Meet Our Honors Leaders

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Wynni Benson (she/her)

Hi everyone! My name is Wynni, and I am a junior in the Speech-Language Pathology program at Buffalo State. I also have a minor in Philosophy. I am in many organizations at Buffalo State that involve me helping others! I have loved being a part of the Honors Program here; I have met many amazing people, including some of my best friends! I am a native Buffalonian and love going to Delaware Park or going up to the Elmwood Village. I love reading, cooking, playing video games, watching movies, and meeting new people! I am so excited to meet all of you future students!

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Prayushi Bhorania (she/they)

Hello! My name is Prayushi (pruh-yoo-shee) and I am a senior pursuing a dual degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Information Systems. I love playing card games in my free time. I am excited to be an Honors Leader this fall and cannot wait to meet you all!! 

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Mimi Byrne (she/they)

Hey everyone, my name is Mimi and I'm a graduate student working as one of the Graduate Assistants in the Biology Department. I served as an RA for 3 years working in the freshmen residence halls and I earned my B.A. here at Buffalo State in Integrative Biology. I also was the captain for the undergrad Buffalo State Mock Trial team that's connected to the Honors Program so you may see me around! Lover of all board and video games, music, and hockey (LET'S GO ISLES... and Sabres!).

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Tyler Chen (he/him)

Hello, my name is Tyler Chen and I am a sophomore at Buffalo State. I am a Business major with a minor in Business Economics. I love playing board games and trivia. I can't wait to spend time interacting and ensuring that incoming students get the best experience. 

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Aoife Clune (she/her)

I am a sophomore with a major in English and a minor in Fashion. I love to write, draw, and spend time with my friends and family! I am interested in pursuing a career in fashion journalism someday. My favorite thing about the Honors Program is all of the super fun activities we get to do and the opportunities we have!

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Mary Teresa Comerate (she/her)

I am currently a sophomore pursuing a degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Photography. In my free time I enjoy being creative, hanging out with my friends and reading. I'm excited to be a part of the Honors Leader Program and can't wait to meet you all!

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Alex Dutkiewicz (he/him)

Hi, all! My name is Alex. I am a senior in the History program here at Buffalo State, with additional minors in Criminal Justice and Political Science. Outside of school, I love all things music, arts, sports, and animals! I can’t wait to meet you all and show you the wonderful things the Muriel A. Howard Honors Program has to offer!

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Lizzie Evans (she/her)

Hello! My name is Lizzie and I am a senior studying Sociology with interests in Women and Gender Studies, Philosophy, Legal Studies, and American Sign Language. The Muriel A. Howard Honors Program has not only introduced me to opportunities including an undergraduate research project and networking events but has also brought me some of my best friends. The Honors Program has become a favorite place of mine at Buffalo State and I hope to help others find their home here as well.

Honors Leader Carolyn Freeman

Carolyn Freeman (she/her)

Hello, all! My name is Carolyn Freeman and I am a senior pursuing a major in English Education (7-12) and a minor in Theater. In addition to enjoying my time in the Muriel A. Howard Honors Program since my freshman year, I have also continued to be involved in the English Education Student Association and the Theater Department. I am looking forward to meeting and working with you, mentees, as an Honors Leader!

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Alijah Giscombe (she/her)

I am a sophomore pursuing a dual degree in Psychology, with my second major being Arts and Letters with a Dance concentration. A Syracuse native with a passion for the arts, more specifically dance and music. On the same note, I do create and digitally produce my own music. Currently a CA, which is a Community Assistant, like an RA but different in some ways. I am also part of the lgbtq+ community. 

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Danae Hardy (she/her)

Hello mentees, my name is Danae! I’m currently a junior here at Buffalo State. My major is Childhood Education with a concentration in Liberal Arts. I also serve as a Resident Assistant on campus. The Honors Program has allowed me to succeed in smaller classroom settings and connect with professors. I am excited to meet you all this fall!     

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Morgan Harrington (she/her)

Hi! My name is Morgan Harrington and I am a junior at Buffalo State. I am doing a dual degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. In addition to being involved with the Muriel A. Howard Honors Program I am also the treasurer and scholarship chair for Sigma Delta Tau. In my free time I enjoy being involved with research on campus and love to read. I cannot wait to meet you all! I look forward to all the opportunities we will have to help you guys feel more than welcome here at Buffalo State. 

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Christopher Jackson (he/him)

Hello Bengals! My name is Christopher and I am a senior Psychology major with a minor in Theater. I take on a wide variety of roles in the several clubs, organizations, and jobs on campus that help form a strong sense of community at Buffalo State. In my free time, I enjoy rowing boats, laughing too much, and making new friends. I cannot wait to meet all of the incoming Honors students and help them feel welcomed here at Buffalo State!

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Hannah McMahon (she/her)

Hi my name is Hannah McMahon and I’m a sophomore at Buffalo State. I’m a Business major with a concentration in Marketing and Spanish minor. Being a part of the Honors Program has given me the opportunity to meet a ton of amazing people and take classes that are interesting to me. I can’t wait to get started and help future students succeed at Buffalo State!

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Calogero Tiermini (he/they)

My name is Calogero, and I am a graduate student in the Literacy Specialist program. I am the Graduate Assistant at the Writing Center, and recently earned my degree in Social Studies Education. I love to talk about writing and literature, as well as all things history! I was an RA on campus for almost 4 years, and I've been super involved with the Honors program. I've lived in or around Buffalo for most of my life, and in my free time I love to listen to music, watch movies, and play video and board games of all kinds! 

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Sarah Zakeri (she/her)

Hello! My name is Sarah and I’m a sophomore pursuing a degree in the Arts here at Buffalo State College. On my own time I'm always brainstorming and researching ideas for new personal and group pieces. Being from Buffalo, I’m very interested in the local art community and hands-on participation in the city. I also enjoy reading and playing video games. Welcome to the Muriel A. Howard Honors Program and I can’t wait to meet you mentees!