Penn State DuBois Alumni Honored For Accomplishments
DuBois – Three Penn State DuBois alumni were honored for their success, and the accomplishments they have made since their graduations, at the annual Alumni Society Awards Banquet on Friday.
Howard Allen, of DuBois received the Dave Shaffer Outstanding Young Alumni Award. The 2001 business graduate is a facility manager with Wal-Mart, and has been recognized by their corporate headquarters for adopting and implementing a new accounting process and new cashier scheduling process. He also played an integral role in the planning and organization of efforts to open the new Wal-Mart Supercenter in DuBois.
Director of Student Affairs Rebecca Pennington presented the award to Allen. She worked with him often when he was a student and involved in student government and other activities. Pennington said, "I always knew Howard would someday receive this award. His ambitious nature and motivation has always been amazing."
Allen remembered his family moving to DuBois from the Lancaster area when his father got a new job. "I really didn't want to come to DuBois, but it was probably the best thing that could have happened," he said. "Coming to Penn State DuBois was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life."
Bryan Burhans is this year's recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award. Burhans earned a degree in Wildlife Technologies in 1987, and another in Wildlife Science in 1992. He is now the president and CEO of the American Chestnut Foundation (TACF), and a certified wildlife biologist, based in North Carolina. Through his work with the groundbreaking efforts of TACF, a rebirth of the American Chestnut Tree may soon be a reality. Burhans was also chosen to present the Umbaugh Lecture at Penn State DuBois in April of 2010.
Wildlife instructor Joe Hummer, who taught Burhans when he was a student, presented the award.
"Bryan's accomplishments are quite remarkable," Hummer said. "I'm very honored to have been a part of his education and to present him with this award."
"I think about DuBois and this campus often, and I think about the opportunity that the campus gave me," Burhans said. "Penn State DuBois gave me the opportunity to pursue the career I have and to have a position that I thought I could only dream of."
Michael Dugan, a 1968 engineering graduate, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dugan is the President and CEO of EchoStar Communications Corporation. During his career he provided leadership and direction for EchoStar's expanding product line, which included DISH Network. Dugan, who lives in Denver, Colorado, was not able to attend the ceremony, but his award was accepted by Chancellor Anita McDonald.
"The thing about lifetime achievers is they just keep on achieving," McDonald said. "That's how Mike is. He is also humble. Mike would never believe that he is worthy of any recognition, but the rest of us know that he certainly deserves this Lifetime Achievement award."
Lois Richards, executive director of the Clearfield County Career and Technology Center, and a past Alumni Award recipient, served as emcee for the evening. In closing, she said, "I can't think of a better way to celebrate 75 years of Penn State DuBois than by honoring these fantastic alumni."