UMass Amherst Industrial Engineering Major Chosen as Student Commencement Speaker

AMHERST, Mass. - Jean Marie Maranville, a senior industrial engineering major, has been selected student speaker for the 128th Commencement at the University of Massachusetts, Sun. May 24 at 10:30 a.m. in Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

In her speech, Maranville will talk about the value of knowledge, which she defines as "the life skills that we have acquired through our academic studies, extracurricular activities, and most importantly from our personal interactions with one another." During the past four years, she says, graduating seniors have come to recognize their need for each other, while learning to be self-reliant at the same time. "The primary focus of our education," she says, "has been the development of the tools necessary to learn," and learning, she says, "continues throughout our lives in everything we do."

Maranville was chosen student speaker by a committee of four seniors and three faculty members.

While at UMass, Maranville has participated in numerous activities and has earned many awards. She has been president of the UMass chapters of both Alpha Pi Mu, the industrial engineering honor society, and IIE, the Institute of Industrial Engineers. She is also a board member of the campus chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, and chairman of SHOUT, the student high school outreach program. She is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

She is the recipient of a 1998 Senior Leadership Award and has also received the following engineering awards: UMass Engineering Student Service Award (1997); Paul C. Washburn III Award for Academic Excellence in Industrial Engineering (1996 and 1998); Gill Penchina Award for Student Leadership in Industrial Engineering (1996); and University of Massachusetts Engineering Alumni Award (1995). In addition, Maranville was a William F. Field Alumni Scholar for 1996, and received a Fellowship Award from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.

Maranville also played the flute as a member of the Minuteman Marching Band and the University Concert Band.

Maranville has accepted a permanent position as a quality engineer for The Gillette Company in South Boston, beginning in June.

She is the daughter of Marie and Lloyd Maranville of Tewksbury.