Beaver Campus Celebrates 40th Commencement
Penn State Beaver held its 40th commencement, 7 p.m., Thursday, May 15 in the auditorium of the campus Student Union Building.
Carl Bartuch, an alumnus of Beaver campus, delivered the commencement address. He is the chairman of Bartuch Holdings, Ltd. and owner of High Tech Finishing and Kegg’s Candies.
Dr. Robin Bower, associate professor of Spanish, led the academic processional, convention of proceedings, and recessional. Chancellor Gary B. Keefer offered a welcome, conferred degrees, and introduced Mr. Bartuch. Campus Advisory Board president John Hertneky, continuous improvement manager for Bayer MaterialScience, assisted Dr. Keefer in awarding diplomas. Dr. Donna J. Kuga, director of academic affairs, presented the degrees and recognized administration and faculty.
Michael Boser, president of the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association and SIU investigator for Coventry Health Care, awarded the graduates a free, one-year membership in the Penn State Alumni Association. Junior business major Sarah Covalt, Rochester, led the audience in singing the national anthem and the Penn State alma mater.
A reception, organized by Carl Miller, director of housing and food services, and his staff, was held in the Brodhead Bistro immediately following the ceremony.
Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum
Candidates presented by Dr. William Bigos, assistant professor of education.
Melissa A. Anfulecki, Aliquippa
Jessica L. Bark, Cranberry Township
Tiffany M. Brinkley, Cranberry Township
Robert E. Childs, Glenshaw
Paula L. Delon, Aliquippa
Theresa A. Elphinstone, Freedom
Julie A. Fabritius, Zelienople
Robin L. Francis, Aliquippa
Richelle D. Gibson, Cranberry Township
Leaha C. Harden, Beaver Falls
Amanda Jablonowski, Sewickley
Alyssa A. Jones, New Castle
Thomas E. Karczewski, Monaca
Randal R. Kight, Butler
Debra E. Killmeyer, Pittsburgh
Andrew C. Kirschner, Aliquippa
Leslie M. Kisling, Aliquippa
April M. Kordish, New Castle
Jaime E. MacFarlane, Allison Park
Joshua P. Maruca, Beaver Falls
Joell M. McMonigal, Wexford
Michelle S. Muretisch, Beaver
Tammy A. Panucci, Crescent
Erin R. Pitaro, Moon Township
Denise Rivera Lopez, Beaver
Deanna M. Robinson, Monaca
Krista L. Sheets, Baden
Dustin J. Soxman, Moon Township
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology
Candidates presented by Dr. Minhnoi Wroble Biglan, assistant professor of psychology.
Melissa L. Barthnek, Burgettstown
Kaitlyn M. Foster, Beaver Falls*
Tami A. Frazier, Baden
Emily A. Murphy, Franklin
Roger J. Nichols, St. Marys*
Eric M. Redmond, Beaver Falls
Emily K. Riggs, Bridgeville
Jennifer L. Rudge, Coraopolis
Jessica J. Stine, Hookstown*
Ian C. Thomson, Aliquippa
*Graduating with distinction – Awarded to baccalaureate degree candidates with a minimum 3.75cumulative grade point average and in the top 12% of the graduating class in their college.
Bachelor of Science in Business
Candidates presented by Mr. Daniel Smith, instructor in business.
Lauren E. Bible, New Brighton
Chris K. Bourbakis, Langeloth
Monica C. Carey, Ambridge
Justin M. Chrobak, Clinton, NY
Rebecca L. Garcia, Beaver Falls
Anthony P. Gutt, Monaca
Erica L. Kibler, Monaca
Erin C. Kruk, Monaca
Abby E. Mihalyi, Pittsburgh
Brittany L. Moore, Aliquippa
Christina L. Peak, Beaver Falls
Natasha N. Podstepny, Pittsburgh
Joshua W. Powell, Aliquippa
Michael J. Verostek, Beaver
Michael P. Yost, McKees Rocks
Bachelor of Arts in Communications
Candidates presented by Dr. Juliette Storr, assistant professor of communications.
Ashley E. Fueller, Coraopolis
Andrew W. Michael, Bloomsburg
Amanda J. Rosol, Monaca
Bachelor of Arts in English
Candidate presented by Dr. Kristen Olson, associate professor of English.
Shawn A. Miller, Pittsburgh
Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences and Technology
Candidates presented by Dr. Kausalai Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology.
Kenneth L. Garlitz, Jr., Monaca
Daniel R. Hartman, Venetia
Lance R. Holler, Fombell
Sean P. Keane, New Castle
Frank L. Kunkel, Munhall
Michael J. McCaffrey, Beaver
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Sara E. McKnight, McDonald
Bachelor of Science in Management
Andrew J. Kremer, Beaver
Associate Degree in Science in Information Sciences and Technology
Gregory J. Slovak, Beaver
Associate Degree in Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Joshua A. Johnson, New Castle
Donald J. Jones, Aliquippa