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Commencement SPRING 2017


To Our Guests W E W E LCO M E YO U TO P ENN STAT E BEHREND’S S PRING CO M ME NCE M E N T CE RE MONY. Commencement, the solemn but joyful recognition of the graduates’ years of study, is an important occasion to the college, its faculty, staff, students, and guests. The ceremony will be streamed live at so that graduates’ family members and friends who are unable to join us at Erie Insurance Arena tonight may be included in our celebration. Please silence all mobile devices prior to the Presentation of Colors. When the Processional begins, we ask that you rise to welcome the Class of 2017. Remain standing until all the candidates have reached their seats and during the singing of the National Anthem. To commemorate this milestone occasion, a professional photograph is taken of each graduate. This photo may be purchased online at ten days after the ceremony. To avoid congestion and to maintain decorum in the ceremony, we ask that family members refrain from approaching the stage when taking pictures. Commencement takes time and yet has special significance for each individual and family. Members of the audience are asked to remain in their seats throughout the ceremony so they do not disrupt the program or interfere with the special moments of others. Commencement is our most important occasion, and we ask you to respect its significance to the college community and to those who are being honored. Everyone stands for the singing of the Alma Mater. Guests should remain seated throughout the Recessional to allow faculty, staff, and graduates to exit the arena. If needed, medical assistance is available outside Section 214. Thank you for your cooperation. We hope that you will enjoy the ceremony and celebrate the achievements of our students.


Program Presentation of Colors......................................... Pride of Pennsylvania Army ROTC Battalion Color Guard Academic Processional Excerpts from Pomp and Circumstance........... Edward Elgar March of the Priests............................................ W. A. Mozart Hail to the Conquering Hero............................. G.F. Handel National Anthem................................................... The audience is asked to join in the singing Greetings................................................................ Dr. Ralph M. Ford, Chancellor Welcome................................................................ Yuanheng (Arthur) Wang ’17 Faculty Address..................................................... Dr. Melanie D. Hetzel-Riggin, Professor of Psychology Greetings from the Council of Fellows............. Ann Karmazon Scott ’82, ’99, Director Commencement Address.................................... Dr. Priscilla H. Hamilton ’78, Colonel, U.S. Army, Ret. Presentation of Candidates Schreyer Honors College................................... Dr. Mary L. Kahl, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs School of Science............................................... Dr. Martin G. Kociolek, Director School of Humanities and Social Sciences...... Dr. Eric W. Corty, Director School of Engineering....................................... Dr. Russell L. Warley, Interim Director Black School of Business................................... Dr. Greg Filbeck, Director Interlude Simple Gifts......................................................... Traditional, Arr. Viebranz Conferral of Degrees........................................... Robert D. Metzgar ’60, Penn State Trustee Emeritus Alumni Association Induction............................ Maria Madigan Palmieri ’98, Penn State Behrend Alumni Society Alma Mater............................................................. Jason P. Suess ’17 The audience is asked to join in the singing Farewell.................................................................. Paige R. Allen ’17 Recessional Selections from La Danserye............................. Tylman Susato


The College Marshal Dr. Kathryn W. Wolfe, Professor of French Faculty Marshals Dr. William C. Lasher, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Dr. Diane H. Parente, Professor of Management Dr. Pamela Silver, Distinguished Professor of Biology Dr. Craig A. Warren, Professor of English Dr. Chuck Yeung, Professor of Physics Student Marshals Daphne C. Cruz Hidalgo, Schreyer Honors College Ariana Gloeckner, Black School of Business Joseph P. Helbling, School of Engineering Marjorie E. Schill, School of Humanities and Social Sciences Lindsey K. Chase, School of Science Readers Dr. Mary-Ellen Madigan, Senior Director of Enrollment Management Dr. Kenneth P. Miller, Senior Director of Campus Planning and Student Affairs

Music performed by the Behrend Ceremonial Brass and Percussion Ensemble Dr. Gary A. Viebranz, Director of Instrumental Ensembles, Conductor Ushers: Lambda Sigma Honor Society and Lion Ambassadors


Program Notes Academic Procession The mace, which symbolizes the University President’s authority, is carried at the head of the academic procession by the College Marshal. It was carved by a local artist from native fiddleback maple and is engraved with the University seal and Glenhill Farmhouse.

Academic Dress Academic dress had its beginnings in the Middle Ages. When the English universities were taking form in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the scholars were also clerics and adopted robes similar to those of their monastic orders. Caps were a necessity in the drafty buildings, and capes with hoods attached were needed for warmth. The use of academic costume in the United States has been continuous since colonial times. A uniform system was not widespread, however, until about 1895 when the well-defined code of the Intercollegiate Commission was adopted by nearly all institutions of higher learning. The gown worn by those in the procession represents the degree held. The academic gown has pointed sleeves for the bachelor’s degrees, short or regular sleeves for the master’s degrees, and round, full sleeves for the doctorate. The bachelor’s and master’s gowns have no trimmings, but the doctoral gown is faced in front on the sleeves, usually with black velvet. The standard academic cap is the mortarboard, usually the color of the gown. Undergraduates wear the tassel on the right side of the cap until the moment the degree is conferred.

