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Faculty and staff awards announced at annual luncheon

Several faculty and staff awards were announced at the Annual Employee Recognition Luncheon at Penn State Berks, which was held on May 12, 2011.

The First-Year Advocate Award recipients included Lauren Crisci, Residence Life Coordinator; Michael Stella, Senior Undergraduate Studies Adviser; Dr. Ike Shibley, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Science Program Coordinator; and Mary Ulloa, Disability Services. The award was created this year to honor and recognize individuals who have made a positive impact on first-year students at Penn State Berks. All members of the campus community were invited to nominate any student/faculty/staff member whom they felt had made an impact on their first-year experience at Penn State Berks. The nominees must have assisted with successfully acclimating students to the University, provided tools or support, helped students to achieve personal or academic success, promoted a welcoming campus environment, or exhibited a positive attitude that fosters a positive first-year experience.

Dr. Laurie Grobman, Professor of English and Women’s Studies, and Dr. Janelle Larson, Division Head of Engineering, Business, and Computing, and Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics, were selected as 2010-2011 Public Scholarship Fellows. Provost Rodney Erickson worked with Jeremy Cohen, Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, to select 25 Public Scholarship Fellows every year. The Fellows include undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff from across Penn State, as well as community members.

“Public scholarship appreciates ethical volunteerism, but it doesn’t stop there,” stated Cohen. “Faculty members such as Grobman and Larson are bringing the complexity and reward of learning and practicing democracy to the Berks community and beyond. Their recognition that democracy’s goal is to make equality and liberty possible, and that education provides a stable foundation for enlightened democratic communities, goes to the heart of Penn State’s land-grant heritage.”

Larson was also awarded the Spirit of Internationalization Award, which acknowledges women from Penn State University and the local community who excel in academic achievements, artistic excellent, volunteerism in international organizations, or dedication to advancing the status of women.

Karen Kihurani, Multicultural/International Counselor, received the Central Pennsylvania African American Museum Community Service Award in February for her volunteer efforts including promoting the museum’s Underground Railroad tours.

Each year, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania recognizes outstanding women for their breakthrough leadership and community service.  This year, Dr. Sadan Kulturel-Konak, Associate Professor of Management Information Systems and Coordinator of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Minor, was named a recipient of the 2011 Take the Lead Award for the Girls Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania.
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