Commencement 2011 Medalists Announced
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, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the School of Architecture.
Graduate Medalists include:
William G. McGowan Medal for Excellence in Doctoral Studies awarded to Jane M. Wakahiu. 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 Benjamin Arthur Buchenot. 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 John A. Kramer. This graduate medal was founded by Ms. Angela Moran in honor of Sister St. Agnes Moran.
Honorable Mention: Anna E. Wachtel
Haggerty Medal for Leadership and Academic Excellence in Counselor Education awarded to Christine E. DeSousa. This graduate medal was founded by the trustees of the estate of Loretta Haggerty.
Geffen Medal for Outstanding Performance in Practicum Education awarded to Miriam Inez Hartley. The School of Social Work medal was founded in memory of Albert Geffen by friends and co-workers.
Honorable Mention: Michelle T. Brandt
Walton Medal for Excellence in Public Administration awarded to Sean Joseph Hogan. This graduate medal was founded by Dr. Clarence C. and Elizabeth Walton.
Polizzi Medal for Scholarship and Community Service awarded to Michelle M. Bradley. This School of Social Work medal was founded by the Student Association, School of Social Work in memory of Anthony C. Polizzi.
Honorable Mention: Elizabeth A. Jacques
Thomas J. Keenan M.D. Medal for Excellence in the Physician's Assistant Program awarded to Amanda L. Beck. 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 Christina Margaret Morozov. 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 Catherine Campbell. This medal was founded by Miss Helen Leonard in memory of Miss Mary E. Barrett.
Honorable Mention: Rachel Emily Smith
Edward Gayeski Medal for Excellence in Design awarded to Catherine Jeanne Lloyd. This medal was founded by Mrs. Alba Gayeski in memory of her husband, Edward Gayeski.
Honorable Mention: Jamie Taylor McAlister
Anna and James Foley Medal for Excellence in Art Education awarded to Lynette M. Errante. 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 Paula Marie Edwards. 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 William J. Gorden. This medal was founded by the late E.J. Lynett, in memory of his wife, Ellen Ruddy Lynett.
Honorable Mention: Heater Ashlea Brown
Margaret T. Lunney Medal for Outstanding Performance in the Study of Communication Sciences and Disorders awarded to Lauren Beth Lettieri. Miss Dorothy R. McNulty founded this medal in honor of Miss Lunney.
Honorable Mentions: Rachel Mae Hoyt and Marilee Sobrinski
Sister Regina Barrett Medal for Excellence in Early Childhood Education awarded to Sarah Maegan Graham. This medal was established in honor of Sister Regina Barrett, I.H.M., by Superintendent Patricia C. Leamy.
Rosemary Carroll Kazimer Medal for Excellence in Elementary Education awarded to Katerina E. Pavlu. This medal was founded by Dr. Mary Louise Keeney in honor of Mrs. Kazimer.
Honorable Mention: Danielle Marie Hering
Margaret Ruddy Dougherty Medal for Academic Excellence in Special Education awarded to Heather Marie Saake. This medal was founded by the estate of Margaret Ruddy Dougherty.
Honorable Mention: Danielle Marie Hering
J. Harold Brislin Medal for Distinction in Creative Writing awarded to Peri Fae Blomquist. 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 Kristinia Beckage. 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 Ashley Elizabeth Thiel. This medal was founded by friends of Dr. Wanda Persichetti in her honor.
Sister M. Clare Kelley Medal for Excellence in Music awarded to Tara Lynn Kasperowski. 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 Kristen R. Vogt. 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 Jessica Julia Pawlowski. This medal was founded by Mrs. Anthony J. Nemotko, in memory of her husband, Anthony J. Nemotko.
Honorable Mention: Anna Louise Friemann
Shaffer Medal for Nutrition and Dietetics awarded to Corrine Joy Kanetski. 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.
Honorable Mention: Alexandra Sodl
Medal for Excellence in Psychology awarded to Kathryn R. Duch.
Honorable Mention: Brianna Beth Safko
Czachor Medal for Distinction in Religious Studies awarded to Katherine M. Demo. This medal was founded by the Czachor Family of Archbald, Pa.
Honorable Mention: Colleen Marie Dunn
Sister Maria Laurence Maher Medal for Excellence in Biological Studies awarded to Jillian Marie Kelter. 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 Emily Rose McKernan. This medal was founded by BSW students in memory of Brian Jenkins, Class of 1979 and Patricia Colis Gilroy, Class of 1976.
Honorable Mentions: Meghan A. O'Neill and Taini Helen Elizabeth Richardson.
Barrett Medal for Outstanding Service and Scholarship in the Field of Legal Studies, History, and Criminal Justice awarded to Joseph Owens May. This medal was founded by Sigma Pi Mu in honor of Dr. John W. Barrett.
Honorable Mention: Kerin T. Podunajec
Jordan Medal for Excellence in Social Sciences awarded to Nathan Kramer. 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 Meghan Coyle. Mr. and Mrs. William P. Ackourey founded this medal, in memory of their daughter, Dolores.
Honorable Mention: Katherine E. Bloodgood
Judith Piznar Medal for Leadership and Service to Youth awarded to Jillian M. Troiano. This medal was founded in memory of Judy Piznar, Class of 1990.
Honorable Mention: Colleen Marie Dunn
Sister M. Margrete Kelley Medal for Distinction in Service awarded to Lynette M. Errante. This medal was founded by Anna G. Kirby in memory of her sister, Sister M. Margrete Kelley, I.H.M.
Honorable Mention: Sean T. Manley
Melvin Medal for Excellence in Scholarly Investigation awarded to Edward A. Bevan.
Sister M. Slyvia Morgan Medal for Pre-Medical Studies awarded to Adam Brager.
Philip E. Mulry Medal for Excellence in Chemistry awarded to Christina Margaret Morozov.
Sister M. Eva Connors Peace Medal awarded to Katherine Bloodgood.
Honorable Mention: Lynette M. Errante
Tama Medal for Excellence in Mathematical Sciences awarded to Michael Kuniega.
Honorable Mention: Kenneth J. Rushinski, Jr.
Sister M. Immaculata Gillespie Medal for Excellence in the Secondary Education Program awarded to Nicole Deanna Koplar.
Photo: (left to right)
Meghan Coyle, Dolores M. Ackourey Medal for Excellence In Leadership and Human Relations Medal Recipient;Lynette M. Errante, Sister M. Margrete Kelley Medal for Distinction in Service Medal Recipient; Jillian M. Troiano, Judith Piznar Medal for Leadership and Service To Youth Medal Recipient; and Dr. Raymond Heath, Vice President for Student Life.