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Chirico, Hendrickson receive University awards

3/22/2010 —

JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology, and James A. Hendrickson, instructor in engineering at Penn State Beaver, are the recipients of recent University awards. Chirico received the Multicultural Resource Center’s Faculty/Staff Diversity Recognition Award, and Hendrickson is the recipient of the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Outstanding Teaching Award.

Chirico was honored for her work in consistently promoting multiculturalism and demonstrating concern for and sensitivity to the needs of multicultural students above and beyond her job responsibilities. She was nominated by one of her former Beaver campus students, Heather Papinchak, who is working towards a Ph.D. in Environmental Health at the University of California Berkeley. Chirico’s involvement in initiating and implementing service learning projects for Beaver campus students has won recognition for her across the campus and the University.

She has been co-chair of the Penn State Beaver Campus Climate and Diversity Committee since 2008 and helped to develop the campus Reach Out Program which placed more than 100 students in community service positions. She also chaired the Educational Equity and Campus Environment Team for two years and was a member of the Penn State Commission for Women. She is a member of the Voices Against Violence Group that was formed by faculty and staff members at Beaver campus two years ago in an ongoing effort to bring issues of sexual and domestic abuse to the forefront.

Chirico received the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Sky Bank Excellence in Service Award, the Penn State Commonwealth College Service Award, and the Penn State University Vice President for Student Affairs Award for Outstanding Program in the Diversity Speakers Series. She holds a doctorate in sociology and education and a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Hendrickson’s award recognizes engineering educators’ excellence in teaching as well as contributions to the art of teaching. The award is given to individuals whose inspiration and contributions to learning are truly memorable. Donna J. Kuga, Beaver’s director of academic affairs, nominated Hendrickson for the award. Hendrickson will receive a $500 award which is made possible through gifts from engineering alumni and friends.

Hendrickson’s work with students in his engineering design class was widely recognized by Ohio officials when his students worked on the restoration and redesign of Gaston’s Mill in Ohio’s Beaver Creek State Park which included a Waterwheel Water Bypass Safety System and the Waterwheel Brake and Power Generation System. Other class design projects included the Reverse Engineering of Bessemer Oil Field Pumping Engine project sponsored by Moraine State Park/Muddycreek Historical Oil Field Site and the Wind Power Generation Project sponsored by Beaver campus.

He was the recipient of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Michael Baker Jr., Inc. Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and has been a member of the campus Honors Program Committee. Hendrickson holds U.S. patents in the fields of superconductive energy storage, power generation, thermal imaging, personal protective equipment, and continuous steel casting.

Hendrickson worked for more than 10 years as principal engineer for Mine Safety Appliances Company in Cranberry Township and also was senior engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corporation’s Science and Technology Center and Nuclear Service Divisions, Pittsburgh. He holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State.

Chirico can be contacted at jxc64@psu.edu or 724-773-3846, and Hendrickson can be reached at jah64@psu.edu or 724-773-3859.


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