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Penn State Harrisburg Awards Ceremony honors school and employees from Penn State College – Penn State Information

MIDDLETOWN, PA. – Penn State Harrisburg recently recognized outstanding employee contributions as part of the Virtual Faculty and Staff Recognition Program in 2021. Awards were received from multiple faculties and staff nominated by the college community and selected by various award committees.

View a gallery of the award winners here.

Staff Service Award

Steve Backels, Director, Student Counseling and Assistance, and Michael Melnyk, Assistant Director, Student Engagement, Dormitory Living, Student Behavior, and Student Care and Advocacy

Faculty Service Award

Jane M. Wilburne, Professor of Mathematics Education, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education

Scientific activity award

Jennifer Hirt, Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Composition at the School of Humanities; Senel Poyrazli, Professor of Counseling Psychology, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education; and David L. Williamson IV, Associate Professor of Kinesiology in the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education

Excellence in Teaching Award

Ana Patricia Aguilera-Hermida, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education; and Sabri Yilmaz, Associate Teaching Professor of Economics at the School of Business Administration

Excellence in Advising Award

Catherine McCormick, Assistant Professor of Communication and Humanities at the School of Humanities; and Rebecca Weiler-Timmins, Associate Teaching Professor of Kinesiology at the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education

Thomas Eberlein Excellence in Teaching Award

Daniel M. Massey, lecturer in mechanical engineering and mechanical engineering at the School of Science, Engineering and Technology

Faculty diversity award

Roderick L. Lee, Associate Professor of Information Systems in the School of Business Administration

Staff Diversity Award

Marissa G. Hoover, Senior Director, Alumni and Development

Kathryn Towns Award for Women's History Month

Shobha Potlakayala, Assistant Professor of Biology at the School of Science, Engineering and Technology

25-year awards

The ceremony also recognized faculties and staff who have served the university for 25 years. These include: Eugene C. Boman, Margaret R. Jaster, Judi L. MacDonald, Colleen M. Monismith, Linda M. Null, Seth Wolpert, and Yuefeng Xie.

Retirees of the faculty and staff

Other recognized faculty and staff retirees included Steve Backels, Brenda L. Firestone, Donna J. Howard, and Troy M. Thomas.

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