Jessica Dingman’s Quest to Inspire
By Jenny Connell
The College at Florham Pinnacle recipient, Jessica Dingman, of Roxbury, N.J., is the first generation in her family to attend college. She is a biology major currently obtaining her master’s degree in FDU’s Quest Program with a 3.96 grade-point average.
The Student Pinnacle Award is bestowed upon an outstanding student member of the graduating class. The recipient will deliver the commencement address on behalf of their campus during the annual commencement ceremonies.
“I believe this is an extremely prestigious honor to receive this award and represent my campus at Commencement,” said Dingman. “I believe I can inspire and motivate my fellow graduates to use not only the academic knowledge but their experiences at FDU to shape their future decisions and overall inspire them to continue to follow their dreams.”
Dingman has been the face of the support center in which she tutors several science courses. She has also run review sessions for both the Chemistry Club in organic chemistry, and for Tri-Beta, the biology honors society of which she is a member of.
To sum up her experience at FDU Dingman explains, “My four years at FDU have allowed me to blossom as an adult and find my passion to teach and give back to my community in any way I can.”
“Jess arrived on campus with her focus and determination already in place,” said Dingman’s advisor, Professor Alice Shumate. “Jess balances her responsibilities with poise, grace and enthusiasm, and it has been a delight to get to know her over the past four years.”
Dingman is also a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma where she has previously held the positions of recording and correspondence secretary and scholarship chair, which monitors the sisters’ academics and provides tutoring where necessary. With her sorority she volunteers in charities such as: Relay for Life, various breast cancer walks, and the local food pantry. For the future she wishes to teach middle school science.