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


Commonwealth College's Jack P. Royer Center
announces new director to come on board June 1

Patricia H. Hinchey, associate professor of education at Penn State Worthington Scranton, will become director of the Commonwealth College's Jack P. Royer Center for Learning and Academic Technologies effective June 1.

Hinchey has been a faculty member at Worthington Scranton since 1992 and has been the coordinator of the Commonwealth College's first-year seminar and assessment since 1998. She is a member of the University's Commission for Women and serves on or chairs several college and campus committees. Hinchey also was an instructor in English at Penn State Wilkes-Barre from 1982-89 and an instructor in English at Worthington Scranton from 1989-90.

Before her most recent stint with Penn State, Hinchey served in various capacities at Teachers College, Columbia University, including: adjunct instructor in English education (1988-90); director of field experiences and of the master's program in English education (1990-92); and assistant chair of the Department of Languages, Literature and Social Studies. She also held teaching positions with College Misericordia (Dallas, Pa.), Luzerne County Community College (Nanticoke), the Dallas (Pa.) School District, and Wyoming Seminary (Kingston).

She is a consulting editor for The Clearing House; serves on the board of The Diversity Institute at College Misericordia; and is an appointed member of the ATE Commission on Gender Equity. In addition, she has authored or co-authored four books and numerous articles on education issues. She earned her doctoral degree in English education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

The Royer Center at University Park was created in 1995 to lead and support instructional innovation in the Commonwealth College and at other Penn State campus colleges.

The Dickinson School of Law welcomes new associate dean

Michael Mogill, professor of law, has been appointed associate dean for student affairs at The Dickinson School of Law.

In this position, Mogill will be responsible for advising students about non-academic issues; for providing support and guidance to the Student Bar Association and other student organizations; and for overseeing the activities of the law school's Career Services Office. He will continue to teach on a regular basis.

Before coming to the law school in 1991, Mogill was a visiting assistant professor at Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Ga. He is an honors graduate of the University of Illinois and earned his law degree from the Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. He also has a master of laws degree from Temple University, where he served as an Hon. Abraham L. Freedman Fellow and Lecturer in Law. Previously, he was in private law practice and was a managing attorney in the Georgia Legal Services Program.

Industrial Research Office appoints associate director

John E. Siggins, Browning-Ferris vice president of sales, Telford, Pa., has been named associate director of Penn State's Industrial Research Office. Siggins succeeds Stephen L. McGregor, who recently became director of program management, in the Penn State-based Ben Franklin Technology Partnership program.

Siggins, who earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at Penn State, has been a marketing and sales executive with Browning-Ferris, a waste management company, since 1990. He joined the firm as a sales manager in DuBois, Pa., and rose through the ranks to area segment vice president in just six years. In this position, Siggins was responsible for more than $30 million of annualized revenue. He managed up to 15 account executives providing total waste management services to the largest industrial accounts in a seven-state market.

At Penn State, Siggins is responsible for industry segments related to the life sciences, environmental science and technology and will lead efforts to develop innovative approaches to new business development. The Industrial Research Office (IRO) is a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Research. IRO assists companies in identifying and accessing Penn State research centers and faculty expertise, and works to foster government-University-industry research partnerships.

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