Local student among BU's top honor graduates

For immediate release: December 22, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — Five graduating seniors were recognized as Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's top honor graduates during the university's winter commencement on Saturday, Dec. 13. 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. Two students tied for the honor in the College of Professional Studies. The top honor graduates, their hometowns and majors are:

College of Professional Studies: Edward James Jackson Jr., Selinsgrove, elementary education. Jackson recently accepted a temporary position with the Danville Area School District assisting with a difficult student in a one-on-one teacher/student program. He worked as a therapeutic support staff worker for BSI in Montandon for the past eight years until he started student teaching this past August. An active member of his church, Higher Hope International Ministries based in Sunbury, Jackson works part-time as a disc jockey for weddings, dances and other events and is the starting tailback and defensive end for the semi-pro Sunbury Devils football team.

College of Professional Studies: Amanda Greenwood, Drums, elementary education. Greenwood completed her student teaching in the Hazleton Area School District and a practicum in Philadelphia. At BU, Greenwood was involved in the SHARE mentoring/tutoring program and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Delta Pi honor societies. She also was named to the dean's list each semester. A member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, she has volunteered with the United Way Children's Fair and her local Salvation Army soup kitchen, all while working the past three years for Kisenwether Auto Body in Drums. She plans to pursue a full-time teaching position.

College of Liberal Arts: Kaylin Marie Bower, Bloomsburg, English. Bower has worked at the Writing Center and been involved in Phi Kappa Phi honor society. In the community, she's volunteered with the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard and both interned and worked as an assistant at the law office of Moro and Moro. She also served an internship at Southwest Airlines' corporate headquarters in Dallas, Texas, where she wrote, edited and proofread flight operations publications. A consistent dean's list student, Bower is currently seeking employment or pursuing further education in the field of communications, publishing, technical writing or law.

College of Business: Katy Lynn Kodish, Lewistown, business information systems. Kodish was a business education major for three and a half years before she changed her major to business information systems. The change in major gave her the opportunity for an internship with the marketing research and product development department of Geisinger Health Plan. On campus, she worked for four years as an assistant office manager in the APSCUF office. She's been active in Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta Pi and Pi Omega Pi honor societies and Phi Beta Lambda, future business leaders of America. Kodish received the Pennsylvania Business Education Association scholarship. She also participated in intramural basketball.

College of Science and Technology: Quintin M. Todd, Paoli, math statistics. Todd was a member of Kappa Mu Epsilon mathematics honor society and Omicron Delta Epsilon economics honor society. He has worked as a math tutor and community assistant at BU. He also served three internships within the insurance industry - at ING, Eastern Insurance Holdings and the Geisinger Health Plan. Following graduation, he plans to get married and complete requirements for a professional designation as an actuary.

A total of 404 undergraduates and 95 graduate-level students received degrees from during Bloomsburg University's winter commencement ceremonies.

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.