Beneshunas Receives “We Are!” Award at Penn State Schuylkill

Lion Shrine
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Eddie Beneshunas, a snack bar worker at Penn State Schuylkill, was recognized with the campus “We Are!” award for February.

“We Are!” awards recognize students, faculty, staff, or volunteers whose efforts embody one or more of the Penn State Values: Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, Excellence, and Community. The awards committee selected Beneshunas because of his dedication to Food Services and his positive attitude when interacting with faculty, staff, and students.

“Eddie has a bright spirit, a warm smile, and a hearty laugh that welcomes students, staff, and faculty every day,” says an excerpt from a nomination for Beneshunas. “He showcases his passion for cooking with cheerfulness. Eddie has a lot of Penn State spirit and is an exceptional representative of Penn State Schuylkill, both on campus and in the community.”

Beneshunas is active both on and off campus, serving as volunteer caller at Penn State Schuylkill bingo events to benefit THON for the past two years. Outside of Penn State, he is chief of Englewood Fire Company as well as a host on a local radio station.

Benehunas’ supervisor, Jonathan Kukta, says the pride Beneshunas takes in his work is evident. “Ed is most deserving of this award,” says Kukta, director of Housing and Food Services at Penn State Hazleton, Penn State Schuylkill, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, and Penn State Worthington Scranton. “Each day he goes above and beyond to provide excellent customer service to our students, faculty, staff, and visitors at the Schuylkill campus. He is a great representative of the Schuylkill Campus, Housing and Food Services, and the University.”

“Eddie is an incredible ambassador to Penn State Schuylkill,” adds John Walker, director of Housing and Food Services for Commonwealth Campuses. “He not only takes care of our students and campus community, he welcomes all visitors and future students with a smile and open heart. It is truly an honor to have him on our Penn State team, and I can’t think of a more deserving person for this fantastic award.”

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