Alumni Updates: Aug. 26, 2020

August 26, 2020

"Alumni Updates" highlights career achievements by College of Education alumni.

  • Thomas Argondizza, who received a doctorate in instructional systems from the College of Education in 2017 and currently works as an educational technologist for the University of Alaska Anchorage, is featured in an article in Forbes. The article discusses Argondizza's fundraising efforts for the Alaska Sealife Center, which was in danger of closing permanently due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Amy Dinning, who received a masters of instructional systems & design from Penn State Great Valley in 1999, begins a new job as manager of Education and Development at Main Line Health in Radnor, Pennsylvania.
  • Junghwan Kim, who graduated from the College of Education with a doctorate in adult education (currently Lifelong Learning and Adult Education) in 2012, has joined Texas A&M University as a tenured associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development. Before joining TAMU, he served for six years as an assistant professor of adult and higher Education at the University of Oklahoma and promoted to associate level with tenure in July 2020.
  • Diane Yendol-Hoppey, professor and dean of the University of North Florida’s College of Education and Human Services, has been named among the 2020 Women of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal. The award recognizes women leaders in Northeast Florida whose leadership has helped their organizations grow and has shaped the next generation by providing a model for the community. Yendol-Hoppey received her professional teaching certification and master of arts in educational theory and policy from the Penn State College of Education in 1986, and earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from our college in 1999.

Did you get a new job, celebrate a career milestone, get a promotion or award, recently retire, or have other career-related news to share? If so, we want to hear from you. Email us at with your name, information about your achievement, and the degree(s) you earned and year(s) of graduation from the Penn State College of Education.

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Last Updated August 27, 2020