The Hood Hoods are usually worn only for the master’s degree or the doctorate, with the doctoral hood being the longer of the two and marked by distinguishing panels. Hoods are lined with the colors of the college or university in which the degree was granted. In tonight’s ceremony, Senior Associate Dean Dr. Mary L. Kahl drapes the hoods over the candidates’ shoulders.


Schreyer Honors College The Schreyer Scholars program is Penn State’s University-wide Honors program. Students who have completed the requirements of the program, including an Honors thesis or comprehensive examination, receive an Honors degree. Scholars graduating with an Honors degree receive a bronze medal designed by John A. Cook, professor of art emeritus and noted medalist. The medal, which bears the inscription “Intellectual Curiosity—Integrity of Purpose—Scholarly Achievement,” is presented tonight by Senior Associate Dean Dr. Mary L. Kahl. Students graduating as Schreyer Scholars with an Honors degree are noted with a double dagger (††).

Evan Pugh Scholars The Evan Pugh Scholars are students who were in the upper 0.5 percent of their respective classes. All have been full-time students for at least four semesters prior to selection. The award is named for Evan Pugh, Penn State’s first president (1859–1864).

Degrees Advanced degrees granted by the University are of two types, academic and professional. The baccalaureate degree is conferred after the satisfactory completion of eight semesters of study in one of the four-year majors. The associate degree is conferred after the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 60 credits in one of the two-year majors.

Scholastic Distinction For Undergraduate Degree Candidates Subject to completion of all degree requirements and satisfaction of minimum criteria, distinction may be conferred as indicated upon the individuals listed herein and upon such others as may meet the requirements. Distinction is conferred on graduates. Distinction candidates have completed the required number of credits at the University and are in the top 12 percent of their graduating class in their college. The 12 percent is divided into 2 percent “Summa Cum Laude,” 4 percent “Magna Cum Laude,” and 6 percent “Cum Laude.”

About The College Penn State Behrend, a four-year and graduate college of Penn State, offers students the resources and opportunities of a major research university in a welcoming student-centered learning environment. As part of Pennsylvania’s land-grant university, the college also works to advance the economic, social, and intellectual welfare of our region through research and outreach.

Penn State Behrend was established in 1948 with Mary Behrend’s gift of her 400-acre Glenhill Farm. Mrs. Behrend made the gift in memory of her husband, Ernst, co-founder with his father and brother of the Hammermill Paper Company, which later became part of International Paper. From the first class of 146 students at what was then known as Behrend Center, enrollment in the college has grown to more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students in forty-six degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels. Nearly 75 percent of Penn State Behrend students who graduate with Penn State degrees start and finish their degrees at the college. Alumni now number 35,000. The college ranks among the top public educational institutions in Pennsylvania for student-to-faculty ratio, SAT scores, first-year student retention rate, and graduation rate, according to data published by U.S. News & World Report. Among all Penn State students, those at Penn State Behrend have reported the greatest satisfaction with their overall academic experience on University-wide surveys. More than 1,700 of the college’s students live on campus in traditional-style rooms or in suites or apartments. There are myriad activities for students to get involved in outside the classroom, including

more than 120 student clubs and organizations, twenty-four NCAA Division III teams, and many intramural sports. The college has more than 750 full-time and parttime employees, including 350 faculty members in four academic schools. Today’s 854-acre campus has fifty-two buildings, from the original Glenhill Farmhouse to the new Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center. Knowledge Park on the eastern edge of campus gives companies housed there access to the college’s strengths in applied research and technology transfer, while providing internship and job opportunities for students and graduates. Research is a critical area of focus for the college’s students and faculty. Annually, Penn State Behrend funds $350,000 in undergraduate research opportunities, and faculty members participate in $6 million of sponsored research. In outreach, the college’s tradition of service to the region has grown over the years to more than two dozen centers, programs, and initiatives serving business and industry, area school students, and the community. Each year, the college contributes more than $200 million to the Commonwealth’s economy.


DR. M E LANI E D. HETZEL- RIGGIN Professor of Psychology Dr. Melanie Hetzel-Riggin is program coordinator of Penn State Behrend’s newest graduate degree, the Master of Arts in Applied Clinical Psychology. She is a faculty research associate at the Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Community Outreach, Research, and Evaluation (CORE). Dr. Hetzel-Riggin’s most current research focuses on the effectiveness of bystander intervention to reduce sexual violence and peer mistreatment and on the relationship among interpersonal trauma, coping style, and mental health outcomes. Her teaching interests include abnormal psychology, clinical psychology, trauma and resiliency, crisis intervention, and research methods. She frequently publishes and presents her trauma- and intervention-related research, and serves on the editorial boards of Child Abuse Review and the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. Prior to joining the Penn State Behrend faculty in 2013, Dr. HetzelRiggin was an associate professor of psychology at Western Illinois University in Macomb and the research administrator for its Department of Psychology. A Wisconsin native, she earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at Quincy University and her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in clinical psychology at Northern Illinois University. She is a clinical psychologist licensed to practice in both Illinois and Pennsylvania. Dr. Hetzel-Riggin completed the year-long American Psychological Association Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology in 2016 and is a past winner of the American National Association for Leadership and Success’ Excellence in Teaching Award. She also is a certified clinical trauma professional with the International Association of Trauma Professionals and holds an Advanced Trauma Certificate from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. She and her husband, Shawn, have two children, Ella, 8, and Gabe, 5.


