Alumni Updates: May 5, 2021

May 04, 2021
  • Dan Albaugh, who received a bachelor of science in English secondary education from Penn State in 1995, is the author of a new children’s book, “Scary Mary: The History of the Typhoid Epidemic.” The book, released by Fulton Publishing, was illustrated by Errin Olewnick Wischhussen, who received a bachelor of arts degree in art from Penn State in 2000.
  • Courtney Dexter, a graduate of the College of Education’s Special Education (SPLED) program and currently an inclusion teacher in Dallas Independent School District and an adjunct faculty member at Southern Methodist University, gave a presentation at SPLED’s Charles Hughes Excellence in Teaching Award Lecture in April.
  • Trisha Everhart, a 2016 graduate of the master of education in higher education program who is assistant director of online programs in the School of Labor and Employment Relations in College of the Liberal Arts, has been honored with the 2021 Shirley Hendrick Award, presented by the Penn State Commission for Adult Learners for service to adult learners. The Shirley Hendrick Award recognizes an administrator University-wide who has contributed to the success of Penn State’s efforts to serve adult learners.
  • Hollylynne S. Lee, who completed her bachelor's in secondary mathematics education at Penn State, is one of three finalists for Baylor University’s Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching. The winner will be announced in spring 2022. Lee is a professor of mathematics and statistics education at North Carolina State University’s College of Education.
  • Craig Merkey, a fall 2019 graduate of the master of education in higher education program and a staff member at Penn State Harrisburg, was recognized with a “We Are!” shout-out in a recent edition of Penn State Today.
  • Jason Pedersen, who received a doctorate in school psychology from Penn State in 2002 and is currently a school psychologist at Derry Township School District in Hershey, Pennsylvania, is co-author of a recently released book, “The Data-Driven School: Collaborating to Improve Student Outcomes.”
  • Julia Szarko, a 2000 doctoral graduate in school psychology, received the 2021 School Psychologist of the Year Award from the National Association of School Psychologists.

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Last Updated May 04, 2021