UNIVERSITY PARK – Ten young Penn State alumni were honored for outstanding professional accomplishment and presented with the Penn State Alumni Association’s Alumni Achievement Award in a dinner ceremony held April 4 at The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.
From an alumnus who oversees the award-winning gardens surrounding the Smithsonian museums to a producer for ABC News, the 2008 Alumni Achievement Awardees have reached an extraordinary level of professional accomplishment, all by the age of 35 or younger. These prominent young alumni are nominated by an academic college or campus, selected by a University-wide committee and invited by President Graham B. Spanier to return to campus to share their expertise with students and the University community. The Alumni Achievement Award, begun in 2005, is one of the newest awards given by the Penn State Alumni Association.
This year’s Alumni Achievement Award recipients, along with their year of graduation, current title, place of employment and residence are:
— Erik P. Keptner ’94, senior vice president of marketing and advertising for Giant Food Stores; New Cumberland;
— Todd Kohli ’98, landscape architect and managing director for EDAW; San Francisco;
— John Mathew ’97g, director of the project and resource management business line for BST Global; New Port Richey, Fla.;
— Jeffrey Nagle ’98, supervisory horticulturalist for the Smithsonian Institution; Arlington, Va.;
— Ian M. Paul ’98g, ’03g, associate professor of pediatrics and public health sciences at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital; Lancaster;
— Kristina K. Peachman ’95, research scientist at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research; Rockville, Md.;
— Jessica Stuart ’96, editorial producer at ABC News; Washington, D.C.;
— Bulent Tarman ’06g, founder and chief administrative officer of the Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania Charter School; State College; and
— Uday T. Turaga ’02g, associate at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.; Houston.
At the April 4 ceremony, 2007 Alumni Achievement Award winner Alan M. Majewski ’02g, chief financial officer for Standard Steel in Pittsburgh, also receive his award since he was unable to attend last year’s event.
For full biographical information about each award recipient, go to the Alumni Association’s Web site.