BU commencement ceremonies slated for May 17 and 18
BLOOMSBURG - Nearly 1,300 Bloomsburg University seniors will receive bachelor's degrees Saturday during commencement ceremonies on the BU Academic Quadrangle.
BU will hold two commencement ceremonies for undergraduates on May 18. Students from the Colleges of Education and Liberal Arts will graduate at 10 a.m.; students from the Colleges of Business and Science and Technology will receive their degrees at 3 p.m.
The speaker for both ceremonies is Barbara Benner Hudock '75, CEO and founding partner of Hudock Moyer Wealth Resources.
Hudock, a former member of the Bloomsburg University Foundation Board, has more than 36 years of financial services experience. Active in the community and in professional organizations, she is a director of WVIA Public TV and Radio, Susquehanna Health, Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts and the Pershing Advisor Solutions Advisor Council. Her honors include BU's Young Alumna of the Year Award, the Governor's Patron of the Arts Award and the YWCA of Northcentral Pennsylvania's Wise Woman of the Year Award.
The students who earned the highest grade point averages in each college, known as top honor graduates, will be recognized during the commencement ceremonies. The graduates, their hometowns and majors are:
College of Liberal Arts and College of Business - Sarah E. Geise, Northumberland, double major in economics and business administration/management.
College of Education - Justin E. Drumm, Bloomsburg, education/early childhood.
College of Science and Technology - Dagaen Garrett Brady Golomb, Bloomsburg, double major in computer science and mathematics; and Caitlin Green, Factoryville, speech pathology and audiology.
Six doctorates and 207 master's degrees will be conferred during graduate commencement Friday in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m.
Teacher honored with Lindback distinguished teaching award
Erika McFadden recently was honored as a recipient of the prestigious 2013 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award representing Roxborough High School in the Philadelphia School District.
A native of Williamsport, McFadden graduated from Loyalsock Township High School in 2001.
She received a bachelor's degree in science with a minor in secondary education from West Chester University and a master's degree in education from the University of Phoenix.
She performed her student teaching at Roxborough High School and accepted a teaching position there upon graduation.
McFadden teaches biology and AP biology and is the instructional coordinator for the science department.
Stephen Brandt is the principal of the high school. McFadden lives in Philadelphia with her sons Jason and Ryan and their father Raheem Allen.
The Christian R. and Mary S. Lindback Foundation celebrates excellence in education and has been awarding the teaching prizes since 2008. Winners were nominated by their colleagues and students and endorsed by their principals.
There is one winner from each high school in the Philadelphia School District. The teachers were honored May 7 at ceremonies held at the Prince Music Theater.
Schramm honored at Student Volunteer Day
SELINSGROVE - Melanie Schramm, of Cogan Station, recently received the Ribbons of Love award at Susquehanna University.
Schramm, a sophomore at Susquehanna, is an early childhood education major.
Susquehanna established Student Volunteer Day in 1985 to recognize all student volunteers and faculty members engaged in service learning activities.
A special awards program and reception, SU CHEERS (Celebrating Helpful Experiences through Engaging Relationships in Service), was held April 23 to honor Susquehanna's student volunteers.
The program is dedicated to individuals and student groups who complete a significant amount of community service. Groups are invited to recognize individuals who are outstanding in their contributions to the community.
Schramm is a 2011 graduate of Williamsport Area High School and is the daughter of George and Joyce Schramm.