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Alex Gannuscio, '16

At the 2016 Spring Commencement, two graduates in the College of Arts and Sciences shared several  similarities. Alex Gannuscio graduated with a double major in Philosophy and Modern Languages and Cultures–Spanish. Emily Meachon also graduated with a double major, but in Psychology and Modern Languages and Cultures–Spanish.  Not only are they both double majors, with a common second major; both will be continuing their education at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. 

Under the guidance of philosophy professor Marcia Moen, PhD, Alex Gannuscio completed his honors thesis entitled Ethical Reconstruction: Transitioning from Postmodernism to American Pragmatism. Gannuscio, who graduated summa cum laude, presented his work at the Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC) conference. In the Fall, Alex will be attending the University of Oxford to study modern languages.

According to Alex, “More than anything else, the interest that faculty such as Dr . Moen of the Philosophy Department and Dr. Senk of the English Department have taken in helping me develop my work has challenged me to evolve intellectually, and inspired me to produce work that I have become genuinely proud of.”

Emily Meachon, '16

Since her first year in the College of Arts and Sciences, Emily Meachon engaged in undergraduate research in psychology under the guidance of her advisor, Jessica Nicklin, PhD. Meachon, a Dorothy Goodwin Scholar, presented her research at both the Eastern Psychological Association conference and the University of Hartford’s Honors Colloquium. She also presented research at the Northeastern Regional Honors Council (NRHC) conference. In the Fall, Emily will be attending the University of Oxford for an MSc in Psychological Research.

Emily noted, “My experience in the College of Arts and Sciences has been incredibly positive and has helped me to discover my passion for research in psychology. Dr. Nicklin’s mentorship and support throughout my undergraduate career has had a significant impact on my academic and professional development.”