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Commencement Exercises Slated for May 7

May 3, 2016

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - More than 1,300 graduates will participate in commencement exercises at Kutztown University on Saturday, May 7.  Students in the Colleges of Business and Education will walk at 9 a.m.  Graduates of the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Visual and Performing Arts will walk at 2 p.m.  Both ceremonies will take place in the O'Pake Fieldhouse.  

In keeping with tradition, outstanding faculty and students will serve as commencement speakers. 

At 9 a.m. Dr. Amy Lynn Siegfried Kennedy will be the faculty speaker. Matthew R. Rozzi will be the graduate student speaker and Matthew J. Kuna, the undergraduate speaker.

Kennedy is an assistant professor in the Department of Elementary Education and a 1997 alumna of Kutztown University, she holds a B.S. in elementary education, an M.S.Ed. in reading/writing/literacy from the University of Pennsylvania, and an Ed.D. from Widener University.

She joined KU's faculty in 2010 after 13 years teaching at Whitfield Elementary School in the Wilson School District. Her doctoral research focused on the reading habits and attitudes of pre-service teachers. She has published in the Journal of Children's Literature on conducting author's studies with undergraduates. She has presented nationally at conferences including IRA and NCTE on such topics as writing with young children and undergraduate reading education. At KU, Kennedy teaches courses in reading and writing as well as classroom methodology. Working closely with local schools, she is a professional semester coordinator and a student teaching supervisor.

Rozzi is a 2009 graduate of KU and is graduating with a Master of Arts in counseling with a focus on mental health. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from KU. 

Rozzi has been a member of the Alpha Epsilon Lambda National Honor Society for Graduate and Professional School since 2015, and also received the Kutztown University Graduate Student Grant in the same year.

He currently serves as a fiscal supervisor for the Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance and as a master's level counseling intern with KU's Counseling and Psychological Services, and Threshold Rehabilitative Services. He previously worked as an adult mental health case manager with Service Access and Management, Inc.

Rozzi is currently working on his research project, entitled "Existential Counseling as a Trans-Theoretical Philosophy and its Current Clinical Application." He previously co-published "Counseling African Males: Effective Therapeutic Interventions and Approaches" and has co-presented research on elder abuse at the Pennsylvania Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Conference and the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors Conference. Rozzi's professional and research interests include humanistic-existential counseling, gerontology, liberation psychology, and the intersection between psychology and philosophy.

This fall, he will be attending the University of North Dakota in the counseling psychology doctoral program. Rozzi plans on becoming a licensed psychologist working with underserved populations.

Kuna is graduating with a bachelor's degree in secondary education with a concentration in Spanish and English As a Second Language (ESL). A member of the KU Honors Program, Kuna is graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. He studied in San Pedro, Costa Rica, at the Institute for Central American Development Studies through KU's Study Abroad Program.

At Kutztown, Kuna has been the president and treasurer of the Saint Christopher Catholic Newman Council and a member of Sigma Delta Pi National Hispanic Honors Society. He also served as an academic planner with the Connections Orientation Program and as an assistant and peer tutor with KU Tutoring Services. 

Kuna was a student teacher at Reading Intermediate High School teaching exploratory world language and Spanish I, and was a part-time teacher candidate at Northeast Middle School in an ESL classroom. He has presented and participated in several conferences, including the Eastern Educational Research Association Conference and the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association Conference. He volunteers as a teacher in the St. Mary's Parish Religious Education Program, and has also volunteered with the Office for Hispanic Affairs - Diocese of Allentown.

At 2 p.m. the speakers will include faculty member Dr. Frank Kumor, graduate student William Joseph Anthony and undergraduate student Viviana Vidal.

Kumor is the assistant director of percussion studies and conducts the world percussion ensemble. This ensemble specializes in the drumming of West Africa, Ghana, and Brazil. His book, co-authored with Chalo Eduardo, "Drum Circle, A Guide to World Percussion," is published by Alfred Publishing Company and features 28 world percussion instruments from five continents, and an interactive CD-ROM. His online clinics can be viewed at the Alfred website.

Kumor presents solo recitals and workshops as well as concerts with the Kutztown University Percussion Ensemble worldwide. As a soloist, Kumor has performed at the Patagonia International Percussion Festival, Rio Negro, Argentina; at the Polish International Percussion Festival, Wroclaw and Opole, Poland; and has served as artist-in-residence at University of Montevideo, Uruguay; University of Campinas, Brazil; Kenyatta University, Kenya; Conservatorio Professional Municipale de Ribarojja, Spain; Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile; University of South Adelaide, Australia; and as a visiting professor for the Argentine Ministry of Education. Nationally, he has presented workshops at music educator association meetings in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Texas, and at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. 

Kumor and the Kutztown University Percussion Ensemble have performed at the Puerto Rico Percussion Festival (2005); Paris International Percussion Festival (2006); College Music Society International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand (2007); Artists-In-Residence at American University, Athens, Greece (2008); International Percussion Ensemble Week; and Bejelovar, Croatia (2010).  Kumor is a performing artist and clinician for Paiste Cymbals, Yamaha Percussion, Remo Percussion, Mike Balter Mallets and Alfred Publishing Company.

He is a KU alumnus, class of 1991, and received his advanced degrees from Duquesne University and the University of Kentucky.

Anthony is graduating with a Master of Social Work degree. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice/psychology from Lycoming College. Anthony has been a member of the Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society and received the Access Services Quarterly Award for Excellence on several occasions. 

He is currently a counselor with the Rebound Juvenile Probation Office Program, a role in which he provides therapeutic services to clients, including establishing goals to complete probation and improve mental health. He is also an intern at Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, and previously interned with the Schuylkill Learning Academy. His other professional experiences include mentor in Rebound and counselor with KidsPeace Diagnostic Unit Revere House.

Vidal is graduating with a bachelor's degree in communication studies. She is also a graduate of Lehigh Carbon Community College, where she received her associate's degree in communication.  At KU, Vidal served as the multimedia and promotions manager of The Keystone student newspaper, and previously as the assistant editor of arts and entertainment. She has contributed more than 20 articles to the newspaper, including pieces on arts, entertainment, news and opinion. 

Vidal worked as a community assistant, a role in which she developed and implemented community-based programming while serving as a liaison to students and professional staff in Housing, Residence Life and Dining Services. She also served as a documentarian for KUTV "Spotlite" and as an assignment editor and host of KUTV Newsbreak's "Hollywood Minute."