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Cast Student Delegates

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This year, we enhanced our college delegate selection process. The 2014 CAST undergraduate and graduate delegates were selected from a group of students who were pre-selected to represent their own departments during commencement weekend. From that pool of honorees, the CAST College Delegate Selection Committee then selected both an undergraduate and graduate college delegate. I am pleased to announce the following students will be honored as the 2014 CAST Department and College Delegates:


2014 Student Delegates

2014 Graduate Student Delegate

Ms. Hadjara Moussa
 Hadjara Moussa

From Niamey, Niger, in the African Union, Hadjara Moussa graduates with a master’s degree in human resource development. She received her MBA from Wuhan University of Technology (Wuhan, China) and her BSc in business administration from Ahmadu Bello University, in Zaria, Nigeria. She is the recipient of the Fulbright scholarship award and a social entrepreneurship award from the U.S. Department of State.

2014 Undergraduate Student Delegate

Mr. Gregory Noyes
Gregory Noyes

From Ontario, Canada, Gregory Noyes is graduating with a BS in packaging science. He is a Division I College athlete in hockey, playing defense for the RIT Tigers. Greg is a member of the AHA All-Academic Team and was the recipient of RIT’s Green B. Williams Award for Academic Excellence. He completed a co-op at LifeCell Corporation where he worked on refining packing designs for shipping and storage. After graduation, Greg plans to pursue a career in the medical device industry.

RIT 2014 Croatia Delegate

Ms. Anna Ratković
 Anna Ratković

Born in Kopar, Slovenia and raised in the Istrian region of Croatia, Anna now lives in Dubrovnik, Croatia where she studied for her BS in international hospitality and service management at ACMT. Prior to studying at ACMT, she studied at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. While pursuing her degree at ACMT, Anna also managed the copy center on campus and served as a student service assistant. Fluent in Italian, Croatian, English and Spanish, Anna has focused her research on marketing, with an emphasis on guerrilla marketing by small and mid-sized Croatian companies. Upon graduation, Anna hopes to work in service-based industry and also plans to further her education by studying for a master’s degree and eventually a doctorate.

Civil Engineering Technology & Environmental Management and Safety 2014 Department Delegate

Ms. Mahreana Burnham
Mahreana Burnham

From Stratham, New Hampshire, Mahreana earned a BS in civil engineering technology. While studying at RIT, Mahreana was an active member in Habitat for Humanity, Women in Technology, American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Student Chapter, Concrete Canoe Team, the RIT Women’s Rugby Football Club and the 2013 ASCE Regional Conference Committee. She has been honored for her academic excellence by remaining on the Dean’s List since beginning her studies at RIT and has been awarded both a Nathaniel Rochester Society Scholarship and an RIT Achievement Scholarship. Mahreana’s immediate plans after graduation are to return to the east coast and secure a position as a structural engineer or project manager.

Electrical, Computer & Telecommunications Engineering Technology 2014 Department Delegate

Mr. Benjamin Drobiz
 Benjamin Drobiz

Benjamin earned his BS in computer engineering technology. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Benjamin was an active member on RIT’s Ski Team, Intramural D1 and D2 Soccer, the National Society of Leadership and Success and RIT Hillel while studying at RIT. Additionally, he was on Dean’s List since his first year of study, earned the “Personal Success Skills” Leadership Certificate, won first place in the 2012 Imagine RIT “A Better Life” design contest, was in the top six RIT Shark Tank finalists in 2012 and the recipient of the Mitel Scholarship. After graduation, Benjamin has accepted a position at Tesla Motors as a Firmware Engineer.

Civil Engineering Technology & Environmental Management & Safety 2014 Department Delegate

Mr. Kent Stein
 Kent Stein

Kent calls Monticello, Indiana home. He earned a MS in environmental health and safety management. While studying for his degree, Kent was involved in graduate research work focused on homeland security, emergency management and community resiliency. He was also an active member of The Collaboratory for Resiliency and Recovery, amateur radio and community theatre while attending RIT. After graduation, Kent hopes to pursue a position in emergency management or environmental health and safety management.

