College of Arts and Architecture Students Honored for Academic Achievement

Seven College of Arts and Architecture students were recently named spring 2010 student marshals, in recognition of earning the highest overall grade-point average in their respective academic unit. ARCHITECTURE Michael Orman, son of Carol and John Orman of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., is the student marshal for the Department of Architecture and will earn a bachelor of architecture degree. Admitted to the Schreyer Honors College as a Junior-Gate Scholar, he has received several honors, including the Alma Heinz and August Louis Pohland Undergraduate Scholarship and the Foreman Architects Study Abroad Scholarship. He was awarded first place in the 2008 Haijar Memorial Competition and in the 2007 Pennsylvania Concrete Masonry Association Competition. Orman studied abroad at Parsons, the New School for Design in Paris in summer 2006 and participated in Penn State’s Rome study abroad program in fall 2009. After graduation, Orman will work for Goshow Architects in New York City, where he interned in summers of 2008 and 2009. ART HISTORY Kylene Blackburn, daughter of Joe and Kathy Blackburn of Sinking Springs, is the student marshal for the Department of Art History and will earn a bachelor of arts degree in art history with a minor in chemistry. A Schreyer Honors College Scholar, she has received several awards, including the College of Arts and Architecture Creative Achievement Award. She has been on the Dean’s List every semester. She has served as an intern for Christie’s International Auction House and studied at the Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. Blackburn is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and served on the Penn State Dance Marathon Morale and Special Events committees as well as being a dancer. INTEGRATIVE ARTS Renee Anderko, daughter of Karen and Terence Anderko of Altoona, is the student marshal for the Department of Integrative Arts and will earn a bachelor of arts degree in integrative arts. She completed her Penn State degree in three years and has been on the Dean’s List every semester. She is a member of the University Dance Company and an original company member of the Fluidity Dance Company, which has performed in numerous locations, including Times Square and Jazz Dance World Congress. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Michael Ruane, son of Stephen and Patricia Ruane of Doylestown, is the student marshal for the Department of Landscape Architecture and will earn a bachelor of science in landscape architecture. Graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.81, Ruane has garnered several honors, including the College of Arts and Architecture Creative Achievement Award and the Jim DeTuerk and Wayne H. Wilson scholarships. He has been on the Dean’s List for all semesters and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Landscape Architecture Student Society. He is the owner and designer of Ruane Landscapes. After graduation, Ruane plans to continue his education, earning a master of city planning at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. MUSIC Christiana Smith, daughter of James and Alicia Canner of Pine Grove Mills, is the student marshal for the School of Music and will earn a bachelor of music degree in performance (French horn) and a master of arts in music theory and musicology through the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate Degree Program. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and the International Horn Society. Smith is a recipient of the College of Arts and Architecture Creative Achievement Award and Leight Memorial and Kroulick scholarships and has been named an Even Pugh Scholar. She has been on the Dean’s List every semester. Smith recently taught a freshman level course, Music 121, at Penn State. THEATRE Sarah Lutz, daughter of Mallory and Douglas Lutz of Ra’anana, Israel, is the student marshal for the School of Theatre and will earn a bachelor of arts degree in theatre performance with honors. A Schreyer Honors College Scholar, she has received several awards, including the Mabel Reed Knight Scholarship. She worked at the Kings Head Theater in London while studying there. After graduation, Lutz plans to move to Philadelphia and start her career as an actor. VISUAL ARTS Amanda Grove, daughter of Greg and Alice Grove of Jacobus, is the student marshal for the Penn State School of Visual Arts and will earn a bachelor of science degree in art education. Graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.98, she has garnered numerous honors, including the Evan Pugh Scholar Award, College of Arts and Architecture Creative Achievement Award and Alumni Society Student Scholarship, and the Helen Schwartz Mattil Award in Art Education. She has been on the Dean’s List for all semesters and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Pennsylvania Art Education Association Student Chapter. Contact: Flora W. Marynak, fwm1@psu.edu or 814.863.06219