Student awards presented to Penn College graduates

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Pennsylvania College of Technology presented student achievement awards to its Fall 2017 graduates during its commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport.

The award winners, their hometowns and academic majors are:

President's Award, presented for leadership and service to the college: Elizabeth L. Landis, Columbia, emergency management technology.

Board of Directors’ Award, presented for achievement under exceptional conditions: Edwin G. Arroyo-Diaz, Elizabethtown, applied health studies: physical fitness specialist, and Jordan Elizabeth Stephenson, State College, applied technology studies.

Academic Vice President and Provost’s Award, presented for scholastic achievement and service: Autumn M. Devine, Mars, emergency management technology.

Lewis H. Bardo Memorial Award, presented to a graduate who exemplifies the ideals of Lewis H. Bardo (devotion to duty, helpfulness to others, friendliness and high ideals): Elizabeth J. Rabuck, Hatboro, business administration: marketing concentration.

Chef Leah Chase Excellence in Hospitality Award, presented to a nontraditional graduate who demonstrates Chef Chase's commitment to being a positive role model for the hospitality industry, work and scholastic excellence, stewardship of personal and professional resources, respect for self and others, and excellence and leadership in hospitality education: Samantha K. Lelko, Perkiomenville, hospitality management.

Hospitality Faculty Award, presented to a graduate who demonstrates academic achievement, exemplifies professionalism and is committed to excellence in hospitality: Jessica T. Haynes, Bethlehem, culinary arts and systems.

McNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall Award, presented to the graduate of legal assistant/paralegal studies who had the highest GPA: Marla Jensine Haas, Montoursville, legal assistant-paralegal studies.

UPMC Susquehanna Program Award for Applied Health Studies, presented to a graduate who has exhibited strong leadership and teamwork skill; demonstrated excellence, professionalism and commitment to the health care profession; and demonstrated academic excellence: Steven Anthony Bixby, Muncy, applied health studies.

Linda F. Clark, BS RN, Memorial Nursing Commencement Award, presented to a graduate of a nursing major who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, exceptional ability in practicum and commitment to lifelong learning: Magen Blue Chitwood, Williamsport, nursing.

Shirley Novosel Memorial Award, presented to a nursing graduate who has demonstrated excellence in clinical performance, clinical leadership, promotion of client advocacy, proficiency in clinical skills, desire to learn and help others learn, a positive professional attitude, and a caring, compassionate, empathetic attitude toward clients: Haylea Dawn Estright, Brisbin, nursing.

American Welding Society Student Chapter Award, presented to a member of the student chapter who has shown leadership and dedication in the field of welding: Heather Lynn Gadomski, Telford, welding and fabrication engineering technology.

Penn College Machine Shop Faculty Award, presented to a graduate of a two- or four-year automated manufacturing, machining or toolmaking major who exemplifies the college’s philosophy of excellence and exhibits devotion to duty, helpfulness to others and friendliness: Amanda Vernell Hartman, Benton, automated manufacturing technology.

Penn College Welding Faculty Award, presented to a graduate of a two- or four-year welding major who exemplifies the college's philosophy of excellence: John Matson-Warner, South Williamsport, welding and fabrication engineering technology.

Robert G. Thomas Award, presented to a graduate who has attained the highest cumulative average in welding: David M. Anderson, Hellertown, welding and fabrication engineering technology.

Alfred L. Hauser Sr. Memorial Award, presented to a graduate in the two-year automated manufacturing technology or four-year manufacturing engineering technology major who exemplifies the college's philosophy of excellence: Austin R. Schaeffer, Oley, manufacturing engineering technology and automated manufacturing technology.

Engineering Design Technology Faculty Award, presented to a faculty-selected graduate of the baccalaureate-degree major who has demonstrated scholastic achievement, interest in the field and potential for success in the future: Richard Marcel Wood, Bloomsburg, engineering design technology.

Engineering CAD Technology Faculty Award, presented to a faculty-selected graduate of the associate-degree major who has demonstrated scholastic achievement, interest in the field and potential for success in the future: Teofilus R. Grigas, Benton, engineering CAD technology.

For more information about Penn College, a special mission affiliate of Penn State and a national leader in applied technology education, visit www.pct.edu, email admissions@pct.edu or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

Last Updated December 18, 2017