College of the Liberal Arts Staff Newsletter – April

Congratulations to the You Rock winners for March

Three You Rock Award recipients were named for March: Aimee Grugan was recognized for advocating for the interests of staff in the college; Lisa Reihart stepped in to help another unit during their time of need; and Jackie Smith has worked very hard to incorporate a new process for embedded courses in the college while continuing to be student-centered. The entire Staff Advisory Committee congratulates these three and the work they do to help the college run more smoothly. If you know someone who goes above and beyond, fill out the short You Rock nomination form here.

Congratulations to our staff award winners

These staff members were recognized at the Liberal Arts Staff Awards Reception earlier this semester. Congratulations and thank you for your continued service to the college.

  • Rising Star Award: Jennifer Gray, Tacee Sechler, Kathy Swidwa
  • Outstanding Customer Service Award: Chris Gamble, Laura Shaffer
  • Innovation and Change Award: Casey Fenton
  • Liberal Arts Ambassador: Louise Sharrar
  • Liberal Arts Ethics and Integrity Award: Joanne Nash
  • Staff Excellence Award: Stephanie Cramer, Veronica Longenecker
  • Staff Excellence in Sustainability Award: Jessica Fatica
  • Staff Excellence in Leadership and Mentoring Award: Nicole Force
  • 10 Years of Service with Liberal Arts: Elizabeth Brown, Lisa Byrnes, Julianna Chaszar, Stephanie Cramer, Sharissa Feasler, Shane Freehauf, Angela Hill, Chris Hort, Mary Kay Hort, Lynn Sebulsky, Jeff Lieb, Michele Moslak
  • 30 Years of Service with Penn State: Lisa Guiser, Earl Merritt

May meeting for all staff

On May 23, join the Staff Advisory Committee for a college-wide staff meeting in 121 Sparks Building. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. and will be preceded by breakfast in the lobby of Sparks beginning at 8:30 a.m.

New staff

We welcome all new staff members, including Heather Taylor and Emily Slimak, and invite you to visit our website for resources that may help you navigate the College of the Liberal Arts and Penn State.

Submit your news

We are asking staff to submit their own content, such as information about upcoming college or department events, development opportunities for staff, and networking events. We’re also looking for information about each department, so feel free to submit interesting things about your department that makes it unique within the University. You can submit your information on the Staff Advisory Committee’s website:

If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Liberal Arts Staff Advisory Committee, please email Keshia Kennelley at

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Last Updated April 21, 2017