WPSU’s Patty Satalia among three to be honored by Penn State OOE

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Outreach and Online Education (OOE) will honor three people for their work and dedication to the University and the community. Patty Satalia, Sheila Gallucci-Davis and Jose Morales will receive awards at the Penn State OOE Appreciation Dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 19, in the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

Satalia, who retired after 30 years as a producer and host for WPSU Penn State, will receive the Dubin Pioneer Award. She began her career with WPGH-TV and WPTT-TV in Pittsburgh and WMAJ Radio in State College. She credits the people whose stories she told with her long-time success.

“I am hard-pressed to pick a favorite interview. Conversations with Yolanda King, Jane Goodall, Arun Gandhi and Sergei Khrushchev stand out in my memory, as do the hundreds of interviews with Penn State faculty,” Satalia said. “I learned so much from all of them, but one interview that stayed with me was with the Sankeys — dairy farmers in Clearfield County. Milk prices were down, costs were up and to stay afloat, they decided to allow strip mining on their fields and sell their cows in a government buyout program. I could almost cry when I recall Frank Sankey’s shaky voice as he described watching his docile cows herded onto trucks using high-voltage cattle prods.”

Sheila Gallucci-Davis, vice president and general counsel, corporate responsibility and philanthropy at Subaru of America Inc. and chair of the Penn State OOE Advisory Board, will receive the Fischer Award of Distinction. Her contributions include helping to bring in Subaru as the lead corporate sponsor of WPSU’s “Water Blues, Green Solutions” and providing vehicles for use by Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center.

“I graduated from Penn State and Dickinson School of Law, so my work with the Penn State OOE team was a natural for me,” Gallucci-Davis said. “It has been a true pleasure serving as a board member for nearly 10 years to help spread the reach and further the impact of Penn State OOE.”

Jose Morales, owner and principal of Saviesa Solutions and member of the Penn State OOE Advisory Board, will receive the Penn State World Campus Outstanding Alumnus Award. Morales is a United States Naval Academy graduate and earned his MBA from Penn State World Campus while serving with the U.S. Navy in Panama. He taught leadership courses at the U.S. Naval Academy, and then transitioned into public and private sectors.

“I find great reward in witnessing and helping good leaders become great leaders,” Morales said. “There is something magical in watching as a person grows in their self-awareness, builds a strength of spirit, clarity of purpose and increased energy for life and work. I have been very fortunate to support such transformations in many of my clients and I strive to do the same within the Penn State World Campus community.”

Tracey Huston, interim vice president for Penn State Outreach and associate vice president for marketing and enrollment services for Penn State OOE, said all three honorees have a dedicated record of service to the University.

“As the face of WPSU for many years, Patty has always been a first-class professional and journalist,” Huston said. “Sheila has gone above and beyond to offer her time and resources to advance the mission of Penn State OOE and Jose continues to give back through his commitment to build leaders of excellence. We are thrilled to honor such an outstanding group of dedicated individuals who have advanced Penn State’s vision in communities around the world.”

For more information, visit Penn State OOE online.

Volunteer time and gifts from Penn State’s alumni and friends have been essential to the success of the University’s historic land-grant mission to serve the public good. To fulfill that mission for a new era of rapid change and global connections, Penn State has begun a fast-paced campaign entitled A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence. The campaign focuses on the three key imperatives of a public university: private support to keep the door to higher education open and enable students to graduate on time; to create transformative experiences on Penn State campuses and around the globe; and to make a difference in the world through discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship. To learn more, visit giveto.psu.edu.

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Last Updated October 31, 2017