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LOCAL STUDENTS RECEIVE CEDAR CREST COLLEGE DEGREES
Allentown, PA (August 25, 2006) – Twenty-six students will be awarded bachelor’s and master's degrees on Sunday, August 27, 2006 at a Convocation Ceremony at Cedar Crest College. The ceremony, to be held in Alumnae Hall, will begin at 4:00 p.m. and will be followed by the All College Picnic in front of the Miller Family Building.
During the Convocation Ceremony, Carol Dao ’07, president of the student government association and Charles T. Noonan, Esq., Trustee, will greet the students. Degrees will be conferred by Dr. Carol Pulham, acting president, Roxanne Amico, acting provost, and Joan Laffey, dean of student affairs. In addition, Dr. Pulham will recognize Dr. Jane Tyler Ward, professor of psychology, as the winner of the 2006 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Local graduates include:
Caroline Sickonic, M.Ed. - Art of Teaching
Wendy L. Feigh, B.S., Summa Cum Laude - Management
Samnoun Kim, B.S., Cum Laude – Nursing
Donna L. Surjnarine, B.S. – Nursing
Chancity Amanda Young, M.Ed. – Art of Teaching
M. Bonnie Brennan, M.Ed. – Art of Teaching
Jo Ann Sieger, B.S., Summa Cum Laude – Management
Tamatha J. Urffer, B.S. – Nursing
Michele L. Stauffer, B.S. – Business Administration
Elizabeth Ann Wheatley, B.S. – Nursing
Jill N. Hendricks, B.S., Cum Laude - Nursing
Maureen Joann Solares, B.S. – Nursing
Patricia B. Graves, B.S. – Nursing
Thea Elise Kaye, B.A. – Psychology
Melissa A. Summers, B.S. – Nursing
OUT OF STATE RESIDENTS
Anna Naomi Csontos, B.S. – Nursing
Lisa Marie Fitz, B.A. – Art
Additionally, the following local students will be recognized at the Convocation Ceremony with prizes and awards for their outstanding achievements:
Kirsten Gustafson of Winsted, CT, Allison Van Grouw of Blairstown, NJ, Lisa Holzworth of East Stroudsburg, PA, and Ranae Houtz of Walnutport, PA 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.
Jessica Lonsinger of Coatesville, PA is the recipient 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.
Melissa Walsh of Allentown, PA is the recipient of the Freshman Prize for Honor – Lifelong Learning 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.
Carolyn Steinbiss of Macungie, PA 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.
Aki Morimatsu of Japan 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.
Tanya Cortier of Palmerton, PA 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.
Kyle Crimi of Bethlehem, PA 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.
Lisa Hoffert of Allentown, PA 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.
Angela Vialotti of New Milford, CT 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.
Chelsea Toth of Jamesburg, NJ 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.
Wendy Feigh of Allentown, PA is the recipient of the Christina M. Snopek Prize, given in memory of Christina M. Snopek, Class of 1995, by family and friends, to the senior member of the continuing education program who has done most of her work at Cedar Crest College and who is a business administration major with an interest in banking or finance or who are interested in pursuing a master's degree in business.
Cara Nicholl of Temple, NH 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.
Amanda Ashley Frick of Emmaus, PA is the recipient 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.
Stacey Solt of Lehighton, PA is the recipient of the Cynthia Fischer Wahl Prize. This award is given by family friends and classmates in memory of Cynthia Fischer Wahl ’57 to a senior who is an honor student and who has shown leadership in school and student activities.