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The faculty and coaches of Pennsylvania 14 state-owned universities do incredible work every day. Here are just a few of the achievements that our members have accomplished this past year in their communities and their fields.

Bloomsburg University men’s and women’s swimming Head Coach Stu Marvin was named to the Pennsylvania Aquatics Hall of Fame.

California University professor Sean Madden helped deliver food across Pittsburgh amidst the pandemic.

Cheyney University turned to former basketball great Leon Bell to take over as head coach and “revive” the program.

Faculty members Marc Sanko and Jeffrey Diamond of Clarion University started a history podcast about the Pennsylvania Wilds region.

East Stroudsburg University Professor Bonnie Green explored how to prevent critical remarks of students from discouraging their pursuit of education.

Professor Victoria Hedderick was named Edinboro University’s 2020 Faculty Member of the Year.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Associate Professor Kenneth Coles won the 2020 Prose award in cosmology and astronomy for his book, “The Atlas of Mars: Mapping its Geography.”

Ann Lemon and Megan O’Byrne won Kutztown University’s Faculty Excellence Awards for their work in communications. Lemon coordinates large-scale New York City design, and O’Byrne does work in general education and assessment.

Professor Robert Myers, director of environmental studies at Lock Haven University, published “Reconciling Nature: Literacy Representation of the Natural, 1876-1945.”

Kristen Long, assistant professor of biology at Mansfield University, presented research on pancreatic cancer with one of her students at the 2019 American Association of Cancer Research’s Pancreatic Cancer: Advances in Science and Clinical Care conference.

Millersville University Professor Mark Snyder received the Paul T. Hiser Exemplary Publication Award for his article published in The Journal of Technology Studies titled “A Century of Perspectives that influenced the Consideration of Technology as a Critical Component of STEM Education in the United States.”

Alison Dagnes, professor of political science at Shippensburg University, gave a TED Talk at a Harrisburg TEDx event on outrage-based political media.

Slippery Rock University cross-country head coach John Papa was awarded his 21st Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award.

Don McCown, associate professor of health at West Chester University, began offering free daily online meditation and dialogue sessions.

We are thankful to all of the faculty members across our 14 campuses for the work that they do. If you have any accomplishments, accolades, or achievements that you would like to see shared with our followers, we’d love to hear them. Share them with us on social media, or email us at

—Kyle Bower,
APSCUF intern