May 2012 Archives

Congratulations to Zanya Stephenson on being named a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact! Zanya has demonstrated a commitment to serving her community, both on campus and in Philadelphia. As Penn State Brandywine's first student to work in the Laboratory for Civic Engagement, she has been very active in promoting the integration of civic engagement into academic curricula and extracurricular activities. With the Newman Civic Fellows Award, Zanya joins a network of like-minded scholars, opening up new opportunities for her to make a real difference in the world.

Click here for more information about Zanya and this great honor that she received this past semester. Congratulations, Zanya!
Each year, Penn State Brandywine recognizes outstanding student achievements and academic excellence at the Academic Recognition Ceremony. In addition to the Academic Achievement Award, presented to all students who earn a 3.5 GPA or higher, several other awards are given to individuals whose accomplishments deserve commendation. Of course, several of our Honors Scholars were among those honored at this year's ceremony:

  • Senior Rebecca Brophy was inducted into the Sigma Tau English Honor Society, which confers distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies.

  • Junior Eileen Fresta received the President Sparks Award for earning a 4.00 (A) cumulative GPA based on 36 Penn State credits completed by the end of the fall semester.

  • Eileen Fresta and senior Jennifer Santangelo receivedthe President's Volunteer Service Award, recognizing their commitment and inspiration of others to engage in volunteer service.

  • Sophomore Sarah DeMartino received a Student Research Award in recognition of her excellence in undergraduate research. Read more about Sarah's well-deserved accolade here

  • Cody Bressler and Steven Hargis received the President's Freshman Award for receiving a 4.00 cumulative GPA based on at least 12 graded credits completed by the end of the fall semester.

  • Junior Zanya Stephenson received a Newman Civic Fellows Award for demonstrating an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

We congratulate these students on their academic excellence, passion for undergraduate research, and civic engagement. Keep up the good work!

Congratulations to freshman and Cooper Honors Scholar Steven Hargis! Steven was among five students who went to the Pennsylvania Phi Beta Lambda's State Leadership Conference (SLC) in Gettysburg in April. The students competed in four events, with several bringing home top awards. Hargis, vice president of the Penn State Brandywine chapter of PBL, placed first in the "retail management" category. He said the conference "gave me an opportunity to expand my network and meet a lot of new faces, while also testing my grasp of information and concepts that I will likely be using in my future work experiences. The conference provided a fun way to grow as an individual and as a leader, and I am excited to attend the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas this summer." 

Click here for further information about Hargis and the other Penn State Brandywine students' impressive showing at the Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference.

On Saturday, May 5, three of our Honors Scholars graduated from Penn State Brandywine: Mary-Therese Capaldi, Lauren Orner, and Jennifer Santangelo. After much hard work and perseverance, each successfully defended her thesis in April and fulfilled the requirements of the honors program. We congratulate these outstanding scholars and wish them the best for their future endeavors!

Cooper Honors Scholar in the News!

Congratulations to Cooper Honors Scholar Chris Kramer on the exciting news he made this week! Along with two other PSU Brandywine students, Tara Landis and Samantha Golay, Chris was among 16 local college students who had an opportunity on Monday to chat with President Obama about student loan interest rates via conference call in the office of Mayor Michael Nutter. Chris was one of only two students in the room who actually spoke to the President, and he proudly stated that he represented Penn State Brandywine! This is just the latest example of our honors students' civic engagement, speaking out on important issues of local and global concern. Keep up the good work, Chris!

Click here for NBC10's coverage of the story. The very first clip features Chris speaking next to Mayor Nutter while proudly wearing his blue and white!

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