Penn State Intercom......October 19, 2000

College of the Liberal Arts
names distinguished alumnus

Thomas Stripay, senior vice president of human resources and general affairs at Sumitomo Corp. of America, was named the College of the Liberal Arts' Labor Studies and Industrial Relations Distinguished Alumnus for 2000.

Stripay joined Sumitomo Corp. of America in 1985 as vice president of human resources with the charge to "Americanize" this traditional Japanese company's U.S. operations.

In 1998 he was named senior vice president for human resources and general affairs, assuming additional responsibilities for administration.

He will speak on "The Human Resources Function in a Bicultural Environment" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in the HUB-Robeson Heritage Room on the University Park campus. The event is free to the public.

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