DR. P RI SCI LLA H. HA MILTON ’78 Colonel, U.S. Army, Ret. Dr. Priscilla H. Hamilton ’78 was a founder of Penn State Behrend’s Army ROTC battalion and was Penn State’s first female cadet Brigade Commander. She entered active duty as a Dental Corps officer after obtaining her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from University of Pittsburgh. Over her thirty-three-year active duty career, Dr. Hamilton’s service included numerous command, staff, and operational assignments. She is a veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm, serving with the 257th Medical Detachment and the 5th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. Her largest command was of the U.S. Army Dental Command, with responsibility for all Army oral health care and dental clinics. Her final assignment prior to retiring in 2015 was Chief of Graduate Dental Education and Dean of the Army Postgraduate Dental School. Dr. Hamilton is a graduate of the Army Medical Department Officer’s Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff College, the Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College, where she earned a Master of Strategic Studies degree. She also holds a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Baylor University. She is board certified by the Federal Services Board of General Dentistry and was the first female president of the American Board of General Dentistry. Dr. Hamilton’s service awards include the Legion of Merit (five awards), the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal (six awards), the Department of the Army Staff Badge, the Expert Field Medical Badge, and the Basic Parachutists Badge. She holds the Surgeon General’s “A” Designator and Order of Military Medical Merit, and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the first conferred in the Postgraduate Dental College. Dr. Hamilton retired to her native Harborcreek Township, where she enjoys beekeeping and volunteers for several community organizations.



School of Science Associate Degrees

Baccalaureate Degrees

Associate in Nursing (A.S.)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Nursing Merisa Kovacevic

Biology Lauren Daisy Blachowski Hope Elizabeth Buerk Jazzlyn A. Campbell Kathryn M. Carl Lindsey Kristina Chase** Rene Alfonso Diaz Vazquez Marissa Kristine Duvall Gary Ausman Fye Parul Ganjoo Joshua John Gavin Kaitlyn Nicole Gvozden Caitlin Elizabeth Hartman** Michelle Janice Hornedo Gabriel Benjamin Imler Taylor Anne Kightlinger*†† Benjamin James Lee Angelina P. Lisichenko Murtaja A. Mahdi Shanna L. Maleski* Maryann Juliet Mason Robert John McCrea Jr.†† Shawn Patrick Meehl* Ravi Narendra Patel Luke William Patten* Omkar Paturu Marcie Kirsten Ryhal Ashli A. Schuckers Victor Michael Sergi Hanna Elizabeth Simon Rachel Mae Marie Simoni Patrick James Stevens Kristen Amanda Webster Stephen Kyle Wells Jr. Bernhard Karl Zwahlen

Rachel Marie Miller


Chemistry Shannon Marie McDonnell Emmanuel Robert Meinen Robert Jacob Passerotti Environmental Science Jacob Ellsworth Marfin Mathematics Marissa Jaime Baker David Aaron Cusick Andrew John Gross

Physics Chrystopher Devon Feyd Goodteacher Lai Hin Lam Science Joshua Thomas Atkison Ronald Eber Cox Jr. Jacob B. Roth

Nursing Heather Anne Bartlett Makenzie Lauren Beach Samantha Christine George Jared M. Hamscher Mary Elizabeth Kroemer Phillip Allan Lawton Leah Elizabeth Morra Amanda Elizabeth Nordin Hunter William Olsen Tyler James Orlando Kristen M. Overholt†† Mirrissa Anne Parker Michele Lynn Reiland Brandy Lynn Robinson Lindsay Ann Sokolowski Charles M. Yu

***Summa Cum Laude, Blue and White Cord **Magna Cum Laude, Blue Cord *Cum Laude, White Cord 1, 2, 3 Evan Pugh Scholar Junior Year, Senior Year, Junior and Senior Years †† Schreyer Scholar with Honors Degree



School of Humanities & Social Sciences Associate Degrees Associate in Arts (A.A.) Letters, Arts, and Sciences Marim Qusai Altimimi

Baccalaureate Degrees Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Arts Administration Alexis Gabrielle Englert Caitlin B. Erb Kyle Gregory Filbeck Laura Lorraine Flockerzi Kourtni Dee Horvath Abagail Jean Johnston Nicole Danielle Krahe Olivia Kimberly Narciso Marjorie Elizabeth Schill** Communication Miko Breski Nathan Pierce Crippen Jordana Lisa Elder Hayden Alan Grack Ethan Joseph Halmi Marissa Z. Knox Mark Dominick Massimino Erin O’Toole Christa Renee Schonthaler* Chelsea Ann Stewart English Emily Lauren Bailey* Vincent Angelo Grosso Megan Noelle Krusel*†† Martha Ann Larkin*†† Yuanheng Wang*††


