Bellisario College honors alumni, faculty member and an industry professional

October 01, 2019

Four Penn State alumni and a faculty member earned awards from the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications Alumni Society Board.

The awards were presented Sept. 30 on the University Park campus. Those selected for the honors were:

  • Andrew McGill, a 2010 journalism graduate, who earned the Emerging Professional Award;
  • Diane Salvatore, a 1981 journalism graduate, who earned the Alumni Achievement Award;
  • Lynne Getz, a 1998 telecommunications graduate, who earned the Outstanding Alumni Award;
  • Michael Greenwald, a 1963 speech communications graduate, who earned the Douglas A. Anderson Communications Contributor Award
  • Steve Manuel, an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Advertising/Public Relations who earned the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Emerging Professional, Andrew McGill

A developer and reporter with expertise in building data-driven stories and dynamic, user-centered apps, McGill works as a senior product manager for The Atlantic in Washington, D.C. During his time at Penn State, McGill was involved with the Schreyer Honors College and served as the managing editor of The Daily Collegian.

Alumni Achievement, Diane Salvatore

Salvatore is the editor-in-chief of Consumer Reports magazine, one of the largest circulation monthlies in the United States. As an award-winning media brand builder, Salvatore has a passion for bringing insight and advice to consumers through her work. As a student, Salvatore was a columnist for The Daily Collegian. In 1991, she graduated from New York University with a master’s degree in English/creative writing.

Outstanding Alumni, Lynne Getz

Getz runs a multimillion dollar direct sales team, dabbles in public television and podcasting and tries her best to teach her younger children to be good people. A married mother of three living outside of Philadelphia, she is a writer through and through. Her blog, "Like A Mother," celebrates motherhood — the good, the bad, and the crazy.

Douglas A. Anderson Communications Contributor Award, Michael Greenwald

Greenwald was a founding staff member of WITF public broadcasting in Harrisburg, in 1964. In 2007, after 43 years of full-time service, he retired from his position as senior vice president and now holds the title of senior adviser. With positions in producing, directing, public relations, and development throughout his time at WITF, Greenwald has made a significant mark on the communication industry.

Excellence in Teaching Award, Steve Manuel

Manuel has taught at the University since 1996. Currently, he teaches public relations, public relations campaigns and crisis communications. He consistently earns praise from students and the respect of his colleagues in the classroom.Prior to Penn State, Manuel server as the public affairs officer for the Office of the Secretary and Marine Corps spokesman. Additionally, Manuel is an active photographer with Penn State where he photographs many of the University’s Division I sports teams. 

Last Updated October 01, 2019