- Industrial and Labor Relations
D’Agostino continues the Big Red tradition of excelling in the classroom. He was named to the School of Industrial and Labor Relations’ Dean’s List for the Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012 and Fall 2012 semesters, carrying a 3.42 grade point average.
He is also a member of the Sphinx Head Senior Honor Society, which recognizes members of the junior and senior class who have distinguished themselves in leadership and service to the university. D’Agostino is also a member of the Red Key Society, an honor society specifically for varsity athletes which honors outstanding undergraduate contributors to the athletic program and the university as a whole through community service events.
D’Agostino went on a service trip in May 2012 with the Portal De Belen Foundation to Don Juan, Dominican Republic, where the group was involved in the construction of a multipurpose center that will serve as a church and school in an impoverished area. In November 2012, D’Agostino initiated and organized a toy drive in support of the Cops, Kids and Toys Foundation of Tompkins County for one of the Big Red’s home game. The event raised funds and collected toys, which were distributed to underprivileged families for the holiday season. In the past, D’Agostino has also worked with Feed My Starving Children, packaging meals that are sent to orphanages, schools and refugee camps, the United Way Day of Care and the Ithaca Youth Hockey Association.
A seventh round selection of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, D’Agostino has made his mark at Cornell since arriving on campus the following year. Over his four years at Cornell, D’Agostino has been one of the most productive defensemen on a program that has won an ECAC Hockey championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament twice over that span. D’Agostino has emerged as one of the nation’s top point-producing defensemen, leading the Big Red with six power-play goals en route to All-Ivy League Second Team and All-ECAC Hockey Second Team selections. He posted career-highs in goals (8) and points (20) last season, producing a whopping five game-winning goals. D’Agostino is also a big part of the Big Red’s penalty kill, which has ranked in the top 10th in the nation in two of the last three seasons. As of the end of January 2013, D’Agostino is once again the team’s leading scorer among defenseman while playing in all situations.