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Alumni Society Awards

a list of Alumni awards granted by the Penn State College of Education Alumni Society

The College of Education Alumni Society supports awards in five categories. These are presented each year to graduates and student teachers who have distinguished themselves in their profession. Please scroll down to view a list of awards and criteria.


To submit a nomination:

Alumni Award Nomination Form

Send completed nominations to:

Alumni Society Awards Program
247 Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802

Nominations are accepted throughout the year. Award recipients are chosen each spring.
The deadline for the 2018 Awards is 
January 31, 2018.
Nominations received after the deadline will be considered for the next year.

General Guidelines for all Awards

Complete nominations shall consist of:

1 from Nominator
2 additional letters of support

 

Nominations remain active for two selection periods.
Selections are made by Alumni Society committees.
Honorees are announced in the spring.
Honorees are invited to a Recognition Dinner during the fall semester.



    For more information about the awards program, please contact the office of Alumni and Development at 814-863-2216.


    2016 Alumni Society award winners

    2016 College of Education Alumni Society Award recipients
    Front L-R: Mary Robert, Brittany Rodriguez, and Nicole Birkbeck.
    Middle L-R: Roger Williams, Barbara Michael, and John Rozzo.
    Back L-R: Samantha Sarsfield, Zoe Rafferty, David Monk, and Caitlyn Ollendyke.

    Alumni Excellence

    Roger Williams, '88 Ph.D. HI ED
    Retired Executive Director
    Penn State Alumni Association
    State College, PA

    Service to Penn State

    Barbara Michael, '77 M.Ed. CN ED
    Field Experiences Coordinator/Adjunct Professor
    West Chester University
    West Chester, PA

    Outstanding Teaching

    Mary Ricketts Robert, '89 B.S. EK ED
    Elementary Teacher, State College Area School District
    State College, PA

    Leadership & Service

    John Rozzo, '99 B. EK ED
    Assistant Superintendent, Upper St. Clair School District
    Upper St. Clair, PA

    Outstanding New Graduate

    Nicole Birkbeck, '12 B.S. EK ED
    Kindergarten Teacher, Council Rock School District
    Newtown, PA

    Outstanding Student Teaching Fall Semester 2015

    Caitlyn Ollendyke - CEAED

    Samantha Sarsfield - SECED

    Outstanding Student Teaching Spring Semester 2016

    Zoe Rafferty - CEAED

    Brittany Rodriguez - SECED

    Description and Award Criteria

    Alumni Excellence Award

    The Alumni Excellence Award is the highest honor bestowed upon alumni of the College of Education. It is awarded to recognize career-long, sustained excellence of contribution and achievement in the nominee's chosen profession.

    Specific criteria:

    1. Nominee's will be evaluated for significant contributions to their chosen profession (in or out of the field of education) over the span of their career, for a period of 15 years or more;

    2. The nomination should include clear, compelling, and documented evidence of excellence through contributions to the nominee's chosen field as exemplified in leadership, innovation, commitment, and/or service;

    3. Nominee must be a graduate of the College of Education (certification, baccalaureate, or advanced degree).

    Excellence in Education Award (renamed Alumni Excellence Award in 2014)

    This award is the highest honor bestowed upon a College of Education alumni. Selections are made on the basis of significant contributions to the field of education.

    Specific criteria:

    1. Nominee must be employed full-time in the field of education;

    2. Nominee must be a graduate of the College of Education (certification, baccalaureate, or advanced degree).

    View previous Alumni Excellence and Excellence in Education Award recipients

    Outstanding Teaching Award

    This Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes the classroom teacher. Selections are made on the basis of overall excellence in teaching methodologies, knowledge of the subject matter and the ability to inspire students.

    Specific criteria:

    1. Nominee must be employed full-time in the teaching profession;

    2. Nominee must be a graduate of the College of Education (certification, baccalaureate, or advanced degree).

    View previous Outstanding Teaching Award recipients

    Leadership & Service Award

    The Leadership and Service Award recognizes those alumni who have distinguished themselves in their chosen profession, in or out of the field of education. Selections are made on the basis of leadership and service within a career, a community or to society in general.

    Specific criteria:

    1. Achievement in a chosen field, in a community, or in society;

    2. Nominee must be a graduate of the College of Education (certification, baccalaureate, or advanced degree).

    View previous Leadership and Service Award recipients

    Outstanding New Graduate Award

    The Outstanding New Graduate Award recognizes recent graduates who have distinguished themselves in their new careers. Selections are made on the basis of the individual's advancement and excellence in a new job, in or out of the field of education.

    Specific criteria:

    1. Outstanding contributions to and achievements in a new job;

    2. Nominee must hold a baccalaureate degree from the College of Education and must be nominated within five years of their graduation date.

    View previous Outstanding New Graduate Award honorees

    Service to Penn State Award

    The Service to Penn State Award (new in 2014), recognizes those alumni and friends who have made significant contributions of time and talent to the College and/or the University.

    Specific Criteria:

    1. Nominee will be evaluated on the basis of demonstrated commitment and dedication to enhancing the objectives of the College and/or the University.

    Outstanding Student Teaching Award

    This award recognizes an outstanding student teacher in the Fall and Spring semesters each year. (Note: Nominations for this award are solicited through the College of Education’s Office of Curriculum & Instruction Field Experiences.)

    View previous Outstanding Student Teacher Award recipients