Intercom Online......May 4, 2000

Awards

Division of Continuing Education
honors administrator and staff

Shirley S. Hendrick, associate dean in The Smeal College of Business Administration, was honored with the inaugural Outstanding Academic Leadership Award by the Division of Continuing Education.

Hendrick's contributions to the field of continuing education and its practice stand out in terms of outstanding leadership in ensuring access to quality programs for the adult learner. To honor her for her contributions to continuing education, the college has named the award for her.

For more than 10 years, the bulk of programs that campuses offered through continuing education were from The Smeal College, largely due to Hendrick's efforts, according to Patricia A. Book, associate vice president for outreach and executive director of the Penn State Division of Continuing Education.

Hendrick also invented the "Step-up Program," where a student could start with a certificate program, and after successful completion, could begin a second certificate program. Eventually, these credit certificate programs would lead to an associate degree.

Hendrick retired from Penn State in December 1999 after 23 years of service. For more than 21 of those years, she served in the continuing education field as an administrator with The Smeal College. In 1995, she was appointed associate dean for continuing and distance education. In this role, she had academic responsibility for 2,000 college program offerings and 27,000 enrollments.

In 1993, she received the Continuing Education Award for Administrative Excellence.

Hendrick is author of many articles published in numerous journals, and served on various University task forces and committees. She earned bachelor of science (1972) and master of business administration (1975) degrees and her doctorate in higher education (1980) from Penn State. She also attended Harvard University's Management of Lifelong Education Program and Leadership Institute for Continuing Professional Education.

A number of Continuing Education staff members also were honored for their contributions and commitment to Outreach and Continuing Education during the past year:

n Continuing Education Outstanding Leadership Award: Ina K. Lubin, director of Continuing Education at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.

n Newcomer Award, recognizing individuals who have been with continuing education fewer than two years and who have made significant contributions during that time: Mark Bernhard, senior conference planner with Conferences and Institutes, and Brian J. Mizikar, graphic artist with the Outreach Office of Marketing Communications.

n Customer Service Award, recognizing outstanding performance in meeting customer needs: Barbara Nevling, staff assistant, Business and Financial Services.

n Making Life Better Award, recognizing exceptional service to one's community beyond job responsibilities: Elaina McReynolds, conference planner, Penn State Great Valley.

n Creativity and Innovation Award, recognizing creativity and innovation in the development or delivery of education programs, products or services: Donald Sheffield, assistant to associate vice president for Outreach and Cooperative Extension in the Office of Outreach and Diversity Programs, Penn State Beaver.

n Best Quality Award, recognizing improvement to the quality of Continuing Education processes: Janice Pearce, assistant director of budget and finance, Conferences and Institutes.

n Team Award, recognizing teamwork that has contributed to accomplishing the goals of the outreach organization: Best Practices in Outreach and Public Service Conference planning team -- Talat Azhar, research associate, Outreach Office of Marketing Research; Melissa Beidler, conference planner, Conferences and Institutes; Mark Bernhard, senior conference planner, Conferences and Institutes; Jeri Childers, conference chair, assistant director, Outreach Office of Program Development; Janice Ferguson, marketing manager, Outreach Office of Marketing Communications; James Fong, director, Outreach Office of Marketing Research; Cheryl George, staff assistant, Conferences and Institutes; Judy Hall, conference planner, Conferences and Institutes; Tracey Huston, director, Office of Outreach Communications; Michael Martin, special assistant to the vice president for Outreach and Cooperative Extension; Connie Pukanic-Smails, executive producer, Penn State Public Broadcasting; Michelle Rodgers, regional director, Capital Region, Cooperative Extension; Jacklyn Rosenfeld, director, Outreach Office of Marketing Communications; Dan Williams, staff assistant, Outreach Office of Program Development; Jeanne Williams, program development specialist, Outreach Office of Program Development; Sue Witherite, staff assistant, Conferences and Institutes; and John Wozniak, Web manager, Outreach Office of Marketing Communications.

n Exemplary Program Award, recognizing a credit or noncredit program delivered in 1999: Eating Disorders on Campus: The Institutional Response conference, coordinated by Stephanie S. Tyworth, program developer, Outreach Office of Program Development.

n Learning Advocate Award, recognizing a commitment to meeting the educational program needs of specific audiences: Nancy McCord, program specialist, Conferences and Institutes.

n Mentor Award, recognizing commitment to lifelong learning through teaching and providing guidance to colleagues: Doug Wentzel, program director, Shaver's Creek Environmental Center.

n Outstanding Motivator Award, recognizing an individual whose positive attitude inspires others: Barbara Impellitteri, senior conference planner and operations manager, Conferences and Institutes.

n Outstanding Employee Award, recognizing individuals who demonstrate a high quality of work and support for the Continuing Education organization: Kathryn Holsopple, staff assistant, Sport Camps, Conferences and Institutes; and Melinda K. Meyers, production assistant, Outreach Office of Marketing Communications.

