As part of Penn State Berks’ commitment to helping incoming students make a smooth transition from high school to college, the college has placed a strong emphasis on first-year experience. To that end, each year one member of the Penn State Berks faculty and staff, and one or more members of the student body are named first-year advocates. This year’s honorees are JoAnne Pumariega, instructor in mathematics and Spanish; Karen Del Vecchio, academic adviser; and students Frank Bingham, sophomore kinesiology major, and Chris Brendel, junior communication arts and sciences major.
This award recognizes individuals who have made a positive impact on first-year students at Penn State Berks. Honorees were nominated by students, faculty and staff as someone who has made a significant impact on first-year students in one or more of the following ways:
-- Supporting acclimation of first-year students to the University
-- Providing tools or support to assist first-year students
-- Helping students to achieve academic and/or personal success
-- Promoting a welcoming campus environment
-- Exhibiting a positive attitude that fosters a positive first-year experience