Penn State announces spring 2013 commencement events and speakers

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Through the end of the fall 2012 semester, Penn State has conferred a total of 706,724 degrees. As of spring 2013 the University's total number of graduates should approach 719,545.This spring Penn State expects to award approximately 12,821 diplomas to students University-wide who are completing 568 associate, 10,296 baccalaureate, 1,346 master's,142 medical, 246 law and 223 doctoral degrees.

At University Park 11 students are expected to receive associate degrees, while 8,199 will be awarded baccalaureate degrees. Approximately 996 master's degree students are expected to graduate, as are 223 doctoral degree candidates.All figures listed are estimates as of April 1; totals do not include Penn College.

Following is a compilation of commencement ceremonies and speaker information for Penn State's 24 locations. Additional information about University Park commencement is available at

Penn State Abington10 a.m. Friday, May 3, Athletic BuildingSpeaker: Paul Steinke ’86Steinke has served as general manager of the Reading Terminal Market since 2001. The market, one of America’s oldest and largest public markets, is visited by more than 100,000 people each week and has undergone extensive renovation and renewal under Mr. Steinke’s leadership.

Penn State Altoona10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, Jaffa ShrineSpeaker: Roger Williams ’73, ’75g, ’88gWilliams is executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association and associate vice president of alumni relations. He also is an affiliate associate professor of higher education at Penn State. Williams has 25 years of experience in higher education public relations and is the author of 30 published articles and chapters and one book.

Penn State Beaver7 p.m. Friday, May 3, GymnasiumSpeaker: Elizabeth M. (Foley) Zona '02Zona is an anesthesiologist in the West Penn Allegheny Health System Anesthesia Department, Forbes regional campus. After two years at Penn State Beaver, she graduated from Penn State University Park with honors in chemistry. She attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and served a three-year residency in anesthesiology at UPMC Mercy, Pittsburgh. As a student, she conducted extensive research with the late John Simpson, associate professor of chemistry at Beaver campus, and gave presentations to the American Chemical Society in Orlando and San Diego. She is a member of numerous national, state and regional professional medical societies.

Penn State Berks10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, Soccer FieldSpeaker: Modesto D. FiumeSince 1994 Fiume has been president of Opportunity House, a multi-service organization in Reading, Pa., that improves the quality of life for children, families and adults who face various obstacles to independence, and supports their efforts to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency and well-being. Prior to joining Opportunity House, Fiume was employed in various capacities working with at-risk youth, ex-offenders, and the mentally ill. Fiume earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from New Jersey City University and a master’s degree in public administration from Rutgers University. He serves as chair of the Berks Coalition to End Homelessness and as treasurer of Friend Inc., a nonprofit organization serving at-risk individuals and families in the greater Kutztown area.

Penn State Brandywine10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, Commons/GymnasiumSpeaker: David H. Lipson, Jr. '78Lipson is president of Metro Corp., a publishing company whose signature titles include Philadelphia and Boston magazines. Continuing a three-generation family legacy at the helm of Philadelphia Magazine and metro Corp., he has spearheaded the growth of both Philadelphia and Boston Magazines in consistent newsstand and subscription sales, as well as consistent national editorial award-winners.

Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle campus10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, outside Lewis Katz Hall, CarlisleSpeaker: The Hon. Ronald D. CastilleCastille assumed office as Chief Justice of Pennsylvania on Jan. 7, 2008. Having been first elected as a Justice of the Supreme Court in 1993, he was retained by the voters for a second ten-year term in 2003. Prior to his service on the Supreme Court, he served in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office for two decades as a trial assistant, Chief of the Career Criminal Unit, and as Deputy District Attorney. He was elected to two terms as Philadelphia’s District Attorney.

Penn State DuBois2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, Multipurpose Building GymnasiumSpeaker: Richard Kopley, distinguished professor of English, Penn State DuBoisKopley, an internationally known author and literary scholar with expertise in classic American literature, is one of the foremost experts on Edgar Allan Poe. Kopley’s published works include “Edgar Allan Poe and the Dupin Mysteries,” a scholarly book that takes an in-depth look at Poe’s detective stories, which many say inspired the entire detective genre. A former president of both the Poe Studies Association and the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, Kopley has spoken on Poe and on Hawthorne in the United States and abroad.

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College6:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, Erie Insurance ArenaSpeaker: Joshua ShawShaw is associate professor of philosophy at Penn State Behrend His current research focuses on ethical puzzles raised by family relationships — whether children “owe” their parents anything once they become adults, ethical dilemmas raised by assisted reproductive technology, and whether parents should be held legally responsible for crimes committed by their children. He is the author of the book “Emmanuel Levinas on the Priority of Ethics: Putting Ethics First.”

Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, Community Center Main ArenaSpeaker: Robert E. Eberly Jr.Originally from Uniontown, Eberly earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Cornell University and a juris doctorate degree, cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Following his retirement from the United States Navy General Counsel’s Office, Eberly began a second career as a historian. He is the author of "Bouquets from the Cannon’s Mouth," a history of Fayette County soldiers in the Civil War. Eberly is active in battlefield preservation, having served on the board of the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg. He serves as president of The Eberly Foundation.

Penn State Great ValleyFriday, May 3, on the campus grounds, Malvern— 3 p.m.: management— 7 p.m.: education and engineeringSpeaker: Joseph Henry ’76Henry’s career spanned 30 years with Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia, where he most recently served as vice president of Corporate Planning and Support Services and was responsible for developing strategic business plans and monitoring corporate performance for more than 2.5 million members. Henry holds a bachelor’s degree in human development from Penn State and served on the alumni board of the University’s College of Human Development. He is chair of Penn State Great Valley’s Advisory Board and volunteers at the American Cancer Society and the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Penn State Greater Allegheny11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, Wunderely GymnasiumSpeaker: Michele FabriziFabrizi is president and CEO of MARC USA, one of the nation's largest independent advertising agencies. Fabrizi is respected as a leading professional in her field, and Adweek magazine cited her as one of the outstanding women in advertising. She also fostered the growth of MARC USA’s employee-centered culture, cited as one of the top 10 in the nation by the Principal Financial Group. Fabrizi's contributions to her profession and community have been recognized with numerous awards, including: Fifty Best Women in Business, from the Pennsylvania Department of Commerce; Women of Spirit, Carlow University; Athena Award, Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce; Western PA Entrepreneur of Year Finalist, Ernst & Young; Tribute to Women – Communications, YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh; and Woman of Distinction – Professional, Girl Scouts of SW Pennsylvania.

Penn State Harrisburg9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4, Giant Center, HersheySpeaker: William M. Lambert ’80Lambert is president and CEO of MSA (Mine Safety Appliances Company), a global provider of safety products with operations in North America, Europe and 40 affiliates operating on six continents. One of Lambert’s career highlights is the development of the patented Quick-Fill® System, an accessory that allows firefighters to quickly replenish air supplies in emergency or routine-use situations. He received the 2002 Design News magazine “Special Achievement Award” for his contributions to firefighter safety, and was named Ernst & Young’s 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year in the manufacturing category for Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He is a member of Penn State Harrisburg’s Board of Advisers.

Penn State Hazleton7 p.m. Friday, May 3, Dr. Thomas M. Caccese Gymnasium, Physical Education BuildingAlan J. Blamey ’84Blamey is a branch chief in the Division of Fuel Facility Inspection at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Region II Offices in Atlanta, Ga. He helped to establish the NRC’s Center for Construction Inspection by hiring the engineering staff and developing the infrastructure needed to inspect new reactor construction in the United States. He also is a founding member of the Penn State Hazleton Engineering Advisory Board. Blamey earned a baccalaureate degree in nuclear engineering with a minor in mathematics from Penn State.

Penn State Hershey College of Medicine1 p.m. Sunday, May 19, Founders Hall, Milton Hershey SchoolSpeaker: Nancy W. DickeyDickey serves as a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Department of Medical Humanities in the College of Medicine, Penn State, and as a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center. She also carries the title president emeritus of the Health Science Center, having served in the role of president for more than a decade prior to stepping out of administration and into teaching and policy development.

Penn State Lehigh Valley11 a.m., Saturday, May 4, Stabler Arena, BethlehemSpeaker: Jeffrey TamborTambor has earned deep respect, as well as multiple Emmy Award nominations, for being one of the most versatile and accomplished character actors in film and television. Tambor's roles in such popular programs as "The Larry Sanders Show," "Arrested Development" and "The Hangover" reveal his unique comedic gifts, while his roles in films such as "And Justice for All" and "Meet Joe Black" display the depth of his dramatic sensibilities.

Penn State Mont Alto10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, Multipurpose Activities CenterSpeaker: Maj. William H. Lloyd ’82Lloyd, a major in the U.S. Army, is an assistant professor of military science at Shippensburg University. Commissioned into the Army through the Officer Candidate School, Lloyd has more than 30 years of service to our nation. He began his Penn State degree at Mont Alto before graduating from University Park in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in health and human development. He is a Penn State Mont Alto Distinguished Fellow and an active member of its Alumni Society. 

