Shoemaker named Walker Award recipient; Students, faculty and staff honored
ACADEMIC AND STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
'Celebration of Excellence'
Katie Shoemaker, a senior majoring in business administration, was named this year's recipient of the Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award on April 29, at the Academic and Student Achievement Awards ceremony at Penn State New Kensington.
The Walker Award is given to the student whose outstanding qualities of character, scholarship and leadership contribute to the prestige of the campus. The award was established in 1980 by former Penn State President Eric A. Walker and is presented at each of the 24 Penn State campuses.
Academic excellence and service to the campus and the community have been the hallmark of Shoemaker's collegiate career. She is serious about her education, as evidenced by her 3.95 grade-point average, and is passionate about her extracurricular activities, where she holds numerous leadership roles both on- and off-campus. A senior majoring in business management and marketing in the four-year business administration program, Shoemaker has been on the Dean's List every semester and she is vice president of the Student Government Association where she is responsible for communications with campus clubs and organizations, and assisting with community service projects.
At the annual "Celebration of Excellence" ceremony, students, faculty and staff were honored for their achievements inside and outside the classroom. More than 100 students were recognized for their academic prowess and extra-curricular accomplishments during the fall and spring semesters.
Three faculty members were honored with the Excellence in Teaching Awards--Rujirutana Mandhachitara, associate professor of business administration; Samuel R. Goldstrohm, instructor in criminal justice; and Sherri L. Donnelly, adjunct faculty for continuing education. Faculty has three areas of responsibility: teaching, research/scholarly activity, and service. The award recognizes campus faculty contributions in teaching. The principal criterion is excellent classroom performance, but excellence in other activities such as advising, supervision of learning outside the classroom, and course development are considered.
In addition to the campus faculty awards, Maria Franco de Gomez, instructor in Spanish and Robert “Doc” Mueller, associate professor of engineering, were recognized for earning University-wide awards. Franco de Gomez received the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Atherton is presented each year to six full-time faculty members who have devoted substantial effort to and developed a record of excellence in undergraduate teaching.
Mueller was selected for the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Outstanding Teaching Award, which is presented annually to an engineering faculty for contributions to the art of teaching.
Other honorees included John "Ross" Sheffler, the recipient of the Alle-Kiski Society's Penn State Spirit award and Tansey Ochs earned the title Lion Ambassador of the Year.
In athletics, Justin Reed (men's basketball) was named Male Athlete of the Year and Jenna Swank (softball) was Female Athlete of the Year.
Eric A. and JosephINE S. Walker Award
The award was established in 1980 by former Penn State President Eric A. Walker.
Presented at each Penn State campus, the award recognizes students whose outstanding qualities of character, scholarship, leadership, and citizenship have been directed into programs and services that have positively influenced fellow students and have contributed to the prestige and well-being of the campus and, hence, to the reputation of the University as a whole.
KATIE L. SHOEMAKER
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Vandergrift, Pa.
Academic excellence and service to the campus and the community have been the hallmark of Katie Shoemaker's collegiate career at Penn State New Kensington.
Shoemaker is serious about her education, as evidenced by her 3.95 grade-point average, and is passionate about her extracurricular activities, where she holds numerous leadership roles both on- and off-campus.
A senior majoring in business management and marketing in the four-year business administration program, Shoemaker has been on the Dean's List every semester and is a member of the Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges and American Universities.
She was the 2009 recipient of the Alle-Kiski Alumni Society's endowed scholarship. Shoemaker earned the $3,000 scholarship, the largest single-award ever given to a New Kensington campus student, based on an essay about her Penn State experiences.
In addition to her academic prowess, Shoemaker possesses the leadership qualities necessary for involvement in numerous extra-curricular activities. She is vice president of the Student Government Association where she is responsible for communications with campus clubs and organizations, and assisting with community service projects.
Prior to her service with the SGA, she was a two-term president of the Lion Ambassadors, and a three-year orientation leader. She remains an active member of THON, the Business Club and the Campus Activities Board.
Shoemaker's community service activities include organizing the annual Toys for Tots campaign and participating in highway clean-up campaigns. She also serves as a Sunday school teacher in her local community.
COLLEGE ACADEMIC AWARD
Selected by program faculty and presented to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
Baccalaureate Degree, Junior, Gabrielle M. Soxman
Sophomore, Shelby K.R. Dale
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Baccalaureate Degree, Sophomore, Brittany J. Macshane
Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology
Baccalaureate Degree, Senior, Timothy P. Baxter
Junior, Branden S. Citeroni; Sophomore, Adam R. Zottola
Biomedical Engineering Technology
Associate Degree, Sophomore, Evan L. Jackson
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Associate Degree, Sophomore, Daniel J. Gorajewski
COLLEGE OF INFORMATION SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY
Baccalaureate Degree, Senior, Andrew R. Garraux
Junior, Amanda E. Polons;
Sophomore, Brandon A. Defalco
Associate Degree, Sophomore, Kimberly S. Kuruc
COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS
Baccalaureate Degree, Sophomore, Emily C. Brinker
Baccalaureate Degree, Senior, Michelle L. Clark
EBERLY COLLEGE OF SCIENCE
Baccalaureate Degree, Sophomore, Sarah A. Frederick
SCHOOL OF NURSING
Baccalaureate Degree, Senior, Brandy L. Campbell
Junior, Brittany M. Coleman
Sophomore, Allison L. Sakala
The Joseph A. and Mary M. Quarato Nursing Program Award
This award is presented annually to honor and recognize outstanding achievement by
undergraduate students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Science for Registered Nurses program and who achieved a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.
