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Public invited to presentation on promoting excellence at home

3/1/2010 —

Donald Sheffield, affiliate professor of education at Penn State Beaver, will present "Promoting Excellence at Home: Behaviors for Successful Families," at noon on March 24, in room 15 of the Student Union Building on campus. The program is part of the campus' Brown Bag Lunch Series, which is open to the public.

Sheffield is the author of the book "Practice Makes Perfect -- Not! Understanding High Performance: Excellence is a Habit" which was published in 2009 by Dorrance Publishing Company and is available in the Beaver campus bookstore. Sheffield’s presentation and book focus on teaching children proper study practices, instilling a strong value system in them, and helping them develop a work ethic geared toward excellence. He contends that parents and teachers play a vital role in the development of children’s attitudes and goals.

Early in his career, Sheffield was an admissions counselor at Beaver campus. He moved on to become an administrative assistant to Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and director of the Academic Support Center for Student Athletes at Penn State's University Park campus. He also served as director of diversity outreach for the Office of Outreach and Cooperative Extension. He has developed field programs to improve the multicultural education of Penn State undergraduate students at Beaver campus and throughout the University, and is the founder and president of TAME (Techniques Assisting Motivation and Excellence) Inc., a consulting firm dedicated to cultural excellence.

Sheffield holds a doctorate in higher education from Penn State, a master’s degree from Slippery Rock University, and a bachelor’s degree from Geneva College. He can be contacted at dxs6@psu.edu or 724-773-3564.

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