2011 Political Science Graduates
Megan O'Hare minored in public administration and policy. Currently, she attends the University of North Carolina at Wilmington pursuing her Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in environmental policy. She has worked for an environmental non-profit, the Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Coalition, that recognizes green building in a tri-county area of Southeast North Carolina. At the university, Megan also serves as a graduate teaching assistant, researching community indicators of sustainability for Milan Dluhy.
Danielle Singer graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science and a minor in English. While at Cortland, Danielle was recognized for a number of achievements both academically and for her commitment to civic engagement. She received the SUNY Cortland Leadership award and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence which was given to only four students from Cortland. On the Dean’s List every semester and having achieved the President’s List three times, Singer also is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the college-wide honorary society. She placed sixth out of 82 competitors at the 2010 Moot Court Regional Competition, arguing cases before a panel of judges. As president of the Political Science Association, she organized a voter registration event to enhance students’ participation in the political process. She also held positions with the College’s Judicial Review Board, the Student Government Association and the Auxiliary Services Corporation. Danielle attends the University of Miami School of Law.
Michael Schoeneberger graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science and a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management. Mike served on the Pi Kappa Phi and Greek Standards executive boards in addition to the College’s Judicial Review Board. He received the SUNY Cortland Leadership award and was one of four students to receive the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. His many academic awards include the Excellence in Law and Justice Award, an accolade given to the student with the highest GPA for all law and justice majors. On the Dean’s List every semester and on the President’s List three times, Mike also was a member of three honor societies, including the Zeta Delta chapter of the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society. Mike attends the University of Connecticut Law School.
2010 Political Science Graduates
Keith Lusby graduated with honors earning a bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in law and justice. While at Cortland, Keith was recognized for a number of achievements both academically and for athletics. Keith received the SUNY Cortland Leadership award and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, which was given to only four students from Cortland. As a student athlete, he competed on both the men’s cross country and track teams, where he earned All SUNYAC Academic honors every season he competed. Working in the Sociology/Anthropology Department and in Recreational Sports, Keith received Outstanding Student Employee awards. Keith attends George Washington University School of Law (ranked 20th by U.S. News and World Report) where he received an academic scholarship totaling $105,000 over three years.
Michelle Santoro graduated a bachelor’s degree in political science. She has been recognized as being among the top 5 percent of her class since her first year and has been on the President’s List five times and the Dean’s List every semester at Cortland. She received the William Rogers Award for Excellence in Political Science; has been recognized as one of SUNY Cortland’s Outstanding Student Leaders and was also awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Michelle completed two Congressional Internships, one in Washington D.C with Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy and one in Cortland with Congressman Michael Arcuri. Michelle has been inducted into four honor societies including Pi Sigma Alpha for Political Science, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Theta Kappa. Michelle accepted a job with a law firm on Long Island, New York.
Amanda Mullan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She went to work as an intern New York State Assembly in Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward's office. While at Cortland, Amanda was involved in a number of SGA groups, including Cortland Students Advocating for a Valuable Environment. Amanda also was an officer for the Political Science Association (PSA). In this capacity, she helped organize a student/faculty retreat to Raquette Lake as well as an election party to watch the results from the 2008 campaign. Amanda was awarded both the Pi Sigma Alpha Madison Best Paper Award in 2008 and the Pi Sigma Alpha Best Portfolio Award in 2010. Amanda is attending Cornell University’s Institute of Public Affairs as a graduate student where she received a fellowship for $24,000.
Marisa Burkett graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Her academic achievements have been recognized by SUNY Cortland on numerous occasions. She not only made the Dean’s List every semester since starting at Cortland, but she also made the President’s List three consecutive semesters. Marisa is also a member of the following honor societies: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and Pi Sigma Alpha for Political Science. She was the recipient of the Alpha Delta Jr. Scholarship Award. Marisa is currently attending Penn State: University Dickinson School of Law (ranked 72nd) where she received an academic scholarship totaling $60,000 over three years.