Adult Studies Graduates Celebrate with Reception

April 01, 2010

The Mount Union College Adult Studies Program will graduate four students during 2006 Commencement on Sunday, May 7.


Left to Right: Shannon McFarren, Kim Strobel Pesut and Nancy Castellucci

These four students have put much hard work and dedication toward their studies, and they were honored for their accomplishments at a reception Monday, April 10.

The guests of honor included graduates Nancy Castellucci of Alliance, Jerry Gossiaux of Sebring, Shannon McFarren of Alliance and Kim Strobel Pesut of Clinton.

Castellucci came to Mount Union in 1997 with no prior college work and has been here every semester and most summers, diligently working toward her degree. She will graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology/sociology. She works at Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home. Active in the community, she recently chaired the Kiwanis Academic Challenge event.

Gossiaux, who graduated magna cum laude in December 2005 with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration, works for the United States Postal Service. He came to Mount Union in 1995 with an associate degree in applied science from Kent State University.

McFarren, who also graduated in December 2005, lives in Alliance and works at Caring Hands. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration with a concentration in health systems administration. McFarren joins her mother, father and sister as a Mount Union graduate.

Pesut, who began as a traditional student at Mount in the 1980s, returned in 1998 to finish her degree. She is graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration with a concentration in management and works at Nationwide Insurance. She resides in Clinton.

'Adult students in particular have to take a lot of risks and need real persistence to finish their degrees,' said Karen Moriarty, director of registration and adult studies. 'No one said it would be easy, only that it would be worth it.'

Family members and friends were in attendance along with Dr. Truman, interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.

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