College of Communications
honors four for excellence

Four College of Communications faculty members were honored for excellence in teaching, research, service and integrated scholarship.

The 1999-2000 recipients of the Deans' Excellence Awards were Anne Hoag, assistant professor of communications, for teaching; S. Shyam Sundar, assistant professor of communications, for research; and Jorge Schement, professor of telecommunications, for service. John Nichols, professor of communications, received the college's first Deans' Excellence Award for Integrated Scholarship, recognizing his ability to seamlessly integrate teaching, research and service.

n Hoag, who was lauded for consistently receiving outstanding teaching evaluations, was recognized in particular for her Telecommunications Management course. For the course, she designed an e-classroom model in which her students worked collaboratively with students at Michigan State University to solve real-life cases and management problems related to the cable industry.

Hoag has received $20,000 in cash and in-kind grants to support the project, including $10,000 from the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the academic arm of the Big Ten.

n Sundar, director of the college's Media Effects Research Laboratory, was recognized for his record of scholarship as well as his mentorship of undergraduate and graduate research. In addition to publishing articles in several refereed journals this year, he has been a presenter at more than 20 local, national and international conferences.

Sundar serves as an editorial board member, manuscript reviewer and paper referee for several journals and conferences, and serves as research chair of the Communication and Technology Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

n Schement, co-director of the Institute for Information Policy, was honored for his service to the college at both the University and national levels. In addition to serving on Penn State's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, he is a member of the editorial boards of four journals.

Schement also is a member and/or leader of an impressive list of national boards.

n Nichols, who currently serves on more than a dozen Ph.D. and M.A. committees, consistently receives outstanding teaching evaluations. In 1999, he earned the "Most Innovative Teacher Award," sponsored by the Undergraduate Student Government and the Schreyer Institute for Innovation in Learning.

This year, Nichols had a book chapter published, wrote a second one and is completing two journal manuscripts as well as research on a book manuscript. This spring, he was named chair-elect of the University's Faculty Senate. He has been instrumental to the college as both its ombudsman and professor-in-charge of the Media Studies program.

Associate professor earns
outstanding teacher award

John Ousey, associate professor of environmental sciences at Penn State Delaware County, received the 2000 Outstanding Teacher Award.

Ousey received his B.A. in biology from LaSalle College, his M.Ed. in earth sciences from Penn State, his M.S. in environmental sciences from Drexel University and his D.Ed. in earth science from Penn State. He teaches physical geology, historical geology, physical geography, introductory meteorology, energy and fuels in society, earth systems science and a history of technology course.

Ousey has received numerous awards while at Penn State, including the Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1994, and the Collaborative Teaching Award in 1993. He has taught at Penn State for more than 30 years.

Assistant professor wins
NSF early career award

John Desjarlais, assistant professor of chemistry, has received a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation. The award, which the agency describes as its highest honor for new faculty, provides four years of funding to stimulate the early development of academic careers in science and engineering and to support the critical roles played by faculty members in integrating research and education.

Desjarlais' research focuses on the relationship between an amino-acid sequence and its three-dimensional structure. It involves the design of proteins -- the construction of amino-acid sequences that encode information for the folding of a protein into a precise pattern. Using a combination of computational and experimental techniques, he is analyzing the qualities of amino-acid sequences that determine a natural protein's specific structure. This effort is designed to eventually enable him to synthesize novel proteins with desired structures.

Desjarlais earned his bachelor's degree in physics, cum laude, at the University of Massachusetts in 1987 and his doctoral degree in biophysics at Johns Hopkins University in 1993. From 1993 to 1994, he held a postdoctoral position at the DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Co. In 1994, he continued his postdoctoral work at the University of California at Berkeley. He arrived at Penn State in the fall of 1997.

Continuing Education Association
honors several initiatives, programs

Robert D. Ricketts has been awarded the 1999 Conferences and Professional Programs Faculty Service Award by the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA). This national association also honored 11 outreach initiatives and programs coordinated by Penn State Outreach and Cooperative Extension faculty and staff members. Award winners are:

n Ricketts, professor in charge of undergraduate programs in the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Development, was honored "as a dedicated practitioner of continuing education for 20 years."

n The annual conference on Eating Disorders on Campus: The Institutional Response received a Conferences and Professional Programs Exemplary Program Award. The conference planning team included Stephanie S. Tyworth, program developer, Outreach Office of Program Development; Suzanne St. Pierre, conference planner, Conferences and Institutes; and conference chair Claudia Probart, associate professor of nutrition, College of Health and Human Development.

n The Penn State Drug Elimination Program received an Award for Service to Special Populations. Designed by Donald Sheffield, assistant to associate vice president for Outreach and Cooperative Extension in the Office of Outreach and Diversity Programs, the Drug Elimination Program is an educational partnership involving Penn State, the Housing Authority of Beaver County and public housing residents. The program provides access to educational opportunities to hundreds of families.

