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Belle K. Ribicoff Prize

Dana R. Eckstein ’13

Bachelor of Arts, Cinema

Bachelor of Arts, English

Dana Eckstein has been described as a “force of nature.” evidence of that energy lies in the long list of activities, awards, papers, and projects submitted with her nomination for the Belle K. Ribicoff Prize, which recognizes academic excellence.

Pursing a double major in Cinema and English, she has been on the Dean’s List and the President’s List every semester she’s been at the University. During her freshman year, she was inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, eventually serving as treasurer and president of the Psi Phi chapter. She has presented at the Undergraduate Colloquium all four years of her University career. She was a Humanities Center fellow for two consecutive years and is a recipient of the Junior regents’ Honor Award.

In addition to academic honors, Eckstein began winning University-wide writing awards her freshman year and was named editor of the Aerie literary journal her senior year.

In 2012 she was accepted, with Associate Professor T. Stores, in the International Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Conference in Barcelona, Spain, for her work for a course that paired first-semester students with new retirement-community residents, resulting in a documentary and paper examining transitional life experiences.

Her extracurricular activities include working at the student-run STN, Channel 2 News, as a photographer, engineer, and crew member. She was elected general manager of the station her sophomore year. She was a member of the drama club. Her original stop-motion animation film was accepted into the University’s 2012 Goldfarb exhibition. She is the recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theater festival regional 10-Minute Play Award.

As Stores notes, to say that Eckstein “is an overachiever is to put it mildly.”

So what drives this force of nature?“I think it’s innate,” Eckstein says.“I am fascinated by everything. I want to try everything. My father used to tell me,‘You can’t dance at two weddings with one tuchus.’ It’s been my life goal to dance at all the weddings.”

Eckstein, who is from East Brunswick, N.J., is looking for an administrative job while working on her writing portfolio for a Master of Fine Arts program.

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