Employee recognition ceremony honors Penn College faculty and staff

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Pennsylvania College of Technology held its annual Employee Recognition ceremony on May 10, honoring staff, a part-time instructor, two faculty advisers, longtime employees – including the latest inductees to its Quarter Century Club – and those who retired during the current academic year.

For more than 20 years, Distinguished Staff Awards have been presented each spring in three personnel classifications (Administrative, Professional and Technical; Classified; and Service).

During an all-college meeting to end the Spring 2018 semester, President Davie Jane Gilmour presented awards to Kay E. Dunkleberger, director of disability services (APT); Mary D. Gregory, access services assistant at Madigan Library (Classified); and Robert C. Karschner Jr., master mechanic for the college’s motorpool (Service).

“She has been a patient listener and supporter of many ideas brought to the (Accessibility Committee), which we have seen implemented on campus,” one of Dunkleberger’s nominators wrote. “As an institution, we continue to make significant headway on accessibility issues, which would not be possible without Kay’s leadership and dedication. I admire her sustained efforts to strive continually for access for students who have often been marginalized in their other academic pursuits.”

Regarding Gregory, a co-worker related: “A student was looking to see if a particular software program was available in the library computer labs. When it was not found under the name the student was remembering, the student said it didn’t matter and was ready to give up. Mary’s response? ‘Why do you say that? Of course it matters!’”

Co-workers characterized Karschner as “a naturally upbeat person with a positive, cheerful attitude,” and a past award recipient said, “By his actions, he shows me that I can depend on him, that he keeps his commitments, whether this is a 4 a.m. start time for snow removal or getting an Admissions van ready for the road.”

Jillian Scanlon, Pennsylvania College of Technology

The 2018 Part-time Teaching Excellence award winner at Penn College is Jillian T. Scanlon, adjunct instructor in early childhood education.

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A Part-Time Teaching Excellence Award was presented to Jillian T. Scanlon, an adjunct instructor in early childhood education.

“Jillian is one of the most proactive instructors I've ever worked with,” her nominator wrote. “She never hesitates to reach out if she has a question about how to handle a student issue, or wants feedback about a new instructional tool or assessment instrument. Jillian always has a positive, friendly and constructive demeanor. She has a great sense of humor and utilizes it in the classroom to great effect.”

Tammy M. Rich and Bambi A. Hawkins, Pennsylvania College of Technology

Tammy M. Rich, left, assistant professor of business administration, management and event management, and Bambi A. Hawkins, learning laboratory coordinator in the paramedic program, are the 2018 recipients of Excellence in Academic Advising Awards at Penn College.

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Tammy M. Rich, assistant professor of business administration, management and event management, and Bambi A. Hawkins, learning laboratory coordinator in the paramedic program, were this year’s recipients of Excellence in Academic Advising Awards.

“Tammy goes above and beyond to make sure she is prepared to advise her advisees,” a colleague said. “She is extremely organized and expects her students to be ready for their meeting. During her advisement sessions, it is not just about scheduling classes; she discusses what the student wants to do for their career, and helps direct them through their courses.”

Of Hawkins, a student wrote: She “has personally taught me a great deal about myself in the short time we have known each other. She has encouraged me like no other, especially when I admitted some of my very secret fears regarding my career. She has stepped up … and helped me find a solution to a lack of financial aid that would have halted my career before my program really started. I owe her my career.”

Presented with 35-year service pins this year are Ann Marie Furdock and Linda D. Huffman; receiving 30-year pins are John M. Good III, William P. Kilcoyne Jr., Brenda M. Kline, John G. Marshalek, Andrea L. Mull and Karen L. Stugart.

Joining the college’s Quarter Century Club with 25 years’ service are Margaret A. Barbour, Patrick M. Breen, Marianne E. DePasqua, Ronald A. Garner, Nancy A. Grausam, Brian D. Hopple, William Ma, David A. Probst, Brett A. Reasner, Chester E. Rogers, Patricia M. Scheib and Cletus G. Waldman.

Retiring during 2017-18 were: Leslie J. Baier, James E. Bies, Alan W. Buck, Donald J. Caldwell, Lisa J. Caputo, Durbin L. Chesnut III, Donna M. Colley, Dennis L. Correll, Marlin R. Cromley, Mike M. Cunningham, Lisa M. Dincher, Adelle M. Dotzel, Wanda A. Gardner, Terry A. Girdon, Susan A. Hagemeyer, Edgar A. Hollingsworth, Sandra L. Hollingsworth, Brian D. Hopple, Rebecca A. Horn, Dale E. Jaenke, Charles A. Kern, Dale J. Kissinger Jr., Sandra Lakey, Mary Ann R. Lampman, Monica J. Lanczak, Gerri F. Luke, John G. Marshalek, Gary E. McQuay, Ronald Z. Miller, Randy L. Monroe, Mark D. Noe, David A. Probst, Kathryn M. Reed, Andrew M. Richardson, Richard Sahn, Joan E. Schell, Calvetta A. Walker and Jeffrey B. Weaver.

For more about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development, visit www.pct.edu, email admissions@pct.edu or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

Last Updated May 11, 2018