Alumna Zacharoff is Keynote Speaker for Pre-Commencement Reception and Awards Program

Posted on 5/6/2012 3:12:38 PM

IUP graduate Stacey (McIntosh) Zacharoff, B.A. ’93 and M.A. ’95, will present the keynote message at the 22nd annual Pre-Commencement Reception and Awards, sponsored by the IUP African American Cultural Center in conjunction with the office of Student Affairs, on Friday, May 11, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. She will address the program’s theme,  “Living the Dream Prepared and Moving On.”

The program will honor and recognize nearly 250 graduating diverse students  from the May and August 2012 graduating classes.

A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Stacey was named one of New Jersey’s “Upcoming Top 40 Under 40 Professionals” in 2010.  A higher education administrator with over 15 years of professional experience, she currently serves as director of the Educational Opportunity Fund Program at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, where she has worked since 1999.  She has held positions as complex director, program coordinator, assistant director of Residence Life,  and associate director of the College Center at Richard Stockton. 

Zacharoff received both a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration  and a Master of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education from IUP. She is also an alumna from the Mid-Managers Institute, sponsored by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and has received several awards and recognition for her community service and her dedicated work with students.  She is a board member of the Oceanside Charter School, located in Atlantic City, N.J.; a member of the Educational Opportunity Fund Professional Association; and served as the second vice president of the Council of Black Faculty and Staff, where she organized the annual scholarship dinner raising over $20,000 for deserving students. Her goal is “to always empower students, particularly students of colors, to guide them through life from middle school throughout college.” Because of this goal, Stacey codesigned the Mentor Speaking Series, a program that provides opportunities for eighth-grade girls to learn and reflect on issues that they face.

Stacey is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Theta Kappa Omega Chapter, where she serves as the graduate advisor to Pi Chi Chapter.

Tickets to the reception and awards event are free, but required.  They can be obtained from the African American Cultural Center (AACC) until “sold out.”  For further information, please contact the AACC at 724-357-2455.  All are welcome!