Distinguished students to speak at commencement

Dateline: student newspaper

By: Jessica Baltzersen

File Under: graduation, seniors, speakers

As the second semester winds down, anxious seniors are beginning to prepare for graduation. Three students will be speaking at the commencement celebration held on May 11. Jessica Pykosz will be speaking at the traditional student graduation in the afternoon and both Greg Williams (as the adult undergraduate speaker) and Todd Uterstaedt (as the graduate studies speaker) will speak at the morning adult and graduate ceremony. Each speaker was awarded the Distinguished Student award, chosen by committees of faculty, staff and students for their outstanding achievement during their time at the Mount.

Pykosz is an athletic training major from Milford, Ohio. She played soccer at the College of Mount Joseph for four years and was captain for two of those years. She works as a student aide at Howell Rehab Center and is also an athletic training club member and peer tutor at the Mount. Her list of academic accomplishments includes; vice president of Alpha Chi honor society, Iota Tau Alpha member, Kappa Gamma Pi member and member of Ohio Zeta Chi Alpha Sigma athletic honor society. In addition she is a member of the 2013 OATA Quiz Bowl State championship team and won the distinguished student award for the class of 2013.

Williams is a music education major who grew up in Cincinnati and now lives in Dearborn County, Ind. with his wife and six children. With music as one of his biggest interests, he works as a music director for St. Jude Apostle Parish and also plays in a classic/party rock band. The most meaningful experience he expresses is the things he has learned at the Mount, and the work he has done with Campus Ministry. Williams says, “As an adult student, it's been exciting to absorb a lot of new knowledge, and to improve my own skills and musicianship. In Campus Ministry, I've found it inspiring and fulfilling to work with students and their faith during Sunday night Masses and other services and devotions at the College.” 

Uterstaedt is a graduate student of the masters of organizational leadership program from Ansonia, Conn. He is co-founder, president, and CEO of Baker and Daboll, an executive coaching firm that helps executives across the United States, Canada and Mexico improve their leadership and enhance their lives. He also served as a decorated U.S. army intelligence officer and vice president of a global organization development company. As an executive coach and speaker, Uterstaedt speaks on topics including executive influence and ethical leadership. He’s been quoted and interviewed by media outlets such as “PBS” television, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek Inc. magazine, and “American City Business Journals”.