Alumna Emily R. Bear to speak at Penn State Schuylkill

Emily R. Bear is the recipient of the 2014 Penn State University Alumni Achievement Award. She will be speaking at Penn State Schuylkill at noon March 5 in the R. Michael Fryer Conference Room. She will be recognized along with eight other Alumni Achievement Award recipients on April 24 and 25 at a ceremony at University Park.

The Alumni Achievement Award is open to all graduates of the University who are 35 years of age or younger and have shown extraordinary professional accomplishment. These prominent young alumni are nominated by an academic college and invited by the President of the University to return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty and administrators. They demonstrate to students that Penn State alumni succeed in exceptional fashion at an early age. The award is a cast bronze medallion and framed certificate. This is the 10th anniversary of the Alumni Achievement Award. Award recipients from the past 10 years will be invited to a networking celebration at University Park when the 2014 recipients receive their awards.

Bear attended Penn State Schuylkill and is a 2010 bachelor of science in nursing graduate. She is a 2006 graduate from Pottsville Hospital School of Nursing in Pottsville, Pa. She later pursued her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Penn State World Campus and completed pre-medical requisites at the Penn State Schuylkill and Berks campuses. She is a staff nurse at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network on the Transitional Trauma Unit.

In 2012-13, Bear took a leave of absence from her staff nurse position and spent eight weeks in Conakry, Guinea, volunteering as a vesicovaginal and rectovaginal fistula nurse aboard the Africa Mercy Ship. She learned transcultural nursing firsthand and was able to share her experiences with her formal School of Nursing at their all-day seminar.

She has been a trauma nurse for over seven years and has been an active member on the unit’s Performance Improvement and Practice Committee. She has recently joined the Nightshift Nurse Council representing medical-surgical nurses and has spent numerous hours as a nurse preceptor to senior nursing students and nursing graduates. In 2008, she presented at the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurse’s conference on an insulin infusion protocol.

In 2013, Bear and fellow laboratory partners were published in the electronic International Journal of Chemistry for their research in organic chemistry. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Society of Trauma Nurses and Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. She also belongs to the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Alpha Sigma Lambda, Phi Delta Chi. In 2004, she was the recipient of Penn State Schuylkill’s first collegiate public speaking competition. She is a member of the Penn State Alumni Association.

For additional information or to reserve a seat to hear Bear's talk, contact Patty Shoener at 570-385-6262 or email

Last Updated March 04, 2014