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FOR RELEASE AFTER JANUARY 28, 2005
Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790

LOCAL STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM CEDAR CREST IN WINTER GRADUATION CEREMONY
College will Confer its First Ever Master's Degrees in Education

Allentown, PA (January 28, 2005) - Seventy-seven students were awarded bachelor's degrees and two students were awarded the first master's degrees in the history of the College at Cedar Crest's Winter Graduation Ceremony held on Friday, January 28, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. in the College's Alumnae Hall Auditorium.

During the ceremony, the College awarded its first ever Master's Degrees in Education. Cedar Crest's Master of Education in Learning and Teaching in a Democratic Society program has grown by 40 percent since its inception in Spring 2003. It currently has 108 students enrolled in one of three tracks offered - Elementary Certification, Secondary Certification or Reflective Practitioner. "A master's degree is very important because it furthers a student's knowledge and expertise," says MaryBeth O'Connell, chair of the Education department at Cedar Crest. "It can advance a teacher's career but, more importantly, it will ultimately benefit the education of children."

One of the graduates, Laura Heilig-Trexler, chose the Reflective Practitioner as her concentration. She is not only one of the first to receive a master's degree from Cedar Crest, but she is also the first person in her family to obtain a degree at that level. Heilig-Trexler is currently a seventh grade English teacher at Palisades Middle School in Kintnersville, PA. "Obtaining a master's degree in education was a personal goal I set for myself," says Heilig-Trexler. "Being a full-time teacher takes up a lot of time, but the flexible scheduling and classes offered through this program made it possible for me to attain this important goal to further my career as an educator."

The ceremony also included a tribute to Cedar Crest College's 8th president, Dr. Pauline "Polly" Tompkins, who died on November 19, 2004 at age 86. Dr. Tompkins was an influential leader in American and international higher education and a pioneer in higher education for women. She was the first woman President of Cedar Crest College from 1967-1978.

Under Tompkins' leadership Cedar Crest reaffirmed its commitment to the education of women at a time when many single-sex colleges were going co-ed. To help women prepare for new opportunities and responsibilities in a rapidly changing society, Cedar Crest intensified academic and career advising, expanded opportunities for student leadership, and introduced pre-professional programs in business, law and medicine, and a baccalaureate program in nursing.

A list of local graduates is included on the following pages. For more information, call the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

BERKS COUNTY
Boyertown
Krisn Elizabeth Youtzy Janney, B.S. - nursing
Deborah A. Smith, B.S. magna cum laude - nursing

Lyon Station
Jennifer Jones-Lapp, B.S. - nursing

Mertztown
Melissa Ann Davi, B.S. summa cum laude - management
Mary Alice Hoeschele, B.A. cum laude - English

Quakertown
Janet Carolyn Cardona, B.S. summa cum laude - genetic engineering

DELAWARE COUNTY
Drexel Hill
Elizabeth Ann Roessner, B.S. - genetic engineering

LEHIGH COUNTY
Allentown
Marian Wail Nesheiwat, B.S. summa cum laude - accounting
Kandi Sue Perazzo, B.S. - nutrition
Danielle Anne Sarubin, B.A. summa cum laude - English
Debora Mary Solensky, B.S. - nursing
Erin Kay Stokes, B.A. cum laude - English
Amy Beth Strohl, B.S. summa cum laude - nursing
Selena M. Sweeney, B.S. summa cum laude - business administration
Stacey Lynn Van Fleet, B.S. - nursing

Bethlehem
Kelly Ann Harwick, B.S. - management

Catasauqua
Cathy S. Rutman, B.S. - nursing

Center Valley
Melissa Dawn Hottenstein, B.A. summa cum laude - Hispanic & Latino Studies

Coplay
Debra Lynn Frisch, B.S. - nursing

Emmaus
Laura Jean Heilig-Trexler, M.Ed - reflective practitioner
Karen R. Schmeltzle, B.A. summa cum laude - elementary education

Laury's Station
Teresa Car Mosser, B.A. summa cum laude - psychology

Schnecksville
Lori Anne Mastriani, B.A. - elementary education

Macungie
Karen M. Bednar, B.S. summa cum laude - psychology

Whitehall
Holly Brader, B.S.- nursing
Michelle Marie Myers, B.S. - nursing

LYCOMING COUNTY
Williamsport
Clara Bower, B.A. - communications

MONROE COUNTY
Saylorsburg
Wendy L. Jennings, B.S. - information systems

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY
Bangor
Vanessa L. Pasch, B.S. summa cum laude - nursing
Julianne Sager, B.S. - chemistry

Bethlehem
Jessica Cheng, B.S. summa cum laude - management
Elizabeth A. Glick, B.A. - political science
Michael A. Stellato, B.S. - information systems
Smita Meghanad Wagh, B.S. - computer science

Catasauqua
Denise M. Thomas, B.S. - nursing

Easton
Christina L. Casey, B.S. - nursing
Carey R. Frick, B.A. cum laude - psychology
Samantha L. Grape, B.A. - English
Nichole Michele Greenberg, B.S. cum laude - management
Alexis Marie Lockard, B.S. - nursing
Joyce Ann Smith, B.S. - nursing

Hellertown
Gretchen Lee Francis, B.S. - nursing

Northampton
Ann Marie Hoff, B.S. magna cum laude - accounting

West Easton
Lori L. Parsons, B.S. magna cum laude - nursing

PIKE COUNTY
Dingmans Ferry
Raycharlyn Frances Correa, B.A. summa cum laude - Spanish

NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS

MERCER COUNTY
Hamilton
Casey Lea Rech, B.A. - psychology

OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS

NEW YORK
Newburgh
Tierra Nyree Blue, B.A. - Spanish

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