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Department Marshals, Jaden Rankin-Wahlers and Megan Cichocki received the honor of representing the College along with seven other outstanding Political Science/International Politics students chosen as student Marshals for Spring 2017 Graduation.

INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
Megan Cichocki

Megan is the daughter of Tom and Gayle Cichocki of Zionsville, Pennsylvania. A Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Honors Scholar, she is graduating with a B.A. degree in International Politics and a B.S. degree in Economics with minors in German and International Studies. Megan participated in economics and global business research, interned with Morgan Stanley and the federal government, and held leading roles in the Penn State Economics Association. Megan is a member of the Presidential Leadership Academy and studied abroad in Germany. After graduation, Megan will work with the federal government as an economic analyst.
Escorting Faculty Marshal:
James Piazza, Professor of Political Science


POLITICAL SCIENCE
Jaden Rankin-Wahlers

Jaden is the daughter of Laine Rankin and Don Wahlers of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. A Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Honors Scholar, she is graduating with B.A. degrees in Political Science and Criminology with a minor in Religious Studies. As a student, Jaden took a leadership role in combatting the stigma associated with poverty and homelessness in Centre County and in Mexico. She was recognized with the Rock Ethics Institute Stand Up Award and the John S. Oswald Award for her work. After graduation, Jaden plans to attend law school to pursue studies in constitutional law.
Escorting Faculty Marshal:
Michael Nelson, Assistant Professor of Political Science


AFRICAN STUDIES
Isabelle Helmich

Isabelle is the daughter of Bobbi Ann Helmich and the late James Helmich of Ambler, Pennsylvania. A Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Honors Scholar, she is graduating with B.A. degrees in African Studies and International Politics with a minor in Spanish. Isabelle was an art coordinator and managing editor for Kalliope Undergraduate Literary Magazine and participated in Model African Union Conferences. She interned with the Penn State Extension/Teens4Good program and served as the director’s assistant at Camp Onas, a non-profit Quaker camp in Pennsylvania. Next year, following a summer internship with Penn State’s Division of Development and Alumni Relations, Isabelle will work in the non-profit sector before pursuing degrees in law and public policy.
Escorting Faculty Marshal:
Clemente Abrokwaa, Senior Lecturer in African Studies

ASIAN STUDIES
Marlana Bosley

Marlana is the daughter of Kenneth and Rachael Bosley of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. A Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Honors Scholar, she is graduating with a B.A. degree in Chinese and a B.S. degree in International Politics. Marlana was a research assistant for the Department of Political Science and a marketing intern for the Office of Global Programs. She also served as president of Penn State’s Women in Politics organization as well as a founding member and secretary of the Chinese Major and Minor Association at Penn State. Next year, Marlana will work for Corning Inc. in North Carolina in their BRiTE Rotational Program, which will allow her to work closely with the company’s facilities in Mainland China and Taiwan.
Escorting Faculty Marshal:
Kate Merkel-Hess, Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies


CRIMINOLOGY
Natalia Ruggiero

Natalia is the daughter of Mario and Fabiana Ruggiero, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Honors Scholar, she is graduating with B.A. degrees in Criminology and International Politics with a minor in Italian. Natalia studied abroad in Italy, received the Josephine Rhea Award for Excellence in Italian, and was inducted into the Gamma Kappa Alpha and Pi Sigma Alpha honors societies. Natalia served as a teaching assistant for the Department of Criminology and research assistant for the Association of Religion Data Archives. She was a legal intern for the Sachs Law Group and for Esperanza Immigration Legal Services. Next year, Natalia plans to attend Temple Law School. Escorting Faculty Marshal: Darrell Steffensmeier, Liberal Arts Research Professor of Sociology and Criminology

ECONOMICS
Erlfang (Eleanor) Tsai

Eleanor is the daughter of Wenpin and Rachel Tsai, of State College, Pennsylvania. A Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Honors Scholar, she is graduating with a B.S. degree in Economics and a B.A. degree in Political Science with minors in French and Francophone Studies and Mathematics. Eleanor participated in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program and interned in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of the Budget and in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Eleanor founded the Anti-Hunger Games Club, which raises awareness of and provides relief from hunger and homelessness in the local community. Next year, Eleanor will begin her Ph.D. in economics at Yale.
Escorting Faculty Marshal:
David Shapiro, Professor Emeritus of Economics


FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES
Susan Nahvi

Susan is the daughter of Ahmad and Nancy Nahvi of Chatham, New Jersey. A Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Honors Scholar, she is graduating with B.A. degrees in French and Francophone Studies and International Politics. Susan spent a semester in France, was a foundation relations intern for Plan International USA, and interned for Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack. Susan was also an ambassador for Stand for State, a volunteer for Planned Parenthood, an English as a Second Language tutor, and treasurer of the Penn State Martial Arts Group. After graduation, she will work for the Friends Committee on National Legislation as a program assistant for policy on human rights and civil liberties.
Escorting Faculty Marshal:
Jean-Claude Vuillemin, Liberal Arts Research Professor of French Literature

GLOBAL AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
Aviva Doery

Aviva is the daughter of Amy Handmaker and Michael Doery of Monroe, Connecticut. A Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Honors Scholar, she is graduating with B.A. degrees in International Politics and Global and International Studies with minors in History and Jewish Studies. Aviva studied abroad at the University of Freiburg and received the Rodney A. Erickson Discovery Grant and the Rock Ethics Institute Honors Thesis Research Award to support her independent research. Aviva also served as a special events captain for THON and assistant music director for Savoir Faire A Cappella. After graduation, she plans to spend time abroad furthering her education in global studies.
Escorting Faculty Marshal:
Sabine Doran, Associate Professor of Germanic and Slavic Languages

Student Marshal, Department of Geography (College of Earth & Mineral Sciences)
McQuillin Murphy

McQuillin is the son of Kimberly and Kevin Murphy, of Bernville. A Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Honors Scholar, he graduated with bachelor of the arts degrees in international politics and geography with a minor in Chinese. Murphy has served as the president of the University Choir, taken many roles in the International Affairs and Debate Association, and is a Lion Ambassador. He interned with the Council on Foundations global philanthropy program in Arlington, VA and helped to establish and advise the Centre PACT (Philanthropic Actions Created by Teens) program at the Centre Foundation in State College, PA. Following a summer internship with Penn State’s Division of Development and Alumni Relations, Murphy will pursue a career in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector.

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