Housing and Foods Rewards & Recognition Celebrates Exceptional Employee Performance

HFS Awards
Thursday, April 20, 2017

The annual Rewards & Recognition celebration for Housing and Food Services was held on April 17 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.

Gail Hurley, associate vice president for Auxiliary & Business Services, welcomed attendees to the annual celebration of accomplishments and successes.

Following is a list of those who received awards:

Achieving Excellence Award – Bobbie Jo Keith

David T. Gingher Award for Achievement Above and Beyond – Kevin Johnston

Edward A. Mulfinger Award for Respect and Civility – Ruth Brotzman

Gail A. Hurley Student-Centered Award – Jim Meinecke

Technical Service Achieving Excellence Award – Sheila Cavanaugh

Thomas V. Gibson Award for Creativity and Innovation – Steve Clemons

William H. McKinnon Award for Quality Customer Service – Christine Fratangelo

William H. Reiber Award for Outstanding Management Performance – Jonathan Kukta

Other individuals and groups were recognized throughout the program as well. Hurley congratulated the warehouse and Penn State Bakery staff for their teamwork and dedication to everything they make year-round and especially during the recent renovation and expansion.

Housing and Food Services staff who acted quickly and thoroughly during a food allergy incident at Penn State Altoona were also recognized. When a student had a severe allergic reaction after dining on campus, the team rallied to determine the cause of the reaction, eventually tracing the reaction back to a preservative in the bread contained in the meatloaf that was served. The students’ parents were impressed with the staff’s thoroughness and care.

Hurley also congratulated two individual employees for their dedication and willingness to go the extra mile. Emily Chiang, a financial manager for Housing and Food Services, tracked down an error in dealings with a third-party vendor, resulting in Penn State’s receiving $500,000. David Manos, assistant director of Housing at University Park, took the time to return numerous phone calls and emails about a water shutdown while on a family vacation at Disney World.

The program came to an end with a thank-you video from students proclaiming “You’re the best!” and a standing ovation for Hurley, who will retire from Penn State in June. Following the program, attendees enjoyed a variety of buffet stations and a time to socialize.

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