Students Honored by Alumni Association

Posted: April 20, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Lynn Burke and Colleen Kearney Rich

The George Mason University Alumni Association named the Senior of the Year and awarded three scholarships at the association’s annual Celebration of Distinction this week.

The Senior of the Year is Ryan Lowry, a native of Bedford, Va., who will graduate this spring with a BS in psychology and a minor in business. With plans to earn a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology, Lowry is looking to pursue a career in industrial psychology and human resources.

He is the operations manager of the University Game Room, for which he was honored as the 2003–04 Student Employee of the Year and with the 2004–05 Exemplary Management Skills Award.

In addition, Lowry’s numerous volunteer activities touch many areas of life at Mason. He serves as president of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, governor of the Student Funding Board and program director for the Eastern Region Leadership Development Institute.

He also holds active membership in the Caribbean Student Association and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Listed in the “2004 Who’s Who among American College Students,” Lowry is a member of the Order of Omega Honor Society and an Overall Mason Vision Awards recipient.

Emmaline Gayk, a junior who is a dual major in government and international politics and French from Yorktown, Va., was awarded the John C. Wood Scholarship. A resident advisor for the Office of Housing and Residence Life and a temporary administrative assistant at the British Council, her service work includes membership vice president and service vice president of Alpha Phi Omega, a national community service fraternity; secretary of the university Chess Club; and senator of the Student Government.

She has won a number of scholarships: 2004–05 and 2005–06 George Mason University Foundation Scholarships, the Center for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship and the Modern and Classical Language Study Abroad Scholarship.

Her honors include the 2004–05 Student Government Academic Achievement Award and fall 2003 to fall 2005 Dean’s Lists. A member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Alpha Lambda Delta, she also holds a certificate in advanced French from the Institut Catholique in Paris.

The recipient of this year’s John C. and Louise P. Wood Graduate Scholarship is Mery Rodriquez, a second-year doctoral student in conflict analysis and resolution.

A native of Bogotá, Colombia, she holds a master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolution from Mason, an associate degree in women’s studies from Tompkins Cortland Community College, a certificate in new information and communication technologies applied to teaching and a certificate in pedagogy and didactics from Catholic University of Colombia and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

While an undergraduate, Rodriquez was an intern for the United Nations Information Center in Colombia. Upon graduation, she taught classes at Catholic University of Colombia.

Prompted by a desire to learn about conflict and possibilities for its resolution, Rodriquez moved to the United States, where she has found opportunities to explore this interest in projects related to the integration and empowerment of immigrants.

She is the student representative for the faculty for Graduate Students on Conflict Studies at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and a member of Mason’s international chapter of Phi Beta Delta.

Her honors include the 2003 Women’s Studies Award and Dean’s List at Tompkins Cortland Community College and Catholic University of Colombia’s Scholarship for Excellence in Teaching.

This year’s Peter C. Forame Student Leadership Scholarship went to junior Mario Lorello, a dual major in government and international politics and communication.

Hailing from Midlothian, Va., Lorello is a resident advisor for the Office of Housing and Residence Life and a peer advisor and Project Peak assistant trip leader for the Freshman Center.

His extensive volunteer positions include representative to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, member of the President/Provost’s Student Advisory Council, president and past treasurer of Phi Alpha Delta International Pre-Law Fraternity and the Student Government’s secretary of community relations.

Lorello has also participated in alternative spring break activities. He is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and has been named to the Dean’s List.

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