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Former Student to Speak at Penn State York Commencement Dec. 19

Commencement speaker Jennifer Butler Stone
12/12/2008 —

Penn State York is celebrating its eighth annual fall commencement on Friday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center at the campus. Jennifer Butler Stone, severe accident engineer at AREVA NP and a Penn State graduate, is the commencement speaker.  

In addition to hearing from Stone, Penn State York will continue its tradition of open microphone where graduates can speak for a moment.  The top graduating senior in Penn State York’s baccalaureate programs, Audra R. Weaver, communication arts and sciences; top associate degree graduate, Elizabeth L. Melhorn, business administration; and top master’s degree graduate, Melody K. Reed, master of education in teaching and curriculum; will speak for a few minutes.

A native Yorker, Stone is severe accident engineer at AREVA NP, a company considered a world leader in the design and construction of nuclear power plants.  Stone joined ABREVA NP in June 2006 and works on designing and analyzing the next generation of nuclear power plants to be licensed in the United States.

Prior to her position with AREVA NP, Stone was the lead engineer for Dominion's Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) at North Anna Power Station, a position she accepted upon completion of a degree at Penn State in 2002.  She returned to Penn State full-time in 2004 to complete a master's degree.

A Penn State graduate with a master of science and bachelor of science in nuclear engineering, Stone is a former Penn State York student and is well remembered as an outstanding student both in and out of the classroom.  While at Penn State York, Stone was active in a variety of clubs and organizations.  She served as a Lion Ambassador, secretary to the Student Government Association (SGA), an orientation leader, and a campus co-chair for the Penn State Dance Marathon, known as THON.  She was the recipient of the Eric A. Walker Award at Penn State York, the highest award a Penn State student can receive. In addition she earned two student service awards for enhancing activities on campus and a campus service award for her dedication to THON.  In addition, as a student she worked as a reactor engineering intern at Exelon, Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station and PECO Energy, Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station.  She is a York County native and a graduate of West York High School.

Stone received several scholarships including the National Academy for Nuclear Training Scholarship, the Dr. Warren Witzeg Scholarship, and the Exelon Scholarship.

She is the co-chair of the AREVA Lynchburg NA-YGN and has served as the college relations chair.  She is the secretary for the American Nuclear Society Young Members Group, and a member of the American Nuclear Society Virginia Chapter, and a board member of the Penn State Nuclear Engineering Society.

Her community service includes working with the United Way Day of Caring and serving as a judge for the York County Science and Engineering Fair, an event close to her heart.

An avid Penn State fan and part of a proud Penn State family, Stone and her husband, Mark, live in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Penn State York will award 38 master of education in teaching and curriculum degrees;  32 baccalaureate degrees: three bachelor of arts in communication arts and sciences; two bachelor of arts in English; two bachelor of arts in letters, arts, and sciences; 13 bachelor of science in business; two bachelor of science in electro-mechanical engineering technology; two bachelor of science in human development and family studies; five bachelor of science in information sciences and technology; and three bachelor of science in science.  The campus will also award 33 associate degrees:  six in business administration; two in electrical engineering technology; four in human development and family studies; six in information sciences and technology, 12 in letters, arts, and sciences (liberal arts), two in mechanical engineering technology, and one in nanofabrication manufacturing technology.   

One Penn State York student who completed her degree work at an upper division campus of Penn State will return to York, her home campus, to receive a degree during the ceremony.  Penn State York offers the first two years of more than 160 Penn State majors and those students comprise most of the campus.  The campus will also award an associate degree to a student who completed her degree through the Penn State World Campus.

A reception, sponsored by the Penn State York Alumni Society, will follow the ceremony. 

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