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Three receive Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

Three Shippensburg University graduates are recipients of the university’s Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. This year’s recipients are Julie “Joolee” Aurand, Class of 1994, Toby Fauver, Class of 1992, and Chris Jackson, Class of 1997.

Aurand is lead guide and manager of Matanuska Ice Climbing Adventures Guides/Exposure Alaska. Aurand has taken her elementary education degree and a love of adventure that was fostered by the university's Adventure Club into a fascinating travelogue of a career. She just finished her second tour as broadcast engineer at McMurdo TV/Radio Station in Antarctica. In May she returned to her present position for a fourth season as lead guide on multi-day adventure trips and logistics coordinator/glacier guide.

Her previous positions in Alaska include as a medical technician and an English language development teacher. Prior to Alaska, she was an English teacher in South Korea, taught second grade in the Marshall Islands, and was the recreation coordinator for Raytheon Polar Services in Antarctica. The Peace Corps provide her first foreign post as an English teacher and teacher trainer in Moldova. In her travels she has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, kayaked for extended periods in Fiji, Patagonia, Gabon, Mongolia; climbed Mt. Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere; hiked the El Camino/Santiago trail (France and northern Spain); backpacked in Nepal; and is certified as a private pilot, scuba diver, wilderness first responder and emergency medical technician.

Fauver is deputy secretary for local and area transportation for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. He began his professional career as an environmental waste management technician working on projects including the Mon-Fayette Expressway and the Lackawanna Valley Industrial Highway. Before joining Gannett Fleming as a transportation planner in 1995, he earned his master’s in regional and community planning from Kansas State University. As manager of the Transportation Planning Group his planning and management assignments spanned most modes of transport.

In 2004, he joined PennDOT as the bureau director for Rail Freight Ports and Waterways. In six months he was promoted to bureau director for public transportation, and two months later was named to his current position as deputy secretary for local and area transportation. Fauver has been instrumental in accomplishing a number of transit management reforms in addition to overseeing the management of about 100 public transportation systems and passenger services.

In addition to numerous professional activities, he hires and mentors interns from the university’s geography/earth science department, teaches Sunday School at his church, and is a Little League Baseball coach in Newville.

Jackson is chief investment officer for TEAM Financial Managers managing its core strategic investment strategy. He joined TEAM in 2012 and is responsible for managing client portfolios and overseeing its investment management processes. He also holds the Accredited Fiduciary Investment Manager designation.

Jackson put his accounting degree to work right after graduation as a staff accountant for Padden & Company, a CPA firm. In 2001, he joined the trust department at Orrstown Bank as a trust administrator where he did tax preparations, estate settlements and trust administration. His first promotion was in 2002 when he became portfolio manager, and that was followed by promotions to assistant vice president and vice president and portfolio manager, and later as controller and investor relations officer.

He is immediate past president of the John L. Grove College of Business Finance Advisory Board, served five years as treasurer for the Shippensburg Public Library, and is an elder and treasurer for the Shippensburg Presbyterian Church. He lives in Shippensburg with his wife, Amy Shenk ’99 and their two sons, Avery and Bennett.

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