Alumni Spotlights

Noemi Coltea

Noemi Coltea graduated from the Wilkes Honors College in 2005 with a concentration in Economics. As a student at the WHC, she was elected student body governor. Coltea went on to obtain her Master’s in Public Administration in 2009 and her Ph.D. in Adult and Community Education in 2014, both from FAU. Currently, Dr. Coltea is Chief Strategy... Read More

Michael Degani

Michael Degani graduated from the Wilkes Honors College in 2005 with a double-concentration in anthropology and philosophy and received Outstanding Thesis and Outstanding Scholar of the Year Awards. He earned his Doctorate in anthropology from Yale University in 2015, graduating with distinction. After graduating from Yale, Dr. Degani joined the... Read More

Olsi Gjyshi

Olsi Gjyshi graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Wilkes Honors College in 2006 with a concentration in Biochemistry. He earned his combined Doctorate in Medicine and Philosophy in 2017 and 2015, respectively, from the Chicago Medical School, focusing his research on the role of certain human viruses in causing cancer. Dr. Gjyshi is a member of the... Read More

Jensen Grant

Jensen graduated in 2006 from the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College with a major in Political Science. In 2009, he received his law degree from The American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. He is currently the managing attorney for Florida at the Law Offices of Kanner & Pintaluga. Jensen credits his time volunteering... Read More

Adam Iglesias

Adam Iglesias graduated from the Wilkes Honors College in 2003 with a concentration in psychology. He earned his Ph.D. in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children. Presently, Dr. Iglesias is a private practice psychologist in Palm Beach Gardens FL,... Read More

Kristina Klaas

Kristina Klaas graduated from the Wilkes Honors College in 2011 with a concentration in International Studies and a minor in Spanish. During her years as a student, Kristina received various awards, including the Distinguished Community Service Award in 2010 and 2011, Owl of the Year – MacArthur Campus, and O’Hagan Scholar. The Honors College... Read More

Michael Metzner

Wilkes Honors College alumnus Michael Metzner, M.D., ’12, has always had two passions: art and medicine. But “Never in a million years did I think, ‘Oh, well writing for Grey’s Anatomy, that’s how I can do that.’ Metzner recently changed his career path and accepted a writing position for ABC’s Greys Anatomy. Metzner is a 3rd year... Read More

Niina Pollari

Niina Pollari graduated from the Wilkes Honors College in 2006 with a concentration in English Literature. Niina’s outstanding thesis won an honorable mention in the highly competitive Undergraduate Studies Essay Competition from the prestigious database, Early English Books Online, in 2006. Her thesis later led to an invitation to present her... Read More

Jocelyn Sabbagh

Jocelyn Sabbagh graduated from the Wilkes Honors College in 2007 with a concentration in Political Science. While at the Honors College she met Guatemalan Nobel Peace Laureate, Rigoberta Menchu, served as interpreter for the Sister Cities signing ceremony for Jupiter and Jacaltenango, Guatemala, and provided interpreter services for the Guatemalan... Read More


Caitlin Saladrigas is a 2008 graduate of the Wilkes Honors College. As an undergraduate student, she majored in Law & Society and Spanish, completing her thesis in both English and Spanish. She graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Law in 2011. Currently, she is a lawyer in Holland & Knight LLP’s Fraud & Recovery group where she... Read More