UB Student From Grand Island Introduces President

12:15 AM, Aug 23, 2013   |    comments
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AMHERST, NY - The President of the United States of America, in town to promote a plan to make college more affordable, was introduced at the podium by Silvana C. D'Ettorre, 19, a UB student and Grand Island native.

This was her first public speaking opportunity, according to a statement released by the University at Buffalo on Thursday.

"I never imagined myself doing this," said D'Ettorre prior to the speech.  

An exercise science major, she plans to enroll in UB's School of Dental Medicine. She talked about opportunites that UB's dental school had provided for members of her family.

Although concerned that she would be "lost in the crowd" when she enrolled as one of about 19,000 undergraduate students at the university, D'Ettorre said "I never envisioned myself being so involved here. It's been a great experience."

The president addressed a crowd at UB's Alumni Arena as he started a two-day bus tour through upstate New York and Pennsylvania touting his plan to reform the way federal aid is doled out to colleges.

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