Alumni Highlights


Curtis Rabe (Major in Computer Science with minors in Ethnic Studies, German Studies, and Music, 2016)

  • Curtis was awarded the highly prestigious English Teaching Assistantship in Germany from the U.S. Fulbright Commission, and spent the 2016-2017 academic year in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Curtis' Fulbright has since been renewed, and he will again be teaching in Germany for the 2017-2018 academic year.


Kelsey Mengle (Major in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics, 2015)

  • Kelsey was awarded a highly competitive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Kelsey is currently a Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan and recently published the paper, First-principles calculations of the near-edge optical properties of β-Ga2O3, on her research thus far.


Ethan Goldbach (Majors in History and International Studies with minors in Anthropology and Music, 2014)

  • Ethan received the prestigious Critical Language Scholarship and studied in South Korea at Soonchunhyang University. Ethan was awarded the highly prestigious Fulbright Award in 2015 to teach in Malaysia. Ethan's Fulbright Award was also renewed for a second term in 2016.

Grace Hanft (Major in Accounting with a minor in Economics and certificate in Women's Studies, 2010)

  • In her time with the Honors Program, Grace played an integral role in developing the Reach Out service program that continues to improve education in the Dominican Republic while allowing students to apply the principles of their individual disciplines. After graduating, she went on to attain her CPA Certification. Currently, Grace is an Audit Manager at KPMG.


Ryan Hurst (Majors in Accounting and Finance, 2003)

  • After graduating from the Shippensburg University Honors Program, Ryan went on to become well versed in business appraisal, investment banking, mergers & acquisitions and private equity sectors. Ryan is the former Vice President at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, and is currently a Partner at Artisan Values, LLC in Reading, PA. He is a member of the American Society of Appraisers and holds multiple Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FIRA) Certifications. Ryan is also an alumni of Alpha Kappa Psi.


James Ruda (Major in Biology, 2000)

  • After receiving his undergraduate drgree from Shippensburg University, James earned his M.D. from The Pennsylavinia State University. He then went on to complete a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at the University of North Carolina. James is a member of the Department of Otolaryngology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor for the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Ruda continues to conduct research within his field.


Richard Dietz (Major in Finance, 1999)

  • After graduating from the Honors Program, Richard attained his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law. Richard is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Practice. He held the position of Vice Chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and currently is on the Appellate Practice Section Council. Additionally, He is on the North Carolina Bar Association's Appellate Rules Committee. Richard has been named in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for North Carolina General Commercial Litigation and in Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite for Litigation. He was recognized in the 2012, 2013, and 2014 editions of North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine as being a “Rising Star” in Appellate Law. Richard was also highlighted to be one of Triad Business Journal ‘s “40 Leaders Under Forty” in 2014.  In 2015, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly named him one of their "Leaders in the Law".


Susan Wendel (Major in Chemistry, 1989)

  • After graduating from the Honors Program, Susan went on to achieve her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from Rutgers University. Susan has worked in drug development, and she is currently a Scientific Director at Johnson & Johnson. Susan has successfully lead multinational teams on global initiatives. In 2015, Susan was named Johnson & Johnson Working Mother of the Year.