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Student Commissioned in ROTC Ceremony, Graduates From Penn College

Lt. Col. Nathan D. Smyth (left) and Penn College President Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour flank 2nd Lt. Stephen P. LegarskiStephen P. Legarski of Montoursville was commissioned as a second lieutenant inan Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps ceremony held Saturday, Aug. 7, at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Penn College President Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour delivered remarks at the ceremony, which took place at the Thompson Professional Development Center.

Later in the day, Legarski graduated from the College with a degree in Business Administration-Management Concentration. Legarski is the seventh Penn College student to receive an Army commission since the institution began its partnership program with Bison Battalion (hosted by Bucknell University) in 1995.

Later this month, Legarski will marry Theresa Marie Doran, who graduated from the College in May with a degree in Dental Hygiene. He then will enter the Officer’s Basic Course at Fort Bliss, Texas. He will be on active duty with the Air Defense Artillery.

While at Penn College, Legarski was a member of the Newman Club, the Wildcat Power Lifting Team and the Battalion Ranger Challenge Team. He entered the ROTC program in his sophomore year after attending the Leaders’ Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky. During his senior year, he served as the Officer in Charge at Penn College/Lycoming College and as Battalion S-4 (Logistics, Transportation and Supply Officer).

Legarskiwas sworn in as an officer by Lt. Col. Nathan D. Smyth, commander of the Bucknell University ROTC Battalion.

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