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Kutztown University Holds Spring Commencement 2012

May 10, 2012 (updated May 12, 2012)

KUTZTOWN- May 12 - Kutztown University of Pennsylvania held its spring commencement ceremonies earlier today. More than 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students participated.

The ceremony for both undergraduate and graduate classes of the Colleges of Education and Business was held at 9 a.m. in the O'Pake Fieldhouse. The undergraduate and graduate classes of the Colleges of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Visual & Performing Arts held its ceremonies at 2 p.m., also in the O'Pake Fieldhouse. 

University President Dr. F. Javier Cevallos presided at both ceremonies. In keeping with tradition, members of the KU faculty will address the graduates.

For the morning ceremony, graduate student remarks were provided by Kate Auchenbach who received her master's degree in secondary education in English. Undergraduate remarks were provided by Christopher M. Kimmel who received his bachelor's degree in elementary education. At the morning ceremony, Reading, Pa.-native Lieutenant General Richard C. Zilmer '74, USMC (Ret.) received a Doctor of Public Service, doctor beneficiorum publicorum, honoris causa, for more than 35 years of service with the United States Marine Corps.

For the afternoon ceremony, graduate student remarks were provided by Rachel A. Paashaus who received her master's degree in social work. Undergraduate remarks were provided by Abby N. Rhone, who received her bachelor's degree in biology. At the afternoon ceremony, Arlington, Va.-based Eric D. Schaeffer '84 received a Doctor of Humane Letters, litterarum humaniorum doctor, honoris causa, for his contributions to the arts, theater and performance.

Shillington-resident Kate E. Auchenbach is earning a Master of Education in secondary education in English. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater for stage management from the Pennsylvania State University. Active outside of her studies, Auchenbach serves as a member of the board of directors of the Flying Dutchmen Ski Club of Reading, and for the past three years, has been a sponsor of a child living in the Philippines, encouraging scholastic achievement and career planning. Auchenbach has been working as a graduate assistant in the Office of University Relations at KU since fall 2011, providing editorial assistance to KU publications, the university website, and the KU alumni magazine, "The Tower." A resident of Shillington, Pa., Auchenbach is looking forward to completing her student teaching in the fall and beginning her teaching career.

Freeland, Pa. - resident Christopher Kimmel is earning his Bachelor of Education in elementary education. Kimmel's involvement with the university while an undergraduate student began his first year at KU as a member of the Freshmen Activities Council, Residence Hall Association, CareBears Organization and as a council member of the KU Hall Council. In subsequent years, Kimmel served as vice president for the Student Volunteer Coalition, a coordinator of KURE for the Kids, and as a board member of the KU Alternative Spring Break advisory group. Kimmel has volunteered his time for the KU Campus Clean-up, Opportunity House, Friends, Inc., and America Reads. He has worked as a student facilitator and family program coordinator for CONNECTIONS, the KU orientation program, and, as a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, continues to serve in leadership positions. Kimmel honors include being named to the Dean's List since the spring of his freshman year, being the recipient of the KU Faculty Excellence Award and a member Gamma Sigma Alpha National Honor Society.

Rachel A. Paashaus is earning her Master of Social Work at the ceremony. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Bible, with a social work concentration, from Lancaster Bible College. Paashaus has been a member of the national social work honor society, Phi Alpha, since 2011 and serves as president of its KU chapter. Paashaus' strong interest in community involvement is exemplified by her participation with the Salvation Army Children's Services (foster care and adoption program), The Valley Against Sex Trafficking coalition, volunteerism and social work activities. She dedicates personal time as a youth group leader and Bible study teacher at Calvary Bible Fellowship Church in Coopersburg, Pa.

Chambersburg-resident, Abby N. Rhone is earning her Bachelor of Science in biology at the ceremony. Ms. Rhone recently interned as a research scholar with the Family Medicine Residency Program at the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Lehigh, Pa. This spring, Rhone served as a primary researcher studying the effects of acetaminophen on chick development - she presented her findings at the annual meeting for the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences. Her honors include Dean's List since her freshman year, selection as an Academic All-America in field hockey in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and the PSAC Scholar Athlete Award in the same years. Rhone has been a member of the Health Careers Society Club and Biology Club since fall 2008.

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