Cheyney Students Encouraged to Pursue Internships

CHEYNEY, PA – Council of Trustees Member Robert L. Traynham, II, graduate of the CU Class of 1996, served as the Keynote Speaker at the Annual Keystone Honors Academy’s Autumn Dinner Banquet that was held on Thursday, November 18, 2010 in Carnegie Hall on the Historic Quadrangle of Cheyney University.

As he reflected on the words of praise spoken by SGCA President and Keystone Scholar Christopher Carter during his introduction, Traynham said, “No matter if I only make it back here three or four times a year, it always feels like I’m coming home.”

An active member of the Council of Trustees, Traynham serves as Chair of the University Relations Committee. Before starting in on his speech, he expressed a sincere thank you to the University President, Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital and her officers for their consistent efforts in making his alma mater a center for excellence. The keynote speech was an invitation to the students to “always say thank you and mean it,” and to “wear a lot of sunscreen” to protect themselves from life’s harsher elements.

A former White House Intern, Traynham  shared an entertaining story about his internship experience under Former President Bill Clinton and the effect it had on his career path, Traynham was sure to bestow his audience of scholars with some words of wisdom. He told them to get into the practice of thanking people for what they do, saying that, “You may think you have this whole thing figured out…but as soon as you leave this university, you will learn to say thank you more and more.”

As the students, faculty and staff enjoyed dinner, Dr. Tara Kent, Dean of Keystone Honors Academy, announced that Cheyney University had received grant funding for students interested in applying to participate in internships provided by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) in Washington, D.C. Students interested in obtaining additional information about this scholarship may visit the Keystone Honors Academy office on campus in Emlen Living Learning Center, or visit the Keystone Honors Academy website at

This article was also featured on the Cheyney University of Pennsylvania website, here.

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