College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

CASL Chancellor's Medallion Recipients

Two CASL students, Hina Haider and Jessica Snow, will be honored as Chancellorís Medallion recipients at University of Michigan-Dearbornís commencement ceremony on May 1.  The students demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.  The Chancellor's Medallion is UM-Dearborn's most prestigious academic honor bestowed on students. The University presents the award at each commencement.  CASL student Bradley Pischea will be the student speaker at the ceremony. 


Hina Haider graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a secondary teaching certification in social studies and history, graduating with High Distinction. Ms. Haider maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Her many academic honors include making the Deanís List every semester, earning University Honors six consecutive semesters, being named a James B. Angell Scholar three times, and being selected as the History Honors Scholar for 2016. Ms. Haider was awarded a University of Michigan-Dearborn Chancellorís Scholarship and a scholarship from the Ford Motor Company.

Ms. Haider completed a thesis titled ď Nightmare on Twelfth Street: An Analysis of the Racial Attitudes of Whites and Blacks in the Aftermath of the Detroit Riot of 1967Ē for History 4999, the senior research seminar course. In addition to course work, she completed several student teaching assignments and was active in the Muslim Students Association and Sheís The First student organization. She volunteers at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and for the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs.

Ms. Haider plans to teach at the middle school or high school level upon graduation, attend graduate school and eventually pursue a career as a college professor.


Jessica Snow will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, graduating with High Distinction. She has earned University Honors three times, has been named to the Deanís List four times and was recognized as a James B. Angell Scholar in 2014 and 2016. Ms. Snow was the recipient of a Freshman Chemistry award in 2015 and is the 2016 Biology Honors Scholar.

Since transferring to UM-Dearborn at the start of the Winter 2013 semester, Ms. Snow has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA. Several faculty who have taught her have singled her out as a ďonce-in-a-decadeĒ student and have utilized her graded work as examples to be followed by other students.

Outside the classroom, Ms. Snow has been active on campus in several capacities, including as an undergraduate researcher and as a greenhouse assistant. Ms. Snowís research experience came as a volunteer in the laboratory of Associate Professor Anne Danielson-Francois, contributing to a study of sexual selection in Tetragnatha spiders that is currently being readied for publication. As a greenhouse assistant, Ms. Snow has been responsible for maintaining a plant collection that is used for teaching numerous courses in ecology and plant biology. The greenhouse supervisor, Donald Miller, has cited Ms. Snow as the best greenhouse assistant he has had. She also has done extensive work with special-needs students as an art instructor.

After graduation, Ms. Snow intends to continue her involvement as a member of the UM-Dearborn community. She will begin work at UM-Dearbornís Environmental Interpretive Center, leading youth educational programs. She plans to pursue graduate studies in ecology or environmental biology.


Bradley Pischea has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in criminal justice and political science. He graduates with Distinction. Mr. Pischea is a recipient of the William J. Branstrom Prize and earned placement on the Deanís List three times. He also earned University Honors three times. He is a recipient of the Public Affairs Internship Scholarship and the UM-Dearborn Student Government Scholarship.

An active member of the campus community since his freshman year, Mr. Pichea worked with a student team on the leasing process for the new campus housing complex, The Union at Dearborn. Soon afterward, he joined Student Government and the Student Activities Board. His student government roles developed during his college career; he has served as a senator, director of clubs and organizations, vice president and president.

Mr. Pischea has represented the student perspective of UM-Dearborn on many occasions, ranging from addressing incoming students at the New Student Convocation, presenting to the U-M Board of Regents, and meeting with state legislators in Lansing.

Mr. Pischea worked on campus for the Department of Public Safety as an office assistant and dispatcher. He also has completed an internship with the Detroit Police Department and worked for the Westland Police Department.

Mr. Pischea was recently named a 2016 UM-Dearborn Difference Maker. Nominated by faculty and staff, Difference Maker recipients are recognized for academic achievement, integrity, leadership, and creative contribution in and out of the classroom.

His goal is to work in Lansing on the area of issue advocacy, particularly the criminal justice system.