UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The College of Education named Laura Mincemoyer Egan as its fall 2013 student marshal. She will be honored during commencement at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, in the Bryce Jordan Center.
Egan is a Schreyer Honors College student who will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in world languages education, with a focus on Spanish and English as a second language (ESL). She will also earn a bachelor of science degree in Spanish and minors in Japanese and international studies.
During her college career Egan has received a number of awards like the President’s Freshman Award and the Evan Pugh Scholar Award.
Her passion for international travel has inspired her plans of teaching English abroad. Egan’s travels have taken her to several continents in the course of her college studies. During her junior semester abroad in Alicante, Spain, she developed a connection with the Spanish language, teaching children in an after-school English program. Senior year, Egan taught Spanish and introduced a Japanese club to students at the Bourne Community College in Emsworth, England.
“Although I love my hometown of State College, there are so many new experiences out there that are just not accessible without travel,” said Egan. “I am planning to add an international component to my career so that I can share my experience as an American with people in other countries as well as spread knowledge of other cultures when I return to the U.S.”
Egan shared her international experiences teaching Spanish at Tyrone Area Middle and High schools. She also developed and led an after-school Japanese class. Egan said she hoped to inspire students at the schools to learn beyond the traditional languages taught in high school and consider traveling abroad in the future.
Graduate assistant Michelle Pasterick, Egan’s world languages education instructor and student teaching supervisor, will escort her as the faculty marshal. Egan said Pasterick had a huge impact on her development as a teacher and deserves recognition for all she does in the world languages education program.
Egan said her honors adviser Matthew Poehner was also an influential professor.
In addition to Egan’s academic success, she had multiple extra-curricular activities. She played the piccolo in the Penn State Blue Band and the cello in the Penn State Cello Choir and No Refund Theatre pit orchestra. She was the vice president of the Penn State Karate Club. She was also a member of the Student Pennsylvania State Educators Association, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Lambda Theta and the Japanese Friendship Association. She did all of this while maintaining a 3.97 grade-point average.
Laura’s parents, Rodney Egan and Beth Mincemoyer Egan; younger sister Meg; grandmother, Betty Jane Mincemoyer; and other members of her extended family plan to attend the ceremony.
After graduation, Egan plans to secure a job teaching English in Japan. She hopes to then return to the United States with a career as a language teacher, translator or librarian.