Metropolitan Campus Graduate Andrew Restivo Awarded Pinnacle
Teaneck, NJ (May 21, 2007)- Fairleigh Dickinson University graduating senior Andrew Restivo, a resident of Washington Township, NJ, was honored with the Metropolitan Campus 2007 Pinnacle Award, the highest honor that the University can bestow upon a student, during Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Commencement ceremony at Continental Airlines Arena on May 15, 2007.
The award is given to one graduating student from each campus that has demonstrated academic excellence, public service and commitment to the University. Restivo received his bachelor of science degree in construction engineering technology at the event.
In presenting the award to Restivo, Provost Joseph J. Kiernan announced to the audience, “As Provost of the Metropolitan Campus, it gives me great pleasure to announce this year’s recipient from the Metropolitan Campus, Andrew J. Restivo. In recognition of his many accomplishments and in admiration of his remarkable talents, Fairleigh Dickinson University is proud to confer upon Andrew Restivo the Student Pinnacle Award.”
Restivo, one of only two student voices at the ceremony, represented all graduates of FDU’s Metropolitan Campus as he addressed an audience of more than 10,000 graduates, faculty and guests.
“When we started our careers as students four years ago, I never thought this experience would change me the way it has,” Restivo said. “Fairleigh Dickinson provides a global education that allows us to become well-rounded citizens in today’s society.”
Restivo first attended FDU as a commuter student. He quickly joined the Commuter Council, where he was elected vice president and then president. A determined leader, he was instrumental in changing parking regulations for commuters and bringing council issues to the Student Government Association (SGA).
He was elected SGA president his senior year and moved to campus to be closer to the student body. He successfully obtained a 24-hour study space for students and extended cafeteria hours. He was a member of the Residence Hall Association, Student Programming Board, Multicultural Council, Campus Standards Committee, SUB Users Committee and Campus Strategic Planning Committee.
Restivo’s dedication to his studies and the University was evident, and he was recognized as a Colonel F. Dickinson Scholar, Charter Day Scholar and a member of the Phi Zeta Kappa Honor Society and Phi Omega Epsilon Honor Society.
Restivo will join Hollister Construction Services in Teterboro, NJ. He plans to earn a master’s degree in the near future.