Penn College recognizes professor, alumni at Summer Commencement

At Pennsylvania College of Technology’s summer commencement ceremony, students received their degrees and faculty and alumni were recognized and also received Excellence of Teaching Award and a Mentorship Award.

Excellence in Teaching

An Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to a nursing faculty member during Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Summer 2019 Commencement ceremony.

Terri Stone, assistant professor of nursing programs in the college’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences, received the honor at the Community Arts Center.

Excellence in Teaching Awards are presented to full-time faculty members who are nominated by students and colleagues for excellence in instructional performance.

Since 1982, 111 Distinguished Teaching Awards have been bestowed upon Penn College faculty – 33 Master Teacher Awards and 78 Excellence in Teaching Awards.

In presenting the award to Stone, president Davie Jane Gilmour provided some edited comments from the nominating documentation:

“Is extremely knowledgeable in the field … classes are nontraditional, utilizing the latest research and integrating team and partner work to relate the text to real-world events.”

“Has good rapport with students … is extremely friendly, yet professional.”

“Great at answering questions and guiding us in the right direction.”

“Is an engaged faculty member, who is passionate about her work with students.”

Stone began her employment at Penn College in 2010 and has been a full-time faculty member since 2012. Previously, she worked in medical-surgical nursing, long-term care licensure and certification and public health nursing-cardiovascular health.

She holds a master of business administration from Bloomsburg University, a master of science in nursing education from Mansfield University and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bloomsburg University.

Mentorship Award

Pennsylvania College of Technology presented a Mentorship Award to alumna Andrea (Niklaus) Reed, director of nursing/patient safety, privacy and compliance officer at UPMC Susquehanna Muncy. The award was bestowed upon Reed by Gilmour.

Reed earned an associate of applied science degree in nursing from Penn College in 2007 and went on to receive a bachelor of science in nursing from University of Phoenix in 2014 and a master of science in nursing with a focus in leadership and health care administration from Grand Canyon University in 2018.

She has been employed in a variety of nursing and leadership roles at UPMC Susquehanna, formerly Susquehanna Health since 2003, having started her career as a staff nurse extender.

Reed has received a number of professional accolades from her employer, including three ACE (Above Clinical Excellence) Awards and a Servant Leader Award.

She is in the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders and American Nurses Association.

Reed also has served on the Penn College Nursing Advisory Committee since 2015 and is helping motivate and inspire students.

“The classroom and clinical instructors did more than prepare and educate me — they inspired and motivated me. They made me think outside of the box, helping mold me into the nurse leader I am today,” Reed said.

The Mentorship Award recognizes alumni, individuals or businesses who have made significant or ongoing contributions to the education and development of Penn College by providing mentorship opportunities or professional guidance.

Reed resides in Muncy with her husband, Sean, and their two children, Cullen and Madelyn. She is the daughter of James and Halle Niklaus, of South Williamsport.