Health and Human Development

Sending a 'We Are!' and thank you to these Penn Staters

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — This week, we recognize five Penn Staters who go above and beyond what's asked of them in their work at the University. Thank you to:

Debbie Brennan, with the Penn State Shenango Library, whose nominator wrote: "Debbie is so helpful. She has taught me so many things about the computer and research. I still need her help for PowerPoints and looking over my papers, but I'm able to do more on my own because of what she has taught me. Thanks again to Debbie."

Mary Kate Dunne, a student, whose nominator wrote: "Outstanding job representing the undergraduate athletic training education program traveling with the Penn State women's ice hockey team to Lindenwood University in St. Louis for games in the fall. Her hard work and dedication to the health care of Penn State student-athletes was evident and greatly appreciated."

Dennis Ripka, in the Department of Kinesiology, whose nominator wrote: "Denny is an outstanding colleague. He is always diligent in solving logistical issues and providing support to faculty and students in the Noll Laboratory. Denny always resolves our seemingly difficult problems in very easy and practical ways. We are privileged by having him in the department."

Mary Connerty, with Penn State Behrend, whose nominator wrote: "Dr. Connerty has devoted numerous hours to working with students whose first language is not English. She makes Penn State Behrend a more inclusive place, where people of different backgrounds feel respected, valued and supported."

Tryphena Miska, with Undergraduate Education, whose nominator wrote: "Tryphena is heading the LionPath training, and is doing it with poise, grace and endless good humor. She is an admirable individual!"

Do you know someone who deserves a shout-out and whose efforts embody one of the Penn State Values: Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, Excellence and Community? If you do, consider taking a minute to nominate that person for recognition as part of a special "We Are!" series focused on the Penn State Values. Fill out a short online form, and for more information about the process, visit the "We Are!" guidelines.

Last Updated May 12, 2016