Penn State New Kensington10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, Athletics CenterSpeaker: Ned LaubacherLaubacher is executive vice president of the eastern corridor for Allegheny Valley Hospital and Forbes Regional Hospital of the West Penn Allegheny Health System. He is responsible for strategy, operations and performance for both hospitals. Prior to assuming his position in October, Laubacher was president and chief executive officer for the Allegheny Valley Hospital since for four years. During his tenure, Allegheny Valley was named the fifth best hospital in Western Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a master’s degree in Health Services Management and an MBA.

Penn State SchuylkillNoon, Saturday, May 4, Campus Green (Gymnasium in the event of inclement weather)Speaker: Kelly K. Malone, executive director, Schuylkill United WayMalone is executive director of the Schuylkill United Way, a position she has held since 2003. In her role she is responsible for meeting the funding challenges for 15 partner agencies. The Schuylkill United Way, under her leadership, has raised $1,000,045 and $1,000,077 for 2012 and 2013 campaigns, respectively.

Penn State Shenango7:30 p.m., Friday, May 3, AuditoriumSpeaker: Gary A. White, ’77White is a C.P.A. and former C.F.O. (retired) of the Naval Reactors Field Office, West Mifflin, Pa. 

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College of Agricultural Sciences9 a.m., Saturday, May 4, Eisenhower AuditoriumSpeaker: MeeCee Baker ’82, ’94gBaker is managing partner and chief operating officer of Versant Strategies, a government affairs firm specializing in agribusiness and rural affairs. Since joining Versant in May 2009, Baker has shepherded the growth of the firm from six to more than 20 clients, including such agricultural industry giants as Monsanto and Perdue Agribusiness. She previously served in the executive office of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, where she coordinated the department’s education and outreach efforts. She spent more than 20 years as an educator at the secondary and university level, becoming the first woman elected to lead the National Association of Agricultural Educators. She received Penn State undergraduate and doctoral degrees in agricultural education.

College of Arts and ArchitectureNoon Saturday, May 4, Eisenhower AuditoriumSpeaker: Steven J. TepperTepper is associate director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy and associate professor in the department of sociology at Vanderbilt University. Tepper’s research and teaching focuses on creativity in education and work, conflict over art and culture, and cultural participation. He is author of "Not Here, Not Now, Not That! Protest Over Art and Media in America" and co-editor and contributing author of the book "Engaging Art: The Next Great Transformation of America’s Cultural Life." Tepper holds a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University. College of Business10 a.m. Sunday, May 5, Bryce Jordan CenterSpeaker: Lizabeth H. Zlatkus '81Zlatkus is an insurance industry veteran with broad experience in P&L management, finance and risk. During her 28-year tenure at The Hartford Financial Services Group, she served as chief financial officer and as co-president of Hartford Life Insurance Companies, and retired as executive vice president and chief risk officer. Zlatkus consults on insurance and leadership issues, serves as a mentor to students and women in the workforce and is currently pursuing board of director roles in the for-profit sector. Zlatkus formerly served as regulatory chair for the North American Chief Risk Officers Council. She is chair of the the Smeal College of Business board and serves on the Connecticut Science Center Trustee Board. Zlatkus was selected by Penn State as an Alumni Fellow in 2003.

College of Communicationsnoon Saturday, May 4, Bryce Jordan CenterSpeaker: George Bodenheimer, executive chairman, ESPN Inc.Bodenheimer, a member of the Cable Hall of Fame, is a cable industry pioneer. ESPN's longest-tenured president, from 1998-2012, he led an unprecedented period of global growth. He began his ESPN career as a driver in the mailroom in 1981, just 16 months after the network's launch, and rose quickly through sales and marketing ranks. As president, he spearheaded industry-leading innovations in integrated sales and marketing, original programming, acquisitions and new technologies, and was strategically involved in the development and distribution of the ESPN domestic networks, including ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes and ESPNU, as well as ESPN The Magazine, and ESPN Radio.Dickinson School of Law10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, Eisenhower AuditoriumSpeaker: The Hon. Brooks Smith, ’76 LawSmith  is a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, having been nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate on July 31, 2002. He served on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania from 1988 until his confirmation, serving as the Chief Judge from 2001 until his elevation to the Third Circuit. In 2006, Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Judge Smith to another Judicial Conference Committee, the Committee on Space and Facilities. Smith also has assisted in efforts to enhance the rule of law in the judicial systems of Central and Eastern Europe. Smith also is an adjunct professor at the Law School and teaches Class Actions and Complex Litigation. of Earth and Mineral Sciences8 p.m. Friday, May 3, Eisenhower AuditoriumSpeaker: John Leone ’56Leone is CEO, chairman and owner of Bonney Forge Corporation. He began his career in Oklahoma as a "roustabout" for Texaco during his undergraduate summers. After receiving his Penn State degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering, he joined Mene Grande Oil Company (Gulf) as a field engineer in Cabimas, Venezuela. Upon returning to the U.S. he joined Taylor Forge as manager, application engineering. After completing MBA work at Northern Illinois University, he was named, in 1976, managing director of Gulf+Western's Energy Products Group in Brussels, Belgium. In 1980, Leone returned to Pennsylvania as President of Gulf+Western's Bonney Forge Division. In 1984 he acquired the company; since then, Bonney Forge has emerged as the world's leading producer of its range of flow control products.

