Penn State Hazleton hires student advocacy specialist

Karen Beruck has been hired as a student advocacy specialist at Penn State Hazleton.

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HAZLETON, Pa. — Karen Beruck has been hired as a student advocacy specialist at Penn State Hazleton, Chancellor Gary Lawler announced.

She will provide administrative support to the academic affairs team and work with students and parents to assist with their academic and educational needs.

Director of Academic Affairs Elizabeth Wright said, “Students and their families rely on our advising center to set them on the right path when it comes to their academic choices. Karen makes an excellent addition to our dedicated and skilled advising team.”

As part of the advising team, Beruck will help new and transfer students with their transition to college during New Student Orientation (NSO). In her role as student advocacy specialist, she also will assist in coordinating group activities and events such as Pathway to Success: Summer Start (PaSSS), Summer Math Academy, and dual enrollment, and will represent the Advising Center at various campus recruiting events and programs.

“We welcome Karen to our advising center and know she will provide an important line of communication to students and parents who come to the Advising Center for information,” Advising Manager Karen Sofranko said.

Beruck holds a bachelor’s and an associate degree in business administration, both from Penn State.

Most recently, she worked as an administrative support assistant in the Office of Student Affairs at Penn State Schuylkill. She also worked as a staff assistant in the offices of enrollment services, the bursar, and development and alumni.

She received the 2015 Penn State University Staff Advisory Council Award and the 2013-14 Staff Service Award and served two terms as the co-chair for the Commission for Women at Penn State Schuylkill.