Local News

May 13, 2013

Penn graduates hear encouraging words

OSKALOOSA — Students, their families, and William Penn University faculty gathered at the Penn Activities Center Saturday morning to help celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2013.

During her introduction of commencement speaker Dr. Melvin Oliver, William Penn President Dr. Ann Fields noted that he was a 1972 graduate of Penn. She said he earned his master’s degree and PhD. from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Fields also noted a few other accomplishments of Oliver’s including the fact that he was named SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

“Dr. Oliver believes that people — all people — if given the freedom and the confidence in themselves, can solve their problems around them,” said Fields.

Oliver addressed the crowd by first discussing his experience at Penn, which he said provided him with important intellectual tools for life. He said the same is true for the graduating Class of 2013. He said that when he was at Penn, he was motivated by a group of teachers who forced him to think logically and creatively. He said this lead him toward his career as a sociologist and teacher.

Oliver said that students graduating from Penn will have the skills not only for their first job, but for a world that is changing all the time, which they must be able to adapt to.

During his commencement address, Oliver would go on to note the fact that the world is “getting smaller” with new technology enabling people to be in contact.

While at Penn, Oliver said he was also able to expand his social horizons by giving him the opportunity to interact with people from many different areas.

Prof. Robert Barnes Jr. was conferred with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Saturday’s graduation ceremony.

Fields said Barnes has been with Penn for 52 consecutive years. She noted his role as the resident photographer for Penn, taking photos at numerous university events on a regular basis.


Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com.

Text Only
Local News
  • North Mahaska Jazz North Mahaska Jazz Band are Class 1A state jazz champions

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • DOT photo Public learns latest about Northwest Bypass at DOT meeting OSKALOOSA -- Many area residents learned the latest about the U.S. 63 Northwest Bypass of Oskaloosa at a public information meeting held Wednesday evening at Oskaloosa Middle School. The two-hour meeting featured tables with maps of the three propose

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Windmill photo Windmill undergoes restoration OSKALOOSA -- The Mahaska County Historical Society is pleased to announce that the Mahaska County Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is funding the restoration of the Baker/Gilchrist Windmill. The Baker windmill at Oskaloosa's Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museu

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Women's Club photo Oskaloosa Women's ClubSpring Luncheon set for April 25 OSKALOOSA -- The annual Oskaloosa Women's Club Spring Luncheon will be held on Friday, April 25, at noon at the First Presbyterian Church. All local talent is appearing for the program. Performing will be the men's quartet from the Central United Met

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Alcohol, prom, graduation don't mix DES MOINES -- April is Alcohol Awareness Month and marks the beginning of the prom and graduation season, a time when the spotlight turns to celebrations that can lead to underage drinking. The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division is encouraging retail

    April 17, 2014

  • Artifact 4-17 Do you know what this is?

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Blue Zones photo 2 Blue Zones kicks off OSKALOOSA -- Blue Zones Project held its Oskaloosa Kickoff Monday evening at the Oskaloosa High School gym to help improve the community's health. Blue Zones originated with Dan Buettner of National Geographic. He was asked to find areas of the world

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Motorist dies in one-vehicle accident Sunday

    April 14, 2014

  • Special Olympics photo 1 Oskaloosa hosts Special Olympics spring games OSKALOOSA -- About 250 athletes from around southeast Iowa gathered at the William Penn University Penn Activities Center Saturday to compete in the Special Olympics. Athletes tested their mettle in a variety of track and field events at the Special

    April 13, 2014 2 Photos

  • Statesmen announce cross country/track signees OSKALOOSA -- William Penn track and field coach Allen Friesen has announced the signings of numerous individuals to National Letters of Intent to compete for the cross country and/or track and field programs. Malik Brown, the son of Carrie Jones-Brow

    April 13, 2014

Oskaloosa Shopper
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Photo reprints