University of Pennsylvania’s graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies
will take place Saturday, December 14, with nearly 800 students eligible to receive
ceremony for graduate students will be at 9:30 a.m. in the IUP Performing Arts
Center’s Fisher Auditorium. The undergraduate ceremony will be at 1:00 p.m. in the
Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.
December, the university will award four associate degrees, 540 bachelor’s
degrees, 209 master’s degrees and 45 doctorates. Students who completed their
master’s or doctoral work in August or who are completing it this month are
invited to participate in the December ceremony.
Dwyer, an early childhood and special education major from Mill Hall, will be
the student speaker for the undergraduate ceremony. Christina L. Smith, a
school psychologist and a school psychology doctoral student from Brookville, will
speak at the graduate ceremony.
Jude Krestar Jr. will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army
following the conferral of his criminology degree. Four students will be
recognized for achieving a perfect 4.0 grade point average, including Luke
Andrew Prutznal, of Punxsutawney, a student in the College of Education and
Joshua Acosta, a biology/pre-medical major with a
minor in chemistry, will present the senior class gift. Acosta, of Seward, is president
of the Senior Class Gift Committee and co-founder and chapter president of Men
of God Christian Fraternity. He is also president of the Student Philanthropy
Garcia, professor of anthropology and director of the Mid-Atlantic Addiction
Research and Training Institute, IUP’s 2013-14 Distinguished University
Professor, will serve as the keynote speaker for both the undergraduate and
graduate ceremonies. The Distinguished University Professorship is an annual
award presented to an IUP faculty member based on outstanding teaching, research
and scholarly activity. Recipients retain the title for life.
Garcia, who joined the faculty in 1991, is known
internationally as an expert on the study of Latino immigrants and migrants,
the educational plight of Latinos and substance abuse problems among
transnational workers from Mexico and Central America.
Much of his work has been conducted in
southeastern Pennsylvania among Latino workers in the mushroom industry. His
work has been featured in a 2008 PBS documentary series, “Unnatural Causes: Is
Inequality Making Us Sick?” in the “Becoming American” episode.
Garcia has secured 19 grants totaling close to
$1.5 million, including a $750,000 grant from the National Institutes of
Health. He is a sought-after presenter who has offered 50 research papers and
seven posters at national and international conferences and has served as a
session organizer, chair or discussant at 24 conferences. He has written 13
research reports and 27 publications, five book chapters and three papers in conference
He is co-author of a 2013 book, “Barriers Faced by
Hispanic Students Transferring from Community Colleges to the University: An
Garcia also works to increase awareness of social
issues and promote activism through research and community work. He continues
to serve in leadership roles on many university committees and has been active
in helping to recruit Latino students to IUP by developing community-based
outreach and recruitment measures. He has developed and implemented an
on-campus retention program for Latino students, Caring About Latino Student
Achievement, the first of its kind for a Pennsylvania State System of Higher
As director of MARTI, he has been responsible for
garnering external funds to complement the operational budget and has been
successful in securing 17 different grants. MARTI’s focus is on
addiction-related research, which includes domestic violence, veteran
readjustment issues, and alcohol and drug abuse.
Garcia has a bachelor’s
degree from the University of California, Davis, a master’s degree in Latin
American studies from Stanford University and master’s and doctoral degrees in
anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
In addition to his Distinguished
University Professor honor, he received the Outstanding Researcher Award from
IUP’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2008 and the Outstanding
Achievement in Research Award from IUP’s School of Graduate Studies and
Research in 2001.
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