Clarion University-Venango Campus held its 19th annual Honors Night celebration at the Quality Inn at Franklin on Friday, April 23, 2010. The event recognizes the achievement of students receiving scholarships and those who excel academically and in leadership positions. Outstanding Student Awards, Special Achievement Awards, and Dean's List certificates were also presented to the student honorees.
Dr. Christopher M. Reber, executive dean of the Venango Campus, congratulated the students.
"This is a proud occasion for all of you and all of my colleagues at Clarion University," he said. "It's a highlight of our academic year. We salute you and thank you for your excellence and your commitment to Clarion University-Venango Campus."
Clarion University President Joseph P. Grunenwald delivered the keynote speech, challenging students to "dream large, achieve the unimaginable, and then set the next great goal. Help others as others have helped you, and bring them along with you. Together, we can achieve marvelous things."
President Grunenwald, who will retire on June 30, was honored at the event and presented with a photograph of the West End Pond taken by award-winning local photographer Jerry Sowden.
Dr. Reber thanked President Grunenwald for "his vision, leadership, and support for the growth and development of the Venango Campus, including the campus' many new programs, quality initiatives, enrollment growth, and, more important, the campus' opportunity to support students and serve the region. He has led Clarion to achieve milestones of quality, programming and service in every part of the university, and he has led with compassion and integrity."
Eleven students were selected by their peers and Venango Campus faculty for the Outstanding Student Awards. Recipients were Suzanne Ames, Administration Technology; Erica Gardner, Arts and Sciences; David Ditzenberger, Industrial Technology; Brittany Hargenrader, Legal Business Studies; Virginia Proper, Nursing; Andrew Robert Hagan, Criminal Justice; Debra Dunlap, Rehabilitative Services; Jenna Kalicky, Respiratory Care; Katelyn Monrean, Medical Imaging; and James Kronmiller, Liberal Studies. Emily Aubele, Director of Student Affairs, presented Cheyenne Kuzma with the Contribution to Student Life Award.
Members of the Venango Campus Honors Program for the 2008-09 academic year were Brenda Barone, Michael Connolly, Kathryn Goodwin, Jennifer Hallstrom, Mary Hulse, James Kronmiller, Doreen Lawton, Terry Leatherman, Sarah Lewis, Brian Phillips, Lucy Porter, April Pragle, Lori Secor, Bethany Shontz, Tyler Sobash, Theresa Trusel, Robin Zerres, and Dawna Zimmerman.
The Clarion University-Venango Campus Scholarship Committee awarded scholarships to the following students at the ceremony:
- Ronald E. Black Scholarship: Jason Fratus, a criminal justice major from Pleasantville
- Clarion University-Venango Campus Endowment Fund Scholarships: Chris Boyle, an industrial technology major from Titusville; Jordan Bozzi, a nursing major from Morrisville; Kristen Farrell, a criminal justice major from Tionesta; Mary Hulse, a nursing major from Brookville; and Jennifer Morrissey, a nursing major from Maytown
- Frank Clark Scholarship: Terry Leatherman, a nursing major from Clarington
- Derrick Publishing Company Scholarship in Memory of Edward P. Boyle: Brooke Brannon, a medical imaging major from Franklin
- Franklin Rotary Club Scholarship: Catherine Dolan, an accounting major from Franklin, and Allyson Holt, a nursing major from Franklin
- Galaxy Federal Credit Union: Shannon Bearer, an early childhood education major from Oil City
- Dr. Thomas A. Gardner Scholarship: Carrie Young, a medical imaging major from Mercer
- Gent, Gent, and Snyder: Cody Lippert, an industrial technology major from Saegertown
- Paul M. Goldberg Memorial Scholarship: Anne Armstrong, a business major from Oil City
- William Huber Memorial Scholarship: Chris Boyle
- Dr. Glenn R. McElhattan Scholarships: Julie Cashdollar, a legal business studies major from Saxonburg; James Kronmiller, a liberal arts major from Franklin; Jessica McElhattan, a psychology major from Franklin; Adam Milliren, an industrial technology major from Sandy Lake; and Bethany Shontz, a secondary education/English major from Oil City
