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Summer 2015




GolD meDal recipientS

Katelyn m. ciccozzi, tamaqua, pa.

During summer 2014, Ciccozzi was accepted to conduct a research

project in astrophysics at Rutgers University. Her research focused

on finding a new tool for comparing merging dark matter halo

histories, and she presented her findings at a national meeting of

the American Astronomical Society in January 2015. She has used

the KU Observatory to conduct observations of two star systems

which are of importance to the astrophysics community, she then

analyzed her data, drew conclusions and presented her findings at

additional meetings of the American Astronomical Society in

2013 and 2014. Ciccozzi was a dean’s list student for eight con-

secutive semesters, president of the Society of Physics Students

and was awarded the Neag Undergraduate Research Grant, Dean’s

Scholar honor, Board of Governor’s Tuition Waiver and Stimmel

Scholarship for Academic Excellence. She has also donated her

time on campus and in the community.

Ziad haddad, orefield, pa.

Haddad is a two-time national champion wrestler, three-time

All-American, was named the National Wrestler of the Year in

2014 and NCAA Division II’s Most Dominant Wrestler in 2015.

He has won championships and was named Wrestler of the Year

in Super Region I and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

(PSAC).Haddad combined to go 55-0 over the last two years,

the second KU wrestler in school history to finish a season

undefeated, and ranks

fourth all-time at KU

with 82 career wins. He was

ranked the top heavyweight in

Division II for the entirety of the last two seasons, a streak of 507

days at the top spot, and stretched his winning streak and streak

of not allowing a takedown to 55 matches.Haddad is also a dean’s

list student, was named the 2014 KUMale Athlete of the Year, was

the runner-up in Super Region I and the PSAC in his sophomore

year and was PSAC Wrestler of the Week four times.

SilVer meDal recipientS

arjun arora, new Dehli, india

Samantha costello, westfield, n.J.

nicholas Stover, reading, pa.

letecia Garcia, pottsville, pa.

copper meDal recipientS

thomas Bond, hamburg, pa.

Kelsey livingston, allentown, pa.

Brandon martinez, lansdale, pa.

Steven Sultzbach, warminster, pa.

rebecca Van horn, lake ariel, pa.

Jay r. winkleman, Sinking Spring, pa.

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Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award winners: (1st row, left to right) Arjun Arora, Thomas Bond,

Rebecca Van Horn, Nicholas Stover, Letecia Garcia; (2nd row) Jay Winkleman, Samantha Costello, Katelyn

Ciccozzi, Ziad Haddad, Kelsey Livingston; (top) Steven Sultzbach. Missing from photo (inset): Brandon Martinez.

Kutztown University celebrated the recipients of its annual academic

achievement awards

in April.The award was established through a donation

provided by Dr. Carlson R. Chambliss, professor emeritus of physical science and KU faculty

member from 1970 –2003.The purpose of the awards is to recognize the exceptional

individual achievements of a select group of KU graduating seniors. Specially designed coin

medallions of gold, silver and copper were presented to the students.