Former student Barbara Arnold to deliver commencement address

December 06, 2011

Former Penn State New Kensington student Barbara Arnold, the founder and president of PrepTech Inc., an engineering services and mineral processing equipment company in Apollo, Pa., will be the principal speaker at the campus' fall commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, in the Forum Theatre. The title of Arnold's address is "Global Initiatives: Where Can Your Penn State Degree Take You?" More than 30 graduates will receive baccalaureate and associate degrees.

Arnold was selected in October as an Alumni Fellow, the most prestigious award given by the Penn State Alumni Association. While attending the New Kensington campus, she was elected president of the SGA, and she earned the Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award, the campus’ highest student honor. She completed her bachelor's, master’s and doctoral degrees in mineral processing at University Park.

The Apollo resident is a life member of the PSAA and serves on the boards of the campus Advisory Board and the Alle-Kiski Alumni Society. Arnold supports Penn State in a variety of campus projects. She established the Student Leadership Development Fund for awards, guest speakers and travel related to student leadership programs. In 2008, she created the Barbara J. Arnold Global Initiatives Program Support Fund that promotes cultural awareness and diversity enhancement.

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  • Barbara Arnold was selected as a 2011 Alumni Fellow by the Penn State Alumni Association.

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Last Updated December 06, 2011