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Campus to Celebrate Ninth Annual Fall Commencement Dec. 18

Jane Sutton,Commencement speaker
Dr. Jane Sutton celebrates 25 years at Penn State York and is the commencement speaker on Dec. 18. Photo courtesy of Dave Swanson
12/9/2009 —

Penn State York is celebrating its ninth annual fall commencement on Friday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center at the campus. Jane S. Sutton, Ph.D., associate professor of communication arts and sciences, who is celebrating 25 years of service to the University, is the commencement speaker. For those who cannot attend the event, Penn State York's commencement can be viewed on Comcast cable channel 18 streaming on the Web site at www2.yk.psu.edu/commencement.

In addition to hearing from Sutton, 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, top associate degree graduate, and top master’s degree graduate will also speak.

Sutton began her Penn State career in 1984 at Penn State York. She is a member of the graduate faculty at the University and serves as the program coordinator for the communication arts and sciences program at York. She began her teaching career in 1974 in a high school near Montrose, Colorado, where she taught language arts classes and coached high school debate.

An internationally known expert on rhetoric, Dr. Sutton credits a college course thirty-five years ago for sparking her interest in, and study of, rhetoric. This course transformed her passion for competitive debate into an intellectual curiosity about rhetoric that has continued throughout her career.

During her tenure at York, Dr. Sutton has taught more than 117 sections of public speaking (CAS 100) as well as other courses including rhetorical theory, rhetorical criticism, language culture and society, American public address, contemporary American rhetoric, and business and professional communication.

Dedicated to her students, Dr. Sutton started a chapter of the National Communication Association Student Group (NCASG) at Penn State York and the Pi Rho Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, a national honor society, at the campus. She involves students in her research projects and has taken them to national conferences where they have presented papers and won awards.

She is the author of The House of My Sojourn: Rhetoric, Women, and the Question of Authority, Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2010, currently in press. She has more than thirty publications among them journal articles in international and national journals such as Rhetorica, Windsor Access to Justice, and Journal of International Women’s Studies as well as chapters in books, including references such as the Encyclopedia of Rhetoric. She has earned a number of awards and grants for her research, including a “Best Article Award” for her publication in Southern Communication Journal on women and rhetoric. She has been the recipient of several internal grants, such as the Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies.

Sutton earned a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Colorado in 1984. She earned a master of arts in Communication Arts and a bachelor of arts in Speech and Drama, with a minor in English literature, from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. Sutton’s complete bio is available on the Web.

Penn State York will award 41 master of education in teaching and curriculum degrees; 27 baccalaureate degrees; three bachelor of arts in communication arts and sciences; two bachelor of arts in letters, arts, and sciences; 13 bachelor of science in business; six bachelor of science in information sciences and technology; and three bachelor of science in science. The campus will also award 31 associate degrees: seven in business administration; four in electrical engineering technology; six in human development and family studies; eight in information sciences and technology; three in letters, arts, and sciences (liberal arts); and two in mechanical engineering technology.

Three Penn State York students who completed their work at an upper division campus of Penn State will return to York, their 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.

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