General Arts and Sciences Elizabeth Ann LeMay Alec Michael Parsons Malquan Dontae Pullium History Brian Allen Bohman Brandon C. Ford Alex Campbell Topor Political Science Gretchen Haislip Colleen Elizabeth Lorei Bradley A. McLaughlin Devin Patrick O’Neal Andrew Perederiy Brandon Scott Petras*†† Tyler Jacob Wodarski Psychology Skylar M. Amorose* Alyssa Burnett Chelsey Lynn Cratty Brittany Nicole Dougan Andrew Charles Faytak* Leslie Hasty Emily Megan Loker Julia L. Luke Emily Jean Marsden Brock Timothy McCullough Jessica Leigh Mihalic Claire Danielle Petrun Alyssa Marie Pollo Katerina Ellen Simon Brianna Rochelle Strohmeyer Anana Akosua Tinnhe Cassandra M. Vandemerwe Ashley Nicole White

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Creative Writing Katerina N. Giordano Christina Elizabeth Kowalski Martha Ann Larkin*†† Sarah Anne McClelland Angela Roman* Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Criminal Justice (Capital College) Brenda Alicia Pulliam

Master’s Degrees Master of Education (M.Ed.) Higher Education (College of Education) Margaret Anne Eimers

Childhood and Early Adolescent Education Gregory E. Cass Deyse Karina Garnica Emily Lynn Luce Stephanie Virginia Ruggiero†† Kaitlyn Theresa Steigmeyer Abigail M. Steudler Psychology Kyleen Mae Baker Tiffany Marie Barker Jacob Daniel Benedict Taylor Elise Brecht Meghan Mae Burgdolt Gwendolyn Dryer Allison Elizabeth Gage Emily Rose Galeza*†† Cassandra Marie Gengler Richard Greatbatch Jemmerio Earl Harper Kelsey Nebiolo Heinrich Samantha Nicole Jackson Kasey Marie Jerioski Desmond Alexander Kane Amber A. Kinney Ashley Nicole Master Rachel M. Mooney Taylor C. Morris* Tatreas Danee Porter Shelby Rae Seidler Grace Elizabeth Waldfogle Rachel Claire Zimmerman ***Summa Cum Laude, Blue and White Cord **Magna Cum Laude, Blue Cord *Cum Laude, White Cord 1, 2, 3 Evan Pugh Scholar Junior Year, Senior Year, Junior and Senior Years †† Schreyer Scholar with Honors Degree



School of Engineering Associate Degrees Associate in Engineering Technology (A.ENGT.) Electrical Engineering Technology Scott Alexander Campbell Mechanical Engineering Technology Adam N. Bandur Dmitriy Baysen Amanda Lauren Corey** Devin A. Dewey Sean M. Edwards Elyn Wickham

Baccalaureate Degrees Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Computer Engineering Aron Barker* Kevin James Brenneman Matthew Devin Cauvel Bradley Michael Cypher Thomas H. Hildreth Ryan M. Kelley Ryan Patrick Kelly Ian Frances Loverde Richard J. Lucas Zachary K. Miller* Michael Wayne Stumpf Joseph E. Tomasko Jr. Computer Science William Scott Emmel Gregory Donald Louchart Clint McCoy Motosicky Manan Vibhubhai Patel Luke Henry Poniatowski Austin Henry Rausch Andy Zheng Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Monte Alan DeFrances Amy Kathleen DeWoody


William Alexander Hoover Eric John Matteson** Samantha Ndungu Muhhuku Nikolay Ivanovich Otroda Travis Jacob Roney

Electrical Engineering Luke Andreoli Aaron Matthew Roman Cefali Maria Anastasia Chis Daphne Carolina Cruz Hidalgo**†† William Mark Dunn Alyson Renee Dybowski Jacob William Foglia Steven John Frangione Adam Donald Korrell Nicholas Matthew Korzi Dylan Ryan Kube James Junhao Lei Anthony Alfred Leithner Christina Suzanne McNeal Zachary John Neudorfer** Garrett Nathan Proctor Xue Zheng Saw Evan Michael Sherrieb Matthew David Smearcheck Seigi J. Yokota Industrial Engineering Anton Benedikt Corey Lee Flesik Ryan Allen Markle Daniel Hugh Obernauer Jr. Zachary Allan Puhala Adam Lawrence Riddle Luke Alexander Sabljak Amanda Rose Sayko Daniel Marcus Smith Amanda Elizabeth VanBuskirk Garrett Richard Webster

Mechanical Engineering Bradley Francis Abramson Ian Charles Anderl Brandon Michael Bachner Seth R. Beatty Evan Nicholas Boben Jonathan W. Brennan Daniel Robert Brooks Jr. Mary Beth Burbules** Brian Joseph Byrge Anthony Albert Catalano Dylan James Cimbala Maura Kristen Costa Ty Edward Curtis Colin Ethan Dalrymple Julia Alexandrea Davis Ryan Matthew Dombrosky Jacob Reid Elder** Nicholas John Erich Ivan William Erway Brian Michael Etzel* Aizat Farhan Bin Fadhil Joshua M. Faust* Anthony Michael Frazzini Kevin William Freeman Mitchell Andrew Gahr Jeromee Lee Geibel* Rachel Marjorie Gorski* Aaron Michael Graham Bryan Vincent Habas* Joshua Thomas Harrison Jamen Jeffrey Harter Dylan Michael Hascher Joseph Patrick Helbling** Joshua Daniel Hugo* James Anthony Jacobs** Trevor Andrew Jaworski Timothy J. Jesteadt Kyle Jason Johnston Tyler Jacob Kasunich

