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The College of Health and Human Development appoints the summer 2021 student marshal


Shane McElwee, son of Charles and Kathleen McElwee of Hummelstown, Pa., Will be the Field Marshal of the College of Health and Human Development at the Summer Opening Ceremony at Penn State on August 14.

McElwee will earn a bachelor’s degree in bio-behavioral health. McElwee conducted research with Assistant Professor of Nursing Cara Exten examining the relationship between daily experiences of discrimination and health behaviors among sexual minorities. As a Schreyer Honors Fellow, McElwee wrote the dissertation “The Body Brings Contempt: A Narrative Examination of Biological Markers Associated with Sexual Minority Stress”. He also received the Schreyer Honors College Academic Excellence Fellowship and was named eight times to the Dean’s List.

While at Penn State, McElwee worked as an English tutor at the Mid-State Literacy Council and as vice president and president of philanthropy for ServeState, a student organization that provides services through volunteerism and philanthropy in the local community. He was also a learning assistant for STAT 250: Introduction to Biostatistics and was a member of the Asylum Music Club. McElwee participated in the alternative winter vacation program, “Pulling Apart the Prison Pipeline: Assisting Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System”.

McElwee graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. After graduation, he plans to gain experience in the field of public health before pursuing graduate studies to study epidemiology.

Last updated on August 09, 2021


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