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Allentown, PA (August 20, 2004) - Twenty students will be awarded bachelor's degrees on August 22, 2004 at a Convocation Ceremony at Cedar Crest College. The ceremony, held in Alumnae Hall, will be followed by the All College Picnic in front of the Miller Family Building.

During the Convocation Ceremony, Rebekah McClure '05, president of the student government association will greet the students. Degrees will be conferred by Dr. Carol Pulham, acting provost, and Joan Laffey, dean of student affairs

Local graduates include:


Tracey Hawk Andrews, B.S. - nursing


Eleana Belletieri, B.A. - art and psychology
Mary Novak, B.S.- nursing
Milagros Velez, B.S. - accounting

Laurel J. Sywensky, B.A. - psychology

Martha L. Shedlock, B.A. Cum laude - psychology
Joanne Tercha Allender, B.A. Magna cum laude - art

Gwenda L. Petrohoy, B.S. - nursing
Deborah Christina Zaharchuk, B.A. Summa cum laude - art and art history

New Tripoli
Tatjana DiCataldo, B.S. - business administration


Francois Lubin, B.S. - human resources management

Tanya L. Anthony, B.S. Summa cum laude - business management

Additionally, the following local students will be recognized at the Convocation Ceremony with prizes and awards for their outstanding achievements:

Vanessa Pasch of Bangor and Jeffery Yaffey of Alburtis are the recipients of the Partners in Nursing scholarship. This scholarship is presented by the Partners in Nursing in support of the nursing program at Cedar Crest College to two eligible nursing students entering the senior year of the program. It is given in recognition of high scholastic achievement and potential for leadership in nursing.

Davyion Crossland of Antrim, NH and Danielle Skinner of Church Hill, MD are the recipients of the Freshman Prize for Honor which is awarded to the incoming freshman who can best express what the Honor Philosophy at Cedar Crest means to her through an essay written prior to matriculation.

Blair Zimnoch of Little Egg Harbor, NJ is the recipient of the Ruth Rebecca Ayers Junior Award, given to the student selected during her junior year, who reflects the personal characteristics of Ruth Ayers '39, whose memory and goodly fellowship Cedar Crest cherishes.

Lori Sassaman of New Ringgold is the recipient of the Christina M. Snopek Prize, which is given in memory of Christina M. Snopek, Class of 1995, by family and friends, to two senior members of the continuing education program who have done most of their work at Cedar Crest College and who are business administration majors with an interest in banking or finance or who are interested in pursuing a master's degree in business.

Sarah Mahoney of Bensalem is the recipient of the Carol Welton Kelly Award for Movement Studies. The award is given in memory of Carol Welton Kelly, the first director of the dance program at Cedar Crest College, to an outstanding senior dance student who during her first three years exhibited promise in human movement exploration from mastering the physical technique to scholarly research in dance and is committed to human movement possibilities though theory and practice.

Paula Andary of Macungie is the recipient of the Haff Award which is given in memory of Dr. Donald Haff and in honor of Mrs. Dorothea Haff '34 by the Haff Hospital Nurses Association to the student with the highest average in nursing at the end of her junior year.

Dina Angstadt of Oley is the recipient of the Holstrom Scholarship. This scholarship is given to the senior who has shown outstanding interest, ability and enthusiasm in the study of history.

Raycharlynn Correa of Dingmans Ferry is the recipient of the Beverly S. Logan Prize which is given by family and friends in memory of Beverly S. Logan '81, who died of breast cancer, to the music major or minor preparing for graduation in the coming academic year who has made the greatest contribution to advancing the cause of music at Cedar Crest College by example, performance or initiative, and who, most importantly, is a multidimensional achiever.

Courtney Lomax of Hewitt, NJ is the recipient of the Mary L. Romig Prize. This award goes to the student whose personal characteristics best exemplify those that were the hallmark of Mary L. Romig: cheerfulness, concern for others and initiative. She is also the recipient of the Cynthia Fischer Wahl Prize which is given by family, friends and classmates in memory of Cynthia Fischer Wahl, Class of '57, to a senior who is an honor student and who has shown leadership in school and student activities.

Sarah Magner of Albrightsville is the recipient of the Margaret S. Samuels Ethics Award. This award is given by the Abe Samuels family, in conjunction with the Ethical Life classes at Cedar Crest College, to the student who best personifies the characteristics of honor and integrity, character, moral responsibility, innate goodness and kindness.

Jeanette Orso of Easton is the recipient of the Religion Prize which is given by the Penn Northeast Conference of the United Church of Christ to the student who received the highest grades in religion courses.

Renee A. Crane of Dallas, Linda C. Misiura of Hop Bottom and Danielle M. Reed of Seven Valleys are the recipients of the Freshman Valedictory Award. This award is given by the Alumnae Association to the freshman, returning as a sophomore, who has earned the highest academic average during her freshman year.



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