Hospitality & Tourism Management 2014 Department Delegate

Mr. Andrew Shear
 Andrew Shear

From Rochester, New York, Andrew graduates with a MS in hospitality and tourism management. While at RIT, Andrew traveled with his department to Dubai to experience the hospitality and tourism practices in another part of the world. While completing his degree, he focused his graduate project on bringing mobile technology to historic sites in the Finger Lakes Region. Additionally, he has also been an adjunct professor at a local college while completing his degree. Upon graduation, Andrew plans to continue working in the field of public relations and marketing with a focus on hospitality management.

Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology 2014 Department Delegate

Mr. Benjamin Schafer
 Benjamin Schafer

Benjamin calls Rockville, Maryland home and is receiving a BS in mechanical engineering technology. While studying at RIT, Benjamin was a very active member of the RIT Ambulance corps and SAE Clean Snowmobile team. He was on the Dean’s List multiple times while a student at RIT and was recognized for his work on the Executive Board and Operations Staff of RIT Ambulance. Benjamin was also recognized for his exemplary work while on co-op at BorgWarner Morse TEC Inc. Immediate plans after graduation begin with a month of travel after which Benjamin will be working full-time. In time, he hopes to study for an MBA and MS in statistics.


Hospitality & Tourism Management 2013 Graduate Student Delegate

Ms. Emily Conners
Emily Conners

Emily Conners is from Penfield, New York and graduates with a BS in hospitality food management. While at RIT, Emily participated annually in the Puttin’ on the RITz Dinner and was also an active member of RIT’s intramural sports teams including club field hockey. She has studied abroad in Dubrovnik, Croatia and honored for her academic excellence by being on the Dean’s List. Emily plans to pursue a career in hospitality food management.

Electrical, Computer & Telecommunications Engineering Technology 2013 Graduate Student Delegate

Ms. Samal Bekmaganbetova
 Samal Bekmaganbetova

Samal earned her BS in telecommunications engineering technology. Hailing from Kokshetau, Kazakhstan, Samal was an active member of Women in Technology and RIT’s Kazakhstan Student Association. Fully embracing all aspects of college life at RIT–including club sports and other social activities–she also enjoyed working with American families in the area that adopted children from Kazakhstan. Samal’s immediate plans after graduation are to return to her home country.

Packaging Science 2013 Department Delegate

Ms. Jennifer Gillette
 Jennifer Gillette

From Savannah, New York, Jennifer graduates with a BS in packaging science, double majoring in packaging science and advertising and public relations. While at RIT, Jennifer was an active member in many activities including RIT Leadership Institute, Community Service Center, Student Advisory Board, New Student Orientation, Women in Technology, Institute of Packaging Professionals, Lambda Pi Eta Epsilon Chapter Communications National Honors Society, and Public Relations Student Society of America. Additionally Jennifer received RIT’s Walls Olson Memorial Scholarship Award, numerous RIT Leadership Institute Awards and Certificates as well as Women in Technology recognition. Jennifer plans to work in industry after graduation.

Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management & Safety 2013 department Delegate

Mr. Andrew Jacob Kelkenberg
 Andrew Jacob Kelkenberg

Andrew calls Akron, New York home. He earned a BS in civil engineering technology. Andrew was a tutor and student grader while at RIT and a member of several organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineering–RIT Student Chapter. Andrew completed the Associated Schools of Construction Competition, received the American Council of Engineering Companies Scholarship and became an Engineer in Training after passing the Fundamentals Engineering Exam. After graduation, Andrew hopes to pursue a career in structural engineering.

2013 College Delegate

Mr. Trevor Thunell
 Trevor Thunell

From Bergen, N.Y., Trevor Thunell graduates with a BS in mechanical engineering technology. His work experience includes Ramar-Hall, Inc., Troyer Race Cars, and United Technologies Aerospace Systems, where he is currently employed. Trevor is the recipient of the Donald and Jeris Boyce Scholarship and he is a semi-finalist in the Dell Social Innovation Challenge. He is the founder of Clean Life Corps, an organization seeking to increase access to sanitation in impoverished countries. After graduation, Trevor plans to continue working to develop and fund waste management systems in Haiti and other countries.

