Clarion University winter 2019 Commencement
Saturday, December 14, 2019
10:00 A.M. Ceremony - College of arts & Sciences and Health sciences & human services
College of Arts and Sciences Majors Include: Anthropology, Art, Associate of Arts: Arts and Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, English, Environmental Biology, Environmental Geoscience, Geology, History, Liberal Studies, Liberal Studies concentrations in: (Communication, Community Services, Education, English, Geography & Sustainable Planning, Global Understanding, Music, Theatre, Women & Gender Studies, Writing), Mass Media Arts & Journalism, Mathematics, Medical Technology, Molecular Biology/Biotechnology, Music Education, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Sociology, dual major in Sociology/Psychology, Theater, World Languages: French & Spanish
College of Health Sciences and Human Services Include: Allied Health Leadership, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Criminal Justice Administration, Liberal Studies concentrations in: (Athletic Coaching, Athletic Training, Sports Management), Medical Imaging Sciences, Nursing, Nutrition & Fitness, Psychology, Rehabilitative Sciences (all concentrations), Rehabilitative Services, Respiratory Care, Speech, Language Pathology, Sport Management
2:00 P.m. Ceremony - College of Business Administration & Information sciences and
School of education
College of Business Administration and Information Sciences Majors include: Accounting, Administration Technology, Business Administration, Business Economics, Computer Science, Data Analytics, Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Industrial Technology, International Business, Paralegal Studies, Liberal Studies: Library Science, Library Science, Management, Marketing, Real Estate, Technology Leadership
School of Education Majors Include:
Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood/Special Education, Master of Education
(all concentrations), Middle Level Education (all concentrations), Secondary Education
(all concentrations), Special Education
Commencement Keynote Speakers
Dr. Ellen A. Foster, Professor, English and Modern Languages
10 a.m. Ceremony - The College of Arts & Sciences and The College of Health Sciences & Human Services
Dr. Foster has been a faculty member in the Department of English and Modern Languages at Clarion University since 2004, teaching at the Venango Campus, Clarion Campus and online. She teaches a wide range of writing and literature courses, including first-year writing, English grammar and usage, workplace writing and the medical humanities.
Dr. Foster earned her B.S. in Health Planning and Administration from the Pennsylvania State University, M.A. in English from Slippery Rock University, and Ph.D. in English from Duquesne University. Her major fields of study were colonial and 19th century American literature and literature written by women. A Ruth R. Miller Research Fellowship granted by the Massachusetts Historical Society supported her dissertation research on the historical romances of American writer Catharine Maria Sedgwick. In 2015, she earned a post-graduate certificate in technical writing from the University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension.
A highlight of her scholarly endeavors was receiving a handwritten note of thanks from Margaret Edson, author of the stage play W;t, in response to Dr. Foster's article, "A Rigorous Mind Meets Her Yielding Body: Intellectual Life and Meaning-Making in Wit," published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In addition, with Melissa J. Homestead of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Dr. Foster co-edited the Broadview Press edition of Sedgwick's 1830 novel, Clarence; or, A Tale of Our Own Times, awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Book Edition prizes given by the Society for the Student of American Women Writers.
In her tenure at Clarion University, Dr. Foster has held a number of faculty leadership positions, including several terms as chair of the Venango Campus Forum, two terms as vice-chair of Faculty Senate, and one term as chair of Faculty Senate. She currently serves on the Audit Committee of State APSCUF and as an alternate delegate to the Legislative Assembly for the Clarion chapter of APSCUF. In addition, she is treasurer of EAPSU (English Association of the Pennsylvania State Universities).
Introducing students to undergraduate research and mentoring their presentations at academic conferences has been an important part of Dr. Foster's teaching life. She has had the privilege of accompanying students to conferences at several of our sister PASSHE institutions as well as conferences in Boston, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Louisville, Phoenix and St. Louis. Through one course, Cuba as Text, Clarion University students and Dr. Foster experienced an educational tour of Cuba together.
On a daily basis, Dr. Foster is the faculty advisor to English Club and the faculty
sponsor of Clarion University's Rho Iota chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International
English Honor Society. Through these roles, she has the opportunity to witness the
academic preparedness, community mindedness, and professionalism of Clarion University
students as they work together throughout the year on service and academic projects.
Maralie van Dyk is a degree candidate for a Bachelor of Science in Biology,
Van Dyk transferred from Mercyhurst University in spring 2018. She immigrated to the United States from South Africa five years ago, which fueled her love for travel and experiencing new cultures. As a Clarion student, van Dyk studied abroad in Costa Rica. She seeks to be a better global citizen and, to help her reach that goal, she joined Clarion University's Model United Nations organization.
Van Dyk was active in the Tri Sigma sorority, participating in events such as Greek Sing, ALF parade, philanthropy events and various volunteer efforts, and she represented Tri Sigma at conferences. In addition, she was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.
Van Dyk resides in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Hekkie and Elmarie
Dr. Jesse A. Haight, Associate Professor, Education
2 p.m. Ceremony - The College of Business Administration & Information Sciences and The School of Education
Dr. Haight has been a faculty member at Clarion University for eight years. He is
an associate professor in the Education Department, where he teaches social studies
methodology and graduate research courses, and supervises student teachers. Prior
to coming to Clarion, Haight taught social studies at the secondary level for 13 years
in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Haight is a member of the National Council for the Social Studies Board of Directors, for which he is the college and university representative. He created and advises the Clarion University Council for the Social Studies, a recognized student organization. This organization has afforded Clarion University students the opportunity to present research to a national audience in Boston, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Chicago and Austin.
Haight and his wife, Glenna, live in Brookville with their three children: Alayna, Lucas and Sydney.
Michael J. Lander, Student Speaker
Michael J. Lander is a degree candidate for a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Accounting.
Lander is a United States Armed Services veteran, having served as a senior airman in the United States Air Force. After completing basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, he was stationed at Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu, where he worked as a signals intelligence analyst.
Lander has worked in the financial industry since being honorably discharged from the Air Force. He was an assistant vice president at U.S. Bank for 13 years before his division was acquired by Fiserv in October 2018. Currently, Lander is a senior manager, client support, with Fiserv.
In addition to his career and studies, he has been commander of the American Legion, Post 447, in Port Vue, Pennsylvania, and he volunteers with the Defenders of Freedom, Pittsburgh.
He and his wife of 15 years, Melissa, enjoy spending time with their two children, Noah, 12, and Shawn, 6, who are very active in sports. They reside in Plum, Pennsylvania. Lander is the son of William and Edith Lander of Lucinda.