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From left: Dr. Christine Cheng, Jodie Vanderman Driver, Shippensburg University Alumni Association representative Doug Harbach, and President Jody Harpster. Recipient Delyan M. Dimitrov was unable to attend.

Three receive SU Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

Three Shippensburg University alumni received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award during the university’s undergraduate commencement ceremony May 7. This year’s recipients are Dr. Christine Cheng, Class of 2000; Delyan M. Dimitrov, Class of 2005; and Jodie Vanderman Driver, Class of 2000.

Cheng, an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting at Louisiana State University, earned a degree in finance and a degree in biology from Shippensburg.

She came to Shippensburg eager at the opportunity to engage in college studies and join the swim team. While at Shippensburg, her now husband, Chi Cheng, a 1999 Shippensburg University graduate, became a lead champion for her.

She earned two All-American Certificates (one in the mile and one in the 500 yards), an academic All-American Certificate, and a most valuable swimmer award. She was recently inducted into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Following graduation, Christine worked in the Harrisburg area at several companies including KPMG and Padden, Guerrini & Associates P.C. She also attended Penn State Harrisburg from which she earned her MBA. She later earned a Ph.D. in accounting from the Smeal College of Business at Penn State in 2011.

During this time, the couple welcomed their first two children, Michael and Andrew. They have since had a third son, Isaac. After leaving Penn State, she became a visiting assistant professor, and then subsequently, an assistant professor at LSU. In addition to being an assistant professor, Cheng is also an associate editor for the Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting.

Dimitrov, who graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg with a degree in political science, is a senior associate with the Manhattan litigation boutique of Holwell, Shuster & Goldberg LLP. He earned his Juris Doctor degree in 2008 from Columbia Law School, where he was a Stone Scholar and a recipient of the Parker School Certificate in International and Comparative Law. He is a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School, where he currently teaches a legal practice workshop for international moot courts.

His private practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and international arbitrations as well as white collar defense. He represented Ҫukurova Holding A.Ș. in the successful Second Circuit appeal and reversal of a S.D.N.Y. decision confirming a $932 million arbitral award against Ҫukurova.

Dimitrov had an active role in representing Yukos Capital in the enforcement of an ICC arbitral award that, following summary judgment, resulted in a $186 million judgment in favor of Yukos Capital. He regularly publishes in international arbitration treatises and journals, and has spoken as a panelist at the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum.

His pro bono efforts include coordinating assistance to Holocaust survivors for payments under German law providing for remuneration to those who worked in Nazi ghettos during their internment.

Prior to joining Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, he was a litigation associate at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

Driver, a marketing and sales professor at West Chester University, graduated magna cum laude from Shippensburg with a degree in marketing.

She began her career by starting and growing a successful cosmetics business. She owned that business for five years before she went to Penn State where she earned her MBA from Smeal College with concentrations in product and market development and strategic leadership.

For the next five years, she had a variety of consulting, marketing, and management posts with DuPont in both the United States and Asia. In 2010 and 2011, she lived in Shanghai, China and traveled throughout Asia.  In her final role with the company before transitioning careers, she managed the portfolio of the $3.4 billion health and nutrition division’s global food and pharmaceutical safety testing business.

At West Chester, she works predominantly with senior marketing majors. In 2014, the university honored her with a faculty award for being a “Woman of Character, Courage, and Commitment.” She also is a guest speaker and lecturer at industry and women in business events throughout the greater Philadelphia region.

She is on the John L. Grove College of Business Advisory Board at Shippensburg, the Shippensburg University Alumni Association Board of Directors, and the Smeal College MBA Program Advisory Board.

She lives in West Chester with her husband and two children.

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