Awards
Penn State Intercom......June 21, 2001

Department of Statistics wins
Schreyer Collaborative Award

Several members of the Department of Statistics, who designed and implemented changes to an introductory class taken by more than 2,600 students each year, have been honored with a Schreyer Institute Collaborative Award by the Schreyer Institute for Innovation in Learning. The award recognizes the efforts of the individuals and the impact of the restructured class, which made the educational process more engaging and meaningful to students, thereby improving their retention and understanding of course material.

Collaborators on the project were: Patricia Buchanan, instructor; Mosuk Chow, assistant professor; William Harkness, professor of statistics; Matthew Herbison, graduate assistant; Robert Heckard, senior lecturer; and Laura Simon, instructor.

Although the Schreyer Institute usually honors individuals with awards for innovation, it instituted a group award for the Department of Statistics because of the "remarkable collaboration" involved in the project.

The redesigned class, Statistics 200, was initially implemented during the fall 2000 semester as the result of a grant from the Pew Foundation's Learning and Technology Program with support from the Center for Academic Computing and several years of preliminary planning and work. As a result, the class was transformed from its traditional classroom-and-lecture format to a highly interactive, technology-based environment that encouraged group activities and team learning. Instead of three lectures and two recitation sections per week, students attended one lecture and two computer laboratory sessions each week.

Members of the course-redesign team created more than 50 laboratory activities from which students could select assignments to meet the needs of their individual groups. Some Web-based instruction was included and students worked more frequently with problems simulating real-life applications than with theoretical equations and formulas. The design allowed students to become more active participants in the educational process.

Statistics 200, a required course in about 60 majors, enrolls 2,200 students per year at the University Park campus, with an additional 400 students enrolled at other campuses. According to ongoing assessment efforts, the Schreyer Institute observed about a 20 percent improvement in tests of basic concepts compared to the traditional course and a reduction in the number of necessary teaching assistants from 12 to six.

According to its mission, the Schreyer Institute works to promote partnerships among faculty, staff and students to design and implement learning experiences that foster inquiry, initiative and teamwork.

Educator of Year
named at DuBois

A faculty member who incorporates real-world experiences into the classroom to help motivate his students to higher levels of achievement has been honored as the Educator of the Year at Penn State DuBois.

William J. Haering, assistant professor of engineering, was selected for the 2000-01 award.

The Educator of the Year award is presented annually by the DuBois Educational Foundation, the campus advisory board. Students nominate faculty who best fit the criteria for the honor, which includes demonstrated enthusiasm, compassion and respect for students, and excellence in teaching and advising. The winner is selected by the foundation.

Haering was praised for his fairness in grading and assigning material, his attempts to include all students in classroom discussion and for making himself available to students even beyond regular classroom and office hours.

At DuBois, Haering teaches courses in engineering design and graphics, engineering mechanics and mechanical engineering and advises engineering students.

He is involved in research on flexible-body dynamics and engineering pedagogy.

He also assists with the annual High School Technology Challenge sponsored by the campus Tech Prep office.

Vice President's Awards
mark contributions, dedication

Staff members in Outreach and Cooperative Extension have been honored with Vice President's Awards for their contributions to the outreach mission of the University.

James H. Ryan, vice president for Outreach and Cooperative Extension, presented these awards on May 24:

**Vice President's Award for Outreach Leadership: Michelle Rodgers, regional director, Capital Region, Cooperative Extension and Outreach, for her leadership and vision as a champion of outreach programs within the Capital Region and throughout the University.

**Vice President's Award for Innovation -- Pathfinder Award: Maryann Frazier, senior extension associate, Cooperative Extension, and team, for developing and delivering the annual Great Insect Fair. Team members are Steve Jacobs and Greg Hoover, senior extension associates; Lyn Garling, project associate; and Dave Love, safety and facilities, Department of Entomology, College of Agricultural Sciences.

**Vice President's Award for Quality Enhancement: Tracey D. Huston, director, Office of Outreach Communications, for her leadership in creating a continuous quality improvement team to streamline the planning and production of Penn State Outreach magazine.

**Vice President's Award for Customer Service: Winifred McGee, extension agent, Lebanon County, Cooperative Extension, and team, for coordinating the Capital Region food processor joint outreach initiative, which assessed the education and training needs of small- and mid-sized food processors and developed education programs to address their needs. Team members are Warren Weaver and Dana Stuller, senior technical specialists, Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program; Terry Riley, director, Continuing Education, Penn State York; Steve Bogash, extension agent, Franklin County Cooperative Extension; Luke LaBorde, assistant professor of food science; Heather Koberle, conference planner, Conferences and Institutes, Division of Continuing Education; Jim Fong, director, and Ginny Pearson, research associate, Outreach Office of Marketing Research; Eric Vorodi, extension agent, Dauphin County Cooperative Extension; Nancy Wiker, extension agent, Lancaster County Cooperative Extension; and Ron Smith, area representative, Continuing Education, Penn State Harrisburg.

**Vice President's Award for Partnership -- Bridge Builder Award: Armando Villarroel, executive director of CREAD, the Inter-American Distance Education Consortium, for his dedication to building "rainbow" bridges and partnerships among individuals, academic institutions and organizations to share resources and expertise throughout the Western Hemisphere.

**Vice President's Award for Diversity and Public Service -- Marybeth Reese Award: Mary P. Miller, extension agent, 4-H/youth development, Montgomery County Cooperative Extension, for her educational programs for at-risk youth and her work in developing and delivering diversity programs for extension agents and support staff and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program advisers in the Southeast Region of Cooperative Extension. She also serves on the Pennsylvania Diversity Catalyst Team.

**Vice President's Award for Special Contributions: Lori Pacchioli, director of marketing, Penn State Public Broadcasting, for her perseverance in successfully overcoming the challenges of a serious medical illness while maintaining an outstanding level of accomplishment in her role at Penn State Public Broadcasting.

Public Broadcasting
celebrates several employees

Penn State Public Broadcasting celebrated outstanding accomplishments and employees during the annual awards luncheon on May 11.

Employees are nominated by their peers for notable contributions made during the year. The award winners for 2001 are:

**Teamwork: Broadcast operations -- Eileen Akin, Duane Champion, Carl Fisher, Amy Kelley, Bob Reichley, Dave Watson, Brett Weaver, Al Wilson, John Wesdock and Bernie Samansky.

**Cents-Ability: Sue Oram.

**Customer Service: Kirk Swanson and Jim Gugino.

**Volunteer: Brenna Lorenz and James Forr.

**Community Service: Katie O'Toole.

**Diversity: Cindi Deutschman.

**Humanitarian: Jeff Hughes.

**Quality Achievement: Bernie Samansky.

**Creativity/Innovation: Matt Chirdon.

**Venture: Chuck Ungar.

**SAM Award: Ted Krichels.

**Outstanding Employee: Jerry Sawyer.

**General Manager's Award: Duane Champion.

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