Pitt-Bradford students scattered following Sunday’s commencement,
but two are headed to the same place for the same job.
Beau Close of Bradford and Cameron
Markert of Smethport, both of whom will graduate with an associate of science
in petroleum technology, have been hired by Chevron in Houston to become drill
Pitt-Bradford’s petroleum technology
program, reintroduced in 2007 by Dr. Assad Panah, professor of geology, has
developed a strong relationship with the oil giant, which comes to campus to
recruit and has hired several graduates each year.
Another petroleum technology
graduate, Katie Vecellio of Bradford, who is also earning a bachelor of science
in environmental science, will begin working as an environmental education and
interpretation coordinator for Allegany State Park in Salamanca, N.Y.
Students with local connections from
other majors are also headed out into the world of work. Erin Goodwin, who
double majored in accounting and business management from Wyalusing, will
remain in the area as an accountant for Dresser-Rand in Olean, N.Y.
Kristen Porter, a human relations
major from Salamanca, will begin working as a veterans service officer in
Brittany Gehman, an athletic training
major from Ronks, will also remain in the area, working at Charles Cole
Memorial Hospital in Coudersport and pursuing a master’s degree in exercise
science and health promotion.
Andrew Eliason, a business
management major from Bradford, will work with the McKean County 911 Center and
Bradford City Fire Department.
Sarah Yaworsky of Bradford and Erica
Ignatz of Venetia will earn their associate of science in nursing and begin
working at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
Melissa Callahan, a social sciences
major from York Haven, will stay in the area working in the Life Skills Program
at Futures Rehabilitation Inc.
Courtney McNeight, who double
majored in business management and hospitality management from Ellicottville,
N.Y., will be headed for Newport, R.I., where she will enter the management
trainee program at Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina.
Trent Johnson, a double major in computer
information systems and technology and biology from Dagus Mines, has accepted a
position with Cook Myosite in Pittsburgh, where he will work as a software
Other local students will be adding
the title “Dr.” to their names within a few years, whether they have been
accepted into a program for medical doctors or doctors of philosophy.
Accepted to three medical schools,
Paul Woods, a biology major from Port Allegany, chose to attend the Lake Erie
College of Medicine in Erie.
Filane F. Godding of Bradford, who
is earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, will begin work on a Doctorate
of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Buffalo, State University of
New York, this summer.
Other area graduates will attend
graduate school as well.
Shauntae Donner, an accounting major
from Cuba, N.Y., will enter graduate school at Duquesne University this fall.
Jeffrey Engels, an athletic training
major from West Valley, N.Y., will pursue a Master of Science in athletic
training at the State University of New York College at Cortland.
Daniel Smith, a sports medicine
major from Bradford, will begin a Master of Science in exercise science program
at Gannon University in Erie.
Devon Swatt, who double majored in accounting
and business management from Bradford, will begin studying for a Master of
Business Administration at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y.
Richard Obermeyer, a criminal
justice major from Bradford, will pursue a graduate degree in intelligence
studies at Mercyhurst University in Erie.
Benjamin Doughty of Bradford will
pursue a Master of Science in chemistry at The Pennsylvania State University in
Jenna Gorrell, a radiological
science major from Lewis Run, will enter Washburn University’s radiation
therapy program this fall in Topeka, Kan.
Barbara Highhouse, a psychology
major from Warren, will pursue a Master of Science in mental health counseling
at the University of Alfred (N.Y.)
Other students getting off to an
auspicious start include Keanu Sorbelli of Wilkes-Barre, who will be
commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army and attend
Infantry Officer Basic Leadership Course and U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort
Shannon Lynch, a sports medicine
major from Syracuse, N.Y., will pursue a doctorate of physical therapy at
Gannon University in Erie.
Love Lee, a broadcast communications
major from Upper Darby, will attend the Newhouse School of Public
Communications at Syracuse (N.Y.) University, where she will study journalism.
Tahira Custis, a broadcast
communications major from Folcroft, will pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree
for film production at Boston University.