Seton Hill University graduated 143 students during its December 17, 2007 and January 9, 2008 commencement exercises.

The December 17, 2007 commencement ceremonies were held in the Katherine Mabis McKenna Center on Seton Hill’s Greensburg, Pennsylvania campus. Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek, provost and dean of the faculty, presented the candidates for degrees, and Dr. JoAnne Boyle, Seton Hill president, conferred the degrees. Dr. Stuart Thompson, Seton Hill professor of art, served as commencement speaker. Thomas Yarabinetz, Greensburg Salem School District’s Superintendent of Schools, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the commencement ceremonies. Sister Lois Sculco, S.C., vice president for mission and student life, delivered the blessing to conclude the ceremonies. The December 17 commencement ceremonies included students who had earned their degrees in August and December 2007.

On January 9, 2008 Seton Hill University conferred nine Master of Arts degrees in Writing Popular Fiction at a ceremony that took place in Seton Hill’s Cecilian Hall. Dr. Lee McClain, director of the Writing Popular Fiction program, presented the graduates for degrees. Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek, provost and dean of the faculty, conferred the degrees. Graduating student Teffanie Thompson White delivered the commencement address. To graduate from the Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill, students must complete a market-ready full-length fiction manuscript. The titles of the graduates’ novels are noted in the list below.

Seton Hill University December 2007 and January 2008 Graduates (students listed geographically by home residence):



Irvine 92618
Chelsea Rhodes, M.A., Art Therapy

San Diego 92102
Traci Castleberry, M.A., Writing Popular Fiction, “Stray”


Naples 34110
Michele Korri, M.A., Writing Popular Fiction, “Suspended Life”


Edwardsville 62025
Laurence Hogg, M.Ed., Instructional Design


Framingham 01701
Michael Mehalek, M.A., Writing Popular Fiction, “Dragon”


Bel Air 21015
Colleen Dumnich, B.A., Art

Germantown 20874
Angela Migyanka, M.A., Inclusive Education

Indian Head 20640
Eric Wood, B.A., Communications


Banner Elk 28604
Bobby Shoemaker, M.A., Writing Popular Fiction, “Carolina Shadows”

Salisbury 28147
Nikki Nicholson, B.S., Accounting


Allison Park 15101
Joel Brown, B.F.A., Art

Apollo 15613
Kristen Volosky, M.B.A., Business Administration

Baden 15005
Hilary Molchan, M.A., Elementary Education

Berlin 15530
Michael Goetz, M.B.A., Business Administration

Bethel Park 15102
David Deckard, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy

Blairsville 15717
Haley Gilbert, B.A., Sociology

Carnegie 15106
Michael Iorio, M.B.A., Business Administration

Central City 15926
Deborah Donahue, M.A., Inclusive Education
Jennifer Myers, B.M., Music

Charleroi 15022
Ann Davis-Gluyas, B.S., Accounting

Clarksburg 15725
Joyce Greece, B.S., Business

Delmont 15626
Kristy Lapcevic, M.B.A., Business Administration

Derry 15627
Sheila Hughes, B.A., Psychology
Ernest Quinn, M.B.A., Business Administration
Gail Struble, M.B.A., Business Administration

Ellwood City 16117
Levon Hudson, B.A., Biology

Export 15632
Kathleen Scuffle, B.A., Art

Fairchance 15436
Amber Long, M.B.A., Business Administration

Fairhope 15538
Emaline Diehl, M.B.A., Business Administration

Glenshaw 15116
John Bachman, B.S., Accounting
Gina Mullen, M.A., Elementary Education

Greensburg 15601
Natasha Alexander, B.S., Business
Elizabeth Domasky, M.B.A., Business Administration
Catherine Drakulic, B.A., Psychology and Sociology
Diana Elsavage, B.A., Business
Jean Fabian, B.S., Business
Tammy Fait, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy
George Gaines, M.B.A., Business Administration
Breanne Grec, B.M., Music
Elizabeth Jehn, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy
Denise Jewell, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy
Adam Johnston, M.A., Special Education
Christine Mahady, B.M., Music
Mildred Moss, M.B.A., Business Administration
Julia Pickett, B.A., Human Services
Michelle Roberts, B.S., Family & Consumer Sciences
Angela Roberts, B.S., Family & Consumer Sciences
Frank Ruby, B.S., Business
Nicholas Sosko, B.S., Business
Lyndsay Stannard, B.A., Human Services
Allison Truxal, B.A., Biology
Ashley Vinck, B.A., Human Services
Melanie Wood, B.A., Human Services

Harrison City 15636
Eric Nese, B.A., Psychology

Imperial 15126
Steven Clemens, B.A., Theatre

Indiana 15701
Candace Bungo, B.S., Business

Irwin 15642
Maryann Briggs, M.A. Special Education
Lisa Fox, M.B.A., Business Administration
Brenda Marchitello, B.S., Business
Patricia Montella, B.A., Psychology

Jeannette 15644
Yvonne Cunningham, B.S., Business
Nicolette Haines, M.A., Elementary Education
Patrick Henry, B.A., Human Services
Kristie Killen, M.A., Elementary Education
Rosslyn Light, B.F.A., Art
Melissa Lupari, M.A., Elementary Education
Kevin McCormick, B.S., Biology
Amy Rugh, M.A., Special Education
Carrie Smith, B.S., Business