Tyler David Katich Robert Jacob Kean Nicholas A. Kost Zachary Nathaniel Krivda Alexandra Michele Laffey Denis Joseph Lang Gabriel Evans Laurent Nathan Charles Law Zackary D. Leicht John Thomas Lippert Andrew Michael Litzinger* Joseph Michael Lombardi Trey Richard Loomis Daniel S. Lopes Lucas E. Mattson Zachary Tyler McCauley Mitchel Louis Meszaros* Douglas David Metcalfe Tyler James Milko Nathan Kenneth Miller Anthony Thomas Minneci Samuel Joseph Olearchick Kaylee Ann Perala Aaron Paul Peters Laurentiu Cosmin Petrut Sean Michael Pischke Jed P. Popovitch* Robert Allen Prokop Michael James Rahe Aaron James Ray Adam T. Reay Tyler S. Rigby** Scott C. Romanko Alex Andrew Russell Hayden Matthew Seibert Rachel Ann Sheridan Austin Paul Slupe Seth Allen Tau** Cody Scott Thomas James Anthony Tomcho

***Summa Cum Laude, Blue and White Cord **Magna Cum Laude, Blue Cord *Cum Laude, White Cord 1, 2, 3 Evan Pugh Scholar Junior Year, Senior Year, Junior and Senior Years †† Schreyer Scholar with Honors Degree



School of Engineering Zachary A. Truitt Jessica Marie Wachowiak Jonathan Watson Joshua Allan Werner* Matthew D. Williams Jacob D. Wolf Jordan M. Yost*

Mechanical Engineering Technology Bryan Matthew Boarts Brooke Colley Philip Michael Currier Brad A. Dranko William Lewis Edwards III Casey Rick Getic Aaron M. Gibbs Luke Michael Gigliotti Jacob Richard Golias Sarah Rose Green Brian J. Lowery Michael Angelo Pisciottano Wesley James Rea Justin M. Rothen Joseph William Shoop Justin Matthew Sommers Bikash Subba Ian Patrick Sweeney Frank Joseph Trozzi Plastics Engineering Technology Sara M. Allgeier Beau Edward Bacho Patricia Ann Bogniak Matthew Lukas Boyer Ciara Lynsie Cox Lindsey Elizabeth Gatesman Matthew John Grafton Jeremy Austin Gray Rachel Ann Kaschauer Carson Oliver Lewis


Cody Lee Lyons Eric Michael Madler Benjamin Scott March Aaron Michael Matta Zachary Francis May Lucas David McMurtrie Myles Phillip Mike* Michael Joseph Morando Nikki Marie Morgenstern Matthew Gaspar Oravec Kyle Joseph Radack Steven Roll Eric McNaughton Santini Jesse Taylor Schneider Carl Shaw Nicholas C. Sheasley Jason Patterson Suess Maranda Nicole Tano Jonathan Titus Turfitt Garrett Russell Vanderhoof Matthew Joseph Vrana

Software Engineering Travis James Becker Christopher Mckenzie Bendt Brendan D. Burger Nathan Caine Christiansen Daria Josee Cook* Joshua E. Dickey Krystal L. Elliott Nicholas Ian Kapty Dalton James Mackey Adam Andrew Meanor Tyler James Mosakowski Rachel Lynn Rattay* Caleb Isaac Rush Devon James Smith Allison Margaret Steinmetz Cory Michael Stonitsch Mason Samuel Toy

Master’s Degrees Master of Manufacturing Management (M.M.M.) Quality And Manufacturing Management Xiaoxu Ding Brett Edward Englert David Charles Exler Douglas William Ferrell John Salvatore Ingari Warren Roma Kelley Tina A. Raeke Chad Lee Rudinski Douglas Zafra

***Summa Cum Laude, Blue and White Cord **Magna Cum Laude, Blue Cord *Cum Laude, White Cord 1, 2, 3 Evan Pugh Scholar Junior Year, Senior Year, Junior and Senior Years †† Schreyer Scholar with Honors Degree



Black School of Business Associate Degrees Associate in Science (A.S.) General Business Ansha Kelishova Marti Michelle Orren

Baccalaureate Degrees Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Economics Eric N. Busching Irene Esther Rice Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Accounting Kevin Letham Atkins Allania Sue Banta Andrew Anthony Buzzelli Samantha Nicole Chiprean Zachary Paul Coryea Shane A. Drake Stuart Bradley Enterline Maxwell Alexander Fabian Laurie Ann Farrell Ariana Michelle Gloeckner** Katherine Marie Grutkowski Jeremy David Jimmy Zachery Michael Learn Adam Christopher Lope Christopher Andrew Martone Nathan Andrew Marzka Daniel Patrick McCallion Breanna Quinn McCarthy Tyler James McClimans Louis John Micheli Linh Thuy Nguyen Darren Michael Olivio Brittany Nicole Pinter Sabrina Dawn Powell Rachael Elizabeth Razzano


