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Rizzo, Gartley receive student affairs awards

6/1/2010 —

Penn State Beaver staff members Chris Rizzo and Amy Gartley were honored recently when they received awards at the Penn State Student Affairs Development Day held at Penn State's University Park campus. Rizzo, director of student affairs, received the John W. Beatty Outstanding Chief Student Affairs Officer Award, and Gartley received the Achievement Award. Rizzo and Gartley received the only two individual staff awards given by the University to student affairs staff members working at campuses other than University Park.

The awards recognized Rizzo’s and Gartley’s service to Beaver campus and the University over a period of years as well as their support of Beaver students and their involvement in University-wide activities and groups.

Prior to arriving at Beaver campus in 2006, Rizzo was dean of student life and development at Colorado State University. From 1994 to 2005, he was director of student activities and the Reed Union Building at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. For two years prior, he was coordinator of residence life at Behrend. He also served as coordinator of residence and Greek life at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and held a graduate assistantship in the Slippery Rock University Office of Off-Campus Programs and Continuing Education. He was a resident assistant for three years at Thiel College. Rizzo holds a doctorate of education in higher education management from the University of Pittsburgh, a master of arts degree in student personnel from Slippery Rock University, and a bachelor of arts degree in political science with a minor in communication from Thiel College.

Gartley has spent her professional career at Beaver and has held her current position since 1996, during which time she also served as acting director of student affairs for 18 months. Previous positions were assistant director of student affairs, assistant to the director of student affairs, residence hall coordinator and counselor for the Freshman Testing, Counseling, and Advising Program (FTCAP). Gartley holds a master of arts in counseling services from Slippery Rock University and conducted a practicum with Kevin Elko of the Staunton Clinic, Sewickley. She holds a bachelor of science in humanities and communications from Penn State.

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