Excellence awards honor communications faculty, staff

April 06, 2015

Four faculty members, two faculty affiliates, two staff members and two graduate students in the College of Communications were among those honored with Deans’ Excellence Awards during a college-wide awards event.

The annual awards recognize people who put the mission of Penn State and the college into practice on a daily basis.

Faculty members honored were:

-- Ken Yednock, a senior lecturer in the Department of Advertising/Public Relations, who earned the Deans’ Excellence Award for Teaching;

-- Distinguished Professor Mary Beth Oliver, a member of the Department of Film-Video and Media Studies, who earned the Deans’ Excellence Award for Research and Creative Accomplishments;

-- John Dillon, the Norman Eberly Professor of Practice in the Department of Journalism, who earned the Deans’ Excellence Award for Service;

-- Matt Jordan, associate professor in the Department of Film-Video and Media Studies, who earned the Deans’ Excellence Award for Integrated Scholarship; and

-- Jeff Brown and Tom Yourchak, who were each recognized with the Deans’ Excellence Award for Outstanding Faculty Affiliate.

Staff members honored with the Deans’ Excellence Award were Dorie Glunt, accounting assistant, and Victoria Kovatto, assistant to the facilities manager.

In addition, graduate students Alyssa Appelman and Dunja Antunovic were honored with the Djung Yune Tchoi Teaching Award, which recognizes graduate students for their work as a teacher.

Also recognized were two staff members for 25 years of service (assistant to the financial officer Annette Jones and manager of facilities Karen Mozley-Bryan) and two retirees -- Richard Taylor, the Palmer in Telecommunications and Law, and Kovatto.

Last Updated April 06, 2015