Joseph Ronald Rock Jr. Gregory John Roos Wesley John Sadzewicz Adam Shipkosky Matthew Michael Sich Joseph Michael Skaar Meredith Anne Snyder* Alexis M. Squires Kelsey Anne Sturm Shea Qiong Wei Chelsie Zents

Business Economics Brandon Cantor Allison Linn Schneider Finance Eunice Nyarko Ababio Raghad Safaa Ali Matthew Thomas Allen Patrick Aiwonose Ataman Kevin Letham Atkins Brandon Scott Bergstrom Andrew Anthony Buzzelli Samantha Nicole Chiprean Daniel Thomas Dee Arianna Marie DeQuattro Shane A. Drake Maxwell Alexander Fabian Justin Michael Gallagher Tyler Charles Giek Jordan David Grabowski Katherine Marie Grutkowski Kenneth R. Gunter Jacob Fredrick Jenkins* Jeremy David Jimmy Richard Mason Kelly Patrick Gerard Kress* Jill Lynn Larson Mitchell Salvatore Liuzzo Sarah Sabrina Long

Alexander John Lyon*†† Paolo Maressa-Yamamoto Tiare Yoshiko Mashima Breanna Quinn McCarthy Kirsten McGarvey Austin Jacob Montevecchio* Jessica Marie Nagy Amir Izzat Bin Nasir Eric Sean Parisi Oluseyi Olusegun Petinrin Jr. Adam Andrew Polinak Kiley N. Ransbury** Irene Esther Rice Joseph Ronald Rock Jr. Josiah David Roop Michael Rozovics Jordan Tyler Russell Elena Sarkus Meredith Anne Snyder* Elizabeth Victoria Spence Joshua Gene Stumbaugh Kelsey Anne Sturm Robert Michael Teklits Shane Williams

Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies Raghad Safaa Ali Alex James Bailey Mitchell John Buchna Nolan Michael Carll Wesley Russell Day Kirk Richard Dillen Liam Patrick Duffy Mitchell Douglas Eberle Robert Gorka Brandon M. Grupe Wesley Martin Hall David Mark Henry John Frederick Hill II Alexander Ryszard Krysiak

Dylan James Lamberson Alexander John Lyon*†† Austin Jacob Montevecchio* Oluseyi Olusegun Petinrin Jr. Ryan Chase Puchak Michael McHenry Rabb Kiley N. Ransbury** Mario Camillo Rizzuto Benjamin Michael Ropelewski Nathan D. Ropelewski** Joseph David Schack Sean Devon Seavy Matthew Edward Shepherd Zachary Deforrest Smith William Michael Staniszewski Jr. Patrick Stough Samantha A. Winrick Brandon Marshall Yandrick Todd C. Zandier II**

International Business Yu Chen Ariana Michelle Gloeckner** Samuel Joseph Hilton Justin Alan Leonard Linh Thuy Nguyen Matthew Aaron Nicol Kristin Taylor Owens Irene Esther Rice Kelly Elizabeth Risch Allison Linn Schneider Nursazlin Binti Haji Sidek Aruna M. Venkataraman Management Information Systems Caleb James Anderson Evan Alexander Augustine Marissa Jaime Baker Matthew Baleno Joshua Thomas Bowers** Michael Adam Bowers*

***Summa Cum Laude, Blue and White Cord **Magna Cum Laude, Blue Cord *Cum Laude, White Cord 1, 2, 3 Evan Pugh Scholar Junior Year, Senior Year, Junior and Senior Years †† Schreyer Scholar with Honors Degree



Black School of Business Jason Terry Brock Scott W. Cooper Nicholas William Dove Charissa Sherrell Ford Alec Jameson Gall Christian Francis Hirsh Nicholas Marvin Javens Ryan Joseph Naylor Jonathan Ronald Pallini Hayle Ranee Ramsey Joseph Ronald Rock Jr. Benjamin Joseph Smith Robert Paul Strain III Dylan E. Sweet Mackenzie Jane Thompson Dylan Joseph Tomczak Luke C. Vensel Chelsie Zents

Marketing Tanner Chase Bromer Brandon Cantor Yu Chen Leroy E. Chilson III Cassandra Leigh Cristea Samuel Joseph Hilton Jacob Hirschman Justin Alan Leonard Shelby Taylor Lunz Joseph Michael Neff Kristin Taylor Owens Grant William Panko Melissa Nicole Perseo Abigail Lynn Postlewaite Kelly Elizabeth Risch Joshua A. Sitter Rebecca Lynn Svoboda Britnee Michelle Terrill Mackenzie Jane Thompson Xudong Zheng


