University of Southern Indiana

Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education to hold Commencement on May 3

Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education to hold Commencement on May 3

4/22/2014 | University Communications
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The University of Southern Indiana Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education will hold Commencement at noon on Saturday, May 3, in the Physical Activities Center (PAC) on the USI campus. Dr. Scott Gordon, dean of the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education, and faculty from the College will join members of the USI Board of Trustees, USI President Linda L. M. Bennett, and other officers of the University for the program.

Dr. Cathlin S. Gray will deliver the Commencement address to graduates. She is currently the associate superintendent for Family, School, and Community Partnerships with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC), the third largest school district in Indiana.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, she holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Southern Indiana. She also earned a master’s degree in Education in 1990, an education specialist degree in 2000, and a doctorate in educational administration in 2006, all from Indiana State University. She holds a kindergarten through sixth-grade teaching license and a superintendent and school administrator’s license.

She began her career teaching kindergarten for six years before becoming the principal of Cedar Hall Elementary School in Evansville. She’s been actively involved in numerous professional organizations—most notably, the National Leaders for Today and Tomorrow Advisory Council, the National District Leaders Network on Family and Community Engagement, the National Coalition for Community Schools Steering Committee, and the Bill Goodling National Foundation Advisory Board.

Gray has been recognized with awards like the National Milken Award, the Indiana Congress of Parents and Teacher Lifetime Achievement Award, Heart of St. Vincent “Caring for Kids” Honoree, Athena Award Winner, Leadership Evansville Individual Award in Education and Business in Education Award, and the USI Distinguished Alumni Award. She was awarded an Indiana Torchbearer Award in 2014.

Volunteer work includes Habitat for Humanity and the Glenwood Community Revitalization Initiative. She has served as board chair for United Way of Southwestern Indiana, vice chair for the Early Childhood Development Coalition Board, on the YMCA Board of Directors, St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors, the Mayor’s Education Roundtable, and as chairperson of discharge planning for the Mayor’s Commission on Homelessness.

She has been a member of ASCD (formally known as Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development), Leadership Evansville, Phi Delta Kappa, Evansville Area Reading Council, A Network of Evansville Women (ANEW), and the Indiana Staff Development Council and Coalition for Community School Urban Infinity Network.

She and her husband David reside in Evansville and are the parents of two grown children, Casey Michael and Cathlin.

Gray will receive the David L. Rice Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of her positive impact on education. The award, a crystal soaring eagle representing the University mascot, personifies the vision held by USI’s first president, Dr. David L. Rice, of the potential of graduates from the University of Southern Indiana.

Dr. Kent Scheller, associate professor of physics, will receive the 2014 Distinguished Professor Award. The award is presented to a faculty member who has made substantial achievements in scholarship, teaching, and service to the University. Since his arrival at USI in 1999, Scheller has taught at all levels in the physics curriculum—from Physics 101 for non-majors to upper- level physics majors. He was recognized in 2007 with the H. Lee Cooper Core Teaching Award for the creativity and success of his teaching.

Baccalaureate degree candidates from the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education who are graduating with honors include the following:

Summa cum laude, highest scholarship index of 4.0 (wearing gold cords)

Boyer, Haley M.
Carlock, Charity
Davenport, Latoya S.
Edwards, Lauren E.
Lamar, Travis J.
Richards, Jarod A.
Tadros, Joseph S. **
Tharp, Holly R.

Magna cum laude
, scholarship index of 3.80 or higher (wearing red cords)

Allen, Ellen E. **
Baker, Whitney L. **
Barton, Krista H.
Betz, Lindsey M.
Bibb, Joseph A.
Bowles, James M.
Bube, Danielle N.
Daliege, Brittany L.
Duncheon, Christian F.
Ford, Chanse M. **
Gogel, Kyla R.
Lindauer, Megan R.
Mager, Shelby A.
McClain, Elizabeth R.
Purdy, Spencer W.
Schmahl, Hannah R.
Spaetti, Kacie M.
Thomas, Sidney E.
Turpin, Jenna L.
White, Madison E.

Cum laude, scholarship index between 3.6 and 3.8 (wearing blue cords)

Beavin, Joseph M.
Bradburn, Melissa L.
Breitwieser, Rachel A.
Clark, Brittney A.
Cole, Joshua A.
Espenlaub, Taylor L.
Gower, Megan L.
Kelley, Alec W.
Maymon, Katelyn M.
Menkedick, Autumn M. **
Minix, Aubrey E.
Padgett, Pamela M.
Peaugh, Joshua R.
Pritchett, Maria E.
Reardon, Meghann E. **
Ruthenburg, Dashiell G.
Schwartz, Sarah B.
Simmons, Graham W.
Skinner, Sarah E.
Straw, Audra R.
Swope, Cory R.
Tuley, Samantha C.
Volz, Louis J.

**Asterisks indicate students who will graduate from USI’s Honors Program, a demanding and rewarding program for selected students who take on extra challenges in their course work.

A reception for the graduates and their friends and families will follow the ceremony and will be held in University Center East.

Three other Colleges at USI will conduct Commencement on Saturday, May 3 according to this schedule:

College of Nursing and Health Professions, 9 a.m.

College of Liberal Arts, 3 p.m.

Romain College of Business and Division of Outreach and Engagement, 6 p.m.

A commencement ceremony for graduate students will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2, in the PAC.

Live video of each ceremony will be streamed in University Center East Conference Center (Rooms 2217-2220). The ceremonies also may be viewed online here.


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Commencement speaker: Dr. Cathlin S. Gray, associate superintendent for Family, School, and Community Partnerships with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC)

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