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Sacramento State Dean's List


Each of Sacramento State’s seven colleges has selected a student slated for graduation next month to receive the Dean’s Award for exemplary achievements in the classroom and the community. They will be recognized from 5 to 8 p.m Tuesday, April 26, during a ceremonial dinner at the Alumni Center.

During the commencement ceremonies at Power Balance Pavilion (formerly known as Arco Arena) on May 20 and 21, President Alexander Gonzalez will present one of these students with a President’s Medallion.

This year’s recipients are:

Cesar Chavez will earn a degree from the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and hopes to pursue a career with Nintendo as a game programmer. Having lived in Tokyo for several months during a cultural immersion internship, he tutors students in Japanese courses.

Douglas Rester, from the College of Arts and Letters, will graduate with a degree in Communications Studies, with a concentration in Organizational Communication. His cum laude academic honor is all the more impressive in light of him having Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which limits his mobility.

Monica Dean, representing the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, will earn a degree in Environmental Studies. She’s applying for graduate schools in Israel to study international water equity issues. And she plans to begin a nonprofit organization focused on these issues and peace in the Middle East.

Daniel Logan, from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, will receive his degree with a concentration in Human Geography. He plans to help refugees or disaster victims, having interned with a local refugee resettlement program and participated in his church’s outreach efforts for human-trafficking victims.

Grace Michelle Sternin, College of Education, is specializing in Deaf Studies. Her ability to ascertain subtle nuances among deaf Jewish people helps them to cope. As an American Sign Language tutor, teaching assistant and community volunteer, she has a keen grasp of cultural and linguistic issues.

Tasha Ketphanh, College of Health and Human Services, will earn a degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Raised in a welfare home, married at 14 and a mother before graduating high school, she was class valedictorian. A Laotian who speaks the language fluently, she hopes to serve that population as a professional.

Vladimir Petrosyan, from the College of Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance and Management Information Systems.  An Honors Program student, his 3.913 grade-point average has placed him on the Dean’s List for three years. Upon graduation, he will begin work as a support engineer with Microsoft Inc. in Charlotte, N.C. He then plans to pursue an MBA and open his own business.