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The College of Behavioral and Community Sciences is proud to announce that three superb students are graduating in the Spring 2015 semester with distinction. Mellissa Barongi, Michelle Eaton, and Megan Porter have all received the cum distinction based on their scholarship, community service, professional development, and perseverance during their time as undergraduates.

Melissa Barongi – Behavioral Healthcare

Barongi served as an undergraduate assistant in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, and worked with faculty conducting research concerning substance-abusing parents within the child welfare system. Barongi presented in the recent Undergraduate Research Symposium, enrolled in the BRIDGE program designed to strengthen research skills prior to graduate-level work, and was admitted into the Summer Research Institute at the Florida Mental Health Institute. Barongi excelled in all of these endeavors and intends to pursue Ph.D. programs in clinical health psychology with an emphasis on veterans and military families.

Michelle Eaton – Social Work

Eaton, a non-traditional student, is graduating from the Social Work program with a great deal of experience. While completing her degree, Eaton worked at the Area Agency on Aging for Pinellas and Pasco counties where she worked with the elderly. Faculty cite Eaton as a caring and compassionate person with an unwavering devotion to the elderly population she works with.

Megan Porter – Communication Sciences and Disorders

Porter, a recent recipient of the Mom’s Project scholarship, participated in the Summer Research Institute at the Florida Mental Health Institute, completed an Undergraduate Research Certificate, studied abroad, and took a diverse selection of courses during her time as an undergraduate. Porter’s work was published in a top peer-reviewed journal alongside Dr. Roger Boothroyd (MHLP), and she served as a research assistant to Dr. Emily Plowman of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Porter will pursue a graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

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