Student of the Year Recipients Recognized at Annual Conference

PennACE recognized the achievements and contributions made by four undergraduate students enrolled at member institutions who have completed an internship or co-op assignment with the JoAnne Day Student of Year Awards at the May 2018 conference in Gettysburg, PA. Four awards were presented in these categories: Liberal Arts, Technical and Business; and an Associates.

In addition to the conference, the award recipients are recognized on the PennACE website and in the February and June issues of our newsletter, The Messenger. A new twist to presenting the awards was implemented this year. The plaques and $250 checks were mailed to the respective career centers along with a sample press release. We asked the faculty nominator or designee, along with the career services professional, to present the student with their award.

Applications were reviewed by the selection committee of 10 PennACE members.

Associates and Liberal Arts Team

Sarah Bartz, Associate Director of Career Development, Lebanon Valley College

Diana Brush, Assoc. Dir., Career and Professional Development Center, Clarion University

Jenelle Henry, Assistant Director, Career Development Center, Kutztown University

Nick Praedin, Associate Director, Experiential Education, Lehigh University

Debbie Smith, Career Advisor, Career Development Center, East Stroudsburg University

Technical and Business Team

Heather Balas, Director, Mercyhurst University

Josh Domitrovich, Coordinator, Mentoring and Internships, Clarion University

Anne Landon, Career Advisor, Lycoming College

Ashley Rippey, Director, Career & Corporate Connections, Penn State Smeal College of Business

Kolleen Woodcock, Career Advisor/Outreach Coordinator, Gannon University

The 2018 SOTY Awards Applications will be made available in August 2018 with a deadline for submission of November 2018.

JoAnne Day was a professional in career services at Bloomsburg University and Lycoming College. She was the first President of PennACE in 2002 and was instrumental in initiating PennACE’s Student of the Year award. She strongly believed that as professionals we need to embrace each other. She lived this belief to the fullest until she passed away in March 2005 after a two year battle with cancer. More details about Joanne’s life and career can be found here.

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