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
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.