Commencement Medalists Announced
Published on Wed, May 20, 2009
Marywood University awarded medals for academic excellence and achievement during separate hooding and honors convocation ceremonies. The honored graduates were from Marywood University's Reap College of Education and Human Development, Insalaco College of Creative Arts and Management, College of Health and Human Services, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Graduate Medalists include:
William G. McGowan Medal for Excellence in Doctoral Studies awarded to Lou Jean Beishline, Orangeville. This medal was established in honor of William G. McGowan, a founder of MCI Communications Corporation by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund. The medal recognizes scholarship, integrity, discipline, creativity, and human service.
Ruane Medal for Excellence in Art awarded to Christa Felice. This graduate medal was founded by Hazel F. Ruane, in memory of Ella T. Ruane.
Sister Saint Agnes Medal for Excellence in Business awarded to Melissa Ann Saddlemire, Factoryville. This graduate medal was founded by Ms. Angela Moran in honor of Sister St. Agnes Moran.
Haggerty Medal for Leadership and Academic Excellence in Counselor Education awarded to Susan Beth Walsh. This graduate medal was founded by the trustees of the estate of Loretta Haggerty.
Geffen Medal for Outstanding Performance in Practicum Education awarded to Pamela R. Wollet, Williamsport. The School of Social Work medal was founded in memory of Albert Geffen by friends and co-workers.
Walton Medal for Excellence in Public Administration awarded to Lisa White Brudnicki, Scranton. This graduate medal was founded by Dr. Clarence C. and Elizabeth Walton.
Polizzi Medal for Scholarship and Community Service awarded to Laurie A. Boucher, Allentown. This School of Social Work medal was founded by the Student Association, School of Social Work in memory of Anthony C. Polizzi.
Thomas J. Keenan M.D. Medal for Excellence in the Physician's Assistant Program awarded to Ashley Marie McAlarney, Moscow. This medal was founded by Mrs. Mary Keenan Hecht in honor of her brother, Thomas J. Keenen, M.D.
Undergraduate Medalists include:
Kappa Gamma Pi Medal for General Excellence awarded to Nina Marie DePalma, Southington, CT. This medal is donated by the Scranton Chapter of Kappa Gamma Pi, National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society.
Saint Luke Medal for Excellence in Art awarded to Shauna M. Carr, New Albany. This medal was founded by Miss Helen Leonard in memory of Miss Mary E. Barrett.
Edward Gayeski Medal for Excellence in Design awarded to Jessica Ann Confer, Scranton. This medal was founded by Mrs. Alba Gayeski in memory of her husband, Edward Gayeski.
Anna and James Foley Medal for Excellence in Art Education awarded to Renae Margaret Ravalese, Tobyhanna. This medal was founded by Sister Ava Maria Foley, I.H.M., in memory of her parents and brother.
Thomas and Norah Clarke Medal for Excellence in Business awarded to Mikhail N. Mironenko, Mifflinburg. This medal was founded by the Clarke family in memory of their parents, Thomas and Norah Clarke.
Lynett Medal for Academic Distinction in Communication Arts awarded to Marie Therese Fitzsimmons. This medal was founded by the late E.J. Lynett, in memory of his wife, Ellen Ruddy Lynett.
Margaret T. Lunney Medal for Outstanding Performance in the Study of Communication Sciences and Disorders awarded to Nina Marie DePalma. Miss Dorothy R. McNulty founded this medal in honor of Miss Lunney.
Sister Regina Barrett Medal for Excellence in Early Childhood Education awarded to Kimberly Ann Wentovich. This medal was established in honor of Sister Regina Barrett, I.H.M., by Superintendent Patricia C. Leamy.
Sister M. Immaculata Gillespie Medal for Excellence in the Secondary Education Program awarded to Melissa Lauren Kreppel, East Amherst. This medal was founded by Elizabeth King Young Arvad, M.D.
Rosemary Carroll Kazimer Medal for Excellence in Elementary Education awarded to Colleen Alyce Davis, Clarks Summit. This medal was founded by Dr. Mary Louise Keeney in honor of Mrs. Kazimer.
