Two HHD Affiliate Groups Received Awards at the Penn State Alumni Associationís 2005 Volunteer Awards Ceremony

November 11, 2005

(University Park, Pa) — Two affiliate groups in the College of Health and Human Development received awards for outstanding programming at the Penn State Alumni Associationís 2005 Volunteer Awards ceremony on November 4. The Volunteer Awards were presented during a banquet in the atrium of the new Business Building before the entire Penn State Alumni Council and guests. The Volunteer Awards, part of the Alumni Associationís comprehensive recognition program, acknowledge outstanding individuals and groups for service to their communities, the University, and the Alumni Association.

images/salvino_accept.jpg Kay Salvino '69 IFS, president-elect of the board of directors of the HHD Alumni Society, accepts the "Student Interaction" award from Roger Williams, executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association, and Alumni Council Awards Committee Co-Chair Jill Semmer.

The Alumni Society of the College of Health and Human Development received the Student Interaction Award for its alumni-student Mentoring Program. Created in 2001, the Mentoring Program pairs students of junior standing enrolled in each of the Collegeís nine academic units with alumni working in their field of interest. The goals of the program are twofold: to provide an opportunity for students to learn about career paths, professional fields, and educational options from alumni working in their field of interest; and to provide an opportunity for alumni to make a difference in the academic and future professional lives of students by sharing their knowledge, advice, and experiences. There are currently 450 alumni and students participating in the Mentoring Program. Since the Programís inception in 2001, the Program has served 325 students and 280 alumni.

The Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society received the Fellowship and Networking Award for hosting the “Hospitality Executive of the Year” awards dinner. Since 1960, PSHRS has honored 44 individuals, many of them Penn State alumni, who have risen to the top of the hospitality industry. Held at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in New York City, the ceremony brings together alumni of the School of Hospitality Management, University administrators, industry leaders, and more than 100 students in its Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management program. By honoring these captains of industry, the APG received significant recognition and offered its alumni and students an opportunity to network with the best of the best. The 2005 recipient of the Hospitality Executive of the Year Award is James S. Broadhurst í65 FS HA, chairman and chief executive officer of Eatín Park Hospitality Group, Inc.

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Editors: For additional information, please contact Abby Diehl , director of alumni relations for the College of Health and Human Development, at (814) 863-2207 or abbyd@psu.edu.