Catherine Chuba Named Spring 2008 Penn State College of Education Student Marshal
By Pamela Batson
The Penn State College of Education has announced Catherine Chuba as the spring 2008 student marshal. Chuba will carry the College of Education’s banner and lead the procession of all students at the commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. in the Eisenhower Auditorium on Penn State’s University Park Campus. She will be the first student to receive her diploma on stage.
As the top student with a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade-point average, Chuba will be graduating with a baccalaureate degree in Secondary Education and teacher certification for Math Education. She recently completed her student teaching practicum in grades 10 through 12 at the State College Area High School. She taught Calculus, Algebra II, and College Preparatory Math III.
”My student teaching experience affirmed my love for teaching and mathematics. It gave me a chance to put into practice all that I had learned while attending classes at Penn State,” said Chuba.
In addition to her 4.00 grade-point average, Chuba is the recipient of several honors and awards, including Dean’s List Honors (all semesters), Evan Pugh Scholar, Schreyer Scholar, Donald B. and Mary Louise Elder Tait Scholarship in Mathematics Education, President’s Freshman Award, and President Sparks Award.
Chuba is the co-founder and former vice president of the Penn State Strike 3 ALS Organization, a club devoted to raising awareness and funds towards finding a cure for ALS, or what is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Her involvement stems from personal experience; her mother was diagnosed with the disease in 2005 and passed away in April 2007. Under her leadership, the organization has raised more than $20,000 to fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Dr. Rose Zbiek, associate professor of education, whom Chuba has chosen as her escort at commencement and who will also serve as the College’s faculty marshal, said, “Cathy’s remarkable academic accomplishments and numerous contributions to the community within and beyond Penn State are indicative of the insight, integrity, compassion, and commitment that she brings to everything she does. They also are but a glimmer of the many wonderful things that lie in her future.”
Chuba has also worked for numerous organizations such as ESF Summer Camps in Chester Springs, Pa.; The Second Mile in State College; the Morgan Academic Support Center for Student Athletes at Penn State, and Volunteers in Public Schools in State College.
A native of Downingtown, Pa., Chuba plans to return to that area after graduation to seek a full-time teaching position. Eventually, she would like to pursue a master’s degree in education. Her father, two sisters and several other family members will be in attendance at the commencement ceremony.