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.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s