Margaret Ruddy Dougherty Medal for Academic Excellence in Special Education awarded to Colleen Alyce Davis, Clarks Summit. This medal was founded by the estate of Margaret Ruddy Dougherty.
J. Harold Brislin Medal for Distinction in Creative Writing awarded to Lauren Elizabeth Tyrrell, Scranton. This medal was founded by the late Gene Brislin, in memory of her husband, J. Harold Brislin, a Pulitzer Prize Winner.
Sister M. Charitas Loftus Medal for Excellence in Poetry awarded to Lauren Elizabeth Tyrrell, Scranton. This medal was founded in memory of Sister M. Charitas Loftus by friends and alumni.
Dr. Wanda Persichetti Medal for Excellence in Foreign Language awarded to Katherine Rose McCormick, Perkasie. This medal was founded by friends of Dr. Wanda Persichetti in her honor.
Sister M. Clare Kelley Medal for Excellence in Music awarded to Michael Joseph Lesnesky IV, Peckville. This medal was founded in memory of Sr. M. Clare Kelley by her former music students.
Sister Davidica Kildea Medal for Excellence in Voice awarded to Shawna Nicole Vernisie, Lindenhurst. This medal was founded in memory of Sr. M. Davidica Kildea I.H.M. by the Kildea family.
Nemotko Medal for Distinction in Nursing awarded to Michelle Candace Conrad, Hanover. This medal was founded by Mrs. Anthony J. Nemotko, in memory of her husband, Anthony J. Nemotko.
Shaffer Medal for Nutrition and Dietetics awarded to Samantha Mary Breiner, Allentown. This medal was founded by C. Norman Shaffer, LL.D., in memory of Sister Mary of the Sacred Hear Walsh, I.H.M., and Sister Margaret Mary Howley, I.H.M.
Medal for Excellence in Psychology awarded to Heather Danielle Fitch, Dalton.
Czachor Medal for Distinction in Religious Studies awarded to Katelin Michele Haley, Cleona. This medal was founded by the Czachor Family of Archbald, Pa.
Sister Maria Laurence Maher Medal for Excellence in Biological Studies awarded to Jenny Shrestha, Dunmore. This medal was founded in memory of Sister Maria Laurence Maher, I.H.M. by her family.
Jenkins-Colis Gilroy Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Social Work awarded to Jennifer Ann Smetana, Milford. This medal was founded by BSW students in memory of Brian Jenkins, Class of 1979 and Patricia Colis Gilroy, Class of 1976.
Barrett Medal for Outstanding Service and Scholarship in the Field of Legal Studies, History, and Criminal Justice awarded to Stephen Patrick Schneider, Scranton. This medal was founded by Sigma Pi Mu in honor of Dr. John W. Barrett.
Jordan Medal for Excellence in Social Sciences awarded to Eric Viscuso, Lake Ariel. This medal was founded by the Misses Jordan, in memory of their brother, Reverend Richard D. Jordan, J.C.L.
Dolores M. Ackourey Medal for Excellence in Leadership and Human Relations awarded to Cara Marie O'Connor, Mahopac. Mr. and Mrs. William P. Ackourey founded this medal, in memory of their daughter, Dolores.
Judith Piznar Medal for Leadership and Service to Youth awarded to Krystle Powell, Gouldsboro. This medal was founded in memory of Judy Piznar, Class of 1990
Sister M. Margrete Kelley Medal for Distinction in Service awarded to Katelin Michele Haley, Cleona. This medal was founded by Anna G. Kirby in memory of her sister, Sister M. Margrete Kelley, I.H.M.
Melvin Medal for Excellence in Scholarly Investigation awarded to Rebecca Beals Kozlosky, Jonestown.
Tama Medal for Excellence in Mathematical Sciences awarded to Melissa Lauren Kreppel, East Amherst.
Sister M. Slyvia Morgan Medal for Pre-Medical Studies awarded to Jessica Lynn Wescott.
Philip E. Mulry Medal for Excellence in Chemistry awarded to Katelin Michele Haley, Cleona.
Sister M. Eva Connors Peace Medal awarded to Katelin Michele Haley, Cleona.