Penn State Hazleton faculty and staff presented with annual awards

Man smiling and holding a plaque.

Michael Polgar, professor of sociology, received the George T. Bobby Advising Award at the Employee Recognition Celebration on April 21.

Credit: Penn State

HAZLETON, Pa. — Annual awards were presented to Penn State Hazleton faculty and staff at the campus' Employee Recognition Celebration on Friday, April 21. 

Employees and their awards are: 

Butler Technology and Teaching Award: Mesude Bayrakci-Boz, assistant professor of engineering 

This award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding application and innovation in the use of computer technology in the classroom. Any full-time Hazleton faculty member is eligible to receive this award.  

George T. Bobby Advising Award: Michael Polgar, professor of sociology 

This award recognizes excellence in academic advising. Faculty members who serve as an academic adviser, full-time staff members who have advising responsibilities, and professional, full-time advisers are eligible to be nominated. 

Outstanding Teaching Award for Part-Time Faculty and Staff: Christine Ashton, instructor in mathematics 

This award recognizes part-time Hazleton campus faculty and Hazleton campus staff who have demonstrated continued instructional excellence. All staff and part-time faculty who have taught credit courses for a minimum of six semesters at the Hazleton campus are eligible.  

Faculty Scholar Award: Garrett Huck, associate professor of rehabilitation and human services 

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in research, scholarship or creative accomplishment. All full-time faculty members are eligible to be nominated for the award. 

Penn State Hazleton Council Teaching Excellence Award: Gina Monks, associate teaching professor of mathematics 

This award recognizes excellence in teaching. To be eligible, a faculty member must be full-time and have taught for a minimum of three years at the Hazleton campus. 

Outstanding Staff Award: Jaculin Scarcella, alumni relations and stewardship officer 

This award recognizes Penn State Hazleton staff members who go beyond their duties to help others and do so with a high degree of excellence, professionalism and integrity, contributing significantly to improve the overall college environment and experience.

Additionally, the nominee represents the University and their position exceptionally well by excelling in their job competencies, exceeding expectations, and remaining in good standing with the University; demonstrates traits such as dependability, resourcefulness, adaptability, initiative, professionalism and sound judgment in their daily work; embodies a commitment to the University’s values: integrity, respect, responsibility, discovery, excellence and community; and displays a positive attitude, enthusiasm, creativity, teamwork and a concern for others.