HPA Spring 2011 e-Newsletter — Alumni News

HPA APG receives 2010 MACS Award

MACS award

The Health Policy and Administration Affiliate Program Group (HPA APG) was selected by the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society Board's executive committee to receive the 2010 MACS Award. This award is given each year in order to recognize outstanding achievements in all four areas of MACS (Mentoring, Awards, Communications, and Social/Professional activities). Some of the activities cited by the executive committee included the "Professionals in the Classroom" event, recognition of alumni through the awards structure within the College, the print and electronic department newsletters, and the ongoing professional and social events throughout the state and with the HPA student clubs. In essence, the APG, in partnership with the HPA department, has an active and well-balanced approach to alumni, student, and faculty relations.

The award was presented to the HPA APG at the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society Board awards dinner on November 12, 2010 at the Nittany Lion Inn. The HPA APG Board was represented by board members Steve Wagman, president; Dave McClung, member-at-large; and Dennis Shea, head of the department. The award belongs to many alumni, student, and faculty members who give of their time and energy on the Board, the HPA APG committee chairs, and all the committee members.

Mentoring weekend a success

The HPA Mentoring Weekend program opened Friday, February 25, and brought together HPA students and alumni and provided the opportunity for alumni to share advice and experiences to help students become successful in the health care field. In addition, the weekend featured a “Jump Starting Your Career” workshop, in which 75 students met with eight alumni to discuss careers, review résumés and cover letters, and go over interviewing tips. Many ongoing professional relationships are forged from the mentor/protégé relationships.

The HPA Mentoring Program celebrated the induction of its tenth mentoring class this year. Highlighting the weekend was the 2010 Mentor of the Year Award, which was given to Randy Coulthard '07.

Mentoring Weekend photo

HPA mentor Steve Wagman (’82 HPA) spends time with HPA student protégé Samuel Chukwueze Jr. (right) during the HPA Mentoring Weekend reception.

Alumni interested in participating in the mentoring program in the future should contact V. Diane Collins, mentoring program coordinator, at 814-865-3831, dvc1@psu.edu, or visit www.hhdev.psu.edu/alumni/mentor.

Alumni share experiences with students at 'Professionals in the Classroom' event; several recognized with awards

Nearly two dozen alumni and health care leaders spoke to HPA undergraduate and graduate students as part of the 2010 Professionals in the Classroom program held in October.

As part of the program, all participants speak in HPA classes and others also take part in an evening panel discussion attended by students and faculty. At this year’s event, the following alumni were recognized:

Organizers for the 2011 program will select event dates by midsummer.

Alumni interested in becoming involved in the HPA APG and its activities should contact Steve Wagman at steven.wagman@siemens.com or Dennis Shea at dshea@psu.edu.

Alumni interested in being involved in undergraduate internships, professional development, guest speaking or working with the HPA or Future Healthcare Executives undergraduate student clubs should contact Rick Shurgalla at rns12@psu.edu.

Alumni interested in MHA residency, fellowship, and traineeship opportunities, graduate professional development, or building collaborative industry-department partnerships for research or education should contact Joseph Dionisio at jdd19@psu.edu.


David McClung '79 talks with students during this year's Professional in the Classroom program. McClung, chief financial officer at Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire, was one of nearly two dozen alumni who took part in the event. He is a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association, a mentor in the HPA Mentoring Program, and a board member of the HPA APG.

HPA Alumni Award nominations sought

The HPA Department is accepting nominations for four HPA Alumni Awards including:

For the Emerging Professional awards, the Department is looking for individuals who are in the early stages of their careers (graduating in 2002 or later) and have shown great promise from a career perspective.

For the Alumni Recognition Award, nominees should be established professionals with at least 10 years of experience who have demonstrated high achievement in their career pursuits

Nominations (a short description of the nominee's accomplishments and resume, if possible) can be sent to Dennis Shea (dshea@psu.edu) or Alyson Rosenfeld (alyson_jill@yahoo.com) or to the Department c/o Dennis Shea, 601 Ford Building, University Park, PA 16802. Self-nominations are welcome. Nominations are due by May 31, 2011.