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June 2013

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Sheetz Fellows Recognized at Commencement

Sheetz Fellows

Three members of the first graduating class of the Sheetz Fellows program were identified at the spring commencement ceremony by the specially crafted medallion they wore proudly around their neck as a symbol of their commitment to academic excellence. Don Cella of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jimmy Coonan of Princeton, New Jersey, and Jayme Hileman of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, also received special recognition in the commencement program.

The vision of Steve and Nancy Sheetz, the Sheetz Fellows program was established as part of the couple’s historic gift to Penn State Altoona in 2009. Sheetz Fellows participate in advanced instruction and activities that promote an enhanced awareness and understanding of business theory and practice. The rigorous and stimulating experiences of the Sheetz Fellows program are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill sets necessary to achieve their academic goals and professional aspirations.

Established academic standards must be met to maintain status within the program. Other requirements include completion of a study abroad experience, credit-bearing internship, ethics course, one-year community service commitment, and self-sponsored research or creative project.

The mentoring component of the Sheetz Fellows program pairs seniors with selected professionals who offer guidance and insights divined throughout their careers as successful business executives and entrepreneurs.