Ann Hawk To Address Class of 2006

Mrs. Ann Hawk, a proud member of the Penn State Worthington Scranton family, will serve as Speaker for Commencement 2006. The Penn State Worthington Scranton Commencement will take place Friday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the school's Multi-Purpose Building. Mrs. Hawk will discuss "Making A Difference." Over 100 students are expected to receive Penn State associates and bachelors degrees at Commencement this spring.

Mrs. Hawk's affiliation with Penn State is nearly life-long. She and her husband, David Hawk, first met in the Library as students at Penn State Worthington Scranton.

The legacy of the Hawk family begins with Elmer and Louise Hawk, who together have created a history of commitment, service, and generosity to Penn State Worthington Scranton. Ann Hawk continues to be a vital part of the life of Penn State Worthington Scranton. She joined the school's Advisory Board on January 1, 1998.  

A native of the Greater Scranton area, Mrs. Hawk earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development at Penn State University. She received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Marywood University.

Ann Hawk is a certified Rosen Method Bodywork practitioner with an office in Dunmore. She is training to be a Rosen Method Movement teacher. Rosen Method practitioners use their hands to "listen" to patients' rather than manipulate, focusing on chronic muscle tension. As relaxation occurs, unconscious feelings, attitudes, and memories sometimes emerge.

Ann Hawk is a member of the board of the United Way of Lackawanna County and Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen. She formerly served the Saint Joseph Foundation Board, Mercy Hospice Bunny Brunch, The Lackawanna College board and that of Telespond.

She and her husband, David, are members of the Penn State University Mount Nittany Society. Their generosity has benefited various campus endeavors, including the school's scholarship program, service awards, and forthcoming business building.

The Hawks operate Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, a family owned and operated concern, now in its third generation. David is Chairman of the Board and Director of Research and Development. Gertrude Hawk Chocolates produces 24 million pounds of chocolates annually, and employs over 1000 people in their manufacturing plant and 74 retail outlets.

The Hawk's have four children, Jennifer, 29; Carolyn, 27; Paul, 25: and Patrick,22. They also have two grandchildren, Austin Tarrach, three and Zoe Tarrach, six months.  

Ann and David Hawk reside in Dunmore.