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Our story begins with our people

More than 4,500 Penn State students are enrolled in the College of Health and Human Development studying a wide-array of fields, each committed to the concept of improving the quality of life for others.

Meet some of the people who are making a difference in our college, at Penn State, in their communities, and across the globe.

Matthew Bakowicz standing outside by tree

Our Story/Matthew Bakowicz

Becoming an instructor at Penn State was not the plan for Matthew Bakowicz.

When he enrolled in the PGA Professional Golf Management (PGM) program in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management (RPTM) at Penn State as an undergraduate student he envisioned a different future.

Bakowicz never thought he would be teaching students at his alma mater.

“I thought I’d do college for four years and then work as a head golf pro, probably in the New York area; I love the Long Island area,” Bakowicz said.

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Stories from our departments

It was that ‘ah-ha’ moment; this is what I want to do.  I was in the process of choosing a college major, debating between education and nursing, and I found  a nice combination of the two with speech therapy. – Maggie Lamb, Communication Sciences and Disorders