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Mont Alto Recent Staff Hirings Announced

3/31/2009 —

Chancellor David C. Gnage announces the appointment of Kristie Fry as the Director of Public Relations and Marketing.  In this role, Fry serves as the campus spokesperson and media liaison as well as oversees the production of all campus publications and web communications.  “We are pleased to welcome a professional with the wealth of experience and proven track record that Kristie brings to Mont Alto and our Public Relations Department,” said Chancellor Gnage.  Fry joins Mont Alto after managing her own public relations firm for the past five years.  She has also worked as a marketing and PR officer in professional basketball for the Golden State Warriors in California and for a division of Random House, Inc. publishing in Colorado.  “It is an honor and privilege to join Penn State at the Mont Alto campus, one so rich in history and quality educational opportunities” says Fry.  “For many of the same reasons our students find Mont Alto the best place to gain a quality education, I look forward to serving the campus and our many constituencies.” A 1994 graduate of the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo where she competed in NCAA Division I basketball on a full-ride scholarship, Fry has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Relations. 


Penn State Mont Alto also recently hired Tara E. Blomvall as Admissions Counselor.  Blomvall is primarily responsible for recruitment and campus visitation programs and she assists potential students through the application process.  Her recruitment area includes the following high schools: Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Shippensburg, McConnellsburg, Big Spring, Southern Fulton, James Buchanan and Washington County (MD) Public Schools.  “Tara brings valuable experience to our department and recruitment efforts,” said Director of Admissions Michael Harp. “We are pleased to welcome her to Penn State.”  A graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the Fox School of Business & Management, Blomvall joins Mont Alto from Central Pennsylvania College in Summerdale, PA.  She previously served there as an Admissions Counselor and Assistant Director of Admissions.


Lewis Sweigart was also recently hired as the campus’ newest full-time Police Services Officer (PSO).  Sweigart joined Mont Alto from Penn State Harrisburg where he served as a PSO for the past five years. He was first commissioned by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission in 1999 as a Deputy Waterways Conservation Officer and later as a Waterways Conservation Officer.  He was with the Fish and Boat Commission for 10 years.  Sweigart also spent two years with the Capitol Police in Harrisburg.  “We are pleased to welcome Officer Sweigart to Penn State Mont Alto,” said campus Police Services Supervisor James Sourbier. “His depth of experience will be an asset to our department.”  Sweigart graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies in 1995 from Eastern College (St. Davids, PA) where he was a Dean’s List scholar.  He obtained his Act 120 Municipal Police Certification in 1998 from Allentown, PA.  A native of New Jersey, Sweigart is also an Eagle Scout.

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