Penn State Intercom......February 14, 2002

New director named to
Office of Continuing Education

Sharon L. Fross has been appointed director of the Office of Continuing Education.

The office is part of the Division of Continuing Education in Outreach and Cooperative Extension. It serves 10 counties in central and north central Pennsylvania. It also administers continuing education offices in Williamsport and Lewistown, where Continuing Education collaborates with Cooperative Extension to offer outreach programs.

As director, Fross will lead the implementation, administration, operation and review of credit and noncredit continuing education programs and outreach activities for the Office of Continuing Education and its satellite offices. She also is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive marketing strategy for continuing education programming.

Fross previously was assistant vice president for academic affairs and director of the Lightsey Center: Continuing Education and Conference Services at the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C. During her 16-year tenure at the College of Charleston, she served in a variety of administrative positions, including director of professional and community services and director of projects for the Office of Academic Affairs.

Fross earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from the College of Charleston in 1982, a master of public administration degree from the College of Charleston/University of South Carolina in 1987 and a doctoral degree in educational administration from the University of South Carolina in 1998.

New coordinator appointed
to Gruskin Learning Center

Dinah L. Marcinik was named coordinator for the John H. Gruskin Learning Center at Penn State McKeesport.

Marcinik holds a bachelor of arts in history, with a minor in English, and a bachelor of arts in German from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She previously taught English abroad and has a certificate in English language teaching to adults from International House, an international certification organization.

Marcinik is completing an master of arts in curriculum and instruction at Point Park College. She has been tutoring students in various subjects, including English as a second language and had taught English conversation at AEON Intercultural Corp. in Suwa, Japan, from 1995 to 1998.

Director named to McKeesport
Academic and Career Center

Annita Scotland has been appointed director of the Academic and Career Excellence (ACE) Center at Penn State McKeesport.

Lydia Lockhart, previous ACE director, joined the McKeesport faculty in business.

Scotland previously served as Learning Center coordinator from 1997 until being named to her new position. From 1994 to 1997 she served as coordinator/counselor for the ACE Center.

Scotland holds a bachelor of science in mass communication from Bradley University, Peoria, Ill.; a master of science in elementary education from Long Island University, Greenvale, N.Y.; and is a doctoral degree candidate at the University of Pittsburgh.

Alumni and development
specialist named to post

Michele A. Kerrigan has been appointed as alumni and development specialist at Penn State Worthington Scranton.

Her responsibilities will include supporting local alumni projects and activities as well as overseeing the campus annual fund program and other development efforts.

Kerrigan graduated magna cum laude from Marywood University with a bachelor of arts degree in communications and summa cum laude from Bloomsburg University with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education.

Before her appointment, she served as public relations director at Boscov's Department Store, marketing director with the Pennsylvania Northeast Territory Visitors Bureau, public relations coordinator with the Lackawanna County Commissioners and assistant director of communications for the Greater Wilkes-Barre Partnership. She also has taught in the Luzerne County school district.

Department of Nutrition
chooses acting head as new leader

Michael H. Green, professor of nutrition science and physiology and acting head of the Department of Nutrition since July 1999, has been appointed to serve as permanent head of that department.

Green, who completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of California at Berkeley, joined the University faculty in 1975 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in lipid biochemistry at Cornell University. He is considered a pioneer in applying mathematical modeling to study the metabolism of vitamin A and other nutrients. His models have been used to explain nutrient use under many different physiological conditions and produced results that challenge previously held assumptions about nutrient metabolism.

Green, a former Fulbright Research Scholar to Norway, is a member of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences and its Graduate Nutrition Education committee, and the American Society for Clinical Nutrition. During his 26-year career at the University, he has held temporary appointments at the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Oslo in Norway and the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm,

Palmer Museum appoints
new American art curator

Leo Mazow, former director of the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery at Lebanon Valley College, has joined the Palmer Museum staff as curator of American art.

Mazow received his doctorate in art history in 1996 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, concentrating his research on 19th-century American painting.

In his former position, Mazow brought works by some of the world's most significant artists to south-central Pennsylvania. In his new position, he will work with the Palmer Museum's growing collections of 19th- and 20th-century American art.

Mazow is the author of numerous academic publications on 19th-century American art and is former assistant professor of art at Lebanon Valley College. Before going to Lebanon Valley, he was a research associate in American art at the Huntington Library and Art Collections, San Marino, Calif.