ACTM 2013 Department Delegate

Mr. Dimitri Rajko
 Dimitri Rajko

Dimitri Rajko graduates with a BS in hospitality and service management and concentrations in human resources and small business development. He completed an internship with Iskon Internet d.d in Zagreb, Croatia, where he worked in business development, specifically business intelligence, conducting market and competitive analyses for the telecommunications company. He plans to continue his education and obtain a master’s degree in business.


2012 Graduate Student Delegate

Ms. Lindsey Beaudin
Lindsey Beaudin

Lyndsey is from West Dover, Vermont. Lyndsey is from West Dover, Vermont. She is graduating with a dual degree BS/MS in Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety Management. Lyndsey worked as a graduate assistant and interned at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and F.X. Matt Brewing Company. She is the recipient of the 2011 AWMA-NYWEA Outstanding Environmental Management Student Award and she is a student member of the Genesee Finger Lakes Air and Waste Management Association. Lyndsey plans to pursue industry employment.

2012 Undergraduate Student Delegate/ Hospitality & Tourism Management 2012 Department Delegate

Ms. Elizabeth Stevens
 Elizabeth Stevens

From Syracuse, New York, Elizabeth graduated with a BS in international hospitality and service management with a minor in business administration and a concentration in hotel operations. Elizabeth was a resident advisor and member of the RIT Pep Band and Alpha Sigma Lambda and Phi Kappa P hi honor societies. She received The Statler Foundation Grant to study at the American College of Management and Technology, RIT’s campus in Croatia. Elizabeth participated in the Disney College Program as a campus representative and attractions hostess and she was the recipient of the 2011 J. Willard Marriott Memorial Scholarship. Elizabeth is pursuing an MBA at RIT.

Electrical, Computer & Telecommunications Engineering Technology 2012 Department Delegate

Ms. Nargiz Joldybekova
 Nargiz Joldybekova

Nargiz earned her BS in Telecommunications Engineering Technology. Hailing from Almaty, Kazakhstan, Nargiz received a merit-based scholarship from Kazakhstan called “Bolashak” to afford her the opportunit y to study at RIT. She was a Supplemental Instructor Leader as well as an academic tutor at HEOP and TriO. Nargiz also was an active member of Women in Technology as a student and was honored for her academic excellence by being on the Dean’s List. Plans after graduation include working in industry and eventually applying for graduate school.

Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management & Safety 2012 department Delegate

Mr. Robert Waver
 Robert Waver

Robert calls Elma, New York home. He earned a BS in Civil Engineering Technology and his academic excellence has earned him a repeated spot on the Dean’s List. Robert has also been the recipient of the NYS Associated General Contractors of America Scholarship as well as the Nathanial Rochester Society Scholarship. He also received RIT’s Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award. While at RIT, Robert was a member of the ASCE Student Chapter, the Steel Bridge Team, the Construction Management Team and Concrete Canoe Team. Robert will join his family’s business, ALP Steel in Buffalo, New York following graduation.

Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology & Packaging Science 2012 Department Delegate

Mr. Patrick Montalbano
 Patrick Montalbano

Patrick is from Middletown, New Jersey and graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology. While at RIT, he has been a member of the Amateur Radio Club, Baja SAE, Project M.E.T.E.O.R, Rock Climbing Club and has participated in running and intramural soccer. Recently, Patrick was awarded First Place for a conference paper presented at the RIT Winter Innovation Symposium. He will be working at Tesla Motors after graduation.

American College of Management and Technology 2012 Student Delegate

Ms. Đeni Paskojevic
Đeni Paskojevic

From Dubrovnik, Croatia, Đeni graduates with a BS in Hospitality and Service Management. Đeni was elected student council president and was a participant on the ACMT Education Committee. She is an RIT Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar and was recently inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. Đeni is also a member of the Croatian Ministry of Science reaccreditation committee and is currently employed as a marketing executive with Adriatic Luxury Hotels. Following graduation she hopes to study for her MS at RIT Dubai while continuing to work in the hotel industry.