Class of 2015 Award Recipients


About the Award

The 'Class of' Awards are given to students and faculty that have significantly impacted the Cornell community. Class Councils recognizes those that are positive roles models to their peers, excel in their activities, and selflessly work to better the Cornell community.

Kristen Barnett

Kristen Barnett is a senior studying Applied Economics and Management. She currently serves as President of Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity, is the former president of Mountains for Moms, and was on the founding team of the Dyson Symposium on Women in Leadership.

Dan Cappetta

Dan has served as the Sigma Phi Society's Philanthropy Chair for 7 consecutive semesters, establishing lasting relationships with the Area 17 Special Olympics, as well as the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia after helping to raise $22,500 for their new oncology department's waiting room. He has also served as the fraternity's Treasurer and Social Chair, the Vice President of both Events and Finance for the ILR Sports Business Society, and is a member of the Ho-Nun-De-Kah Honor Society, Order of Omega Honor Society, and Cornell's Club Basketball team.

Matt Clauson

Matt is a senior studying history in the College of Arts and Sciences with a passion for service-learning and social justice. On campus, he is a Public Service Scholar and has served as the President of the Cornell Roosevelt Institute and the Prison Reform and Education Project.

Jessica Conroy

Majoring in neuroscience and minoring in psychology, Jessica is also the founder of Students for Eating Disorder Awareness Support and Recovery and a CMC volunteer. She plans on attending medical school following graduation with the goal of helping medically under-served communities.

Adam Kirsch

Hailing from Bergen County, NJ, Adam is a 5 Year MBA candidate, simultaneously completing his senior year in ILR and his first year at the Johnson School. When not working on his startup, Yorango, he enjoys fencing, reading, and witty repartee.

Zena Kolliesuah

Zena is very grateful for her experience at Cornell and the various opportunities she has had in athletics, community service, and academics. One of her most rewarding memories was teaching children in Honduras math and how to read and write.

Ashley Kossakowski

Ashley is a graduating senior in the Science of Natural and Environmental Systems program, with a concentration in Environmental Economics and a minor in Applied Economics. During her time at Cornell, she has worked to improve sustainability practices through behavior change, largely in regards to energy, food, and waste.

Zach Leighton

Originally from Jericho, New York, Zach is passionate about giving back to the Cornell community and lives everyday with a 'pay it forward' mentality both formally through on-campus organizations such as the Dyson Undergraduate Council, Phi Gamma Nu Professional Business Fraternity, and Senior Class Campaign, and informally by mentoring underclassman and sharing insights from his internship experiences at the White House and J.P. Morgan to help others with career advice and professional development.

Isaias Munoz

Isaias is a senior in the ILR School. On campus he serves as a leader in one of Cornell's Christian organizations [CRU: Campus Crusade] by leading bible studies, disciplining and mentoring younger men, and directing a praise and worship band.

Brian McAfee

Brian is a senior captain and starting pitcher on the baseball team. He's a member of Red Key honor society, Big Red Leadership Initiative, and is graduating with a degree in Operations Research Engineering.

Shayna Ratner

Shayna is majoring in Human Biology, Health, and Society and minoring in Gerontology in the College of Human Ecology. She does research in the Healthy Aging Laboratory and is a member of Cornell University Emergency Medical Service, Cornell Elderly Partnership, Phi Delta Epsilon Pre-Medical Fraternity, and Alpha Phi Omega National Community Service Fraternity.

Kathryn Roach

Kate is a senior studying Materials Science and Engineering whose research has focused on a new material to be used in display technologies. Her time at Cornell University has been an equal adventure between school work and as a member of the women's varsity rowing team where she earned All-American honors for the past two years.

Marisa Sergi

Marisa designed and founded a wine brand, RedHead, due to the support of the Cornell community she’s met during her time studying Viticulture and Enology. Their encouragement has lead her to make the most of her undergrad experience winning business plan competitions, promoting positivity through community service focusing on anti-bullying and raising funds for a palliative care program for terminally ill and disabled children.

Tammie Siew

Tammie hails from Singapore and is completing a double major in Economics and English as well as a Business Minor. She is passionate about innovative problem solving through the intersection of market forces and social impact, which she pursues in her position as President of Social Business Consulting on campus.

Swati Sureka

Swati is a senior majoring in biology and chemistry. She has done research on applications of DNA-based materials for three years. She has held leadership positions in Cornell iGEM, Chemistry Peer Advisors and Biology Student Advisors, Splash! at Cornell, Alpha Chi Sigma (the professional chemistry fraternity), Phi Beta Kappa, and she is a TA for introductory comparative physiology.
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