- Oil City Lions Club Scholarships: Heather Campbell, major undecided, from Oil City; Elizabeth Dunham, a medical imaging major from Oil City; Bobbie Dymond, a business major from Harrisville; and Jessica Grams, a nursing major from Oil City
- Oil City Rotary Scholarships: Autumn Hutchinson, an administrative technology major from Oil City, and Nathaniel Milner, major undecided, from Oil City
- Pennzoil Scholarship: Michael Connolly, a legal business studies major from Warren
- Dr. & Mrs. Arthur William Phillips Scholarships in Memory of William J. McFate and Judge William E. Breene: Kayla Edwards, a medical imaging major from Titusville; Alisha Griebel, a medical imaging major from Shippenville: Alyson Johnson, a medical imaging major from Franklin; Doreen Lawton, a nursing major from Tionesta; Dawn Quiet, a medical imaging major from Taunton, Massachusetts; Merry Wells, a respiratory care major from Clarion; and Brennan Wetherbee, a medical imaging major from Erie
- Regional Vision Scholarship: Rachel Allio, a nursing major from Tionesta
- Second Presbyterian Women Scholarships: Kathryn Goodwin, a nursing major from Oil City; Autumn Pratt, a nursing major from Guys Mills; Christina Sterner, a nursing major from Oil City, and Robin Zerres, a nursing major from Polk
- UPMC Northwest Auxiliary Scholarships: Leah Gatesman, a nursing major from Lucinda; Anna Wencil, a nursing major from Pittsfield; and Kelsi Zacherl, a nursing major from Fryburg
- Greg Vayda Memorial Scholarships: Dillon Babcock, an industrial technology major from Greenville
- Gloria J. Zampogna Scholarship: Amy Gerwig, a nursing major from Prospect
- Zonta Club Scholarships: Lindsey Batchelor, a nursing major from Sandy Lake
Additional Venango Campus Scholarship Committee scholarships are available for students who apply for the 2010-2011 academic year. For more information, contact the office of LaTrobe Barnitz, Coordinator of Admissions and Financial Aid at 676-6591, extension 1211.
Scholarships were also awarded through the School of Nursing and Allied Health to the following nursing students:
- Rosemary Coogan Endowed Scholarships: Rachel Allio, Linda Drake of Marienville; Laura Heasley of Strattanville, Joseph Ion of Knox, Shawna Jewell of Rimersburg, Connie McCleary of Knox, Stacey Mitts of Pittsburgh, Julie Myers of Franklin, Jessica Novak of Emlenton, Christina Sterner; Anna Wencil, and Tuesday Wise of Shippenville
- Dr. Julia Donovan Memorial Scholarship: Kirk Rollan of Sigel, and Rochelle Beckwith of Clarion
- Virgil and Carol Freebourn Nursing Scholarship: James Lukas of Washington, Pennsylvania, and Tammy Moon of Oil City
- E. M. McCord Memorial Scholarship: Tina Simmons of New Kensington
- Dr. Edna McKenzie Scholarships: Rachel Alexander of Pittsburgh, Tara Dunlap of Franklin; Shawna Jewell; Stacey Mitts, Julie Myers, and Kirk Rolland
- Nursing Department Endowment Scholarship: Jerrica Lyle of Oak Ridge
- Dr. & Mrs. Arthur William Phillips Scholarship: Kelsi Zacherl, Amber Hannold, and Amy Gerwig
- Dolores Sherman Scholarship: Jerrica Lyle
- Dorothy Story Smith Scholarship: Kirk Rollan
- Mary Spaulding Scholarship: Jerrica Lyle
- West Penn Hospital School of Nursing/Clarion University Nursing Scholarships: Josephine Angel of Fombell, and Sarah Pugh of Glassport
In addition, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency awarded 59 scholarships to nursing students in the associate and master's degree programs.
Clarion University-Venango Campus, located in Oil City, PA, is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The campus provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed. Students can earn an associate degree, a bachelor's or master's degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses. The campus is home to Clarion University's School of Nursing and Allied Health, Department of Applied Technology, and the Venango Campus Department of Arts and Sciences. Clarion University-Venango Campus is committed to serving the needs of the community.