Friday, May 8, 2015
Eight students will be honored as the outstanding graduates in Mercyhurst University’s master’s degree programs during commencement festivities this month.
The graduate program awards are named in honor of Sister Eustace Taylor, an iconic figure in Mercyhurst history. A member of the college’s first graduating class in 1929, she earned her doctorate in English from Catholic University and joined the Mercyhurst faculty in 1937. She remained part of the Mercyhurst community until the 1990s, as an inspiring teacher and scholar, as the school’s president for six years, and as a member of the board of trustees. She died in 2002 at the age of 98.
Gilbert Jacobs, Ph.D., dean of the graduate college, said the Sister Eustace Taylor Awards recognize graduate students who have not only excelled academically but also made major contributions to their program, to Mercyhurst and to the wider community. “We are looking forward to their future accomplishments and contributions as exemplary leaders in service to others,” he said.
Honorees for 2015 include:
Administration of Justice: Andrew Demjanenko
Anthropology: Kate Lesciotto
Applied Behavior Analysis: Kortnie Cotter
Applied Intelligence: Jacob Miller
Exercise Science: Courdell Schaetzle
Organizational Leadership: Brittany Prischak
Secondary Education: Bradley Lowe
Special Education: William Kraus
These students are among 92 graduates from eight programs who will receive their degrees at a commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m. in the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center. The awards will be presented at a dinner on Thursday, May 14.