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Faculty and Staff Receive Recognition at End-of-Year Luncheon and Awards

5/9/2014 —

On May 9, the 2013-14 academic year ended with the annual End-of-Year Luncheon and Awards ceremony. Congratulations to those members of the Penn State Mont Alto community who were honored for their exceptional service, length of service, and retirement from Penn State. Photos of the event can be viewed by clicking here.

Sustainability Award
J. Michael Ray

Giraffe Award
Randall Ackerman

Penn Stater Awards
Tech Service,  Jared Shelly
Staff, Deana Clevenger
Faculty,  Kira Hamman

Length of Service Awards
     30 Years — J. Michael Ray, Jim Donovan
     25 Years — Linda Monn
     20 Years — Craig Houghton, Renee Borromeo, Sherry Goertz, Lori Royce, Kathy Sullivan
     15 Years — Deb Creager, Jennifer Marchand Reilly, Freya Qually
     10 Years — Staci Grimes, Pam Kauffman

Deb Swisher (28 years), Pat Ditch (25 years), Deb Michalsky (21 years), Shirley Brechbill (21 years)

Penn Stater AwardsPresented by Chancellor Francis Achampong

Tech Service, Jared Shelly — Jared demonstrates an exceptional work ethic and positive attitude in his everyday work.  He is always ready to lend a helping hand to his colleagues.  Jared frequently works off hours and weekends to assure the athletic fields are in top shape for the players.  He understands how important the opportunity to plays sports is to our students and prospective students and does everything he can to make it the best experience possible.  His upbeat positive attitude makes him a pleasure to work with.  “Just good enough” is never good enough for Jared.  His positive attitude and outstanding work ethic make him a stand out employee!

Staff, Deana Clevenger — Deana is very competent in her job as Records Specialist 2 in the Records Office.  She has a very caring manner while serving students, faculty, and other staff members.  She keeps current on policies and procedures and is able to clearly explain them to those who come to the window for help. She attends staff development and conferences to improve her knowledge and skills.  Deana works closely with other departments to be sure the students are served well, including the nursing students at off-campus locations and students at various businesses who take courses through Continuing Education.

Deana is an active advocate for students. They frequently seek her advice on how to navigate the Penn State system. She helps them to transition from Penn State Mont Alto to University Park and other campuses. Deana often goes above and beyond the call of duty. She follows through with student issues and makes sure they understand what they need to do in order to change their majors, go through entrance to major, change of campus, retroactive registration, and many other procedures. If students come to the window with something that is not her responsibility and she can't help them, Deana helps them figure out where to go and makes sure that someone helps them. 

Faculty, Kira Hamman — Kira Hamman has recently taken on a number of important, high-profile, high-impact roles that have extended her service and teaching reach, even while she maintains all of her advising, teaching, and service roles. I will provide details of these spread over the answers to the following questions, but I would start by summarizing some of the main points: 1) Her re-structuring of the Honors Program has been fairly fundamental and very successful; 2) She serves on an impressive number of committees, certainly more than is required; 3) She organizes numerous campus activities even beyond that; and 4) She brings a sense of energy and enthusiasm to her participation that has been very salutary for the campus environment as a whole. 

Kira works with students of all levels, from those struggling in MATH 004 to those in the Honors Program. She is active with the school board in her own area, and serves on the Washington County (Md.) education advisory board. Hers is an active voice in pedagogy both locally, on campus, and among her peers in math. Those who have worked with her on committees know that she always brings the question back to educational values: "Is this really teaching and helping students?" This is not always the most popular question during discussions of curricula or budgets, but it's an important one. She works in other ways to improve student education.

Her contributions to the campus start with her full-time teaching load and her active engagement with advising and campus committees. This year, she has served on the Diversity Committee, Academic Affairs Committee, and the Student Success Committee. She also agreed to represent those committees on the Strategic Planning Committee.

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