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Director of Student Affairs receives prestigious award

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7/20/2009 —

Andrea Christopher, director of student affairs at Penn State Mont Alto, has been honored for her longtime service to students. Christopher was this year's recipient of the University’s John W. Beatty Award for Outstanding Chief Student Affairs Officer. Penn State presents the award annually to recognize one individual from the University’s campuses who has demonstrated a commitment to students as a mentor, adviser and counselor over a period of years.

Christopher joined Penn State Mont Alto in 1975 as the assistant to the dean of student programs and services and previously served as assistant director of student affairs. She assumed directorship of the department in 1996. In that role, she provides administrative leadership for the campus division of student affairs and oversees many initiatives and campus-life projects that enhance the experience for Penn State Mont Alto’s 1,200 students. Christopher supervises a staff of 14, several of whom nominated her for the prestigious award. They noted that her availability and visibility to students by way of an open-door policy is a great benefit to our students.  Among the many student initiatives she has led, Christopher was instrumental in establishing the campus’s Early Intervention Team, which she chairs, and which focuses on identifying and helping at-risk students and responding with appropriate interventions. She also currently chairs Mont Alto’s Campus Climate Committee which is responsible for developing and implementing Penn State’s Framework for Diversity on campus. Christopher is the advisor to Mont Alto’s Student Government Association.

Penn State’s Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Damon Sims, presented Christopher with the John W. Beatty Award at the University’s professional development and awards day at University Park in May.  She holds a masters degree in counselor education/student personnel services from Penn State (1975), and a sociology degree from the State University of New York at Cortland (1974). Christopher and her husband Michael, reside in Waynesboro, PA.

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