Congratulations Students

An article acknowledging College of Education students for their accomplishments

(January 2008)


Lydiana Arroyo


Lydiana Arroyo, undergraduate student in the Rehabilitation Services program, is one of fourteen Penn State students who were honored at the second Pennsylvania Summit on Educational Excellence for Latino Students, held recently at the Penn Stater Conference Center. Fifty college and high school students were recognized.

The two-day event, an initiative of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA)  and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, focused on actions that schools and community leaders can take to increase the achievement of Latino students. Summit participants include educators, community leaders, government officials, parents and other individuals interested in the educational success of Latino students.

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Donnan Stoicovy


Donnan Stoicovy, doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership program, has won the first Claudia A. Balach Teacher Researcher Award, administered by the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Stoicovy is the principal of Park Forest Elementary School in State College. 

The Balach Award is sponsored by the AERA’s Special Interest Group (SIG) for Professional Development School (PDS) Research. It is named in memory of the late Dr. Claudia A. Balach of Slippery Rock (Pa.) University, who advocated supporting school district teachers and administrators as researchers in school-university-community partnerships. Research in such collaborations fulfills the mission and vision of the SIG toward establishing greater understanding of the work and impacts of PDS within the greater educational research community.

“Donnan is quite deserving,” said Bernard Badiali, associate professor in Penn State’s Educational Leadership program. “She’s been very supportive of our program’s partnership with State College Area Schools.”


David Perez II


David Perez II, a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education program, was selected as a 2008 Graduate Fellow by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). The AAHHE Graduate Fellowship Program provides senior administrators, faculty, and graduate students with an opportunity to discuss issues, policies, programs, and research impacting Hispanic, Latina/o, and/or Chicana/o students in higher education.