Penn State Fayette students receive awards for excellence
More than 50 students of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus received awards for leadership, scholastic excellence and athletic achievements at a special awards banquet this spring.
Among the evening’s top honors were:
The Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award, named in honor of the late Penn State President and Mrs. Eric Walker, was presented to Audra Tewell. The award was established in 1971 to recognize a full-time undergraduate student who best demonstrates the outstanding qualities of character, scholarship, leadership and citizenship. Tewell has been involved in a wide variety of campus life and leadership positions, including terms as vice president of the Student Government Association and president of the Outing and Adventure Club; as a member of the Penn State Fayette THON Team and as a THON dancer; and as an active member of the Student Activities Committee, Lion Ambassadors, Orientation Team, Women in Science Engineering and Technology (WISET), and Diversified Students Association. In addition to campus life, Tewell volunteers for numerous community service initiatives, including Natural Resources Conservation Service, Friends of Ohiopyle State Park, Animal Friends of Westmoreland, We Care for Kids, Pennsylvania Envirothon, National Pike Festival and Adopt-A-Highway Litter Control.
The Dennis Hippo Memorial Award, in honor of Dennis Hippo, a member of Penn State Fayette’s first graduating class who was killed in action in Vietnam, is presented to one male and one female full-time student each year who most exemplify the attributes and contributions of Dennis Hippo in the areas of service, leadership, campus and community involvement, academic persistence and altruism. This year’s recipients are John Marcolini and Bethany Novotny. Marcolini, a business major, is active in many campus organizations. He serves as president of the Student Government Association and was the 2010 THON Team morale captain. He also is involved with the Student Activities Committee, Lion Ambassadors, Orientation Team, Coalition for Equity, Lion Players, and Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival Entertainment Committee. Marcolini serves as the campus’ Intercollegiate Athletics announcer at games, and he volunteers for a variety of community service initiatives, including the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, and youth soccer and tennis camps. Novotny, a human development and family studies major, serves in several leadership roles on campus, including as Diversified Student Association president, Women’s Basketball team Captain and Women’s Softball team captain. She also is active with Lion Ambassadors, Pi Sigma Phi Honors Society, and the Human Development and Family Studies Association. In addition, Novotny volunteers for the American Heart Association and serves as an intern for the Pittsburgh Pirates to foster diversity initiatives.
The Scholastic Excellence Award, sponsored by the Penn State Fayette Advisory Board, is the highest academic award on campus. The Scholastic Excellence Award is based not only on high grades, but also on a rigorous competition of written and oral academic research presentations. This year’s finalists were Amber DiDominic, Brittany Mihalko and Jessica Smell. Smell was the award recipient.
The complete list of student award winners includes:
- Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award: Audra Tewell
- Dennis Hippo Memorial Award: John Marcolini and Bethany Novotny
- Evan Pugh Scholar Award: Jessica Smell
- President Sparks Award: Amber DiDominic
- Freshman President’s Awards: Frederick Botti, Derek Cerullo, Nicole Denard, Marianne Howell, Rebecca Marucci, Wendy Pennington and Rebecca Renze
- Administration of Justice Student of the Year Award: Heather Vorrasi
- Undergraduate Research Award in Biology: Benjamin Livengood
- Associates in Business Award: Malinda Mahoney
- Bachelors of Science in Business Award: Laura Sherbondy
- English and American Studies Award: Bonnie Thibodeau
- Human Development & Family Studies Associates Award: Robert Ruggieri
- Human Development & Family Studies Baccalaureate Award: Bethany Novotny
- Kinesiology Award: Jillian Lewis (Fall), Brooke Mollick (Spring)
- Margaret Reilly Skomra Nursing Award: Amanda Savage
- Thelma Sandy Award in Nursing: Brian Moore and Holly D’Amico
- Philosophy Award: Brent Lint
- Scholastic Excellence Award Winner: Jessica Smell
- Port Family Public Service Award: Audra Tewell
- Miller/La Vigne Trustee Scholarship: Cynthia Simons-Bellina
- Club of the Year Award: Grow, Recycle, Energize, and Educate, for a better eNvironment (GREEN)
- United States Collegiate Athletic Association Academic All-American Honors:
- Bethany Novotny (basketball and softball); Lauren Flanigan and Stacey Lloyd (cross country).
- United States Collegiate Athletic Association First Team All-American:
- Leah Ambrosini (volleyball)
- United States Collegiate Athletic Association Honorable Mention: Alex Rossi and Katie Sleasman (volleyball); Sam Beucher (baseball)
- Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) Player-of-the-Year: Leah Ambrosini (volleyball)
- Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) All-Conference First Team Honors: Sam Beucher (baseball); Jordyn Hartsek (cross country); Bethany Novotny (softball); Leah Ambrosini, Healther Kelly, Alex Rossi and Katie Sleaseman (volleyball)
- Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) All-Conference Second Team Honors: Zack Durbin, Jeremy Molinaro and Nate White (baseball); and Becca Williams (softball)
- Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) All-Academic Team:
- Leah Ambrosini, Alex Rossi and Heather Kelly (volleyball); Zack Rockwell and Marino McGalla (golf); Jordyn Hartsek, William Boger, Andrew Stepanik, Stacy Lloyd, Matt Lazar and Lauren Flanigan (cross country); Joshua Herman and Ian McCombs (men’s basketball); Bethany Novotny, Nicole Garrety, Kayla Hatfield, Susie Kimmel and Denise Hillen (women’s basketball); Sam Beucher (baseball); Bethany Novotny, Shannon Ardabell, Megan DeGlau and Megan Hall (softball).
- Presentation of commemorative volleyball jersey: Heather Kelly. Kelly graduated at the school’s all-time career leader in kills with 760. In 2008, she was a USCAA All-American Honorable Mention, three time first team all-conference and played on three PSUAC championship teams.
Penn State Fayette Director of Student and Enrollment Services Brian Fernandes (left) presents the 2010 Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award to Audra Tewell.