Penn State Fayette honors faculty, staff, retirees

December 09, 2019

LEMONT FURNACE, Pa. — Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus honored faculty and staff retirees and recipients of annual awards at the 2019 Retirement & Recognition Celebration on Dec. 5 at the Community Center.

Charles Patrick, chancellor and chief academic officer, presented the awards. Established in 1979, the monetary awards are supported by the Fayette Campus Endowment Fund, along with several family endowments.

Excellence Awards

The Staff Excellence award was presented to Mary Budinsky, Learning Center coordinator.

The Faculty Teaching Excellence award was presented to Lindsey Simon-Jones, associate professor of English.

The Faculty Research Excellence was presented to Andrzej Gapinski, associate professor of engineering.

The Ellen M. Laun Advising Excellence award was presented to Melissa Miner, associate teaching professor and program coordinator of nursing.

The Barbara B. Solesky Support Staff Service Excellence award was presented to Rebecca Johnson, student life coordinator.

Years of service

Five years

  • Stephen Oberly
  • Steven Wilt

10 years

  • Collette Ridgeway
  • Lindsey Simon-Jones
  • Rick VanBuren

15 years

  • Nathaniel Bohna
  • Fred Botti
  • Vincent Gall
  • Jo Ann Jankoski
  • Sherry Scully
  • Billie Jo Yuhaniak

20 years

  • Michelle Henrish
  • Nicole Hill
  • Kevin Maxwell

25 years

  • Melissa Miner
  • Janet Ritenour

40 years

  • David Meredith


Mike Comiskey, associate professor of political science, has retired after 31 years of service.

Ted Mellors, associate director of Continuing Education and director of the Center for Community and Public Safety, has retired after 32 years of service.

Paul Mihalko, facilities supervisor, has retired after more than 36 years of service to the campus.

Lynn Petko, assistant teaching professor of English, has retired after 29 years of service.

Tina Reed, records specialist, has announced her retirement after 28 years of service.

Judy Sturges, associate professor of administration of justice, has retired after 20 years of service.

MaryAnn Walters, lecturer in business, has retired after 22 years of service.

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Last Updated December 09, 2019