 students and one faculty member for outstanding achievement at the annual Academic Awards Ceremony held on Thursday, April 21. In keeping with Centenary tradition, the event was held in the George H. Whitney Chapel.
During the ceremony, Robert Battistini, Ph.D., associate professor of English, was presented with the United Methodist Church Exemplary Teacher of the Year Award in recognition of his contributions to Centenary’s academic programs and students. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Battistini is director of the University’s Academic Foundations program, playing a key role in guiding first-year students during their transition to college life. He also co-chaired a committee that introduced the University’s revised core curriculum in 2019. Dr. Battistini earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology-Neuroscience from Indiana University, as well as an M.Phil. in English and a Ph.D. in American Literature from Columbia University.
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Centenary University students honored include:
Galloway—Rhiannon Giannetti, Elaine Stewart-Tyrrell Memorial Scholarship
Norwood—Eve Foote, Outstanding Achievement in the Writing Major
East Orange—Daniella Anderson, Raymond Sloan Scholarship in the Arts
Irvington—Anaya Newton-Lawson, Outstanding Achievement in Psychology
Budd Lake—Louise Coronato, Outstanding Academic Achievement in Education; Dana Weiss, Outstanding Achievement in Sociology
Long Valley—Nicolas Cavallone, Outstanding Achievement in History, Third or Fourth Year Student
Mount Arlington—Melanie Flynn, The Cathleen Benedict Memorial Scholarship
Little Falls—Austin Elliott—Outstanding Achievement in Communications
West Milford—Alissa Mor, Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry Senior Award
Franklin Park—Serena Buchan, Outstanding Achievement in Theatre Arts
South Bound Brook—Skyle Verry, Outstanding Achievement in Business
Andover—Tricia Degeorge, Outstanding Academic Achievement in Education
Branchville—Hailey Hobson, The Red Knot Award
Byram Township—Rebecca Matthews, Outstanding Achievement in Business
Montague—Samantha Space, Outstanding Achievement in Science, Second or Third Year Student
Plainfield—Kayla Morales, Centenary University Criminal Justice Achievement Award
Great Meadows—Victoria Gentry, Richard A. Dennis Scholarship
Hackettstown—Brandon Hickey, Outstanding Achievement in Social Work
Stewartsville—John Aller, Outstanding Achievement in History, Third or Fourth Year Student
Washington— Andrea Massimo, Outstanding Achievement in English, Third or Fourth Year Student; Sofia Senesie, Outstanding Achievement in English, First or Second Year Student
Salisbury—Abigail Reilly, Outstanding Achievement in Animal Health—Senior
Agawao—Sophia Strain, Outstanding Achievement in Equine Studies—Sophomore or Junior
Lansdale—Jessica McKenzie, Outstanding Achievement in Science, Fourth Year Student
Guilford—Payton Lawrence, Outstanding Achievement in Equine Studies—Senior
ABOUT CENTENARY UNIVERSITY
Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix provides an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. The University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township.