BETHANY, W.Va. – Jessica Skywatcher, a 2000 Bethany College graduate and Architect for Michael Baker International, will address the women of Bethany College’s graduating class at the 70th Darline Nicholson May Morning Breakfast. The annual event will take place on Saturday, May 6, at 9:30 a.m. in Benedum Commons as part of the College’s 2017 Alumni Weekend.
In 2015, Skywatcher joined Michael Baker International, a global engineering and design company headquartered in Pittsburgh, with more than 6,000 employees worldwide. Joining a large design firm has expanded Skywatcher’s experience with a multitude of project types, both locally and overseas. As an Architect, she leads her team in all phases of design and construction, from initial feasibility studies and developing budgets, through production of drawings and selection of finishes, to monitoring of job site progress. Her role also includes mentoring junior associates, and coordinating with clients and consultants.
After graduating from Bethany in 2000, Skywatcher utilized her liberal arts experience earning a Master’s of Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey. For several years, she worked in northern New Jersey for firms specializing in single-and multi-family residential design.
Prior to her current role with Michael Baker International, she served as a Project Architect with The Hayes Design Group, where she specialized in educational, religious and commercial projects throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia and New York.
A resident of Pittsburgh, Skywatcher has served as a board member of Bethany’s Alumni Association for the past five years. During her time at Bethany, Skywatcher majored in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. She was also heavily involved on campus. She was a four-year member of the Diving Team, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, Vice President of the Panhellenic Council and a member of Sigma Pi Sigma, the Physics Honor Society.
Skywatcher currently resides in Pittsburgh with her husband Michael Skywatcher, who also graduated from Bethany College in 2000.
Sponsored by the Bethany College Panhellenic Council and the Office of Student Life, the Darline Nicholson May Morning Breakfast dates back to 1947. The event was founded to honor female students, faculty and community members. In addition to Skywatcher’s address, a Bethany senior woman will be presented the Aleece C. Gresham Award. The award is presented to a woman who has demonstrated significant academic accomplishment, proven leadership in a variety of activities, and shown dedication to Bethany College. All women on Bethany’s campus are invited and encouraged to attend the 70th Annual Darline Nicholson May Morning Breakfast.
Bethany College is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.