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Friday, April 26, 2013


Tiara O. Brown on patrol

BRADFORD, Pa. – Two of the students graduating Sunday from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will be flying high after commencement.

Tiara O. Brown of Bradford and Shane Mann, an accounting major from Smithburg, Md., will both head to the U.S. Army’s flight school at Fort Rucker, Ala., following their commissioning as second lieutenants Saturday morning and graduation from Pitt-Bradford the following afternoon.

Brown is the first Pitt-Bradford student to be the top cadet in St. Bonaventure University’s ROTC program, which trains students from both schools to become officers in the Army, National Guard or Army Reserve.

Brown said that after 13 months of flight school, she hopes to fly Chinook helicopters. “They are the workhorse of the Army,” she said.

This student with two majors (sport and recreation management and business management) and a minor in athletic coaching says her ultimate goal is to become the Commanding General of Army Training and Doctrine.

‘I will be able to use all that I’ve learned here at Pitt-Bradford to advance my military career,” she said, adding that when she retires, she plans to either coach track and field or be involved with leadership training.

Not every student has planned his or her life out all the way through retirement, but some of those attending graduate school plan on having quite a few more years of education.

David Ware, an applied mathematics major from Bradford, will begin work on his Master of Science in applied mathematics at Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology.

Bethany Lyons, a sports medicine major from St. Marys, will attend East Stroudsburg University to obtain a master’s degree in clinical exercise physiology, which she plans to use to become an exercise physiologist in cardiac rehabilitation.

Alyssa Lapp, a psychology and pre-occupational therapy major from Port Allegany, will attend the University of Pittsburgh’s Master of Occupational Therapy program beginning in June. She hopes to return home to the area to become an occupational therapist.

Jennifer Anderson, an athletic training major from Port Allegany, will attend Ithaca (N.Y.) College this fall to work on her Master in Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration in sport psychology. She also qualified for a graduate assistantship program as a certified athletic trainer.

Megan Truman, a December graduate in sports medicine, is working on her Master of Science in health, activity and chronic disease at the University of Pittsburgh.

Wray Woelfel, a biology major from Kersey, was accepted into the optometry program at Salus University in Elkins Park. Jay Carmany, a pre-pharmacy major from Reedsville, will also be attending Salus, where he will study in the pharmacy program.

Kayla Branch, a human relations major from Olean, N.Y., will attend the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs to work on her master’s degree.

While he won’t be graduating from Pitt-Bradford Sunday, Nick Davies, a biology major from Pittsfield, has a good reason. He was accepted into the Lake Erie College of Medicine’s accelerated 3+4 pre-med program and will begin medical school in July after three years as an undergraduate.

Molly Butler, a psychology major from Ashville, N.Y., has been accepted into the master’s program at Alfred (N.Y.) University, where she will pursue a degree in school psychology with the aim of becoming a certified school psychologist.

Kateri Hall, a writing major from Titusville, will enter the University of Southern Maine’s creative writing Master of Fine Arts program.

Elizabeth Tillman, a human relations major from Appleton, N.Y., will begin working on her doctorate in political science at the University of Buffalo, where she’s earned a full scholarship and a graduate assistantship.

Olivia Fernandes, an athletic training major from Erie, will begin working her master’s degree for applied physiology and kinesiology with a concentration in athletic training at the University of Florida. She has also secured a graduate assistant position with the university’s club sports and intramural teams.

Ridge Foster, a computer information systems and technology major from Mars, has been accepted into the Robert H. Smith School of Business Master of Information Systems program at the University of Maryland.

James Chadwick, a history-political science major from Pittsburgh, will begin the history graduate program at the University of Pittsburgh in the fall.

After a summer working as an intern for Truck-Lite Co. in Wellsboro, Paige Bitler, an engineering major, will transfer to the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanston School of Engineering, where she will not only study but also work for BMW’s Greenville plant in South Carolina as part of an engineering cooperative program.

Michael Eiswerth, a chemical engineering major from Williamsport, is also headed to the Swanson School next fall. During the summer, he will intern with Lonza Inc. chemical company in Williamsport. Lonza makes products that go into foods, cleaning agents and specialty products, and Eiswerth will have the chance to work on a few specific projects that chemical engineers do.

Some local students will head straight into the world of work. Dan Comes, a computer information systems and technology major from Cyclone, has been offered a position in information technology support at Domtar Corp. in Johnsonburg.

Steve Trumbull, a computer information systems and technology major from Bradford who graduated in December, was hired by NexGen as a Junior Java Developer.

Cynthia Glatt, a radiological sciences major from St. Marys, will be working at Elk Regional Health Center.

Kyle Schulze, a December graduate in radiological sciences from Olean, N.Y., is working as an x-ray technician at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Sarah Schultz, a December graduate in radiological sciences from Mount Morris, works at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport.

Pamela Terrette, an accounting and business management major from Port Allegany, will be an accountant at Pitt-Corning.

Wes Milliron, a computer information systems and technology major from Julian, has accepted a job as a systems administrator for Nexstara in Mars.

Photo shows Tiara O. Brown on patrol with the Spanish Parachute Brigade in Torrejon, Spain. Brown is graduating Sunday from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and will begin U.S. Army flight school in Fort Rucker, Ala., this summer.


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Anonymous said...

thank you for your service especially in this time of our lives.. Not many are willing to step to the challenge but for the ones that do thank you from the bottom of my heart.. Keep safe

Anonymous said...

God Bless them all and strengthen them for their journey.