Henry, Passiment named 2013 Hetzel Award recipients for leadership

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Michael Henry, a senior majoring in immunology and infectious disease in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Michael Passiment, a senior majoring in public policy in the Capital College at Penn State Harrisburg, have been named recipients of the 2013 Ralph Dorn Hetzel Memorial Award.

Named for Penn State’s 10th president, the Hetzel Award recognizes a combination of high scholastic attainment together with good citizenship, and participation and leadership in student activities.

Henry, from Mechanicsburg, Pa., is campus chair for Global Brigades and co-founded the Penn State chapter of Global Water Brigades, now one of the largest chapters at more than 200 universities. He has worked with the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania on controlling malaria and other infectious diseases.

“The success of the Penn State GWB is dominantly due to Michael’s leadership and organizational abilities and to his enthusiasm for the work,” a nominator said. “In addition to the benefits to communities in developing nations, Michael’s efforts have enhanced the ability of other Penn State students to contribute and to learn.”

Passiment, from Carbondale, Pa., has served as chief justice of the Penn State Harrisburg Student Court, leader of the Penn State Worthington Scranton Student Senate and chief justice of the Penn State Worthington Scranton Student Government Association, and he founded and was president of the Current Events Club. Last fall, he was an intern in the office of U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr.

“He has impressed me with his ability to speak honestly with his peers in order to resolve conflict among organizational members,” one nominator said. “His talent to provide an unbiased perspective will take him far as he enters his career path.”

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Last Updated April 02, 2013