Student commencement speakers

Kim Taylor and Janet Lynn Gbur, graduating this spring both with accomplished university careers, will speak at YSU’s 2011 spring commencement ceremonies on May 21.

Kim Taylor, a Student Success Story, will speak at YSU's Spring 2010 commencement ceremony.

Kim Taylor

Undergraduate speaker, Taylor (left) will receive a bachelor’s degree in geography. She was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society in 2010 and the Gamma Theta Upsilon, the International Geographical Honor Society, in 2011. During her years as a YSU student, Taylor has been awarded the JoAnn Knapic Academic Achievement award, the Vere Stalker Shaklee & Nina Pierce Shaklee Outstanding Geography Major award and the Michael Klasovsky Applied Geography award. She currently works full time as secretary to Trumbull County Auditor Adrian S. Biviano.

Janet Gbur, a Student Success Story, will speak at YSU's Spring 2010 commencement ceremony.

Janet Gbur

Gbur (right), as the graduate student speaker, will graduate with a master’s in mechanical engineering and go on to the Ph.D. program in materials science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Gbur first attended Kent State University with a dual major in biology and pre-medicine, receiving her bachelor’s before earning another in materials science from Youngstown State University. While at YSU, Gbur served as a student trustee and collegiate and former national officer for Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She held memberships in the Order of Omega, the Golden Key International Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa. In addition, her engineering internship with CleveMed, a medical device company in Cleveland, led to work on multiple National Institutes of Health grants and the design of a patent-pending EEG electrode, of which she is co-inventor.