Honored faculty member to speak at York commencement May 4

Penn State York will celebrate its 42nd annual spring commencement at 6 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center) at the campus. Frederick Haag, associate professor of visual arts at Penn State York, is the commencement speaker. 

Haag was invited to give the commencement address in recognition of being named the recipient of an Alumni/Student Award for Excellence in Teaching and a 2012 Penn State Teaching Fellow. This is a great honor and Haag is one of only two recipients of this award from throughout the University.

The Penn State Alumni Association, in conjunction with undergraduate and graduate governing bodies, established the award in 1988. It honors distinguished teaching and provides encouragement and incentive for excellence in teaching. Recipients are expected to share their talent and expertise with others throughout the University during the year following the award presentation. 

For those who cannot attend the event, Penn State York's commencement can be viewed on Comcast cable channel 18 and streaming on the website.

Since 1987, Haag has taught a variety of classes at Penn State York, including art appreciation, drawing, design and painting. He augments traditional media with design software in the computer lab and has students design logos, ads and other materials for local community organizations. He also encourages his students to create blogs as showcases for their work and to provide a place for ongoing artistic reflection. 

For the past 14 years, students in his class have created designs for the campus’ yearly Unity Day celebration. The campus community votes on the student designs and the one selected is featured on a T-shirt to commemorate the yearly event on campus which celebrates diversity. 

Haag was raised in Pennsylvania and attended the University of the Arts (the Philadelphia College of Art) in Philadelphia, where he graduated with honors in 1984 with a bachelor of fine art in painting and drawing. He went on to earn a master of fine art in painting and drawing from Penn State.

Most recently, he earned a Best of Show in the 2012 Figuratively Speaking Exhibition at the Art Association Harrisburg, Harrisburg, Pa. He also participated in an international juried exhibition of works on paper in summer 2011 at the 12 12 Gallery in Richmond, Va.

In addition to numerous awards for his artwork, Haag was the 2003 recipient of the James H. Burness Award for Excellence in Teaching at Penn State York and in 2002 was named the recipient of the Penn State York Advising Award for his outstanding work with students. Haag also serves as the adviser to the Penn State York Visual Arts Club.

Exhibits of his work include the DOSHI Gallery/Susquehanna Art Museum the Art of the State in Harrisburg, a four-person show at the Art Association of Harrisburg, the National Midyear show at the Butler Institute of American Art, the Washington and Jefferson College National Painting Show, the annual Maine-Maritime Flatworks Exhibition in Presque Isle, the River Walk Arts Festival in York, Chowan College in Murfreesboro, N.C., First Street Gallery in New York City, and the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh.

Haag resides on a farm in York, Pa., with his wife, Marcy.

In addition to hearing from Haag, Penn State York will continue its tradition of the open microphone where graduates can speak for a moment. The top associate, baccalaureate and master’s degree graduates will also say a few words. A number of former Penn State York students who completed their degree work at another campus of Penn State will return to their home campus, York, to receive their degrees during the ceremony.

The campus will award associate, baccalaureate, and master's degrees during the program. The ceremony is free and open to the public. 


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Last Updated April 17, 2012