Penn State Educational Office Professionals honor three with awards

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State Educational Office Professionals (PSEOP) recognized three exceptional staff members at their annual banquet and recognition ceremony May 8 at The Nittany Lion Inn.

Darla Homan, administrative support coordinator in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, was awarded the Outstanding Office Professional Award. She was recognized for providing exceptional meritorious service on behalf of Penn State in the areas of professionalism, initiative, leadership skills, self-improvement and volunteerism. Homan was presented with a $150 award, a framed certificate, a nameplate on a perpetual plaque and a one-year membership to PSEOP.

Stefanie Tomlinson, alumni and public relations staff assistant in the College of Engineering Dean’s Office, received the Lisa Brungart Leadership Award. Named in memory of a former PSEOP member who passed away in December 2008, the award recognizes a PSEOP member who exhibits exemplary performance, shows outstanding spirit and teamwork, and carries out the duties of his or her position with integrity and dedication. Tomlinson received a $100 award, a certificate and a plaque.

Laurinda Benner, manager of administrative services in the College of Engineering’s Department of Chemical Engineering, was awarded the Innovation Award. The award recognizes a PSEOP member whose innovative ideas, creativity or suggestions have resulted in a more time-efficient and/or cost-effective method of accomplishing any PSEOP procedure. Benner received a $50 award, a certificate and a plaque.

Established in 1983, PSEOP aims to advance the professionalism of its members by supporting their educational interests, cultivating a spirit of good will among office personnel and developing awareness of the high professional level of Penn State staff.

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Last Updated May 09, 2013