Local student among BU’s top honor graduates

For immediate release: Dec. 17, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — Four graduating seniors were recognized as Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s top honor graduates during the university’s winter commencement on Saturday, Dec. 15. Top honor graduates are the students who have earned the highest grade point average in one of BU’s colleges: Professional Studies, Liberal Arts, Business and Science and Technology. The top honor graduates, their hometowns and majors are:

  • College of Professional Studies: Liesl M. Lewis, Danville, early childhood/elementary education. Lewis, who earned an associate degree from the Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2001, was a member of BU’s Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies and a student member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association. She completed her student teaching at Turbotville Elementary and Middle schools and volunteered as a camp counselor for the Shikellamy School District’s Outdoor Education Program and the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital play therapy program. Lewis currently is seeking a teaching position and plans to continue her education with the goal of teaching education courses at a university.
  • College of Liberal Arts: Annette O. Conigliaro, New Milford, double major, English and secondary education/English. Conigliaro is the top honor graduate for the College of Liberal Arts and is tied for the same honor for the College of Professional Studies. She completed requirements for her double major in three and a half years, including credits earned while she studied in London last summer. She received two awards, the Outstanding English Major award and Outstanding Secondary Education English Major award, from the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities. At BU, she was a member and captain of the women’s club volleyball team, a Writing Center tutor and a member of Sigma Tau Delta, Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Delta Pi honor societies.
  • College of Business: Dana M. Corbin, Danville, business administration/finance. Corbin, who worked part-time at the Ronald McDonald House in Danville while she was a BU student, started a new position as an accounting and reporting specialist at the Bank of New York Mellon in Pittsburgh on Monday, Dec. 17. A member of the Financial Management Association and Beta Gamma Sigma honor society at BU, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in business administration or computational finance. Her career goal is to work in risk management or on an institutional trading desk.
  • College of Science and Technology: Jon C. Zeisler, Nescopeck, electronics engineering technology. As a program requirement, Zeisler completed a six-month co-op experience with Advanced Scientifics in Millersburg. On campus, he was a member and president of the Electronics Technology Club, involved in efforts to design a club electronic display board and a battlebot, a radio-controlled robot. He also was a member of the Math Club and volunteered with the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. Zeisler plans to attend graduate school after gaining additional work experience.

A total of 421 undergraduate and 93 graduate-level students received degrees during Bloomsburg University’s winter commencement ceremonies, the last commencement during the tenure of BU President Jessica Kozloff who will retire Dec. 31 after a tenure of 13½ years.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.