Dr. Kimberley J. Roberts and Dr. George F. Kalf to receive honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees.
Longmeadow, MA— Dr. Kimberley J. Roberts, educator and advocate for women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), will address Bay Path University’s 2019 graduating class at its 122nd Commencement to be held Sunday, May 19, at 4:00 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA.
Dr. Roberts and Dr. George F. Kalf will receive honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from the University at the ceremony.
Dr. Roberts is the Strategy and Operations Manager for the Engineering Education group at Google, Inc., a team dedicated to developing content, systems and methodologies to promote computer science and technical education at scale for Google. She also serves as chief of staff for Google’s Vice President of Education and University Relations. Throughout her career at the company, she has been an instrumental contributor to Google initiatives that leverage innovative programming to introduce and engage students under-represented in tech to the fields of computer and data science and applied machine learning. She was responsible for the creation and implementation of the ground breaking Applied Computing Series for higher education students and faculty. Dr. Roberts earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley; a master’s in English Literature from Mills College; and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Virginia. Dr. Roberts joined Google after a 15-year career in K-12 schools, including serving as Head of School for an all girls’ private school in Maryland. Throughout her career she has created programs and opportunities to advance girls and women in STEM fields, a passion that has followed her to her work at Google.
Dr. George F. Kalf holds a distinguished fifty-year career as a medical educator and scientific researcher. Professor emeritus from Thomas Jefferson University and author of over 70 papers, Dr. Kalf pursued master’s and doctoral degrees in biochemistry from Penn State and Yale, respectively. His investigative work with mitochondria resulted in foundational, ground-breaking research that has earned him worldwide recognition. The recipient of Bay Path University’s President’s Award in 2015, Dr. Kalf was influential in the development of Bay Path's Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program and the Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center. It was through his wife Jeanne, Bay Path class of 1951, that Dr. Kalf became a friend and supporter of the University. He believes strongly in providing avenues of access for women in the sciences, and through his philanthropy has established two scholarships allowing students to pursue their studies in the sciences: The Jeanne Williams Kalf ’51 Endowed Scholarship and the Dr. George F. Kalf Endowed Scholarship.
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Bay Path University was founded in 1897. With locations in Longmeadow (main), East Longmeadow (Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center), Springfield (MA), Sturbridge (MA), and Concord (MA), Bay Path’s innovative program offerings include traditional undergraduate degrees for women, The American Women's College on-ground and online, the first all-women, all-online accredited bachelor’s degree programs in the country; over 30 master’s and doctoral programs for women and men; and Strategic Alliances, offering professional development courses for individuals and organizations. Bay Path’s goal is to give students confidence in the fundamentals of their chosen field, the curiosity to question the ordinary, the leadership to show initiative, and the desire to make a difference.