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Pennsylvania's First Lady and Nationally Known Psychotherapist to Receive Degrees at Cedar Crest Commencement on May 16
Allentown, PA (April 21, 2009) - Cedar Crest College announced that Marjorie O. Rendell, a judge of the United States Court of Appeals and Pennsylvania's First Lady, and Dr. Robi Ludwig, renowned psychotherapist and television host, and an alumna of Cedar Crest Class of 1987, will receive honorary degrees at the College's 139th Commencement Ceremony to be held Saturday, May 16, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. on the College Quadrangle. The ceremony will also feature an address to graduates from Dr. Blenda J. Wilson, Cedar Crest Class of 1962, a former president of the Nellie Mae Foundation and past president of California State University-Northridge, who served as Cedar Crest College's Acting President from November 2007 to May 2008.
"Judge Rendell is one of the pioneers who smashed the glass ceiling for women in both law and the judiciary," says Cedar Crest College President Carmen Twillie Ambar. "She has continually balanced her duties in the courtroom, on the bench and as first lady of Pennsylvania with her dedication to and service on the boards of many civic and arts organizations. Judge Rendell truly embodies the qualities of leadership we value so highly at Cedar Crest and the College is honored to award her an honorary degree."
"As psychotherapist, an entrepreneur, author, television host, and expert on human behavior, Dr. Robi Ludwig embodies the success that can be attained through a liberal arts education. She serves as living proof of how love for several academic disciplines can be combined to create a rewarding and satisfying career," says Ambar. "Her growing prominence in the national spotlight serves as a powerful image of women's leadership for our current students. Dr. Ludwig certainly merits the distinction of having her alma mater award her an honorary doctorate degree."
Judge Marjorie Osterlund Rendell is the 43rd First Lady of Pennsylvania. A cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Judge Rendell received her Juris Doctor degree from the Villanova University School of Law in 1973. Upon graduation from law school, she joined the law firm of Duane, Morris & Heckscher, where she subsequently became the firm's second woman partner. Over the course of her 20-year career as a practicing attorney, she specialized in bankruptcy law and commercial litigation, served as a mediator for the United States District Court, and was a frequent speaker at law-related seminars and panels.
Inducted as a judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in March of 1994, Judge Rendell was elevated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in November of 1997. She is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, an inaugural member and Master of the Villanova University School of Law J. Willard O'Brien Inn of Court, an elected member of The American Law Institute, and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Federal Judges Association, the American Judicature Society, and the National Association of Women Judges.
As First Lady, Judge Rendell's primary initiative focuses on imparting civic responsibility to Pennsylvania's children through civic learning. She is a member of the National Advisory Council of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, and is a lead partner of the Pennsylvania Coalition for Representative Democracy (PennCORD). She also promotes Pennsylvania's rich history, partners with the Pennsylvania Commission for Women on its initiatives and is a frequent speaker to student and women's groups across the Commonwealth.
In October 2004, Judge Rendell was awarded the Philadelphia Bar Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award, an award given annually to a woman attorney whose career in the legal profession has demonstrated: her superior legal talent and significant achievements within the legal community; her advocacy for the advancement and equal treatment of women in the profession and in the community at large; and her mentoring of other women in the legal profession.
Judge Rendell has served on the boards of many charitable and civic organizations. She is currently a member of the Board of Overseers for the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and a member of the Board of Directors of Avenue of the Arts, Inc and of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. She is also a founding member of the Trustees Council of Penn Women.
Dr. Robi Ludwig is a nationally known psychotherapist, award-winning reporter, as well as host of GSN's new reality game show, "Without Prejudice?". She also hosted two seasons of TLC's reality show, "One Week to Save Your Marriage", and can regularly be seen on Nancy Grace on CNN's Headline News.
Dr. Ludwig was recently made contributing editor for Cookie magazine, a modern lifestyle magazine for moms, and also made her debut as guest host for CNN's Larry King Live. She is a regular contributor to the Today Show, GMTV - Britain's number one Morning show, as well as CNN, Headline News, The Fox News Channel and Court TV where she talks about psychological/lifestyle issues as well as the criminal mind. She also appears on national shows such as: E!, Regis and Kelly, Oprah, The View, Bill O'Reilly, and Hannity and Colmes, helping audiences and guests alike to understand the complexities of the human condition.
Her book, 'Till Death Do Us Part: Love, Marriage and the Mind of the Killer Spouse, written with Matt Birkbeck is published with Atria books. It came out March in 2006 and will be out in paperback this spring.
In the late 1990s she worked as a psychology reporter for WETM-TV, the NBC affiliate in Elmira, New York. She wrote, produced and hosted Real Talk, a weekly live call-in show covering psychological and self-help topics.
Her practical experience as a psychotherapist began in 1988 when she worked as a counselor for patients with severe psychiatric disorders. In both clinical settings and in her private practice, she has treated all forms of mental illness, substance abuse, grieving, sexual identity issues, job stress, emotional and sexual abuse problems as well as the more common social and parenting issues.
Dr. Ludwig's academic credentials include a doctorate in psychology (Psy.D) from the Southern California University for Professional Studies; she holds a post-masters certificate in advanced clinical work from Hunter College, a master's degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in mass communications from Cedar Crest College.
Last Updated: 4/21/09