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Allentown, PA (August 26, 2005) – Twenty students will be awarded bachelor’s degrees on August 28, 2005 at a Convocation Ceremony at Cedar Crest College. The ceremony, 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, Sabrina Kulakowski ’06, president of the student government association and Edward Meell, trustee, will greet the students. Degrees will be conferred by Dr. Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney, president, Carol Pulham, provost, and Joan Laffey, dean of student affairs. In addition, Dr. Blaney will recognize Nelson Maniscalco, professor of art, as the winner of the 2005 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Local graduates include:


Patricia Hartman, B.S., summa cum laude – business administration

Stacey Jessup, B.S. – accounting

Karen Narde, M.Ed. – elementary education

Jane Perella, M.Ed. – reflective practitioner

Carmen D. Quaglieri, B.S., cum laude - management

Micheline Brunner, B.S. - nursing

Becky Jo Kauffman, B.S., cum laude – nursing


Cathy L. Snyder, B.S., summa cum laude – accounting


Kimberly H. Dirnbeck, B.S. – nursing

Heleanna Machlis, B.S. - psychology


East Stroudsburg

Betty M. Kunkle, B.S. - nursing



Terry Lynn Boreman, B.A. – art

Alison L. Connor, B.S. – nursing

Michelle J. Delmore, B.S. – summa cum laude - management


Charles Brian Wolfe, B.S. - nursing


North Plainfield

Christine Nowak-Janis, B.A., summa cum laude - psychology

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

Kimberly Damiani Godfrey of Orefield, PA, Donna Rossi Kapes of Schnecksville, PA, Emmanuella Ndujife of Brockton, MA, and Malathi Santhanam of Macungie, 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.

Gwendolyn Mayhew of Chilmark, MA and Daniela Epureanu of Bath, PA 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.

Elizabeth Bach of Shickshinny 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.

Bethany Roberge of Nashua, NH 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.

Ann Karas of Allentown, PA and Patricia Powers of Allentown, PA are the recipients 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.

Jennifer Terrell of Collegeville, 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.

Sarah Farney of Mitchell, SD 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.

Melissa Bodnar of Breinigsville, PA and Tara Jean Yurkovitz of Allentown, PA are the recipients 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.

Nicole Cribari of Harrisburg, PA 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.

Terene Troutman of Lehighton, PA 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.

Alison Anne Vande Bunte of Zeeland, MI 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.

Laura Dalton of Phoenix, AZ 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 ahs shown leadership in school and student activities.





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