College of Education1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, Bryce Jordan CenterSpeaker: Jhan Doughty Berry ’94g, ’01gDoughty Berry is the chief diversity officer at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J., where she is responsible for the corporate-wide strategic diversity initiatives. Formerly, Doughty Berry was the senior director for institutional diversity and adjunct assistant professor of educational psychology and psychology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where her research and scholarship was in the area of working with adults and children with severe mental health and/or physical disabilities, pediatric health care, intervention-based research, ethical issues in research and multicultural issues in education. Berry holds master’s and doctoral degrees in counselor education from Penn State.

College of Engineering8 p.m., Friday, May 3, Bryce Jordan CenterSpeaker: Naren K. Gursahaney '83Gursahaney is president and CEO of ADT Corporation, the largest security provider in the United States and Canada. The company serves more than six million residential and small business customers. Before joining ADT, Gursahaney worked for Tyco International, General Electric and Booz Allen & Hamilton. He holds a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Penn State and a master's of business administration from the University of Virginia.

College of Health and Human Development and School of Nursing3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, Bryce Jordan CenterSpeaker: R. Scott KretchmarKretchmar is professor of exercise and sport science, having arrived at Penn State in 1984 as the first chair of what was then the Department of Physical Education (now Kinesiology). He is a fellow in the Academy of Kinesiology and has been recognized with six top research awards by five independent organizations, including being the only two-time winner of the Warren P. Fraleigh Distinguished Scholar award from the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport. Working with the Olympic movement, Kretchmar delivered the keynote address at the Olympic Congress prior to the 2004 games. He has served as a lecturer at the Olympic Academy in Greece and worked with several doctoral students from around the world on their philosophical research related to sport and sport ethics.

College of Information Sciences and Technology3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, Eisenhower AuditoriumSpeaker: Mica R. EndsleyEndsley is president of SA Technologies, a cutting-edge cognitive engineering firm that specializes in the analysis, design, measurement and training of situation awareness in advanced systems, including the next generation of systems for aviation, air traffic control, medical, power systems, government, industry and military operations. Endsley received a doctorate in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Southern California. Prior to forming SA Technologies, she was a visiting associate professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and associate professor of industrial engineering at Texas Tech University.  She has authored more than 200 scientific articles on situation awareness, decision making and automation.  She is co-author of "Analysis and Measurement of Situation Awareness" and "Designing for Situation Awareness" and is the immediate past president of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.College of the Liberal Arts6 p.m. Saturday, May 4, Bryce Jordan CenterSpeaker: Lindsay F. Wells ’13Wells is the College of the Liberal Arts student marshal. She is the daughter of Ted Wells and Holly Foertsch of Pittsford, N.Y. A Schreyer Honors College scholar and Paterno Fellow, Wells is triple-majoring in classics and ancient Mediterranean studies, art history and medieval studies. She studied abroad at the University of Oxford in England, interned with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Boydell & Brewer Ltd. Publishing and the Palmer Museum of Art. Wells participated as a student representative on the Global Experiences Panel and the Penn State Medieval Studies Committee, performed with the Penn State Thespians and No Refund Theatre, and volunteered as the co-founder and leader of the Children's Literature Circle and as a mentor for SHOtime & Gateway Orientation activities.

Eberly College of Science9 a.m. Saturday, May 4, Bryce Jordan CenterSpeaker: Shirley M. Malcom ’74gMalcolm is head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She serves on several boards, including the Heinz Endowments and the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, and is an honorary trustee of the American Museum of Natural History. In 2006 she was named as co-chair of the National Science Board Commission on 21st Century Education in STEM. Malcolm is a fellow of AAAS and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She served on the National Science Board from 1994 to 1998, and from 1994 to 2001 served on the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. Malcolm received her doctorate in ecology from Penn State and master's and bachelor's degrees in zoology from University of California and the University of Washington, respectively. She holds 15 honorary degrees and in 2003 received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the highest award given by the Academy.

The Graduate School4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, Bryce Jordan CenterSpeaker: Ginger LewLew is managing director of Enduring Hydro, LLC, where she provides regulatory, financial and operational expertise. From 2009 to 2011, she served as senior counselor to the White House National Economic Council. She provided economic policy advice on matters including innovation, commercialization, small business, capi