University Dean to Speak at York Commencement
Penn State York is celebrating its seventh annual fall commencement on Friday, Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center at the campus. Barbara Korner, Ph.D., the new dean of the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State, is the commencement speaker. Penn State York's commencement will be broadcast live on Comcast Cable channel 18.
In addition to hearing from Korner, Penn State York will continue its tradition of open microphone where graduates can speak for a moment. The top graduating senior in Penn State York’s baccalaureate programs, Jennifer W. Schueneman, information sciences and technology; top associate degree graduate, Kurt A. Eberle, mechanical engineering technology; and top master’ degree graduate, Cherrissa M. Gibson, master of education in teaching and curriculum; will speak for a few minutes.
It is most appropriate that Korner speak at Penn State York’s commencement this year since in the fall 2007, the campus was granted permission to begin offering the theatre minor through the College. As dean of the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture, Korner oversees seven academic units plus the Center for the Performing Arts, Palmer Museum of Art, and Pennsylvania Centre Stage. The college offers more than 20 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in architecture, landscape architecture, art history, integrative arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. With approximately 1,600 undergraduate students and 360 graduate students, plus more than 200 faculty and 120 staff, the College of Arts and Architecture boasts a strong presence on the University Park campus, offering hundreds of musical and theatre performances, exhibitions, and related events each year.
Prior to coming to Penn State in June 2007, Korner, who holds the rank of professor of theatre, served as associate dean for academic and student affairs in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Florida for seven years. While there, she also spent a year as interim dean of the College of Fine Arts.
Korner holds a Ph.D. from Ohio University in interdisciplinary fine arts, a master’s in theatre performance, and an undergraduate degree in theatre production. She has been recognized as a distinguished alumna of the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University. She is the writer and performer of Responding to the Call: African-American Women Preachers. With Carla Waal, she is the co-editor of Hardship and Hope: Missouri Women Writing About Their Lives. She has served on several regional and national arts and cultural boards, including two terms as vice president for ATHE. Most recently, she was elected to the board of directors for the International Council of Fine Arts Deans. She maintains an active role as a performer and presents communication, leadership, and strategic planning workshops to a wide range of organizations and institutions.
Penn State York will award 41 master of education in teaching and curriculum degrees; 32 baccalaureate degrees: one bachelor of arts in communication arts and sciences; one bachelor of arts in English; one bachelor of arts in letters, arts, and sciences; 16 bachelor of science in business; three bachelor of science in electro-mechanical engineering technology; three bachelor of science in human development and family studies; three bachelor of science in information sciences and technology; and four bachelor of science in science. The campus will also award 35 associate degrees: 12 in business administration; one in electrical engineering technology; five in human development and family studies; four in information sciences and technology, six in letters, arts, and sciences (liberal arts), and seven in mechanical engineering technology.
Six former Penn State York students who completed their degree work at another Penn State location will return to their home campus, York, to receive their degrees during the ceremony. Penn State York offers the first two years of more than 160 Penn State majors and those students comprise most of the campus. Three master’s degree candidates who completed their degrees at Penn State Harrisburg will also return to York to be recognized.
The campus will also recognize 28 baccalaureate students who began their work at Penn State York and are eligible to move on to University Park or other campuses to complete their degree work.
A reception, sponsored by the Penn State York Alumni Society, will follow the ceremony.