Landscape Architecture student Kellie Waksmunski, daughter of Michael and Carolyn Waksmunski of Carrolltown, has been named the fall 2012 student marshal for the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture. The title of marshal is awarded to the student who has earned the highest overall grade-point average in the college. Waksmunski will graduate in December with a cumulative GPA of 3.93, earning a bachelor of landscape architecture degree with a minor in environmental soil science.
Waksmunski has garnered several honors, including the 2012 Reuben and Gladys Golumbic Scholarship Award for Humanistic Achievement; a Merit Award in Analysis and Planning from the Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2011; the Landscape Architecture Departmental Excellence Award in 2010 and 2011; and the President’s Freshman Award in 2009. She is a competing member of the Penn State Club Cross Country team and is also a member of the Landscape Architecture Student Society.
In addition to studying landscape architecture and sustainable urban design in 2012 in Bonn, Germany, Waksmunski spent the summer of 2011 at the Udzungwa Mountains National Park in Tanzania, Africa, studying conservation and community design. The park contains some of the richest biological diversity in Africa, with bordering settlements populated by villagers who struggle for food, fuel and clean water. Penn State’s University Office of Global Programs awarded Waksmunski First Place in the Study Abroad Essay competition as part of International Education Week. Her essay captured her insights into the complicated relationship between the Tanzanian villagers and their natural surroundings. http://stuckeman.psu.edu/news/content/landscape-architecture-articles/international-essay-and-poetry-contest.
While at Penn State, Waksmunski worked as a research assistant for the Department of Landscape Architecture and a teaching assistant for the Department of Crop and Soil Science. After graduation, she plans to serve in either AmeriCorps or the Student Conservation Association in support of conservation and environmental education.