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House Speaker receives Alumni Association's Legislative Award

State Rep. Samuel H. Smith
State Rep. Samuel H. Smith
6/23/2011 —

University Park, Pa. -- State Rep. Samuel H. Smith, R-66, received the sixth annual "Friend of Penn State" legislative award at a June 17 ceremony at the Hintz Family Alumni Center on the University Park campus for the significant role he has played in the continued improvement of Penn State.

Smith was named the 2011 award recipient by the Legislative Education and Advocacy Committee of Alumni Council, the governing body of the Penn State Alumni Association. Now serving his 13th consecutive term, Smith is one of the most senior members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and currently serves as Speaker of the House. His legislative district consists of Jefferson County and parts of Armstrong and Indiana counties. A Penn State alumnus with a 1978 degree in advertising, he was nominated for the award by Penn State DuBois.

Rodney P. Kirsch, Penn State's senior vice president of Development and Alumni Relations, presented the award to Smith. Kirsch outlined Smith's many efforts on Penn State's behalf, including consistently strong support for Penn State's annual state appropriation. "Sam's leadership team in the House enabled a major restoration to Penn State's appropriation," Kirsch said.

Smith also has worked with Penn State DuBois on accessing state and federal funds for the construction of the DuBois Educational Foundation Education and Technology Center and was instrumental in committing and directing $4 million in state funding for construction of a free-standing Children's Hospital at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Smith said receiving the award was a "great honor and a pleasure." He said the House is "working hard to manage this budget year" and to complete a budget by the constitutionally mandated June 30 deadline.

Read more about Smith at http://www.alumni.psu.edu/awards/individual/friend/recipients online.

The Penn State Alumni Association is the world's largest dues-paying alumni association with more than 164,000 members. More information on the Alumni Association is available at http://www.alumni.psu.edu online. For more information on the Friend of Penn State Award, go to the individual award section at http://www.alumni.psu.edu/awards online.

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