PENN STATE SHENANGO Recipients of teaching awards announced

Staff report

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Penn State Shenango has announced the recipients of its full- and part-time teaching awards.

Diane Kuharsky, instructor in biology, and Richard Talbert, part-time instructor in communication, were awarded the 2013 Leonard R. Riforgiato Memorial Teaching Award and the 2013 Margaret Cunningham Foley Memorial Teaching Award, respectively.

The Leonard R. Riforgiato Memorial Teaching Award is a campus award bestowed on a full-time faculty member who has been chosen through a series of steps that include nominations and recommendation from students and the nominee’s peers. Riforgiato, for whom the Shenango campus teaching award is named, was an associate professor in history and the first recipient of the Penn State Shenango Teaching Award. He taught at the Shenango campus for 26 years.

Kuharsky joined the Penn State Shenango faculty in 2011 to teach anatomy and physiology. Before joining the Penn State faculty full time, Kuharsky taught at Slippery Rock University and at the Shenango campus as an adjunct faculty member.

In addition to teaching anatomy and physiology, and human musculature this fall, Kuharsky is the adviser to students in the campus’ Physical Therapy Assistant program.

The Margaret Cunningham Foley Memorial Teaching Award, which was presented to Talbert, recognizes outstanding part-time faculty at the campus. This award was established in 1998. Foley was an English instructor at Penn State Shenango from 1967 to 1994.

Talbert has been a part-time instructor at Penn State Shenango since January 2004 where he has taught various communication and English courses. Talbert is currently working on his doctorate in rhetoric and philosophy of communication. In addition to teaching for Penn State, he is an adjunct faculty member at several area colleges and universities, including Grove City College; the University of Pittsburgh, Titusville Campus; and Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

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