Twin Sisters Selected as Student Marshals for College of Health and Human Development

Maria and Molly Mazich, twin sisters from Fleetwood, Pa., will be honored as student marshals for the College of Health and Human Development during winter commencement ceremonies on December 22, 2012 at the Penn State University Park campus.

"While the differences between the top candidates for college marshal are generally not pronounced, one candidate often stands above the rest," said Ann C. Crouter, Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz Dean of the College of Health and Human Development. "However, this year was unique. Both Mazich sisters were equally qualified; for example, their GPA's were separated by a few hundredths of a point. Under ordinary circumstances, it would have been difficult to select one over the other, but the fact that they were twins made it impossible to choose one. They both deserved the honor. So this year we have two college marshals."

Maria and Molly Mazich

Molly (Ieft) and Maria (right) Mazich

A nutritional sciences major, Maria is a Schreyer Scholar. She received a Mary Burket Morrow Scholarship as well as an Evan Pugh Award and a President Sparks Award. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Her thesis was titled, “Dissemination Sciences: A Study of NEEDs for Bones as an Osteoporosis Prevention Tool for Middle-School Students.”

In addition to her academic achievements, Maria was a member of HealthWorks, a volunteer organization associated with University Health Services. Through this organization, she went through training administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and became an HIV Interventionist for the Penn State community. She also was part of the Safer Sex Team and Nutrition Team within HealthWorks. In addition, she volunteered at Mount Nittany Medical Center in the Emergency Department and Surgical Center, and she was part of a rules and regulations committee for THON as the RYB liaison.

Maria has accepted a position in the Master of Physician Assistant Science graduate program at St. Francis University.

Molly, a kinesiology major, received an Academic Excellence Scholarship from the Schreyer Honors College and an Alumni Memorial Scholarship from the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She conducted a thesis, titled “Isometric Force Entrainment Depends on Temporal Location of Visual Information and Signal Predictability.”

In addition to her academic achievements, she was a physical therapy intern at University Health Services, a volunteer at Mount Nittany Medical Center, a committee member for both THON OPPerations and Donor and Alumni Relationships, and Relay for Life Chair for Circle-K.

Molly has been accepted to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Maria and Molly will be accompanied at commencement by their parents Terry and Rick Mazich; their brother Mark Mazich; their grandfather Ron Duffy; and various aunts, uncles, and family friends. Maria has selected as her escort Laura Murray-Kolb, assistant professor of nutritional sciences, while Molly has selected David Proctor, professor of kinesiology.

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Editors: For additional information, contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at 814-865-3831 or healthhd@psu.edu.