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January 8, 2009

UPG, UPJ staffers win campus president's awards

Two regional campuses have announced the winners of annual staff awards.

Michele Shuey, an academic adviser in the Office of Academic Affairs at Pitt-Greensburg, has won UPG’s President’s Distinguished Service Award for Staff.

The purpose of the UPG award is to recognize regular staff who have demonstrated a consistent pattern of extraordinary dedication to the University, above and beyond the staff member’s job responsibilities. The award carries a $500 prize.

According to one of her nomination letters, “Ms. Shuey deserves recognition for her willingness to take on extra responsibilities to meet the needs of the campus. She has also been successful in finding innovative ways to improve the work of academic advising. A special strength is her ability to collaborate with other departments and individuals on campus.”

Shuey received her associate’s degree in university studies from Allegany Community College (Maryland), her bachelor’s degree in education and her master’s degree in geography and regional planning from California University of Pennsylvania.


Diane Lenio, administrative assistant in the Personal Counseling Center at the Johnstown campus, was named this year’s recipient of the President’s Staff Award for Excellence in Service to Pitt-Johnstown.

This annual award recognizes staff members who demonstrate a commitment to the campus above and beyond their job responsibilities, and who have compiled a record of voluntary service to the Pitt-Johnstown community.

In presenting the award, campus President Jem Spectar said, “Keenly committed to our students, Ms. Lenio is known across the campus for the sincerity and warmth with which she welcomes everyone who enters the Personal Counseling Center. Her nurturing style and compassionate attitude reassure the students and contribute significantly to the success of the Personal Counseling Center.”

Lenio, who joined UPJ in 1998, is an member of the Pitt-Johnstown Staff Activities and Concerns Association and raised nearly $500 as the team captain for the Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink for the Cure Campaign.

She also is involved with the annual Trick or Treat for Pitt-Johnstown students, freshman move-in day, commencement and the staff picnic on the campus mall.

Lenio was recognized at the annual staff luncheon held Dec. 16 where she was presented with an engraved mantel clock.

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