Keilholtz is a sculptor, a leader and now Arts and Architecture student marshal

Stephanie Swindle
November 04, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Joshua T. Keilholtz, a senior from Mont Alto, Pennsylvania, will serve as the student marshal for the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture at fall commencement ceremonies in December. Keilholtz will receive his bachelor of fine arts in sculpture, and he selected Cristin Millett, associate professor of art in the School of Visual Arts, to serve as his faculty marshal.

Keilholtz, son of Christine and Ronald Keilholtz, has spent his time at Penn State as a member of the Division of Undergraduate Studies Leadership Council, Sculpture Club and LGBTA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally) Student Roundtable. He also held an internship with the LGBTA Student Resource Center doing marketing and outreach, which provided him the experience to spend a summer doing graphic design and marketing for the U.S. Fire Administration/National Fire Academy.

Keilholtz’s experience with the LGBTA Student Resource Center began as a volunteer opportunity. He volunteered at the center and served as a Straight Talks panelist, reaching out to classes by talking about LGBTA issues and answering student questions. He said his participation in this organization is one of the highlights of his college career.

“Those experiences have shaped my life for the better. Those I met and interacted with in each situation I was presented have inspired me in ways they can't imagine,” Keilholtz explained.

Not only has Keilholtz made the dean’s list all four years at Penn State, but he is also a recipient of the Bayard D. Kunkle Scholarship (2014), Evan Pugh Scholar Award (2013 and 2014), LGBTA Alumni Interest Group Scholarship (2013), F&M Trust Robison Scholarship (2010–13), the President Sparks Award (2012) and the President’s Freshman Award (2011).

Regarding his plans, Keilholtz said, “Eventually I want to go to grad school in student affairs or something similar. I've always enjoyed helping people, and I've enjoyed every moment of the college experience. I'd like to continue working at that level.”

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    College of Arts and Architecture student marshal Josh Keilholtz.

    IMAGE: Josh Keilholtz
Last Updated November 04, 2014