Ciceron, Yaeger named Outstanding Seniors at SUNY Oswego

OSWEGO – The Oswego Alumni Association will present the Outstanding Senior Award to two candidates for May graduation at the Commencement Eve Dinner preceding SUNY Oswego’s traditional Torchlight Ceremony on May 17.

Recipients are Barbara Ciceron, a political science and communication studies major, and Mary Yaeger, a public relations major.

‘Drive and commitment’

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Barbara Ciceron

A member of the National Black Law Student Association who plans to attend law school after Oswego, Ciceron was an intern in the Oswego County Attorney’s Office, where she helped draft new laws and regulations regarding synthetic drugs. She presented at the Future Oswego Leaders Conference in 2011 and Quest in 2012. She volunteered for Operation Southern Comfort in New Orleans in 2011 and is a current volunteer at the Ladies Home and St. Luke Nursing Home. She studied abroad in Cuba and served as a student representative to the Republican Presidential Convention in August.

Ciceron graduated from the New Leadership Summer Institute Program at SUNY Albany and is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society. Among her leadership positions on campus have been president of the Political Science Club, director of the Student Association Programming Board, and coordinator of the annual Crop Hunger Walk and the Women’s Conference. Ciceron is a McNair Scholar and C-STEP Scholar and recently received a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

“I have known Barbara for the past three years and never stop admiring her drive and commitment to advance her knowledge to become a lawyer,” wrote Cleane Medeiros of the biological sciences faculty.

‘Immense character’

Mary Yaeger
Mary Yaeger

The current president of the Public Relations Student Society of America’s local chapter and co-president of Lambda Pi Eta, the communication honor society, Yaeger is also a member of the ODK leadership honor society. She presented at the Quest research and creative activities symposium this year and the previous two years, and has been active in the Del Sarte Dance Club for four years.

She has served as a representative on the communication studies department Student Leadership Advisory Board and the advisory board of the Student Arts Fee for the School of Communication, Media and the Arts. She is the advanced public relations intern at the Compass student success center and marketing and wellness student manager at Cooper and Glimmerglass fitness centers.

“Her enthusiasm and leadership inspires other students, and she brings positive national recognition to the college and program through her many successes,” said Melissa Dodd, assistant professor of public relations. “She is an intelligent, hard-working woman of immense character.”

Yaeger will attend Emerson College in Boston to pursue a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications.

The Outstanding Senior Award was established by the 2005 Senior Class Planning Committee and is funded by Alice Massimi Crouch of the class of 2002.

The Outstanding Senior Award recognizes a graduating senior who has been highly involved on campus while maintaining academic excellence.

Reservations for the college’s Commencement Eve events are due by May 3.

To make a reservation to attend the Commencement Eve dinner, call 312-2258, email [email protected] or sign up online at