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Penn State Fayette Outstanding Alumna honored Oct. 20

From left: Charles Curry, Patricia Tobal, and Francis Achampong
From left: Chairman of The Advisory Board Charles Curry, Outstanding Alumna Patricia Tobal, and Chancellor Francis Achampong
10/20/2011 —

For Patricia E. Tobal, Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus has played an integral part in many stages of her life. It only seems fitting that she has been named the 2011 Outstanding Alumna for the campus during a special advisory board meeting held Oct. 20.

For four decades, Tobal, who is a retired registered nurse, spent her career in the health care field serving the Fayette County community. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Penn State Fayette which enabled her to achieve her goal of becoming a nurse educator on campus as an adjunct instructor in both the associate degree and RN-BSN programs.

Tobal continued her studies at Duquesne University where she earned her master’s degree. She also has experience as a certified oncology nurse. She culminated her career as a nurse supervisor of the Nurse-Family Partnership, a nurse-led, evidence-based home visitation program proven to significantly improve the health, well being, school readiness and economic sufficiency of first-time, low income mothers and their children.

She is also active in several community organizations including the Hopwood Village Project, Old Trail’s Lions Club and Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers. She also serves on the planning committee for Women’s Day hosted by Penn State Fayette.

In 2008, Tobal was selected as one of seven recipients of the Steps Community Heroes Award. This award is a national Centers for Disease Control initiative which honors individuals who work to improve the health and well being of others in their communities.

Tobal and her husband Jim reside in Hopwood and are the parents of two grown sons, Ted and Daniel Tobal. Dan Tobal and Ted Tobal’s wife, Kelly Tobal, are both Penn State graduates.

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