Nineteen winter graduates received their Randolph diplomas at the annual Mid-Year Graduation Luncheon Friday in Smith Memorial Building.
Mid-year graduates included: Meredith Leigh Alwine (philosophy), Kirsten Leanne Arthur (psychology), Prince Charles (sport and exercise studies), Taylor Leanne Craft (sport and exercise studies), Caroline Leigh Czuhai (studio art), Samuel C. Hooper (psychology), Ericka Victoria Jacobs (biology), Krista Haylee McCombs (studio art), Stefan William Andrew Miluszusky (business), Deborah Muskatel (biology), Abagale Lee Reade Parsons (sociology), Darren Lawrence Petty (sport and exercise studies), Georgie Ruth Roark (liberal studies), Sarah Katherine Wardlow (psychology), Alyssa Hope Watson (biology), Kennedy Alexa Webb (business), Taylor Kelsey Webb (sport and exercise studies), Andrea Elgin Wilson (biology), and Morgan Elaine Yeatts (communication studies).
Several graduates already have jobs or have been accepted into graduate programs. Kirsten Arthur ’20, a psychology major, has been hired as a mental health professional at Bridges Treatment Center in Lynchburg. The facility is a residential location for adolescents ages 7-18 that focuses on behavioral therapy.
“Randolph has allowed me to take risks I probably would have never taken, and I am more confident,” Arthur said. “The psychology courses I took helped me realize why I want to help children suffering from mental health issues.”
Deborah Muskatel ’20, who majored in biology, will be a medical sales representative for Shoreline Medical, a local orthopedic surgical device distributor. In that role, she will sell and educate surgeons about the company’s products.
“Randolph College’s wonderful biology faculty gave me all of the background knowledge necessary to excel in this competitive career path,” Muskatel said. “I came into my first interview for the position with an understanding of the science behind bone marrow aspirate concentrate, which is one of the products that I now sell. The surgeon aspirates bone marrow from the iliac crest of the patient’s hip, then I process the bone marrow aspirate to create the final concentrated product to be used in surgery. Both my knowledge of the product and the techniques used to process it made me stand out throughout the interview process.”
Muskatel also credited Randolph for helping her develop her time management skills. On top of her academic commitments, she was a student athlete on the equestrian team and participated in competitive bodybuilding.
“I’m thankful that I’ve found a job that is never boring and challenges me to learn every day,” she said. “My time and experiences at Randolph College have absolutely prepared me to succeed in this role, as nearly every professor that I have had has gone above and beyond to be sure that their students truly learn and grow during their time at Randolph.”