Saint Martin’s University announces 2012 valedictorian and salutatorian
May 2, 2012
Lacey, Washington – Saint Martin’s University has announced the valedictorian and
salutatorian for the Class of 2012.
Valedictorian Kimberly Renee Menius grew up in Seoul, South Korea, and graduated in
2007 with honors from Seoul American High School. Menius came to Saint Martin’s
University with an Associate of Arts in language arts and communications from Mount San
Antonio Community College in Walnut, California. At Saint Martin’s, Menius majored in
criminal justice. Her undergraduate academic career included an internship with the
Lacey Police Department directed by Associate Professors Katya Shkurkin and Robert
Hauhart. Menius is graduating summa cum laude with a 3.95 grade point average. She is a
member of Saint Martin’s Society of Fellows and a recipient of the Chancellor’s
Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship and Benedictine Heritage Scholarship.
Salutatorian Taylor Katherine Meadows, originally from California, has lived most of
her life in Olympia, Washington. Meadows earned an Associate of Arts degree from South
Puget Sound Community College before transferring to Saint Martin’s University, where
she majored in elementary education. This spring, Meadows completed her student teaching
internship under the direction of Associate Professor Ann Gentle, Ph.D., and a team of
faculty members and supervisors. Meadows is a member of the Student Washington Education
Association. She is graduating summa cum laude with a 3.94 grade point average. While at
Saint Martin’s, she held the Father Feeney Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship,
Benedictine Heritage Scholarship and Chancellor’s Scholarship.
The Saint Martin’s University 2012 Commencement Exercises will begin at 2 p.m. on
Saturday, May 12, at Marcus Pavilion on the University’s Lacey campus, 5000 Abbey Way S.E.
Tickets are required for attendance.
For more information, visit www.stmartin.edu/Commencement2012.
Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located
on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic
Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities
in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint
Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six
graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint
Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main
campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett
College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s
University website at www.stmartin.edu.
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