College of the Liberal Arts Staff Newsletter – July

Congratulations to the June You Rock winners

Stacey Martilotta, Randy Dixon and Steven Sherman were the recipients of the You Rock Award in June. The entire Staff Advisory Committee congratulates them and the work they do for the college. If you know someone who goes above and beyond, makes exceptional contributions towards the efficiency of operations, provides outstanding service to other employees or visitors, and/or promotes diversity, fill out the short You Rock nomination form here.

Office Olympics happening Aug. 1

On Tuesday afternoon, teams from all around the College of the Liberal Arts will compete in the 2017 Liberal Arts Office Olympics. The event will begin on the Moore Building lawn with opening ceremonies at 2:30 p.m., and ice cream will be served through 4:30 p.m. Last year, the college raised a record-high $16,539 for Centre County United Way.

United Way fundraiser with the State College Spikes

Liberal Arts is partnering with the State College Spikes for a fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 11. Tickets are $10 each and all of the proceeds benefit the Liberal Arts United Way. There will also be fireworks and free Kid Zone admittance. Contact Jessica Fatica at or Sherri Bumbarger at for tickets.

Volunteer opportunity with local nonprofit

Pixie Dust Wishes, a local nonprofit, is looking for volunteers for their inaugural Race to Neverland on Saturday, Aug. 19. Staff members interested in volunteering can email Kathy Swidwa at to learn more.

New staff

We welcome all new staff members, including Whitney Chirdon, Jennifer Connell, Marie-Jeanne Cotner and Sean Mannion, and invite you to visit our website for resources that may help you navigate the College of the Liberal Arts and Penn State.

Submit your news

We are asking staff to submit their own content, such as information about upcoming college or department events, development opportunities for staff, and networking events. We’re also looking for information about each department, so feel free to submit interesting things about your department that makes it unique within the University. You can submit your information on the Staff Advisory Committee’s website:

The mission of the Staff Advisory Committee is to represent the interests of the staff to the dean of the college, in addition to fostering a sense of community among staff. If you’re interested in becoming a member, email Aimée Grugan at

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Last Updated July 27, 2017