Project and Supply Chain Management Jennifer Abbate Paige Renee Allen Nicholas Riad Asfahani Evan Alexander Augustine Alex James Bailey Sarah Elizabeth Beck Alex Bilka Timothy Michael Breski Mitchell John Buchna Jeremy William Burnheimer Tara Nicole Campbell Giovanni Carrara Malory Michele Clark Connor Daniel Combs Everette Lee Conyers Fred A. Cuteri III Luigi Damasceno Justin Michael Dilla Ryan B. Gevirtz Robert Gorka Tyler Richard Haag John Frederick Hill II Scott Joseph Jeska Abagail Jean Johnston Alexander Ryszard Krysiak Dylan James Lamberson Daniel Jacob Makowski Joel Michael Mascharka Timothy Aaron May Tyler David Mondock Matthew Aaron Nicol Matthew Jacob Nientimp Andrew Thomas Obringer Paige Tilden Scurpa Sean Devon Seavy Nursazlin Binti Haji Sidek

Joshua A. Sitter Michael Wayne Snow Cody J. Stinson Patrick Stough Samuel Patrick Swiatek Ryan Daniel Swonger Taryn Marie Testa*†† Aruna M. Venkataraman Samantha A. Winrick Caitlin Renae Wurst Brandon Marshall Yandrick Mackenzie V. Yoho Todd C. Zandier II**

Economics (College of the Liberal Arts) Stuart Bradley Enterline Finance (Smeal College of Business) Stuart Bradley Enterline

***Summa Cum Laude, Blue and White Cord **Magna Cum Laude, Blue Cord *Cum Laude, White Cord 1, 2, 3 Evan Pugh Scholar Junior Year, Senior Year, Junior and Senior Years †† Schreyer Scholar with Honors Degree



Black School of Business Master’s Degrees Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Brent Baburich David Lee Begis Chad Joseph Bender William S. Bennett Jr. Brian Robert Bestvina Jeffrey Michael Bisignani Kelly Anne Bruce Scott Burick Katherine Elizabeth Caccavo Tyler James Erdely Anthony Paul Fama Anthony Fazio Zane Neil Frund Jr. Emanuel John Gottlieb Christopher Jerome Griger Jonathan David Hardt James Shawn Heifner Cari Denee Hochbein Marissa Ann Kielar Kayla Kregel John Matthew Lawrence Bryan Alan Lee Taylor Brianne Lehman Ryan Russell Lowes Nathan T. Manuel Christina Lauren Marlier Matthew Thomas Martin Matthew Mintz McLamb Joshua Daniel Meade Ian James Menego Jeremy Michael Morgan Amy Rose Murdock Taylor Wayne Overby Joshua James Peters Kevin James Pollock Jr. Nicholas Stephan Romeo Julie Dunsmore Roos Michael Joseph Roos Dylan David Rossi Kimberly Keay Sepsey Morgan Shuster 20

Daniel Joseph Slezak Brianne Lillian Tkacik Meghan Renee Vodopich Matthew A. Wapenski Timothy Floyd Wiley Brian Richard Wilking

Master of Professional Accounting (M.P.Acc.) David William Franz Zachary Herron John B. Kogler Sarah Donnell Meacock Tsungirirai Florence Sangweme Drew W. Saunders Sujie Zhang Master of Project Management (M.P.M.) Dorothy Marie Alverson Ian Sage Andersen Kaylee Baugh Vibay Chandran Devin Edward Cheek Frank Dompreh Marcelo Flores Breeann Marie Hall Joshua Woods Houghton Scott Lasswell Matthew Stewart Leary Marie Louise Lmouden-Reddy Nicole Elise Looker Morgan James Malkowski Michael Oniovosa Ogberuhor Winnie Hapuruchi Moku Pereira Amanda D. Roshek-McMillen Michael Louis Seeger Alec Thomas Shilling Corwyn Kirk Smith Mark Thomas Strozeski Jeannette Jennifer Collie Williams

U.S. Army Commissionees Marissa Kristine Duvall Matthew Aaron Nicol Brandon Marshall Yandrick


Council of Fellows Chairperson J. Scott McCain

Members Nancy J. Anderson

Dennis J. Prischak

Past Chairperson Kurt F. Buseck

Harold J. Bender III

Guy L. Reschenthaler

Director/University Trustee Emeritus Robert D. Metzgar Director/University Trustee Daniel S. Mead Director/Counselor Thomas C. Hoffman III Director Joseph A. Benacci Director Samuel P. Black III Director Gary L. Clark Director Ralph M. Ford Director Karen Burton Horstman Director Mark B. Louis Director J. Gary Raimy Director Ann Karmazon Scott Director Nicholas N. Scott Director Herman C. Weber Jr. Secretary/Treasurer Kevin E. Moore Life Fellows Jack D. Burke

John M. Lilley

John A. Bauman

Michael A. Borowy

Christy Lloyd Brecht John E. Brigham

Robert E. Capwell

Michael S. Chesley Aaron B. Collins

Michael B. Edwards Jack L. Fatica

William G. Finnecy Paul Gacka

Matthew D. Glass

Stephen J. Gurgovits Thomas B. Hagen

Priscilla H. Hamilton D. Garth Hetz

John L. Hilbert Sr.

