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Penn State Altoona Alumni Awards

Penn State Altoona is proud of the outstanding contributions that our alumni have made both in their personal and professional lives. We honor four individuals or companies each year during the college's Ivyside Society recognition event in the following categories:

Alumni Achievement Award

The Alumni Achievement Award recognizes alumni of the college who have distinguished themselves through career achievement, community involvement, and/or involvement with the college.

Past Alumni Achievement Award honorees include:
2010 - The Fochler Family
2009 - John H. Eichelberger Jr.
2008 - The Holtzinger Family
2007 - Thomas R. Smith
2006 - Mark W. Twardon

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes supporters of the college who have significantly contributed to Penn State Altoona by volunteering their talent and time on behalf of the institution. Consideration is based on service that enhances the reputation of Penn State Altoona among internal and external audiences, bolsters admissions initiatives, or stimulates increased involvement of students, faculty, staff, and alumni in the life of the college.

Past Distinguished Service Award honorees include:
2010 - Penn State Altoona Advisory Board
2009 - Sheetz, Inc.
2008 - Judith A. Rossi
2007 - Investment Savings Bank
2006 - R. Lee Hite

Honorary Alumni Award

The Honorary Alumni Award recognizes outstanding individuals who have significantly contributed to Penn State Altoona through their commitment and service. Consideration is based on service to Penn State Altoona that contributes to the fulfillment of the college's mission and/or enhances the reputation and prestige of the institution.

Past Honorary Alumni Award honorees include:
2010 - Mike Reid
2009 - Dr. Kenneth A. Womack
2008 - John P. Kazmaier
2007 - Rosalind E. (Roz) Sky
2006 - Shirley A. Pechter

Outstanding Alumni Award

The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes alumni of the college who have attained a significant level of accomplishment in their careers or contributed significantly to the betterment of society. Candidates for the award are individuals who possess a record of achievement that distinguishes them as leaders in their profession and/or community.

Past Outstanding Alumni Award honorees include:
2010 - Donald Devorris
2009 - William J. Castle
2008 - John R. Powley
2007 - Dr. Marianne Misciagna Young
2006 - Dr. Ronald L. Mallett

Penn State Alumni Association Awards

The Recognition Program of the Penn State Alumni Association acknowledges outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves through volunteer service to the University or through success in their personal and professional lives.

It honors individuals and programs by recognizing service and achievement and by giving award recipients the opportunity to share their knowledge while serving as role models for the Penn State community. The Recognition Program is the Penn State Alumni Association's most visible way of acknowledging those measures of personal quality that are Penn State's hallmarks.

These awards include:

Alumni Achievement Award

The Alumni Achievement Award recognizes alumni 35 years of age and younger for their extraordinary professional accomplishments. These prominent young alumni are nominated by an academic college and invited by the President of the University to return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty, and administrators. They demonstrate to students that Penn State alumni succeed in exceptional fashion at an early age. The award is a cast bronze medallion and framed certificate.

Alumni Achievement winners nominated by Penn State Altoona include:
2010 — Brian Smithmyer
2008 — Kristina Peachman

Alumni Fellow Award

The Alumni Fellow Award is the most prestigious award given by the Penn State Alumni Association. Since 1973, the Alumni Fellow Award has been given to select alumni who, as leaders in their professional fields, are nominated by an academic college and accept an invitation from the President of the University to return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty, and administrators. The award is a cast bronze statue and framed certificate.

Alumni Fellows nominated by Penn State Altoona include:
2010 - Joseph Pizarchik
2009 — John Casciotti
2007 — Ronald L. Mallett, Ph.D.
2005 — Perry L. Geib
2004 — William J. Castle
2002 — John R. Hoover
2001 — Neil M. Port
2000 — Donald Devorris
1999 — Stephen G. Sheetz

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor that The Pennsylvania State University bestows upon an outstanding alumna or alumnus. The award salutes the achievements of outstanding alumni whose "personal lives, professional achievements, and community service exemplify the objectives of their alma mater." The award is an engraved bronze medallion, matching pendant, and framed inscribed certificate.

Distinguished Alumni nominated by Penn State Altoona include:
1994 — Stephen G. Sheetz

Honorary Alumni Award

The Honorary Alumni Award was created to recognize outstanding individuals who, though not graduates of Penn State, greatly enhance the University through their commitment and service. The award is life membership in the Penn State Alumni Association and a cast bronze medallion.

Honorary Alumni nominated by Penn State Altoona include:
2009 — R. Lee Hite
2008 — Shirley A. Pechter
2005 — William J. Rossman