Eastern Gateway graduates told compromise is key

PROFILE IN COMPROMISE — Judge Jennifer Brunner of the Ohio 10th District Court of Appeals was the keynote speaker at the 49th commencement exercises of Eastern Gateway Community College, held Saturday morning at the Finnegan Fieldhouse at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. EGCC conferred more than 600 degrees in the spring semester of 2018. -- Paul Giannamore

STEUBENVILLE — The graduates of Eastern Gateway Community College for the spring of 2018 were given pointers in the strength of the art of compromise by Judge Jennifer Brunner of the Ohio 10th District Court of Appeals.

“I urge you at this new beginninng to take the attitude each day that every person, every situation, every problem, every environment is yoyur chance to learn and grow,” Brunner told the graduates. “As you do, you will discover that life involves a series of compromises adn that compromise is part of the path to wisdom.”

During the college’s 49th commencement, held Saturday at the Father Matthew Finnegan Fieldhouse at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, EGCC President Jimmie Bruce said the more than 600 graduates this spring represents the largest class ever for the school. Through on-line education, the school now has students across Ohio and in all 50 states. The class included graduates from 34 states. Nine high school students were graduating with associate degrees before receiving their high school diplomas this spring through the EGCC College Credit Plus program. Eight are from Steubenville High School and one is from Columbiana High School.

Associate Professor Cindy Carducci was given special recognition upon her retirement. She is the school’s 2018 Excellence in Education winner and led the commencement procession with the school mace. She started at the school in 1984 as an assistant respiratory therapy instructor, became the clinical education coordinator, associate professor and program director. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State and her master’s degree from Ohio University.

Brunner, who has served as Ohio’s secretary of state and was a Franklin County Common Pleas judge, recalled being told by Democratic Party leadership not to run for the Senate in 2010 because it was not believed as a woman she could win. She was told it was not her turn.

Brunner didn’t back down and ultimately lost the race to a man who went on to lose the general election to a Republican.

After completing her term as Ohio’s secretary of state, earning a John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage award for working to ensure every Ohioan is permitted to vote, she went on to service in Serbia to improve its government and courts and served as an observer to three elections in Egypt following the Arab Spring, as well as working with the bar association in Sri Lanka on developing principled negotiation skills.

.“I realized how much bigger the world is than I could have ever imagined,” she said.

Bruner told the students that there is a great opportunity for them today thanks to developments in communication.

“We have discovered a more widely diverse world than most of us ever imagined possible. There is the possibility for great growth in this kind of environment, but fear and entrenchment has created struggle and chaos, too,” she said.

She said the students had used concession and compromise to reach graduation from the school.

“At some point, you realized that you were not all you could be without an education. At some point, you realized that you owed it to yourself and your family to move forward, so you did. It took courage and conviction and fearlessness to see where you were weak and to discover where you are strong,” Brunner said.

“If you really examine your actions, I think each of us would admit that within ourselves, there are things that make us good and things that have the potential to make us wicked,” Brunner said. “We don’t compromise kindness, even when we must punish and correct, but we decide how we will do so, in the interest of what will become the best lesson for lasting change and what is doable.”

“There are things that are OK to compromise and there are things that are not OK to compromise. Life is about learning the difference, and while we compromise issues, we do not compromise our principles for this reason: The art of compromise is the work of mature people,” Brunner said.

Area graduates are:

Adena: Cierra Cologie, Brent Kendziorski, Carrie Wallace.

Amsterdam: Tanya Easlick, Megan Grimes, Dalton Herzick, Genevieve Koniski, Christopher McCallister, Dawn Morrison.

Bergholz: Jonathon Kemmer, Stephanie Porter.

Bloomingdale: Stacey Abbott, Ruth Anderson, Lesa Evans, Krystal Fiala, Miranda Gordon, Martina Marko, Samantha McMillen, Harley Moffo, Melissa Skidmore, Amber Smedley, Suzanne Travis.

Brilliant: Autumn Cabra, Robert Crowe, Krysten Simpson.

