Penn State recognizes staff member for outstanding work with adult students

Deborah Rubin, program assistant, at Penn State, The Lancaster Center, was honored with a Commission for Adult Learners Annual Recognition for her work with adult students at Penn State, The Lancaster Center. Rubin received the award during the 2014 Hendricks Best Practices Conference held last month in the HUB – Robeson Center at the University Park campus.

Rubin was nominated for the recognition by Karen Sheehe, director of continuing education at Penn State York and The Lancaster Center.

“Debbie Rubin has shown exceptional student-centered work in her career at Penn State, The Lancaster Center.” said Sheehe. “She has been instrumental in the very long-term support (more than 10 years) of a group of part-time adult learners in Lancaster, who have completed their associate degree in business at The Lancaster Center, and are now on the path to complete their bachelor of science in business degree.”

Rubin scheduled courses, provided basic advising, personally delivered textbooks, and basically served as the single point-of-contact at Penn State for this group of adult learners, who began their academic career taking courses on-site at Alcoa in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Alcoa is a leader in the production of common alloy products, specializing in aluminum sheet and cast plate.

At the commencement ceremony at Penn State York where these students received their associate degrees, each one personally thanked Rubin at the microphone for her help and friendship. 

In addition to working with this group of students from Alcoa and completing a variety of office duties, Rubin also provided support to other adult learners taking both credit and noncredit courses.

According to Sheehe, Rubin contacted students to remind them to register for courses and kept in touch on a regular basis to encourage them to complete a degree.

The Commission for Adult Learners Annual Recognitions showcase commendable services Penn State staff and faculty provide to adult learners University-wide. To acknowledge successful approaches to working with adult learners and to encourage others to replicate effective strategies, leaders of projects, practices or singular successes are highlighted each year at the Hendricks Best Practices Conference and on the commission’s website repository. To learn more about the Commission for Adult Learners, visit them on the Web at

Last Updated January 09, 2015