n The Distance Education/World Campus catalog received a Meritorious Award in the Division of Independent Study Catalog competition. The catalog lists hundreds of credit and noncredit courses Penn State offers through distance education. Catalog team members included Heather Chakiris, distance education/World Campus marketing manager; Bruce Cramer, photographer; Janice Fink, marketing manager; Jerry Goff, coordinator of advising; Jason Oakman, designer; Erik Strickler, production assistant; and Leslie Syrett, proofreader.

n The Distance Education/World Campus viewbook won a Gold Award of Excellence in the Marketing and Publications Awards competition. Heather Chakiris, distance education/World Campus marketing manager (writer), led the viewbook team, which included Bruce Cramer, photographer; Jason Oakman, designer; and Leslie Syrett, proofreader.

n A poster for Cocteau's World: A Symposium received a Gold Award of Excellence in the poster category of the Marketing and Publication Awards competition. Team members who developed and promoted the event included Geoffrey L. Conrad, marketing manager, Outreach Office of Marketing Communications; Chriss Schultz, conference planner, Conferences and Institutes; Robert R. Edwards and Randy J. Ploog, faculty chairs, Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies; and Claudia Mauner, designer.

n A poster commemorating the conference on African Americans and the Age of American Expansion, 1898­1998, held March 26­28, 1999, earned a Silver Award of Excellence. Kerry A. Newman, marketing manager, Outreach Office of Marketing Communications, led the team that developed the poster. Team members included Kristin A. Owens, conference planner, Conferences and Institutes; Allie Shaw, designer, Document Services; and Cary Fraser, assistant professor of African and African American studies and faculty chair.

n A logo created for the Children, Youth and Families are Resilient (CYFAR) program received a Silver Award of Excellence. Judy Mierop Richardson, marketing manager, Outreach Office of Marketing Communications, worked with Cheryl L. Himes, graphic artist, Outreach Office of Marketing Communications.

n Bonhoeffer's Dilemma: The Ethics of Violence conference won a Silver Award of Excellence in the brochure category. Geoffrey L. Conrad, marketing manager with the Outreach Office of Marketing Communications, led the team that developed the brochure and promoted the conference. Other team members were Chriss Schultz, conference planner, Conferences and Institutes; Robert R. Edwards and Randy J. Ploog, faculty chairs, Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies; and Allie Shaw, designer, Document Services.

n A logo created for alumni education outreach programs earned a Bronze Award of Excellence in the logo implementation category. Patricia A. Hummer, marketing manager, Outreach Office of Marketing Communications, worked with team members Roberta M. Moore, director of alumni education; Mary Jane Stout, program planner, alumni education; and Jim Lukens-Gable, designer, Document Services.

n The Best Practices in Outreach and Public Service Conference earned two awards: a Bronze Award of Excellence in the campaign publications category and an Honorable Mention in the Conferences and Professional Programs Exemplary Program category. Conference planning team members included Talat Azhar, research associate, Outreach Office of Marketing Research; Melissa Beidler, conference planner, Conferences and Institutes; Mark Bernhard, senior conference planner, Conferences and Institutes; Jeri Childers, conference chair, assistant director, Outreach Office of Program Development; Janice Ferguson, marketing manager, Outreach Office of Marketing Communications; James Fong, director, Outreach Office of Marketing Research; Cheryl George, staff assistant, Conferences and Institutes; Judy Hall, conference planner, Conferences and Institutes; Tracey Huston, director, Office of Outreach Communications; Michael Martin, special assistant to the vice president for Outreach and Cooperative Extension; Connie Pukanic­Smails, executive producer, Penn State Public Broadcasting; Michelle Rodgers, regional director, Capital Region, Cooperative Extension; Jacklyn Rosenfeld, director, Outreach Office of Marketing Communications; Dan Williams, staff assistant, Outreach Office of Program Development; Jeanne Williams, program development specialist, Outreach Office of Program Development; Sue Witherite, staff assistant, Conferences and Institutes; and John Wozniak, Web manager, Outreach Office of Marketing Communications.

n The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists conference promotional materials were honored with a Bronze Award of Excellence in the campaign/mixed media category. Conference team members were Elizabeth A. Bechtel, associate director, Outreach Office of Marketing Communications; Janet Patterson, senior conference planner, Conferences and Institutes; Charles C. Herd, conference planner, Conferences and Institutes; Jay Stauffer, professor of ichthyology and faculty chair; Patrick R. Sharbaugh, graphic designer, University Photo/Graphics; and Outreach Office of Marketing Communications staff members Cheryl L. Himes, graphic artist; David L. Maser, senior graphic designer; Brian J. Mizikar, graphic artist; and Melinda K. Meyers, production coordinator.

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