'Penn College Awards' Honor Dazzling Dozen From Class of '15

Published 05.20.2015

Student News

Twelve leading members of the Class of 2015 were honored at Thursday’s Penn College Awards banquet at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, an annual celebration of the outstanding students who help shape their world through service to community, campus and peers.

“Penn College is a great place because of students like you. Thank you for your hard work. Thank you for your service to the college and the community,” said Bradley M. Webb, director of student affairs administration. "And thank you for enriching the lives of your fellow students.”

Plaques in hand, this year's recipients of Penn College Awards pose for photos outside Le Jeune Chef.President Davie Jane Gilmour, who welcomed attendees and presented each student with a commemorative lapel pin, shared a quote from Estee Lauder that she saw reproduced on a graduate's mortarboard in August: "I never dreamed about success. I worked for it!" The students honored on the eve of commencement all embodied that philosophy during their Penn College years, compiling a collective exhibit of volunteer activities and helping hands that – like their academic achievement – did not go unnoticed.

It also did not elude those who accompanied the honorees to center stage; in an unsurprising mix of tears, humor and gratitude, presenters punctuated the evening with countless anecdotes and examples of the varied ways in which the students touched the lives in their orbit.

An alphabetical list of recipients, their hometowns and majors:

Matthew A. Bamonte, of Milton, information technology sciences-gaming and simulation, introduced by Allison A. Bressler, assistant director of student activities for programming and Greek life
Sarah E. Boyer, Great Mills, Maryland, dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration, introduced by Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of off-campus living and commuter services
Julie H. Carr, Souderton, nursing, introduced by Shannon L. Skaluba, information center assistant and adviser to Running Without ED
Michael A. Coletti, Yorktown Heights, New York, technology management, introduced by his mother, Marian
Vincent S. Del Monte, of Berlin, New Jersey, residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration, introduced by Levon A. Whitmyer, instructor of building construction technology, and adviser to the Penn College Construction Association
Tyler J. Durham, Newville, information technology: information assurance and security concentration, introduced by Michael D. Penwell, coordinator of residence life
Matthew J. Glodowski, Hainesport, New Jersey, building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration , introduced by Daniel L. Brooks, architectural technology instructor
Brianna R. Helmick, Hershey, culinary arts and systems, introduced by Chef Paul E. Mach, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts
Alexander J. Hilton, Saegertown, building automation technology, introduced by Pat M. Scheib, academic skills specialist: study enrichment skills
Bethany M. Reppert, Minersville, applied human services, introduced by Sarah M. Shivock, a May 2014 human services alumna and recipient of a Penn College Award that same year
Cory M. Roth, Ephrata, building automation technology, introduced by Art L. Counterman, instructor of electrical technology/occupations
Samuel R. Scheide, Williamsport, plastics and polymer engineering technology, introduced by Bressler.