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Mont Alto Announces 2009 Staff Service Award Recipient

5/15/2009 —

Penn State Mont Alto named the recipient its 2009 Staff Service Award, an annual award recognizing a full-time staff member for exceptional service to the University.  Marla Minnich, Coordinator of the Learning Support Services, was recognized at Mont Alto’s end-of-year luncheon today. 

In his comments, Chancellor David C. Gnage highlighed Minnich's implemention work to make the Academic Support Center welcoming and warm.  In the past year, she recruited more peer tutors and increased tutoring appointments while providing more structured training and resources for the tutors.  Her nomination listed her best asset as being her magnificent listening skills.  Dr. Gnage also shared she hears the students’ stories and learns about their lives and, as a result, builds trust with students.  She also helped to raise the ASC’s profile on campus by posting on bulletin boards, creating an ASC newsletter, reorganizing the webpage and speaking in classrooms and meetings about the benefits and services of ASC.  Marla was also recognized for coming to work early and staying late to accommodate student schedules.  She began coming in early in the morning when she discovered students with 8:00 a.m. classes wanted to use the ASC computer lab before their classes began. 

In addition, Penn Stater Awards, exceptional service honors for the Spring semester, were awarded to Lauraine Hawkins (faculty award), associate professor of Biology; Rhonda Everett (tech services award), maintenance worker utility; and, Peggy Angelovich (staff services award), library supervisor.  

Photo caption: (L-R) Marla Minnich holding the parking sign she will get to place at any legal parking space on campus for the exclusive right to park there for the next year; Lauraine Hawkins; Rhonda Everett; and, Peggy Angelovich.

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