"Keep in mind that it is what lies BETWEEN the lines of your vita document that becomes your real vita—your real life. The entries on the document are markers along the journey you have begun and that will unfold over the years, but they are not what will truly define the life you will live. Don’t get so caught up in the pursuit of those professional milestones that you fail to embrace and enjoy the richness of the journey," said O. Richardy Bundy ('70 B.S., '87 Ph.D. Music Ed), 2015 College of Arts and Architecture commencement speaker.
In a speech focusing on the importance of kindness and embracing life's journey, Bundy, retiring professor of music education and director of the Blue Band, advised approximately 250 graduating students to use their art to make an impact. "Flap your artistic wings so as to have a positive effect on a world in need of beauty, understanding, tolerance, and appreciation for what it means to be human," he said during commencement exercises on Saturday, May 9. For his full commencement address, click here. For a gallery of commencement photos by Stephanie Swindle, click here.
During the commencement ceremony, each academic unit was led to the stage by a student marshal, selected based on GPA.
Leah Frederick, daughter of David and Doreen Frederick of Manassas, Va., graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts in Viola Performance and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. A recipient of the Arts and Architecture Alumni Society Scholarship and Evan Pugh Scholar Junior Award, Leah served as president of the Penn State Viola Society. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in music theory.
Department of Architecture
Cory Clippinger, son of Scott and Lucy Clippinger of Jeannette, Pa., graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture and Architectural History minor. A Schreyer Scholar, Cory served as director of the Penn State Digital Beehive, a student-run series of workshops. He was a prize winner in the Premio Piranesi international architecture competition. He plans to join the architecture firm of Ewing Cole in Philadelphia.
Department of Art History
Sarah Keim, daughter of Peter and Patricia Keim of York, Pa., graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Architectural History minor. Sarah is a recipient of the Barbara J. Gohn Scholarship and President’s Freshman Award. She is continuing her employment at the Pennsylvania Military Museum, working at the front desk and managing the museum store.
Integrative Arts and Graphic Design Programs
Luke Brezovec, son of Edward and Elaine Brezovec of State College, Pa., graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Arts (Photography Concentration) and Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. A Schreyer Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa, Luke was an MIT Amgen Scholar and a University of Cambridge Research Visitor. He is founder and president of “Meet the Professor,” promoting professor-student interaction. Luke plans to pursue a Ph.D. in cell biology.
Department of Landscape Architecture
Matthew Fichter, son of Denise Fichter and Ronald Fichter of Media, Pa., graduated with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and minors in Geography and Environmental Inquiry. Matthew has received awards for Excellence in the Study of Landscape Architecture and for Outstanding Leadership and Service, in addition to several scholarships. He plans to work for an urban design and planning firm.
School of Music
Erin Trautmann, daughter of Scott and Jennifer Trautmann of Macungie, Pa., graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education. A Schreyer Scholar, Erin presented her thesis at meetings of the National Association for Music Education Eastern Division and Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. She served as secretary of the Penn State chapter of PCMEA/NAfME. Erin plans to pursue a public school teaching position.
School of Theatre
Katherine Fischer, daughter of Donna and Paul Fischer of Swarthmore, Pa., graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. A member of Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, Katherine is a recipient of the William E. and Julia Nelo Clark Excellence Scholarship and President’s Freshman Award. This fall, she will begin a fellowship with Hedgerow Theatre in Philadelphia. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in theatre history.
School of Visual Arts
Giulia Livi, daughter of Jeanmarie and George Livi of Havertown, Pa., graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing and Art History minor. Giulia is a recipient of the Margaret Giffen Schoenfelder Memorial Award. She is a fine artist with RAW: Natural Born Artists in Philadelphia and has been active in the Penn State Painting Club and THON. She will pursue an interdisciplinary M.F.A. at Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art.