Cadiz: April Bates, Melanie Keeton, Britney Lucas, Danielle Payne, Jennifer Scott, Whitney Swearingen

Carrollton: Michael McDowell.

Chester: Candice Shull.

Dillonvale: Debra Battilochi, Demetria Childress, Ashley Tweedy, Saxon Wells.

East Liverpool: Kayla Baker, Cassandra Felekey, Samantha Kendall, Kimberly Ross, Andrea Williams.

Empire: Belinda Stock.

Follansbee: Jessica Dial, Kacey Horstin.

Hammondsville: Matthew Herrick.

Hopedale: Logan Case, Sarah Hudson.

Irondale: David Mitchell, Emily Urich, Brooklynne Wilson.

Mingo Junction: Morgan Adkins, Audrey Blackburn, Britni Carmine, Cecelia Darrah-Rosnak, Jordan Fabian, Jessica Gump, Sandra Higgs, James Lash, Austin Mannarino, Anna Perrino, Cassandra Phillis, Madison Rees, Billie Roe, Kayla Stewart, Brandon Sweeney, Tyler Thomas, Jonathan Vance, Robert Vance.

New Cumberland: Scott Cooper, Krista Mcgraw.

Rayland: Shannon Balcom, Tracy Diar, Jaimie Gray, Devin Pasco, Jessica Stiltner, Kirsten Turner.

Richmond: Donna Corder, Kevin Harris, Gabrielle Perrin, Alayna Pugh, Victoria Shimmel, Noah Smith, Zachary Vankirk.

Salineville: Michelle Hart, Tracey Richards

Scio: Sarah Cramblett, Dustin Ward.

Smithfield: Kayla Ogden.

Steubenville: Brooke Andrews, Anthony Comisso, Amanda Cooper, Morgan Elson, Alexander Eroshevich, Dominic Fabian, Austen Forester, Chelsea Gibson, Michael Gray, Joshuah Hardwick, Jessica Jenkins, Kristina Kelly, Cory Kuntupis, Cody Lawson, David Lulla, Stephen Marcino, Melissa Miller, Bradley Moore, Evan Naylor, Bradly Newbur, Ainslie Oiler, Allissa Pasco, Shannon Pearson, Pablo Ponce, Gregory Rayburn, Krystina Riley, Ciara Rogers, Desarae Schrode, Philip Stoutz, Mark Taylor, Renee Tedreau, Jeremy Ternasky, Alexandra Tomaini, Tomasso Valerio, Douglas Viola, Brendan Way, Cody Westling, Stephen Zeiler.

Stratton: Connor Bahen.

Tiltonsville: Amber Adamson, Sheila Baker, Roseanna Roush.

Toronto: Mason Allese, Lexie Berger, Emily Bland, Zachary Calabrese, Scott Close, Kasey Cooper, Kayla Dorsey, Jonah Haught, Annabelle Kuchan, Jonathan Kuhn, Tiffanny Martin, Miranda Robinson, Tyler Roush, Joshua Smith, Zachary Smith, Kayla Stewart, Jeanelle Tice, Cheyenne Wade, Erica Weingart, Meredith Westfall, Nikki Wright.

Weirton: Elizabeth Becker, Ashley Hines, Tiffany Macek, Brittany Majoris, Matthew McEndree, Cody Morgan, Brooke Murdock, Beverly Smith, Ashley Stewart, Tifini Wallace.

Wellsburg: Tiffany Grimm, Ashley Miller, Alyssa Rice, Kristen Stewart, Kenneth Wilson.

Wellsville: Ashley Long, Maria Mayle.

Wintersville: Dylan Anderson, Jensen Brooks, Kathleen Brown, Sarah Brown, Timothy Brown, Bethanie Bube, Justen Chappell, Georgianna Ciotti, Dorcas Daboni, Ryan Delelles, Aubraney Gaffney, Patricia Harper, Megan Marquis, Fallon Martin, Christopher Myers, Ian Paulman, Kelli Richardson, Nakia Richmond, Ana Smith, Payton Vaughan, Allison Vojvodich

Yorkville: Austin Antill.

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