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Honors Convocation
Start Date: 4/5/2014Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Date: 4/5/2014End Time: 4:00 PM

Event Description
Honors Convocation will be held on Saturday, April 5 at 2 p.m. in the Convocation Center. Please be sure to RSVP no later than Friday, March 28.

The University rewards academic excellence on the part of master's-, bachelor's- and associate degree-seeking students by honoring Presidential Scholars at this annual event. In addition to meeting other requirements, Presidential Scholars must carry at least a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 (undergraduate students) and 3.75 (graduate students). Both full- and part-time students are eligible for the award.

Qualifying students' names will be announced, and students will receive a personal greeting and a special Presidential Scholar pin from the President as they walk across the stage.

Presidential Scholars must RSVP for the event and should arrive for check-in and line-up in Hamer Hall by 1:10pm.

Honors Address

Shenda Hershfield ’09 will deliver the honors address when California University recognizes nearly 1,400 of its most accomplished scholars at an Honors Convocation 2 p.m. April 5 in the Convocation Center.

The University recognizes academic excellence on the part of master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree-seeking students by honoring Presidential Scholars at this annual event.

In addition to meeting other requirements, Presidential Scholars carry a grade-point average of 3.25 or higher. Both full- and part-time students are eligible for the award.

The names of qualifying students will be announced, and each student will receive a personal greeting and a special Presidential Scholar pin.

Interim University President Geraldine M. Jones will preside over the Convocation, and Acting Provost Bruce Barnhart will introduce the platform party. Dr. Gwendolyn Perry-Burney will serve as faculty mace-bearer. Dr. Gregg Gould will be herald.

In keeping with tradition, a distinguished graduate will address the scholars.

Hershfield is a digital product manager at Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network in New York City.

In this role she engages with show producers, talent and the Web design team to create new and engaging websites. Using her knowledge of best practices and latest trends in digital media, she creates websites that provide viewers with interactive experiences.

Previously, Hershfield was a Web show page producer for the channel’s No. 1-rated shows “Hannity,” “Fox Report,” “America Live” and many more. She left Fox to work for eight months as an associate social media manager for Avon, and then returned to Fox in September.

At Cal U, Hershfield earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, with a concentration in TV and radio broadcasting. She was president of Cal Campaign Consultants, a multidisciplinary organization that teaches students the basics of professional campaigns, and she served for three years as chair of the Cal U College Republicans.

She also spent five months as chair of the Southwest Caucus of the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans prior to graduation.

In the summer of 2009, Hershfield interned with Fox News Channel. Fox hired her three weeks before she earned her diploma in December 2009.

A native of Penn Township, Pa., and a graduate of Serra Catholic High School, Hershfield now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. She regularly attends Cal U Alumni and Friends events in the greater New York area.
Contact Information:
Name: Jodie Rooney
Email: rooney@calu.edu
photo of the 2014 Honors pin

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