Dr. and Mrs. George W. Waldner were awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees at Commencement.
The first five Doctor of Nursing Program (DNP) students graduated: Patsi J. Albright '92/'13, Lisa A. Brosey '88/'13, Carol A. Henderson '87/'13, Samantha M. Obeck '95/'05/'13, Nicole L. Shaffer '13
Samantha M. Obeck '95/'05/'13 was the first student to earn a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from York College.
"My York College experience was truly unique, thanks to my extracurricular involvement on-campus and in the surrounding community." — Doug J. Umberger '13 (Bordentown, NJ), 2013 Senior Class President, Speech/Communications major
"York College has allowed me to participate in a variety of activities like Enactus, Theta Phi Alpha and internships. My success after I graduate will be because of those activities and the connections I've made at York College." — Victoria L. Bisio '13 (Lansdale, PA), Vice President Communications, YCP SIFE/ENACTUS, Marketing major
"York College has given me a platform to grow not only as an individual, but also as a young professional. The endless opportunities provided to get involved on our campus serve as an example of the commitment our college has made to developing young, well rounded professionals." — Kyle R. Joines '13 (Felton,PA ) Student Senate President, Public Relations major
"There was one specific moment when I realized what York College had done for me. I was looking at the workload before me and realized that it was something that I would have balked at a few years ago. In that moment, I realized that the work wasn't getting any easier, I was getting better. I have York College to thank for that." — Christopher S. Crimmins '13 (York, PA), Biology major
On April 16, Mia Hamm spoke to a crowd in the Grumbacher Center, at an event sponsored by the Center for Professional Excellence and the Vizzi Family Lectureship in Professional Excellence. The audience of 1,400 attendees was comprised of students, staff, faculty, alumni, VIPs, and their families — as well as many young soccer players from local and non-local teams. In her discussion with WGAL’s Lori Burkholder, Hamm encouraged the audience to not "be that dime a dozen" and to work for success, because "if you are not going to invest in yourself, you can’t expect anyone else to do it." Hamm drew on her experience as a successful professional soccer player and as a mother to illustrate how to "be the best" and advocated creating a personal definition of success to drive one's goals.
The Senior Engineering Class unveiled their senior design projects, a Formula SAE Car and an Intelligent Ground Vehicle Robot, at the Capstone Unveiling, April 24, in the Kinsley Engineering Center. The students worked collectively for two semesters on their senior design projects. During the Capstone Unveiling, the students were given the opportunity to show off their finished designs through posters and presentations. Mark Groclose '13, the Engine Team Leader for the Formula SAE Car, described the feeling when his team finally got the car working and said, "It was an exhilarating experience, all of our hard work had paid off."
York College alumnus and judge on the SyFy show Face Off, Glenn Hetrick '95, returned to York, March 25, to discuss his career as a special-effects artist. After graduating with a degree in Speech Communication, he worked as an actor and make-up artist in New York City. He then moved to California where he began working at Optic Nerve, the special effects company he now owns. During his time with Optic Nerve, he has worked as a sculptor, painter, fabricator, designer and supervisor on many projects, ranging from, Buffy, Angel, X-Files, forensically accurate make-up and corpses for Crossing Jordan, Hugh Jackman’s head and body replicas for the Prestige, all of the make-up illusions and prosthetics for Heroes and CSI: NY, and custom wardrobe and instruments for Lady Gaga. While visiting York, Hetrick spent his time speaking in classrooms, attending a press conference and a public discussion, where he showed many of the projects he has worked on, as well as explaining the process that goes into creating his designs. During his discussion, Hetrick shared that he was fired 12 hours into working at Optic Nerve for bad mold-making. He swept floors and mixed chemicals in order to gain his job back. He paused and added, "I guess it all worked out."
Public Relations major, Bryann A. Peirson '13 (New Providence, PA), takes an optimistic view on life while being involved on campus and in the community. She said professors in the Communication and the Arts Department challenged and pushed her to her limits, and molded her into being a leader and active member of several organizations. She owes the reason for this involvement to a tragedy in her life that occurred three years ago when she was a freshman, the unexpected passing of her mother. "That was what kicked things into gear for me to get involved," she said. "I immediately joined a sorority, Student Senate, WVYC, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), and volunteered wherever I could."
One of the greatest moments of Peirson’s life was listening to Maya Angelou speak at the College this past February. "It was truly one of the most inspirational and uplifting things I’ve ever had the pleasure to be a part of and experience," she said. Peirson’s mother enjoyed reading Angelou’s books, and always encouraged her to do the same. Peirson inspires the people around her to be positive and to enjoy and cherish life.
During the summer of 2012, two of Peirson’s brothers were killed in a car accident. Though devastating, this only gave her more reason to continue to be the confident, spirited person she has become, especially throughout her college years. "Live to accomplish your goals and the dreams of those who had put so much hope in you and, once you’ve reached your goals, you’ve done it all right."
Elementary and Special Education major, Casey L. Connolly '13 (Hilton Head, SC), made a huge impact on York College faculty and the community despite her learning difficulties. She has been involved in the York County Youth Leadership Council Network, which supports students with disabilities in areas of self-advocacy, employment and independent living. It is a group of a few individuals who are between the ages of 16-21, and since Casey was 23, there was a vote to make her a member of the organization. "Being a part of this organization really helped me to realize how helpful I can be when it comes to the experiences I have had with my own learning disability," she said.
Initially, she did not let professors know about her difficulty with reading comprehension and understanding what teachers were saying in class, and this had an effect on her education. YCP Assistant Professor of Education, Katherine A. Beauchat, Ed.D. and Instructor of Education Robert Lindsay, M.Ed.,were the most significant to Casey due to their assistance and understanding. "Casey has been involved above and beyond the regular program requirements of her major," said Lindsay. Casey has hopes of landing a job in Virginia with Southeastern Cooperative Educational Programs (SECEP). The organization provides a formal structure where participating school systems can plan and operate programs for children with special needs. "I know that as a future educator, I am going to have students in my classroom who have a disability, and I think I will have a better understanding of their problems," she said. "Since coming out with my disability, so many doors have been opened for me."