Richard Dietz (’02) receives Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from Shippensburg University

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Richard Dietz ('02)

SHIPPENSBURG — Five Shippensburg University graduates received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award during the spring undergraduate commencement ceremony May 10.

Recipients are William Craig, Class of 2000; Richard Dietz, 1999; Katherine Heatley, 2007; Coast Guard Lt. Sean Palmer Jehu, 1996; and Marie R. McDonald, 1997.

Craig, of Harrisburg, is founder and CEO of WebpageFX, an award-winning full-service Internet marketing, web design and web development agency.

After graduating from Shippensburg with a degree in finance, he earned an information technology master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He started working full-time at his own company in 2004. Since then, the firm has expanded to more than 60 employees, including a number of Shippensburg alumni.

Dietz, of Winston-Salem, N.C., is a law partner with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. He earned a degree in finance at Shippensburg and his law degree in 2002 from Wake Forest University School of Law, where he was number one in his class.

His practice is focused on appellate and constitutional litigation, and he has represented clients in dozens of cases in state and federal appellate courts across the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Heatley is a federal police officer with the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington. She earned a degree in criminal justice with a minor in psychology at Shippensburg. After graduation, she joined the police service, where her main duties include protecting the chief justice and the associate justices of the Supreme Court. She also patrols the court grounds and screens visitors.

Heatley is now pursuing a degree in nursing and is an assistant softball coach for Wilson High School in Washington.

Jehu is stationed in Falmouth, United Kingdom, where he serves as a military search and rescue pilot. He earned a degree in business administration in human resource management at Shippensburg.

A member of the university’s ROTC program, he earned his U.S. Army commission and served as a helicopter medical evacuation pilot for more than nine years. He transferred in 2005 to the U.S. Coast Guard to serve as a search and rescue pilot.

McDonald, of Breinigsville, is senior director with Quintiles Consulting, the largest provider of biopharmaceutical development and commercial outsourcing services in the world.

She earned a degree in marketing at Shippensburg and a master’s degree in career and technical education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2001.

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