A telecommunications major from Milwaukee, Wis., will serve as student marshal for the College of Communications at Penn State during fall commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Jason Milnes will complete his college career with a 3.93 grade-point average. Faculty marshal Krishna Jayakar, associate professor in the Department of Telecommunications, will escort Milnes.
“Dr. Jayakar has been a spectacular professor. He taught me everything I know about the telecommunications industry,” said Milnes. “I really appreciated his enthusiastic method of teaching.”
Milnes took two classes with Jayakar, who teaches telecommunications management and media economics.
During his time at Penn State, Milnes has received several scholarships, including the Bradford Brian Communications Scholarship and the Penn State Alumni Chapter of Wisconsin Scholarship. He is also the video executive for the independent Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) organization FOTO.
“I make videos for the group and promotional material that’s used to recruit members,” said Milnes. “We were fortunate enough to have FOTO’s video broadcast live last year on the THON webcast that was viewed by more than 400,000 people.”
Milnes’ proudest accomplishment at Penn State was his involvement with a team that implemented the primary stages of a telemedicine system in a small village in eastern Africa.
“The system was named Mashavu, which is Swahili for ‘chubby cheeked.’ Our team won many awards and even published an award-winning paper in the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering,” said Milnes. “It was a terrific opportunity for me to enhance my telecommunications education.”