CAMPUS HONORS STUDENT AND FACULTY SCHOLARS
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Over 160 students at Penn State Brandywine were honored for academic achievement at the campus' annual Spring Honors Convocation on Wednesday, April 11, in the John D. Vairo Library. Eighty-three freshmen and over 75 upperclassmen were recognized for outstanding grade point averages in their field of study, with 11 students receiving major awards.
The program was highlighted with the announcement of Kathy Meehan, instructor in human development and family studies, and Charles Helou, professor of mathematics, as recipients of two prestigious awards.
During the ceremony, Campus Director of Academic Affairs George Franz announced that Charles Helou, professor of mathematics, has earned the University's Teresa Cohen Mathematics Service Award. This award is presented annually to two full-time mathematics professors from throughout the Penn State University system for exemplary service to students and the department. Helou will receive the award during a ceremony at University Park on April 17.
The Teresa Cohen Mathematics Service Award marks the second major honor this year for Helou, of West Chester, who also netted the campus' Distinguished Teacher Award during Penn State Brandywine's Fall Honors Convocation. He has taught at Penn State Brandywine, in Media, since 1988.
"This comes as no surprise because Charles has won university and campus teaching awards in the past, and he has an international reputation for his research," said Franz. "As a campus, we are proud of this achievement and thrilled to have a teacher like Charles on the faculty."
On the same evening, Kathy Meehan, Instructor of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), was awarded the Madlyn Hanes Faculty Award, given annually to recognize a full-time faculty member of Penn State Brandywine who has made outstanding contributions to the campus community through exceptional achievements in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, or service.
Meehan, of Chadds Ford, has taught at Penn State Brandywine since 1999. In addition to teaching, she supervises the HDFS Internship Program and assists with the campus' Minor in Civic and Community Engagement.
"Kathy puts a great deal of energy and passion into everything she does, and it shows in the achievement of her students," said campus Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska. "She is a very worthy recipient of the Hanes Award, one of the most significant we offer to faculty at Penn State Brandywine."
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