Student Pinnacle Winners

The Pinnacle Award is the highest honor the University bestows on a graduating student. One student from each campus who has demonstrated academic excellence, public service and commitment to the University will be honored.

Student Pinnacle Winner - Florham Campus

Marialaina Nissenbaum

Marialaina NissenbaumMarialaina Nissenbaum, of Fords, NJ, will graduate cum laude with a Bachelors of Arts in psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience and double minors in mathematics and biology. An accomplished student leader, Marialaina served as the chapter founder and president for FDU GlamourGals, an organization whose mission is to organize youth volunteers to provide ongoing companionship and complimentary beauty makeovers to women living in senior homes. She worked as Orientation Leader for the Office of Campus Life, a TA for the Biology department, a tutor in the Academic Support Center and served as president of the Catholic Campus Ministry. She was a mentor for and member of the Florham Honors Program and was a member of both the Beta Beta Beta Biology Honors and Phi Zeta Kappa University Honor Societies. After graduation, Marialaina plans attend Rutgers University to pursue her Ph.D. in behavior and systems neuroscience.

Student Pinnacle Winner - Metropolitan Campus

Sedona Hill

Sedona HillSedona Hill, of Atlantic City, NJ, will graduate magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: International Business with a minor in art. Sedona has been involved in her campus community since her first year. She served as the Academic Affairs senator for the Student Government Association and later would go on to be the Vice-President and Executive Secretary. She served as the president of the National Residence Hall Honorary, an organization, which inducts the Top 1% of the residential student leaders on FDU’s campus, and has served as the president of Business Leaders of Tomorrow, Resident Assistant for two years, is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. and is an active member of the University Honors and the Global Scholars programs. Sedona has traveled to all seven continents of the world and has started a foundation to offer a safe place for inner-city children to build confidence and learn about financial literacy. After graduation, Sedona plans to continue her education in the 4+1 program for her M.B.A in Finance at FDU. Lastly, she will go on to hold the position of Graduate Hall Director in the Housing and Residence Life Office.

Student Pinnacle Winner - Vancouver Campus

Peter Mate

Peter MatePeter Mate is a second generation Hungarian-Filipino-Canadian based in Vancouver, British Columbia. His long-term goal is to pursue a career in international public policy with aspirations to work within Canada’s federal government. During his time at the Vancouver campus, Peter served as a Global Scholar and president of the Vancouver campus’ Model United Nations Association. He has also served as project assistant in the Modernist Versions Project — an international literature transcription initiative enabling low-income students to freely access Works by Ernest Hemingway, Oscar Wilde and Sigmund Freud. During his junior year, he completed a public relations internship in New York and studied international relations at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. These experiences enabled Peter to help represent Canada at the 2017 Youth Trends Forum in Taipei, Taiwan. He will graduate summa cum laude with a BAIS in International Relations and Communications in Summer 2018.