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Outstanding Employees, Part-Time Educator Honored


Pennsylvania College of Technology conducted its annual Employee Recognition Week during the week of May 10. A highlight was a special reception honoring recipients of the Distinguished Staff and Part-Time Teaching Excellence Awards, new members of the College’s Quarter Century Club, and retirees.

This was the fourth year the College presented Distinguished Staff Awards to recognize outstanding full-time employees. One honoree was selected from each of the College’s three staff classifications: administrative, professional and technical; classified, and service staff.

Candace Baran, Technology Transfer Center project manager, was recognized for excellent service among the APT staff. Baran has been a full-time employee at the College since 1989. The Williamsport resident earned an associate of applied science degree in computer science from Williamsport Area Community College, a bachelor of science degree in management of technology from Lock Haven University, and a master’s in business administration from Bloomsburg University.

Shelley Reynolds, business operations purchasing assistant, was honored for her service as a classified employee. A Williamsport resident, Reynolds began employment at the College in a part-time capacity in 1985 and moved to full time in 1987. She holds a bachelor of music education degree from Mansfield University and plays the French horn with the Williamsport Symphony.

Joseph Carter, general services custodian, was recognized for excellence among the service staff. Carter, of Williamsport, joined the College as a full-time employee in 1991.

The 1999 Part-Time Teaching Excellence Award honored Regina Bobak, of Hughesville. Bobak has served as a part-time mathematics instructor as well as a professional math tutor at Penn College since 1996. She earned a bachelor of science degree in education/secondary mathematics from Slippery Rock University and is currently working on a master’s degree in instructional technology at Bloomsburg University.

This was the tenth year part-time faculty have been honored for excellence in instruction and outstanding service to students. Nominations are received from students and other individuals with direct knowledge of a nominee’s work and dedication.

Also honored at the Employee Recognition reception were three College employees who are celebrating their 25th anniversary of service to the institution. The new inductees into the College’s Quarter Century Club are: James Johnson, custodian, general services; Dennis Fink, assistant professor, horticulture, and James Young, instructor, carpentry.

Others recognized at the special gathering were Penn College employees who announced their retirement in the 1998-99 academic year: Edmond Hodges, shipping and receiving worker, food services; William Holmes, associate professor, automated manufacturing; Doris Kimble, food services worker, food services; Michael Nestarick, associate professor, math; Donald Nuss, network specialist, computer services; Augustine Santalucia, custodian, general services; Shirley Schriner, secretary, academic support services; Lawrence Stabler, associate professor, automotive; Richard Sweeney, professor, English, and Charles Young, toolroom attendant, aviation.

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