Commencement set for Dec. 21 at Penn College
Pennsylvania College of Technology will hold a commencement ceremony Dec. 21, for the nearly 300 students who have petitioned to graduate at the end of the fall 2013 semester.
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St.
The student speaker is Eric Jay Palanko, of Latrobe, who will be awarded a bachelor's degree in legal assistant and paralegal studies. Palanko also is the recipient of the President's Award, presented for leadership and service to the college.
Gerri F. Luke, the 2013 Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award recipient and professor of business administration and management and marketing at the college, also will speak.
During the ceremony, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour will present an Alumni Achievement Award.
She will be joined by Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, who also serves as chairman of the Penn College Board of Directors, as she confers degrees and certificates upon the graduates.
A degree in landscape and horticulture technology: plant production emphasis will be awarded posthumously to Christopher J. Ginter and accepted by his parents.
More than 550 to receive Bloomsburg degrees
BLOOMSBURG - Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will confer degrees to more than 550 students on Dec. 13 and 14.
Seventy-three graduate students, including seven doctoral candidates and 486 undergraduate students will receive diplomas during three ceremonies. Graduate commencement will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 13. The morning undergraduate commencement ceremony for the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts will be held at 10 .m. Dec. 14 and the afternoon ceremony for the College of Business and the College of Science and Technology will be held at 2:30 p.m. All ceremonies will be held in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.
Top honor graduates, the students in each College who have earned the highest grade-point average, are: Christy A. Roberson, Danville, business administration major with dual degrees in accounting and finance, College of Business; Brooke Simonovich, East Stroudsburg, early childhood education major and Heather Marie Hamilton, Horsham, American Sign Language and English interpreting major, both College of Education; Timothy Dorsch, Schwenksville, double major in German and secondary education and history, College of Liberal Arts; and Gabriel Maturani Barrile, Bloomsburg, environmental biology major, College of Science and Technology.
The undergraduate commencement speakers are two BU faculty members. Marion G. Mason, professor of psychology, will speak at the morning ceremony. Mason, who holds a doctorate in developmental psychology, has been a BU faculty member since 1992 and is the president of the BU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.
Mark A. Tapsak, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will speak at the afternoon ceremony. Tapsak has a doctorate in polymer chemistry and worked for nine years in the biotech industry prior to joining BU's faculty 10 years ago. He holds 36 U.S. patents and has published 19 papers, most of which are related to medical devices and biomaterials.
CMoG president to speak at MU commencement
MANSFIELD - Marie McKee, the president of the Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) in Corning, N.Y., will be the speaker at Mansfield University's 149th Commencement at 1 p.m. Dec. 14 in Decker Gymnasium.
"Marie McKee is a true leader in her industry, her community and our region," MU President Fran Hendricks said in making the announcement. "Her commitment to education and excellence is the kind of message we want our newest graduates to hear. We are honored to have Maria speak at our Commencement."
McKee has served as president of CMoG since 1998 and has led the Museum in its vision to be the international leader in glass scholarship, education and preservation. Building on the outstanding scholarship of the institution, McKee has focused on creating programming and facilities that provide a rich and vibrant museum experience for visitors from around the world. In addition, she has helped build the Museum into a strong cultural and educational center for the local community.
Under her leadership, the Museum completed a $65 million capital reconstruction project in 2001. It included the renovation of the Rakow Research Library, an expansion of its studio, creation of the "Hot Glass Show" and a renovation of the main Museum building.
From 1998 to 2008, McKee also served as chair of Steuben Glass, the world-renowned art glass maker founded by Frederick Carder. In 2008, she successfully led the sale of Steuben Glass to the Schottenstein Stores Corp.
McKee joined Corning Inc. in 1979 and held a series of human resources leadership positions, playing an instrumental role in designing and implementing Corning's human resource strategies, business processes, and organization change efforts to increase both the human and business effectiveness of the company.
She holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from Purdue University and an MBA certificate in management development from Simmons College.
McKee serves on the boards of trustees for The Corning Museum of Glass, The Corning Foundation, The Rockwell Museum of Western Art and The National Women's Hall of Fame. She is a director of Duke Energy Corp.