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Students Receive Prestigious Golumbic Awards

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Students Receive Prestigious Golumbic Awards

The College of Arts and Architecture’s Reuben and Gladys Golumbic Scholarship is awarded annually to three students in the areas of Performance Achievement, Design Achievement, and Humanistic Achievement. Faculty members nominate students to apply for the prestigious scholarship, which was established in 1978 by Ed Eckl, a Penn State chemistry alumnus, in memory of his adoptive parents.

Performance Achievement
John Livingston is a senior with double majors in musical arts (piano) and English. A Schreyer Honors College Scholar, Livingston is a member of the Penn State Glee Club and the Concert Choir, both of which he has accompanied for several semesters. In addition to serving as the president of the Glee Club and vice president of the Concert Choir, he is the current Penn State Dance Marathon chair for the Glee Club. Even though he became a music major in his sophomore year with a walk-in, un-recruited audition, he has won numerous awards, including a Presser Scholarship (2013), William J. and Lois Kesterson Leight Memorial Award (2012), Even Pugh Scholar Award (2012), and Eleanor Beene Memorial Award (2011). Livingston is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society and Phi Kappa Phi national honor society. At the conclusion of his undergraduate study at Penn State, he plans to pursue a master’s degree in collaborative piano.

Humanistic Achievement
Jessica Paholsky is a Schreyer Honors College Scholar who expects to graduate in 2014 with bachelor of arts degrees in Visual Journalism and Photography, and minors in International Arts and International Studies. As a visual storyteller, Paholsky focuses on the marginalized and under appreciated, recognizing that differences (cultural, lingual, sexual preferences, and physical limitations) give rise to social barriers that isolate and dehumanize.  She strives to celebrate differences while shattering barriers with the click of her shutter. With an eye toward her career goal of being a photographer for the National Geographic Society, Paholsky has participated in study abroad programs that allowed her to be immersed in the local cultures. In Puebla, Mexico, she lived with a host family and photographed local craftspeople, laborers and farmers. In Italy, she decided to avoid the obvious tourist centers and instead chose Perugia, a typical Umbrian town where she could more easily observe the Italian people in their natural environment. A member of Phi Eta Sigma honor society and Douglas A. Anderson Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha communications honor society, Paholsky has served as president of the College of Arts and Architecture Student Council, vice president of the Penn State National Press Photographers Association, and member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and University Park Undergraduate Association. Upon graduation her goal is to earn a Fulbright Fellowship to Bangladesh to continue her mission to record life across the cultural spectrum and expose barriers through the universal language of photography.

Design Achievement
Dustin Julius is a fifth-year architecture student who has taken his passion for design and turned it into a teaching experience. When only a sophomore, he served as the teaching assistant for Assistant Professor of Architecture James Cooper’s Architecture 121 Visual Communications class, helping instruct students only one year younger. He also leads informal tutorials for second-ayear students. Julius has competed in several prestigious national competitions, earning first place with the National Concrete Masonry Association (2011), Design Collective Scholarship and Internship Opportunity (2012) and Foreman Competition (2012). He received an A. William Hajjar and Anne Bortz Hajjar Memorial Scholarship in 2012. Following graduation, Julius will continue his studies at Penn State in the integrated master of architecture program.