Student Marshal Information

Submitter Information
The submitter is the primary contact for the marshal process for each school.
Student Information - General

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Local Address
Permanent Address
Parent Information
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Second Parent Information

Student Information - Academic and Background
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Please upload the student's résumé, using the student's name as the file name.
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Faculty Marshal Selected by Student Marshal
This Faculty Marshal is to be selected by the student marshal and is typically an adviser, supervisor, or mentor to the student.
Faculty Marshal Appointed by the Academic School
Biographical Statement

Please enter a brief biographical statement. This statement this will be used in press releases, the chancellor's letter of commendation, and to introduce the student at the commencement dinner.

The statement must be written in third person and should include as much of the following information as applicable:

  • engagement with the department/school/university
  • involvement in research
  • involvement in leadership activities
  • record of volunteering
  • honors and awards received
  • out of classroom experiences (study abroad, internships, externships, etc)
  • post-graduation plans
Sample Biographies

Joy Boettinger is graduating with a Bachelor of Elementary Education in Elementary Education with a concentration in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, and has a cumulative GPA of 4.0.  Joy is passionate about teaching elementary students, a passion she found while working as an Instructional Aide for children with special needs at Susquenita Elementary School.  Joy transferred to Penn State Harrisburg in the fall of 2017 where she easily adjusted to the rigor of the elementary teacher education requirements. She completed all her academic requirements with the earned grade of an A. In addition, she earned an A in her elementary clinical experience at West Creek Hills Elementary School where she student-taught first grade students for a year. Here she developed a thoroughly integrated unit which connected the disciplines of mathematics, science, and social studies through the concept of mapping, animal conservation, and graphing. Joy exemplifies the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s criteria for High Quality Teachers in several ways. She possesses the content knowledge to teach young children in hands-on, engaging strategies. She is encouraging, nurturing, and sensitive to the cultural backgrounds of her learners. Lastly, she is an esteemed colleague, respected peer, and will undoubtedly make a positive difference in the lives of children and families in her future classrooms. Joy plans to further her education by pursuing a Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum.

Elisha Kossove has studied Mechanical Engineering for his four years here at Penn State Harrisburg. In addition to his academic work, he has been actively involved in several clubs and other activities on campus. He has been involved with the Student Government Association, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. During his time in these organizations, he has held leadership positions and been actively involved in planning many events. In InterVarsity, he has helped to lead Bible Studies, worship nights, and other club activities. He also planned a worship night this semester where over 100 students from Penn State and surrounding campuses attended. In the National Society of Leadership and Success, he has worked on planning community service projects. And in Student Government he has worked in different ways to represent and advocate for the students of Penn State Harrisburg. This semester he worked to get new working microwaves in Stacks. He has also worked as a teaching assistant in the Mechanical Engineering Department for Dr. Abu-Ayyad. Furthermore, he has received a school award each year for maintaining a 4.0 GPA. This past summer he did Control Systems research, with Dr. Abu-Ayyad as part of the MC REU program. After graduation, Elisha, plans to begin working in the engineering field locally. In addition, he plans to try to continue serving with some type of Christian ministry like InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. 

Greg Emerick is a native of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania where he attended Cumberland Valley High School. He attended Brigham Young University in Provo, UT and graduated in 2012.  He then began a career in Human Resources with the last six years being in a healthcare setting. He served for 2 years in volunteer religious service where he learned Spanish. In 2015, he decided to further his professional credentials by entering the Penn State University Masters of Health Administration program where he distinguished himself with a 4.0 GPA. He was awarded a scholarship for excellent academic performance. Even while carrying a full-time work load, actively serving in his church, and traveling extensively for work, Greg has demonstrated superb academic success and will graduate with high honors. Greg currently works as a Physician Recruiter at Penn State Health and is a key member of the team.  Department Chairs recognize Greg for the manner in which he handles recruitment of physicians into their departments.  He is outstanding in complying with department goals for recruiting a diverse and expertly skilled physician base. Greg received an invitation to join The Association of University Programs in Health Administration Honor Society-Upsilon Phi Delta. Greg hopes to utilize his skills and knowledge learned in the MHA program to lead and direct the operations of outpatient primary care clinics. 

Lisa Witmer is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology and has a cumulative GPA of 3.97. Lisa transferred to Penn State Harrisburg in the fall of 2017 to graduate with a degree in genetics and developmental biology. She also earned a spot in the Capital College Honors Program. Since beginning her journey at Penn State Harrisburg, Lisa has been involved with academics, volunteering, and campus activities. As a nontraditional, commuter student, with a husband and four children at home, she has managed her time and responsibilities to ensure that she accomplishes what she needs to do. In the spring of 2018 and fall of 2018, she was a teacher's assistant for biology labs and earned the outstanding lab assistant award. Lisa completed her thesis on increasing HPV vaccination rates in rural Pennsylvania and is also working with a group of students to research peer mediation as a viable method to combat suicides and depression on college campuses. On top of maintaining a very high GPA, Lisa has remained active on her children’s schools and extracurricular activities. She is a Girl Scout leader and helps girls to earn badges, learn new skills, and learn the importance of giving back to our community. After graduation, Lisa intends to apply to medical school to help improve the health and wellbeing of those in need.