Junior, Maria Eshelman
Baccalaureate Degree, Senior, Alecia V. Denillo
Junior, Natalie G. Chalmers
Sophomore, Shanna L. Williams
Baccalaureate Degree, Senior, Melissa A. Gemballa
Junior, Bruce W. Tyler
Baccalaureate Degree, Senior, Andrew J. Tsou
Junior, Gretchen D. Toy
Letters, Arts and Sciences
Associate Degree, Sophomore, Richard S. Durzo
Associate Degree, Sophomore, Colin D. Lischy
DIVISION OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES
Sophomore, Ryan J. Kalmar
ALPHA SIGMA LAMBDA
Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society recognizes the special achievement of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work.
Linda S. Burkett; Brandy L. Campbell; Richard S. Durzo; Maria Eshelman;
Kelly L. Haugh; Elizabeth L. Koebler; Richard B. Kosanovic; Wesley F. McCloud;
Donald E. McDaniel; Anneliese H. Polsinelli; Robert G. Vandenburgh;
Renee A. Wantland; Adam R. Zottola
PHI THETA KAPPA
Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages scholarship, leadership, and service among students in an associate degree program. Students must have a 3.5 GPA or better.
Colin D. Lischy; Lisa M. Shanta
Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology that was founded in 1929 for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. The chapter at the New Kensington campus is one of six chapters throughout Penn State.
Jaclyn M. Burkett; Calyn M. Rosfeld; Alecia V. Denillo; Ryan R. Schempp;
Morgan M. Mundro; Kelly M. Seija
TAU ALPHA PI
Tau Alpha Pi is a national honorary society for engineering technology students.
Membership is restricted to the top four percent of the institution’s technology enrollment.
Timothy P. Baxter; Brandon S. Bierer; Kriss O. Bookwalter; Justin D. Brown;
Branden S. Citeroni; Jesse D. Cooley; Jeffrey M. Enos; Robert J. Farcus;
Michael R. Klaric; Maxim Pascal; Samantha L. Polons; Stephanie L. Powell;
Jacob G. Visnesky; Joshua L. Vogel; Corey T. Zell; Adam R. Zottola
Honors certificates are presented to students who have been selected for
the Honors Program and have completed the requirements for honors courses.
Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores
Matthew D. Cavazza; Alecia V. Denillo; Sadie K. Eichner; Melissa A. Gemballa;
Zachary L. Mehal; James W. Miller; Dillon J. Nichols; Amanda E. Polons;
Gretchen D. Toy; Taylor J. Transue; Joshua L. Vogel; Erika L. Watson
Alex D. Baker; Jessica R. Bonk; Thomas N. Dalbo; Jake V. Howard;
Brian F. Jug; Samantha L. Polons; Justin M. Rectenwald; Grant S. Schoenfelde
THE EVAN PUGH SCHOLAR AWARD
This award is presented annually to seniors who are in the upper 0.5 percent of their respective classes and have completed at least 48 Penn State credits at the end of the fall semester.
Timothy P. Baxter; Melissa A. Gemballa; Erika L. Watson
THE PRESIDENT’S FRESHMAN AWARD
This award is presented annually to undergraduate degree candidates and provisional students who have earned a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average based on at least 12 Penn State credits completed by the end of the fall semester. Candidates cannot exceed 35 total credits earned.
Brandon W. Bowser; Linda S. Burkett; Dawnalyn J. Kann; Brianna M. Klems;
Brad D. LeDonne; Donald E. McDaniel; Samantha L. Polons;
Andrew J. Virostek; Christian J. Walleck
EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARDS
Faculty has three areas of responsibility: teaching, research/scholarly activity, and service. This campus award recognizes a faculty member’s contribution in teaching. The principal criterion is excellent classroom performance, but excellence in other activities such as advising, supervision of learning outside the classroom, and course development are considered.
Dr. Rujirutana Mandhachitara, Associate Professor of Business Administration
Samuel R. Goldstrohm, Instructor in Criminal Justice
Sherri L. Donnelly, Adjunct Faculty
GEORGE W. ATHERTON AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
This University-wide award, named after Penn State’s seventh president, who served from 1882 until 1907, is presented each year to six full-time faculty members who have devoted substantial effort to and developed a record of excellence in undergraduate teaching. Penn State annually honors faculty and staff for the highest levels of academic excellence, outstanding leadership and meritorious service.
