Pennsylvania College of Technology celebrated the contributions and commitment of its employees by presenting Distinguished Staff Awards and other honors at ceremonies commemorating Employee Recognition Week.
In addition to Distinguished Staff Awards, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour bestowed awards for Excellence in Academic Advising, Outstanding Assessment of Student Learning and Part-Time Teaching Excellence. The college also inducted the newest members of its Quarter Century Club and honored employees retiring in 2012-13.
Distinguished Staff Awards
Presented each spring since 1996, the Distinguished Staff Awards recognize the contributions of Penn College employees, nominated by their co-workers in each of three job classifications − Administrative, Professional and Technical; Classified; and Service.
Distinguished Staff Awards were presented to Timothy J. Mallery, assistant director of residence life and housing operations coordinator (Administrative, Professional and Technical); Darlene A. Warner, secretary to the Robert and Maureen Dunham Children’s Learning Center (Classified); and Jerry W. McNett, horticulturist (Service).
Mallery joined the college in 1997. A nominator said: “Tim is motivated by working with people, in particular the students we serve. He is kind-hearted, understanding and extremely supportive of his co-workers. Tim is one of the most dedicated and hard-working individuals in the Penn College community.” A co-worker added, “He is the embodiment of Penn College’s commitment to excellence.”
Warner, an alumna who joined the college staff as a part-time employee in 2005, became full-time two years ago. One of her nominators commented, “She has become indispensable for the variety of activities she performs and the professional grace and courtesy with which she performs them.”
Of McNett, an alumnus who has been employed at the college for 23 years, a nominator wrote, “He takes great pride in … the work needed to keep the college looking good for present and future students and the general public.”
Excellence in Academic Advising Award
Susan Slamka, assistant professor, human services/psychology, is the 2013 recipient of the Excellence in Academic Advising Award.
“Dr. Slamka is always willing to meet and is enthusiastic in regards to what courses I want to take and which ones are relevant to my degree,” her nominator said. “She has always supported my intellectual curiosity and respects my decisions regarding courses. She has given me the space to choose what I am fascinated with, along with making sure I satisfy my graduation requirements on time.”
Outstanding Assessment of Student Learning Award
Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science, is the first recipient of the Outstanding Assessment of Student Learning Award. Miller began his employment with the college in 2011.
New for 2013, the award recognizes an assessment activity that demonstrates initiative and creativity in facilitating student learning. Using carefully structured tests, Miller examined student performance in his World Civilizations course, focusing on the students’ understanding of major world cultures and appreciation for diversity.
Part-Time Teaching Excellence Award
A Part-Time Teaching Excellence Award was presented to alumnus Michael K. Patterson, welding lecturer, whose one-of-a-kind creations can be found in Market Square in Williamsport and along the Susquehanna River Walk.
Patterson’s nominator said: “He exhibits all the characteristics of a good instructor during group and individual conversations, drawing on the students’ experiences and reinforcing them with real-world examples. Mike readily shares (those) life experiences with his students, encouraging them to continue to grow and develop their skills and to try new things.”
Quarter Century Club
Quarter Century Club members, honored for 25 years’ service to the college, are: Raymond J. Fischer, Colleen K. Hauser, Linda J. Miller, Andrea L. Mull, Karen L. Stugart and Colin W. Williamson (Administrative, Professional and Technical); Brenda M. Kline (Classified); and James E. Doebler, John M. Good, William P. Kilcoyne, John G. Marshalek, LaRue R. Reese, William H. Schaefer and Dennis R. Williams (Faculty).
The 2012-13 retirees honored – representing 394 years of combined service to the college – are: Edward J. Bergstrom, Jack E. Fisher, James J. Folmar Sr., Cherie S. Foust, Ruth E. Hameetman, Barbara A. Hanford, Flora J. Hicks, Carol J. Kafer, Kenneth J. Knaus, Larry L. Michael, Linda M. Morris, Karen Woland Payne, LaRue R. Reese, Debra A. Sanders, Janet A. Sherman, Debra L. Simmers and Constance M. Vitolins.