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‘Penn College Scholars’ Named

Two adults who have returned to the classroom were named “Penn College Scholars” recently at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Chad A. Roarabaugh, of Camp Hill, and Paul W. Sheppard, of Pittsburgh, each will receive annual scholarship awards of $2,500 if they continue to meet the requirements of the program, which include service to the College and maintaining a 3.25 grade-point average as a full-time student.

At a dinner in their honor at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant on the Penn College campus, Roarabaugh and Sheppard were welcomed and presented gifts by Dr. James E. Fitzpatrick, dean of student affairs; Veronica M. Muzic, vice president for academic affairs/provost; and Sharon Waters, director of counseling and career services.

As Penn College Scholars, Roarabaugh and Sheppard will serve as Penn College Student Ambassadors in the office of Counseling and Career Services, assisting with operational tasks and serving as role models for the pre-enrollment career-exploration programs, such as New Choices/New Options and Project Choice.

They also will assist with the Career Expos in fall and spring and with delivery of the Successful Transitioning and Retention Track program. In addition, the students will complete some of their work hours through outreach to their academic schools.

Roarabaugh is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the Physician Assistant program in the School of Health Sciences.

“One of the main reasons I chose Penn College was its affiliation with Penn State,” Roarabaugh said. “Penn State’s reputation and integrity are well-known throughout the state, as well as nationwide. This important partnership − is very valuable within the medical profession, where reputation is a key to career success.”

Sheppard is pursuing an associate’s degree in the Building Construction Technology program in the School of Construction and Design Technologies.

“I have investigated a variety of technical colleges which offer building programs,” Sheppard said. “I am very impressed by the comprehensive building-construction program which Penn College has to offer and the commitment and interest shown by faculty and staff.”

The adult students chosen as Penn College Scholars for the 1999-2000 academic year, Debra A. Carr of Williamsport (Physician Assistant) and Donna L. Snyder of Moscow, Ind., (Dental Hygiene), continue to serve in that capacity.

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