With hundreds of nominees, it's a rare occasion when two people from the same campus department take home an award two years in a row. However, this year, Sandra Wagner took the Penn State Commission for Women, Achieving Women Award home to Hazleton just as Mary Anne Enama did a year ago.
Wagner, a Penn State Hazleton freshman residence hall worker, won an award each year in her five years of service; one Friend of Residence Life award from ResLife, and four Appreciation awards, which are issued by the Student Government Association, for her extraordinary efforts and love of her job.
"I was honored and surprised to be nominated for the award," she said. "It's a very distinguished award."
In a speech at the awards ceremony in President's Hall of the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on April 10, Wagner let her appreciation for the award be known as she said, "Penn State's motto is to make life better. Mine is that Penn State Hazleton students make my life better."
According to Wagner, her job is not glamorous in any way, but because of the students, she loves what she does and everybody knows it.
"Sandra does not hold a glorified position, but she comes to work every day with a smile on her face, makes students feel special and consistently goes above and beyond," Jonathan Kukta, director of Housing and Food Services at Penn State Hazleton and Schuylkill, said. "She is a prime example of Penn State's commitment toward student centeredness."