Meredith Heim to Represent HHD as Student Marshal; Program Marshals Also Named

May 9, 2006

(University Park, Pa) — Meredith Heim, graduating with a degree in nursing, has been named student marshal for the College of Health and Human Development.

image Meredith Heim

Heim graduates with a 4.0 grade point average. A 2002 graduate of Central Dauphin (Pennsylvania) High School, Heim is the daughter of Gary and Marilyn Heim of Harrisburg.

Heim has received several honors while at Penn State, including the President's Freshman Award, the Evan Pugh Scholar Award and USAA National Collegiate Nursing Award. She is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key International Honour Society and the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.

While at Penn State Heim participated in a medical mission trip to Ecuador. She also was active in Pi Beta Phi sorority, the Student Nurses' Association of Pennsylvania, the College of Health and Human Development's mentoring program and THON.

After graduation, Heim will be working in the pediatric intensive care unit at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Heim's long-range plans include pursuing an advanced degree in nursing or law.

In addition to Heim, who represents the College, Program Marshals from each of the Health and Human Development majors have also been named. They are:

Biobehavioral Health

Elisabeth A. Donaldson (Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania) is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key International Honour Society and the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society. She is a recipient of the 2006 John W. Oswald Student Achievement Award, the 2006 Alumni Recognition Award for Student Excellence in Biobehavioral Health and the 2004-2005 Sylvia Stein Memorial Space Grant Scholarship from NASA's PA Space Grant Consortium. While attending Penn State, Donaldson served on the HIV/AIDS Risk Reduction Advisory Council, the Health and Human Development Student Council and the Rules and Regulations Committee for the Penn State Dance Marathon. She also worked as a research assistant, participated in the Women's Leadership Initiative and was active in the Penn State Ballet Club. This fall Donaldson will begin work on a master's degree at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Debra Meade (York, Pennsylvania) is a Schreyer Scholar. The topic of her honors thesis was Caribbean mothers' beliefs regarding literacy and parental involvement. She has won a number of awards, including two Evan Pugh Scholar Awards, the Hintz Alumni Scholarship and the Alumni Recognition for Student Excellence Award in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Outside the classroom, Meade volunteered with Easter Seals and was involved with the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA). Meade will attend the University of Maryland after graduation and pursue a master's degree.

Health Policy and Administration

Alison M. Rice (State College, Pennsylvania), a Schreyer Scholar, was on the Dean's List every semester at Penn State. Her honors thesis analyzed factors that influence patients' attitude toward telehealth systems. Rice received the 2006 Alumni Recognition for Student Excellence Award in Health Policy and Administration, the Alumni Recognition for Student Excellence Award, and the Stanley and Virginia Mayers Scholarship. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Rice participated in the Women's Leadership Initiative, was a THON co-chair for the East Halls Residence Association and was a THON dancer in 2002. She is also receiving her master's degree in health administration. In June, Rice will begin work as a healthcare consultant.

Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management

Emily Goretsky (Staten Island, New York) is a Shreyer Scholar; the topic of her thesis was health and fitness trends in the hospitality industry. During her time at Penn State, Goretsky participated in The Hotel Institute of Montreux, Switzerland and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. Goretsky served as president of Eta Sigma Delta and executive vice president of the North Halls Association of Students (NHAS). She received National Collegiate Honor Society honors. After graduation, Goretsky will begin work at The Breakers Resort in West Palm Beach, Florida as the assistant desk manager.

Human Development and Family Studies

Erica Beth Manahan (Port Matilda, Pennsylvania), a Schreyer Scholar, was on the Dean's List every semester she attended Penn State. Her honors thesis addressed religiosity and sexual attitudes of sexually active and sexually abstinent first-year college students. Manahan was a THON school captain and a youth leader. She was also a member of Kappa Omicron Nu, Golden Key International Honour Society and the Health and Human Development Honor Society. After graduation, Manahan plans to work at a residential treatment center for troubled teenage girls in Louisiana.

Kinesiology

Adriana Segura (Lansdale, Pennsylvania) wrote her honors thesis on the evaluation of the mechanics of ambulation with standard and spring-loaded crutches as part of her Schreyer Scholar studies. She served as a volunteer at Mount Nittany Medical Center and at Easter Seals' Reading Day. Segura also participated in THON (on the morale committee), the McNair Scholars Program and as a JumpStart leader. She received the Bunton-Waller Fellowship and is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the College of Health and Human Development Honor Society. Segura will attend medical school in the fall.

Nursing

Jenelle Weber (Ebensburg, Pennsylvania) is a member of Phi Eta Sigma and the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Societies. While attending Penn State, Weber served as a counselor for drug and alcohol awareness programs for children. She also worked as an emergency department nursing extern at Altoona Regional Trauma Center. Weber is a member of the Health and Human Development Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing — Beta Sigma Chapter. After graduation, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in nursing.

Nutritional Sciences

Catherine M. Vitelli (Bellefonte, Pennsylvania) is a Schreyer Scholar and a member of the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, serving as president (2005-06) and professional development coordinator (2004-05). Additional honors include Alumni Recognition for Student Excellence Award in Nutritional Sciences, the Lillian VanDyke Scholarship and the Helen Skade Hintz Scholarship in Nutrition. Vitelli was on the Dean's List every semester at Penn State. Her honors thesis explored the media's influence on preadolescent girls' weight concerns and risk for dieting. Vitelli worked as a peer education program coordinator, a nutrition clinic counselor and an academic support tutor. She also participated in the college mentoring program. Vitelli plans to explore community nutrition opportunities working with the underprivileged and under-served. She is also starting her own catering business.

Recreation, Park and Tourism Management

Sara Menne (Middleburg, Pennsylvania) participated in the Women's Leadership Initiative and the Recreation, Park and Tourism Student Society. She is a Fred Coombs Scholarship recipient. Menne is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and the National Scholars Honor Society. While attending Penn State, Menne volunteered at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center and Millbrook Marsh Environmental Center. She also participated in the Relay for Life. Menne plans to pursue an advanced degree after graduation.