Johnstown 15904
Susan Novak, Art Therapy Certificate
Judith Ross, M.A., Elementary Education

Jonestown 17038
Melanie Ann Schaeffer, M.A., Writing Popular Fiction, “Signals”

Latrobe 15650
Nathan Bolby, B.A., Art
Kelly Grubbs, M.A., Elementary Education
Elizabeth Hoffman, B.A., Business
Michael Lohr, B.A., Business
Richard Ray, B.S., Business
Sandra Sims, M.B.A., Business Administration

Laughlintown 15655
Amy Needham, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy
Debra Walls, B.A., Human Services

Leckrone 15454
Shawn Spence, B.S., Biology

Leechburg 15656
Jayne Dietrich, B.S., Accounting

Ligonier 15658
Chelsea Brant, B.A., Business

Loyalhanna 15661
Kathy Baum, B.S., Business

Mars 16046
Melanie Shusteric, M.A., Special Education

Monroeville 15146
Nana Yaa Boateng, M.B.A., Business Administration
Turia West, M.B.A., Business Administration

Mount Pleasant 15666
Kristi Hixson, M.A., Counseling Psychology
Brenda Jackman, B.A., Business

Murrysville 15668
Margaret Carey, M.A., Special Education
Christine Myers, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy
Spring Sieber, B.S., Business
Ellen Spain, M.A., Writing Popular Fiction, “Secrets in the Fog”

North Braddock 15104
Lauren George, M.A., Inclusive Education

North Huntingdon 15642
Brian Blasko, B.A. in Honors, History and Political Science
Timothy Blasko, M.A., Special Education
Annette Bohinski, M.B.A., Business Administration
Brandi Butler, B.A., History
Jodie Dovec, M.A., Special Education
Ribeka Kovach, M.B.A., Business Administration
Alison Kroon, B.S., Family & Consumer Sciences
Dawn Lorince, B.M., Music
Candice Meyer, B.S., Accounting
Kelly Shaw, B.A., Psychology
Shannon Wyvratt, M.B.A., Business Administration

Norvelt 15674
Sherry Spataro, B.A., Spanish

Philadelphia 19115
Thomas James, B.S., Business

Pitcairn 15140
J. Elaine Pruitt, B.A., Art

Pittsburgh 15214
Tara Estes, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy

Pittsburgh 15217
Lauren Cormier, M.A., Art Therapy

Pittsburgh 15218
Nathan Stimmel, M.A., Art Therapy

Pittsburgh 15229
Steven Long, B.S., Family & Consumer Sciences

Pittsburgh 15235
Valerie Arenth, B.S., Business
Amanda Palguta, B.A., Sociology
Michael Palguta, M.Ed., Instructional Design

Pittsburgh 15236
John Mittner, M.A., Art Therapy
Amy Smeal, M.A., Art Therapy

Pittsburgh 15239
Jaime Clark, B.A., Sociology

Ruffs Dale 15679
Clinton Loughner, B.A., Psychology

Saxonburg 16056
Melissa Walewski, M.A., Elementary Education

Scottdale 15683
John Haddad, B.A., English

Somerset 15501
Michel McCluskey, M.B.A., Business Administration
Tiffany Yachere, M.A., Special Education

South Park 15129
Ryann Bradley, M.B.A., Business Administration

Springdale 15144
Renee Altman, B.A., Human Services

Stahlstown 15687
Holly Crowther, B.A., Human Services
Brenda Shogan, B.S., Business

State College 16801
Diana Geleskie, B.A., English

Trafford 15085
Darcie Godich, B.A., Sociology

Turtle Creek 15145
Megan Diffendal, M.A., Art Therapy

Vandergrift 15690
Candice Geltz, B.A., Criminal Justice
Linda Shirley, B.S., Business

West Newton 15089
Randi Baldwin, B.M., Music
Holly Hope, M.A., Special Education
Jennifer Martin, B.A., Human Services

Whitaker 15120
Leah Kelly, B.A., Psychology


Midland 79707
Teffanie White, M.A., Writing Popular Fiction, “Dirt”


Lynchburg 24502
T. Marcus Christian, M.A., Writing Popular Fiction, “The Originals”

Manassas 20108
Lisa Orr, M.B.A., Business Administration

Smithfield 23430
Lisa Cooper, M.A., Writing Popular Fiction, “Papier-mache Avocado”

Tappahannock 22560
Jennifer Lyons, M.A., Inclusive Education


Buckhannon 26201
Luke Struble, M.B.A., Business Administration

Davis 26292
Ginger Conley, M.A., Art Therapy

Seton Hill University, founded by the Sisters of Charity, is a coeducational Catholic liberal arts university in Greensburg, Pa. Chartered in 1918, Seton Hill offers more than 30 undergraduate programs and nine graduate programs, including an MBA. Seton Hill brings the world to its students through its distinguished lecturers and nationally and internationally renowned centers. Recognized three times by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the nation’s Top 100 Entrepreneurial Universities, Seton Hill has also been named a Best Baccalaureate College by U.S. News & World Report, one of the Best in the Northeast by The Princeton Review, and one of Pennsylvania’s Top 100 Businesses by Pennsylvania Business Central. In addition, Seton Hill has been named a University of Distinction by Colleges of Distinction, an organization founded by a group of concerned parents, educators and admissions professionals. For more information on Seton Hill please visit or call 1-800-826-6234.

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