Maria Franco de Gomez, Instructor in Spanish
PENN STATE ENGINEERING ALUMNI SOCIETY
OUTSTANDING TEACHING AWARD
This University-wide award is presented annually to an engineering faculty member by
the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society for excellence in teaching and for contributions to
the art of teaching. PSEAS is an alumni advisory body in the College of Engineering.
Dr. Robert L. “Doc” Mueller, Associate Professor of Engineering
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
WHO’S WHO AMONG STUDENTS IN AMERICAN JUNIOR COLLEGES AND AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES AWARDS
This award is presented to outstanding campus leaders for their scholastic and community accomplishments. The criteria for selection include both academic and co-curricular performance.
Matthew D. Cavazza; Ashley B. Christenson; Alecia V. Denillo; Sadie K. Eichner;
Melissa A. Gemballa; Megan L. Karl; Lacie M. Knapp; Maxim Pascal; Zachary L. Mehal; James W. Miller; Dillion J. Nichols; Tansey L. Ochs; Amanda E. Polons; Katie L. Shoemaker; Gretchen D. Toy; Taylor J. Transue; Joshua L. Vogel; Erika L. Watson; Shanna L. Williams
ALLE-KISKI SOCIETY’S PENN STATE SPIRIT AWARD
This award is presented by the Alle-Kiski Society of the Penn State Alumni Association to
the campus student who exhibits integrity and character as a leader, demonstrates outstanding dedication to the campus, and exemplifies the meaning of Penn State pride. AKS is based at the
New Kensington campus and represents 7,000 alumni living in the local region.
John "Ross" Sheffler
PERFORMING ARTS AWARDS
This award is presented to students who merit recognition for their great efforts in performing arts at Penn State New Kensington, which includes acting, singing and musical and theatrical production.
BEST PERFORMER: Juliann Motosicky
BEST TECHNICIAN: John “Ross” Sheffler
LION AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
Lion Ambassadors represent Penn State at campus activities and in the community.
Tansey L. Ochs
STUDENT ORGANIZATION AWARDS
This award recognizes a student who has had an immediate impact on a student organization by demonstrating outstanding leadership through dedication to community service, promotion of
diversity, responsible citizenship, and academic excellence.
Brandon W. Bowser
This award recognizes a student who has shown commitment to a service project or organization.
Kelly M. Sieja
STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION AWARDS
These awards are presented to officers of the Student Government Association for exemplary
leadership. The SGA sponsors various activities and events for the student body, assists
other campus organizations, and promotes student welfare.
SGA BOARD 2010-11
John “Ross” Sheffler, President; Katie L. Shoemaker, Vice President;
Gretchen D. Toy, Secretary; Kerri L. Marshall, Treasurer;
Kevin T. Turner, Faculty Senate Chair Upperclassmen;
Nicholas R. Burkardt, Faculty Senate Chair Underclassmen;
Kelly M. Sieja, THON Chair
ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE AWARDS
The New Kensington campus is a member of the Penn State University Athletic Association and
United States Collegiate Athletic Association. The campus, PSUAC and USCAA recognize
student-athletes for athletic ability and academic success.
First Team: Maxim Pascal
Second Team: Adam T. Bombalski, Justin M. Rectenwald
PSUAC COACH OF THE YEAR
Men’s Soccer: Jack L. Adams
PSUAC Academic All-Conference
Selected for earning or maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher
MEN’S BASKETBALL: Justin M. Reed, Abraham J. Strapac
SOFTBALL: Amanda J. Dell; Samantha A. Motchar
GOLF: Matthew T. Knapp
MEN’S SOCCER: Maxim Pascal
VOLLEYBALL: Rachel A. Barr
John Evans Scholar/Athlete Memorial Award
The award recognizes sophomore, junior, and senior athletes for outstanding academic achievement while participating in an intercollegiate sport. The award is in memory of John Evans, a member of the 1966-68 basketball teams. It memorializes his dedication to excellence in the classroom and on the court. John’s #31 jersey was retired in 2005 and is mounted in the lobby of the Athletics Center.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Justin M. Reed
GOLF: Matthew T. Knapp
MEN’S SOCCER: Maxim Pascal
VOLLEYBALL: Rachel A. Barr
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Awarded to the outstanding male and female athletes
Justin M. Reed, Men's Basketball
Jenna M. Swank, Softball
ROBERT DARBY “THE DARB” SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
The award was established in honor of Robert Darby, kinesiology instructor, athletic director,
baseball coach and intramurals director, who retired in 2006 after 38 years at the campus.
"The Darb" recipient demonstrates exceptional attributes of sportsmanship.
Louis J. Gardone, Wrestling