Sen. Portman to keynote YSU’s fall commencement

Senator Rob Portman

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, will receive an honorary degree and speak at Youngstown State University’s fall commencement.

The commencement is scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 in the Beeghly Center on campus.

Katina Darkadakis, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising with a minor in marketing, is the student speaker at the ceremony.

Portman was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 and is member of the Finance Committee, Committee On Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Committee on the Budget. He is also chair of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

He was born in Cincinnati and has worked as a lawyer and served as a member of Congress for 12 years, representing Ohio’s second district.

Darkadakis has held positions such as treasurer and resident of Students in Fashion and Interiors, which has aided with events such as Professional Attire Clothing.

She has been employed on campus as a research assistant under the supervision of Taci Turel, associate professor of Fashion Merchandising. In that position, she analyzed sustainable self-heating garments, 3D-printed textiles, and more recently, the design parameters of police uniforms to improve the functionality of uniforms without compromising comfort.

During her internship at the Campbell Police Department, Darkadakis designed and developed a prototype uniform.

She was a recipient of the David A. Jewell Memorial Scholarship and the Judge Sidney Rigelhaupt Pre-Law Scholarship. After graduation, Darkadakis hopes to pursue a master’s degree and continue her research into smart fashion or technological textiles.

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