5:28 PM EDT, July 8, 2011
Heather Lowery, daughter of James and Marilynda Lowery of Williamsport, graduated magna cum laude from Robert Morris University in May.
She finished with a 3.91 grade-point average after only three years.
Heather was engaged in several student organizations. She was editor-in-chief of the university newspaper, The Sentry, president of the pre-law society, and a student coordinator for the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
Heather was also an active community service volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, the West Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center and the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania.
She was a volunteer instructor for a Manchester Craftsmen's Guild course called "Photo in the 'Burgh."
Heather also belonged to a variety of academic honor societies including Alpha Chi, Lambda Pi Eta the Tau Sigma Chapter, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the University Honors Program.
She was on the dean's list every semester for which she was awarded the Dean's Scholar Award twice.
Heather has studied abroad in Israel and Ireland.
She won the Renaissance Award for being involved in Arts, Culture, and Creativity, Leadership, Professional Experience, Service, Special Recognition, Special Projects, and Participation, Global Experience and Undergraduate Research.
She has presented her Honors Thesis at two different Undergraduate Research Conferences; it was later voted as one of the best papers.
Over the course of her undergraduate career, Heather has also been a part of Athletes in Action and a member of the NCAA Division I Women's Rowing team. She earned the title of Ambassador of Equality after completing the intensive required components. As an intern reporter for The Herald-Mail, she won second place in the Maryland/Delaware/Washington D.C. Press Association annual contest for her education package called "Education Equation: How much do you need to get a job?"
As a student journalist, she won first place for News Writing for "Earthquake in Haiti hits home," second and third place for News Series Writing in the national Society for Collegiate Journalists' annual student journalism competition judged by working journalists.
This past spring, Heather was also awarded the President's Award for Communication at the Presidential Undergraduate Awards ceremony.
She is headed to Wilkes University in June to pursue her master's degree in creative writing.
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