William M. Hilbert Sr. Thomas M. Kennedy

Rochelle L. Krowinski Brian A. Kupchella Daniel F. Levstek Harold L. Lilly

Howard C. Lincoln Gary W. Lyons

Marilyn Reed Mangels

James D. McDonald Jr. Keith T. McGarvey

Joseph J. Prischak Hoop Roche

M. Shawn Rooney Richard H. Sayre William B. Sayre

Roger L. Schlosser Nicholas C. Scott

Elisabeth N. Smith

Richard A. Southworth Kenneth L. Spencer Heather C. Steiner

James F. Stevenson Linda L. Stevenson David M. Tullio Jack D. Utley

Jan R. Van Gorder Barbara J. Welton

William C. Witkowski Perry N. Wood

Michael J. Woods Gregory M. Yahn

Gregory A. Zimmerman

Ex Officio Mustafa Elhadary

Sharon M. Gallagher Robert F. Luther

Maria Madigan Palmieri

Robert M. Mehalso Richard A. Merwin Scott B. Mitchell

Douglas P. Moorhead Kathryn Nusbaum

Richard J. Peterson


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Dear Graduate:

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Congratulations! And welcome to the Penn State alumni family—some 658,000 strong. Dear Graduate: To welcome you into the ranks of alumni, we’re giving you a one-year membership in the Penn State Alumni Association as a graduation gift. Your membership—a $50 value—will keep you Congratulations! And welcome to the Penn State alumni family—some 645,000 strong. connected to friends, fellow classmates, and our beloved alma mater while providing you access to than thirty different including: Tomore welcome you into the ranks ofbenefits, alumni, we’re giving you a one-year membership in the Penn State Alumni as a graduationthat gift.include Your membership—a $50 value—will you connected to friends, fellow • Association Powerful publications The Penn Stater magazine,keep AlumnInsider e-newsletter, and classmates, and our beloved alma mater, while providing you access to more than 30 different benefits, including: The Football Letter online. Each provides compelling stories about Penn Staters, in-depth coverage of Penn State sports, class notes, event announcements, profiles, and an inside look Powerful publications that include The Penn Stater magazine, AlumnInsider e-newsletter, and The at•what’s happening at the University. Football Letter online. Each provide compelling stories about Penn Staters, in-depth coverage of Penn State

• Online resources thatevent allow you to accessprofiles, more than 658,000 Penn through sports, class notes, announcements, and an inside look at State what’s alumni happening at the University. our online alumni directory. You also receive exclusive access to University library databases • Online that allow you to access more than 645,000 Penn State alumni through our online through theresources Alumni Library. alumni directory. You also receive exclusive access to University library databases through Alumni Library online.

• Professional development opportunities through Alumni Career Services. Numerous career planning resources, including résumé development, access to job • Professional development opportunities throughwebinars, Alumni Career Services thatboards, provideand numerous networking opportunities to enhance your career growth, are available. career planning resources including résumé development, webinars, access to job boards, and networking opportunities to enhance your career growth. • Substantial discounts on products and services that will save you money on Penn State Bookstore merchandise, insurance products, travel and moving services, Penn State Press • Substantial discounts on products and services that will save you money like Penn State Bookstore publications, and more.

merchandise, insurance products, travel and moving services, Penn State Press publications, and more.

As a member, you also receive automatic membership in the Penn State Behrend Alumni Society As apriority member,access you also membership youractivities college orsuch campus Alumni Society and priority and toreceive Alumniautomatic Association eventsinand as City Lights cultural and access to Alumni Association events and activities as City Lights programs, reunions, travel educational programs, reunions, travelsuch programs, pep cultural rallies, and andeducational Homecoming. programs, pep rallies, and Homecoming.

And you can get involved with fellow Penn Staters no matter where you are through our more than alumni affiliatewith groups across United around world. And 300 you can get involved fellowlocated Penn Staters no the matter whereStates you areand through morethe than 300 alumni affiliate groupsthis located across the United States and around the world. Enjoy gift of Alumni Association membership. Remember the door is always open to you at the Robert and Sally Metzgar Admissions and Alumni Center and the Hintz Family Alumni Center, Enjoy this gift of Alumni Association membership. And remember that the door is always open to you at the or visit us anytime online at or

Hintz Family Alumni Center, your alumni home on the University Park campus, or visit us anytime online

Once again, congratulations on your graduation. at For the Glory, Once again, congratulations on your graduation. For the Glory,


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PAU L JJ. . CClifford L I FFOR D Paul C H I EF EXEC U TI V E OFFI C ER Chief Executive Officer PEN N STATE A LU M N I A SSOC I ATI ON H I N TZ FA M I LY A LU M N I C EN TER U N I V ER SI TY PA R K , PA 16802 800-548-5466

This program contains the list of candidates for graduation as of April 24, 2017, and distinction notations as of February 23, 2017. Subject to completion of all degree requirements, degrees will be conferred as indicated upon the individuals listed herein and upon such others as may meet the requirements. This publication is available in alternative media on request. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. U.Ed. EBO 17-227


Penn State Behrend Commencement Program — Spring 2017