Penn State DuBois Alumni Society Honors Three
DuBois – Three members of the Penn State DuBois community were honored for their outstanding achievements at the annual Alumni Awards Banquet on October 6, at the DuBois Country Club. Dale Simbeck received the Lifetime Achievement Award, Christina Voorhees received the Outstanding Alumnus Award, and David Trinkley is the recipient of the Distinguished Ambassador Award.
Dale Simbeck received the Lifetime Achievement Award. A 1969 graduate of Penn State, with a degree in chemical engineering, Simbeck is an internationally known expert and consultant on global climate issues, whose work with CO2 mitigation, and clean energy technologies contributed to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) being awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with Al Gore. He is currently a partner and vice president of technology of SFA Pacific Inc., which he co-founded in 1980. SFA Pacific specializes in evaluation services in the oil refining, power generation, environmental control, petrochemical and renewable energy industries. The company has provided technical consulting services and conducted in-depth multi-client programs and reports addressing global and regional issues in fuels, chemicals, and electric power to individual companies; government entities including Australia, China, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Qatar, New Zealand and the United States; and universities including Princeton, Pitt, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and Stanford.
Simbeck is an advisor to the Canadian Clean Power Coalition and a member of the External Advisory Board to both the MIT Energy Lab and the energy industry CO2 Capture Project.
A life member of the Penn State Alumni Association, he and his wife, Marilyn, live in Palo Alto, California.
Presenting Simbeck's award was Penn State DuBois Chancellor Anita McDonald. She said to Simbeck from the podium, "We may be giving you the lifetime achievement award, but I think there are many more achievements to come in your life. What you've already accomplished has helped make a difference in our lives, and will make a difference in the lives of our children and grandchildren. You are one of those Penn Staters that has really made their mark."
Upon receiving his award, Simbeck said, "I am very humbled by this award. I'm the type of person that really doesn't deserve this." He went on to say that being aware of one's own faults is a key to accomplishment. "I can be wrong. I always admit when I'm wrong, and that is my biggest success. If you can't admit to being wrong, then you're lying to yourself."
Christina Voorhees received the Outstanding Alumnus Award. She is a 1997 graduate of the Wildlife Technology program at Penn State DuBois, and a certified wildlife biologist. Voorhees is the chief operating officer for Wildlife Specialists, LLC, a natural resource consulting company, based in Landisburg, Pennsylvania, that provides support to the energy development industry. In addition to the associate degree earned at Penn State DuBois, Voorhees also earned a bachelor degree in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech, a masters in Forest Resources from Penn State, and a Ph.D in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management from Penn State. She has provided campus Wildlife Technology students with internships, and has been a guest lecturer on campus multiple times.
Voorhees has worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Penn State, Devine, Tarbell & Associates, and CalPoly University. Her field experience includes bat mist netting, bird and herp surveys, small mammal trapping, elk and grouse radio-telemetry, and a variety of deer management projects. In addition, Christina has 10 years of experience in human dimensions research focusing on deer management, hunting, and recreational visitor use assessments.
Voorhees is an At-Large Board Member of the PA Chapter of the Wildlife Society, a member of Mammal Technical Committee of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey, and serves on the advisory board for the Penn State DuBois Wildlife Technology Program.
Presenting the award to Voorhees was her former instructor in the Wildlife Technology Program, Joe Hummer.
"It was obvious to those of us instructing Christina that she was going to have an outstanding career," Hummer said. "She distinguished herself again and again, with so much enthusiasm and determination. It is a real pleasure to present this award to Christina."
"I feel extremely honored to get this award," said Voorhees. "It's nice to know that people here are still thinking of me and following my career path."
Voorhees noted that her husband, a forester with the State of Pennsylvania, is also a graduate of the Penn State DuBois Wildlife Technology Program, and that they met on campus in their first semester. She said, "This is where the beginning of the rest of our lives took place."
The recipient of the Distinguished Ambassador Award is David Trinkley. This award is given to an individual who may or may not be an alumnus, but has made outstanding contributions to the campus and its mission. An enduring supporter of campus athletic programs, Trinkley founded the Penn State DuBois Athletic Fundraising Committee, and chaired the committee for five years. He helped to launch such successful fundraising events as the Lion Wine and Cheese, and the Penn State DuBois Athletics Golf Benefit. Trinkley is a member of the DuBois Educational Foundation (DEF) Board of Directors, an independent, non-profit corporation which supports the campus. He is also a committee member of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students.
Trinkley is the president of Micron Research Corporation in Emporium, PA. A division of GrafTech International, Micron is one of six companies in the world that produces Fine Grain Graphite for the Medical, Aerospace, Castings, Defense, and Tool and Mold industries. Micron Research Corporation, under Trinkley's leadership, developed a break through process called “Bundled Technology”, which produces materials with improved wear, speed and surface finish. He and his wife, Mandy, live in Treasure Lake and are the proud parents of Mikalya and Ben.
DEF President Jim Baker presented Trinkley with his award. He said, "Dave is a successful business man with a great family; he is extremely busy, but he still takes the time to give to Penn State DuBois. With that, he has more than exceeded the criteria for this award." Baker continued, "Dave's efforts have given us additional money for athletic programs, he has brought enthusiasm to the committees on which he serves, and his hard work has contributed greatly to the success of our campus."
Remaining modest upon receiving his award, Trinkley said, "There are so many people who could be standing here tonight that are so deserving of this award. So, I'm humbled and really thankful."
Trinkley said he has been inspired by the people he has gotten to know during his involvement with Penn State DuBois and his fellow DEF board members. "It's been a great experience surrounding myself with these people," he said. "They've shown me being good is good, but sometimes it's not good enough. You have to be great."
In closing, McDonald thanked everyone for coming, and reflected on the significance of the evening. "Our work here is a labor of love; helping students reach their full potential. We thank you for your comments. Those words let us know that we must be doing a few things right."