Student and Alumni News: June 2022

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
June 13, 2022


2022 Student Awards

Congratulations to the Class of 2022. Check out the Student Awards website.

Arts and Sciences 2022-2023 Naef Scholars

  • Matthew Conde* - Senior, CAS; Communication and Media
  • Cullin Egge* - Senior, CAS; Social Work, Spanish
  • Ethan Garza - Senior, CAS; Political Science
  • Calia Ann Lockey - Senior, CAS, Psychology
  • Madeleine Magana* - Senior, CAS; Public Affairs

*Returning Naef Scholar

More Student News

Ha-aheo Auwae-Dekker, Film Studies,'22. Ha'aheo's film Malihini (produced as part of an SU class) was chosen to screen as part of the prestigious Closing Night program at the 2022 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY).

Joshua Bonilla received the Undergraduate Blume Criminal Justice Scholar 2022-23. Joshua is a first-year junior undergraduate double majoring in Criminal Justice, Criminology & Forensics and Psychology (BACJ) with a specialization in Forensic Psychology.

Cameron Kendall received the Graduate Blume Criminal Justice Scholar 2022-23. Cameron is a first-year student in the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) program specializing in Research and Evaluation.


Twyla Carter, BA, Criminal Justice, ’04 and JD, ‘97 SU Law joined the Legal Aid Society as Attorney-in-Chief and CEO.

Jason Dimen, MPA, '96, has been named Principal of Woodland Elementary School in Weston, Massachusetts.

Olivia Hernández, BA, English, minors in Spanish and Film Studies, '12, English instructor at Yakima Valley College, is the 2022 recipient of the Robert M. Leadon Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes their faculty who are well known for their commitment to excellence in teaching.

Ryan Moore, BA, Communication, ’01 has been named Chief Revenue Officer/SVP of Digital Sales and Sports with Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Danielle Poe, BA Philosophy, ’95 is the new Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at University of Dayton.

Megan Torgerson, MFA, Arts Leadership, ’20 was awarded the inaugural Public Humanities Fellowship from Humanities Washington to develop the third season of her original podcast series, Reframing Rural. She launched the podcast while a student at SU and is grateful for Humanities Washington's financial and programmatic support to help continue her mission to rewrite the narrative on rural America.

Several Film Studies alumni had work featured in the 2022 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY)

Barb Hoffman, ‘19 : Barb's music video Rainy Days and Crooked Sheets, led to her selection by festival funder Scan Design Foundation, to participate (with full financial support) in a week-long young filmmakers' intensive at TheNextFilmFestival, which will be held in Norway in August 2022.

Hailey McGill, ’19: Hailey's film, Ode 2 Embarrassment, won an audience award at the festival.

Mary Lawrence, '21: Mary's film, the waiting room, (produced as part of an SU class) screened at the festival.