Penn State Intercom......November 21, 2002

Commencement to be held
Dec. 21 at University Park

By Allison Kessler
Public Information

The University Park campus will hold its fall 2002 commencement ceremonies for approximately 3,266 associate, baccalaureate and graduate degree students on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Undergraduate baccalaureate and associate degrees will be awarded at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in The Bryce Jordan Center. Graduate degrees will be awarded at 3:30 p.m. in Eisenhower Auditorium.

As of early November, 3,266 students are scheduled to receive degrees at the University Park ceremonies. That figure includes nine associate, 2,645 baccalaureate, 426 master's, and 186 doctoral degree students. Systemwide, Penn State will graduate a total of 4,686 students -- approximately 325 with associate degrees, 3,470 baccalaureate degrees, 888 graduate degrees, and three juris doctorate degrees.

President Graham B. Spanier will confer degrees at the undergraduate baccalaureate and associate degree ceremonies and The Graduate School program. Rodney Erickson, executive vice president and provost, will preside at the baccalaureate and associate degree ceremonies, and Eva Pell, vice president for research and dean of The Graduate School, will preside at The Graduate School ceremony.

Distinguished geographer Sir Alan Wilson, the speaker at the 10 a.m. undergraduate degree ceremony, will receive an honorary doctor of science degree. Recognized as an innovative educator and pioneering researcher, he is the vice chancellor and professor of urban and regional geography at the University of Leeds in Great Britain. Wilson is the co-founder of Geographical Modeling and Planning, which carries out market analysis and network planning for major companies around the world, and is one of Great Britain's most successful university companies.

Renowned international master cellist and teacher Aldo Parisot, the speaker at the 1 p.m. undergraduate degree ceremony, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. The Samuel Sanford Professor of Music at Yale University, he has performed as a concert soloist, chamber musician and recitalist, and is conductor of the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos. Parisot serves on the cello faculty of the Juilliard School of Music and has inspired generations of musicians with his virtuosity.

The following colleges will hold undergraduate associate and baccalaureate degree ceremonies at 10 a.m. in The Bryce Jordan Center:

* College of Agricultural Sciences

* The Smeal College of Business Administration

* College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

* College of Engineering

The following colleges will hold undergraduate associate and baccalaureate degree ceremonies at 1 p.m. in The Bryce Jordan Center:

* College of Arts and Architecture

* College of Communications

* College of Education

* College of Health and Human Development

* College of the Liberal Arts

* Eberly College of Science

Eric Barron, dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, will be the speaker at The Graduate School ceremony at 3:30 p.m. in Eisenhower Auditorium. Barron, distinguished professor of geosciences, became dean on July 1. Before that, Barron was director of the EMS Environment Institute. He came to Penn State in 1986 as associate professor of geosciences. His mission then was to direct the college' s newly formed Earth Systems Science Center, a leading center in the study of global change. Barron' s research interests are in the areas of climatology, numerical modeling and Earth history. He received a bachelor of science degree in geology from Florida State University and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Miami. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Allison Kessler can be reached at akessler@psu.edu.


Knighted geographer, master cellist
to receive honorary degrees Dec. 21

By Allison Kessler
Public Information

Two eminent educators -- renowned geographer Sir Alan Wilson and international cellist Aldo Parisot -- will be awarded honorary degrees during fall commencement ceremonies at University Park Saturday, Dec. 21.

Wilson will receive an honorary doctor of science degree and will be the speaker at the undergraduate commencement at 10 a.m. in The Bryce Jordan Center. Parisot will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree and will speak at the undergraduate commencement at 1 p.m. in The Bryce Jordan Center.

Wilson is the vice chancellor and professor of urban and regional geography at the University of Leeds in Great Britain. During his tenure, the university has experienced unprecedented growth and transformation. Wilson also is the co-founder of Geographical Modeling and Planning, which carries out market analysis and network planning for major companies around the world, and is one of Great Britain's most successful university companies.

Wilson, who has authored or co-authored 15 books, graduated from Corpus Christi College at Cambridge and serves as chairman of the Worldwide University Network, an international partnership of research institutions. He is an elected member of the Academia Europaea, a British Academy fellow, a fellow in the City and Guilds Institute and an academician of the Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences. Wilson was awarded the Founder's Medal of the Royal Geographical Society and was knighted in 2001 by Queen Elizabeth for his service in higher education.

Parisot is the Samuel Sanford professor of music at Yale University and has performed as a concert soloist, chamber musician and recitalist, and is conductor of the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos. He serves on the cello faculty of the Juilliard School of Music.

Parisot has received numerous awards and honors, including the United Nations Peace Medal, the Artist/Teacher Award from the American String Teachers Association, the Governor's Arts Award from the State of Connecticut for outstanding achievement as a musician and teacher, and the RNCM Manchester International Cello Festival Award of Distinction. Indiana University awarded him the Chevalier DuVioloncelle for his contributions to the world of cello playing, and the Yale School of Music presented him with the Ian Mininberg Distinguished Service Award as well as the Gustave Stoeckel Award for his extraordinary contributions to the school.

Penn State awards honorary degrees to scholars, performers, artists and practitioners in academic fields, or individuals who have made particularly distinguished contributions to society in areas such as public service, business or government. This year's recipients were nominated by a 15-member faculty committee and approved by President Graham B. Spanier and the Board of Trustees.

Allison Kessler can be reached at akessler@psu.edu.


ROTC commissioning
ceremony set for Dec. 20

The Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) commissioning ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, in the Esber Recital Hall in Music Building I on the University Park campus.

Capt. Kevin Cheesebrough, professor of naval science and ROTC tri-service coordinator, will preside over the ceremony.

Rear Adm. David Ellison, superintendent at the Naval Postgraduate School, will be the guest speaker and will swear in 31 students as new officers in the armed forces.

Ellison, who completed his doctorate in business administration at Penn State, has significant operational, educational and staff experience in the U.S. Navy. He served during the Iranian hostage crisis, the Cold War, Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Adriatic hostilities. From 1973-1976, Ellison served as an assistant professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and earned a master of science degree at the George Washington University. After completing the Senior Officials in National Security program at Harvard University in 1990, Ellison was assigned to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Executive Panel. During the 1995-1996 academic year, he was a fellow on the CNO Strategic Studies Group at the Naval War College. In addition to a number of personal awards, Ellison has earned several service awards, including the Combat Action Ribbon.

Cadet Carrie Grove, Air Force ROTC, is the student marshal. The ceremony is open to the public.


Schreyer Scholars to be
honored at medals ceremony

The University will hold a medals commencement ceremony for the fall 2002 graduating class of the Schreyer Honors College at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus.

Cheryl Achterberg, dean of the Schreyer Honors College, will speak. President Graham B. Spanier will present the medals, assisted by Provost Rodney Erickson and University Faculty Senate Chair John Moore. The medallion, designed by John A. Cook, professor emeritus of art, will be given to approximately 75 graduating scholars. The medals ceremony represents and celebrates the academic and scholarly achievements of the University's finest undergraduates.

The Honors College was named for its benefactors, William A. and Joan Schreyer, and has been recognized as one of the top honors programs in the country. Its mission is to promote academic excellence with integrity, to build a global perspective, and to create opportunities for leadership and civic and social engagement. The Schreyer Honors College, which celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2002, represents the evolution of honors education at Penn State, which began in 1980 with the University Scholars Program.

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