Taylor, Matusow named 2012 Hetzel Award recipients for leadership

March 13, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Marcellus Taylor, a senior at Penn State Harrisburg pursing a degree in sociology, and Leah Matusow, a senior majoring in secondary education mathematics in the College of Education, have been named recipients of the 2012 Ralph Dorn Hetzel Memorial Award.

Named for Penn State’s 10th president, the Hetzel Award recognizes a combination of high scholastic attainment together with good citizenship, and participation and leadership in student activities.

Taylor is immediate past president of Penn State Harrisburg's Student Government Association and chief student ambassador, and was appointed the coordinator of the Chancellor’s Leadership Access Student Program (CLASP) for freshmen students in spring 2011. He also is a member of the fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi and was elected to the national fraternity's Grand Board of Directors last July.

In January 2011, Taylor became the first student liaison for the Borough of Middletown. In this role, he is tasked with bridging the relationship between the borough and the Penn State Harrisburg community. “Marcellus has a natural leadership ability and commitment to develop fellow leaders who are enthusiastic, purposeful and inclusive,” one nominator said.

Matusow, from Dresher, Pa., has held a variety of leadership positions during her time at Penn State. She has served as president of the Parmi Nous Senior Honor Society and as executive director of Penn State Homecoming 2011, and was one of 14 students from the senior class selected to the Lion’s Paw Senior Honor Society. Matusow also has been involved with Penn State LeaderShape, Students Engaging Students (SES), Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, Fresh Start Day of Service, Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee and Leaders Emerging Today.

“Leah has exhibited a true desire to leave a positive imprint on the Penn State campus and has certainly done so,” a nominator said.

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Last Updated March 13, 2012