Penn State Student Receives Juran Doctoral Award

May 2, 2007

Penn State student Toni Liechty has been selected as a recipient of the 2007 Juran Doctoral Award by the Joseph M. Juran Center for Leadership in Quality at the University of Minnesota.

The prestigious fellowships are awarded to first- or second-year doctoral candidates "to stimulate their thinking about quality principles early in their Ph.D. careers."

Liechty, a second-year doctoral student in the Penn State Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, is interested in exploring the role of body image in leisure participation and leisure experiences.

Liechty received her bachelor's degree in Parks and Recreation at Utah State University and her master's degree in Youth and Family Recreation at Brigham Young University. She is president of the Recreation, Park and Tourism Management Graduate Student Association at Penn State and is the current recipient of the Herberta M. Lundegren Graduate Scholarship in Leisure Studies.

The Joseph M. Juran Center for Leadership in Quality was founded in 1993 at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management to advance research in the field of quality management. In 1997, Dr. Joseph Juran the world's preeminent living Quality expert gave his foundation and name to the center. With greater resources and name recognition, the Juran Center broadened its mission to help fulfill Dr. Juran's vision of the 21st Century as the "Century of Quality."

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