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Faculty and staff recognized for excellence

Faculty member recognized for teaching excellence
Dr. Gary Kunkelman, instructor in professional writing, was awarded the 2008 Teaching Excellence Award. Kunkelman joined the professional writing faculty full-time in 2002 and directed the program for two years. Teaching areas include journalism, magazine article writing, and public relations. Additionally, Kunkelman is a member of the American Studies faculty, with an interest in colonial America and religion in American life. This award recognizes a full-time faculty member who has worked at the college for at least three years and has demonstrated exceptional commitment to teaching. Individuals are nominated by division heads and chosen by a committee who seeks input from students.

Part-time faculty member receives outstanding teaching award
Susanne Paull, instructor in mathematics, was awarded the 2008 Outstanding Part-Time Teaching Award. This award recognizes a part-time faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to students and effectiveness of instruction that exceeds normal expectations.

Faculty member recognized for outstanding advising and outstanding service
Dr. David Sanford, associate professor of horticulture, received both the outstanding advising and outstanding service awards for 2008. Sanford began teaching and advising Penn State Berks students in 1989 and has remained committed to volunteering for Penn State Berks and the community. He is also the program coordinator of the associate degree in Agricultural Business.

Sanford has served as the Berks Campus Ombudsman and an advisor to the Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Club. At the community level, he is one of the original organizers of the Home Gardener's School and he is also active with the Pennsylvania Landscape Nursery Association, where he conducts a Certified Landscape Technician Exam.

The Outstanding Advising Award recognizes full-time faculty members who have worked at the college for at least three years and demonstrated exceptional commitment to students. Individuals are nominated by division heads and chosen by a committee. The Outstanding Service Award recognizes full-time faculty members who have worked at the college for at least three years and demonstrated exceptional commitment to community service. Individuals are nominated by division heads and chosen by a committee.

Faculty member recognized for outstanding research
Dr. Leonard Gamberg, assistant professor of physics, was presented the Outstanding Research Award. Gamberg's research is in the field of sub-atomic nuclear particle physics and he has published numerous articles in this field. The U.S. Department of Energy awarded Gamberg a $120,000 research award in support of the project "Hadron Structure in QCD from Exclusive Process Observables." Gamberg is also the chair of the Penn State Berks Science Division Colloquium Committee and is active in promoting undergraduate research. This award recognizes a full-time faculty member who has shown excellence in academic research, creative activity, scholarship, and mastery of a subject matter.

Campus Life assistant director receives outstanding staff award
John Gallagher, assistant director of Campus Life, received the Outstanding Staff Member Award. He is responsible for coordinating the college's cultural events and lecture series, which brings internationally renowned performers and speakers to campus each year. He also coordinates student community service with organizations such as Opportunity House and Habitat for Humanity. Gallagher was also instrumental in helping the students establish the new Berks TV station, WPSB. Over the past few years, he has been recognized by the students for his efforts by being named the Adviser of the Year.

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