MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – Penn State Harrisburg recently recognized outstanding employee contributions at the virtual 2021 Faculty and Staff Recognition Program. Nominated by the college community and selected by various award committees, several faculty and staff members received awards.
Staff Service Award
Steve Backels, director of Counseling and Student Support, and Michael Melnyk, associate director, Student Engagement, Residence Life, Student Conduct, and Student Care and Advocacy
Faculty Service Award
Jane M. Wilburne, professor of mathematics education, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
Scholarly Activity Award
Jennifer Hirt, associate professor of creative writing and composition, School of Humanities; Senel Poyrazli, professor of counseling psychology, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education; and David L. Williamson IV, associate professor of kinesiology, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
Excellence in Teaching Award
Ana Patricia Aguilera-Hermida, assistant teaching professor of human development and family studies, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education and Sabri Yilmaz, associate teaching professor of economics, School of Business Administration
Excellence in Advising Award
Catherine McCormick, assistant teaching professor of communications and humanities, School of Humanities and Rebecca Weiler-Timmins, associate teaching professor of kinesiology, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
Thomas Eberlein Excellence in Teaching Award
Daniel M. Massey, adjunct lecturer in mechanical engineering and mechanical engineering technology, School of Science, Engineering, and Technology
Faculty Diversity Award
Roderick L. Lee, associate professor of information systems, School of Business Administration
Staff Diversity Award
Marissa G. Hoover, senior director of Alumni and Development
Kathryn Towns Women’s History Month Award
Shobha Potlakayala, assistant teaching professor of biology, School of Science, Engineering, and Technology
The ceremony also recognized faculty and staff who have completed 25 years of service to the University. They include: Eugene C. Boman, Margaret R. Jaster, Judi L. MacDonald, Colleen M. Monismith, Linda M. Null, Seth Wolpert and Yuefeng Xie.
Faculty and Staff Retirees
Faculty and staff retirees who were also recognized included Steve Backels, Brenda L. Firestone, Donna J. Howard and Troy M. Thomas.