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Advisory Board and students honor Penn State Beaver faculty and staff

5/1/2013 —

The Penn State Beaver Advisory Board and the Beaver campus student body recently honored eight faculty and staff members at the annual campus awards dinner.

The Advisory Board presented six awards underwritten this year by Linda Kuga Pikulin, recently retired president of PepsiCo Beverages Canada, in honor of her sister, Dr. Donna J. Kuga, Beaver’s director of academic affairs.
Advisory Board awards were as follows:

Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award
Karen Barr, senior instructor in business, Moon Township
Barr received the 2012 Penn State George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the 2005 Penn State Beaver Outstanding Academic Advisor Award. She holds a master’s degree in business administration and corporate finance from California State University and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Ohio State University.

Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award
Nicholas Salpietra, lecturer in mathematics, Youngstown, Ohio
Salpietra has been an adjunct faculty member since 1999, teaches statistics, calculus, trigonometry, and algebra, and also provides tutoring. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Youngstown State University.

Faculty Excellence in Research Award
Dr. Talha Harcar, associate professor of business, Monaca                                                       
Harcar received the 2010 Advisory Board Excellence in Research Award. He holds a doctorate in business administration and a master’s degree and two bachelor’s degrees in marketing from Istanbul University. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Faculty Excellence in Service Award
James Hendrickson, P.E., instructor in engineering, Freedom
Hendrickson received the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Outstanding Teaching Award in 2010 and the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007. He holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State.

Staff Excellence Award
Amy Gartley, associate director of student affairs, Aliquippa
Gartley received Penn State’s Office of Student Affairs Development Achievement Award in 2010 and has spent her professional career at Beaver campus. She has served in her current position since 1996 and during that time, spent 18 months as acting director of student affairs. She holds a master’s degree in counseling services from Slippery Rock University and a bachelor’s degree in humanities and communications from Penn State.

Staff Service Award
Jay Means, laboratory preparation technician, Beaver Falls
Means has worked at Beaver campus for more than 30 years and also spent part of that time as a member of the Office of Physical Plant Services. He has also taught biology, chemistry, and earth sciences for Moon Area and Big Beaver Falls Area School Districts. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Geneva College.

Student Awards were as follows:

Outstanding Academic Advisor Award
Dr. Chris Wu, professor of mathematics, Sewickley
Wu is the author of numerous scholarly publications and has given many international presentations in the field of mathematics. He holds a doctorate in applied mathematics from the University of Arizona, a master's degree in mathematical sciences from The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu, China, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Guizhou University, China.

Outstanding Club Advisor Award
Barbara Jean (BJ) Bertges, assistant athletic director, Monaca
Bertges assists with implementation of varsity and intramural programs, services, and events and is head coach of the volleyball team. She holds a master’s degree in sports management from California University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in communication and rhetoric from the University of Pittsburgh.                                                               
                                                                   

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