SUAA awards 

From left, Interim President Jody Harpster, Duaine A. Collier, David E. Hess, Kimberly Creek Lea, Dean Lynn Bartles,  Mary Jane Taylor, accepting for Jane Goss; Robert B. LeGrand, Jason S. Kirsch and Alumni Association President Tim Smith. 

Shippensburg University presents awards at Alumni Days

Four individuals are recipients of the 2013 Jesse S. Heiges Distinguished Alumnus Award, one of four awards presented during Alumni Days 2013 at Shippensburg University.

Recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus Award are Dr. Dean Lynn Bartles, Class of 1981 masters; Michael J. Breslin, Class of 1984 masters; Kimberly Creek Lea, Class of 1989; and John M. Morgan, Class of 1986.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Duaine A. Collier, Class of 1972; and David E. Hess, Class of 1974.

The Exceptional Service Award was presented to Kelly Kemper Altland, Class of 1991 and 2000 masters; Jane Goss; and Robert B. LeGrand, Class of 1976.

The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award was presented to Jason S. Kirsch, Class of 1995.

Heiges Award

The Heiges Award, established in 1959, is the University's highest award. The award recognizes the recipients’ distinguished achievements in their field of endeavor to benefit community and society. Recipients have also, through their work and service, contributed immensely to society. 

Bartles earned his master’s in business administration while working as an associate industrial engineer at Fairchild Republic Co. in Hagerstown, Md. He currently heads a $400 million a year strategic business unit in General Dynamics Corp. He has received numerous awards including the Defense Manufacturing Excellence Award for tripling the daily rate of destruction of old and dangerous cluster munitions rockets at the Joplin, Mo., operation. He was also inducted into the College of Fellows at both the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is board chair of the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, board chair of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, secretary/treasurer of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and board member of the National Center for Manufacturing Science and the North American Manufacturing Research Institute.

Breslin, who earned his master of science in administration of justice degree, is chief operating officer for NHS Human Services with the administrative/operations responsibility for all programs and services provided by NHS Human Services in seven states, including Pennsylvania. He oversees 12,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $450 million. He also served as executive director of Governor Casey’s Children’s Cabinet and chaired the Children’s Coalition. He is a member of numerous professional organizations and has been actively involved for 20 years with United Way where he is chair for the Capital Region Foundation’s board of directors. In 2012, he was presented the Annual Excellence in Leadership Award by the United Way of the Capital Region. He is also a member of the boards of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.

Lea, who earned a degree in business education, taught at Palm Beach Community College (PBCC). She also was director of continuing studies at PBCC, where she later became the associate dean of career and technical education. While at PBCC, she developed programs and worked extensively with recruitment and retention. She formed her own company, FN Inc., that specialized in corporate technology, management and help desk certification. In 2004, she became the dean of the School of Arts and Science at DeVry University and in 2006 was named dean of academics at Keiser University. Since 2011, she has served as president of Keiser University. She is an active member of her local community and volunteers with Honor Flight and serves on the operating board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

Morgan has risen during his 17 years at GolinHarris and Hill + Knowlton Strategies, one of the world’s largest public relations firms, to become regional managing director for Greater China. He is responsible for managing more than 125 professionals in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China. In 2008 he was named Shippensburg University Communication/Journalism Distinguished Alumnus of the year. He has also served on the Council of Public Relations Firms in Hong Kong, on the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and the American Field Service in Hong Kong. Morgan is a founding member of the agency’s marketing communication practice, growing the office staff from three to more than 20 during his tenure.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented in recognition of life-long career achievement and personal commitment in his/her field of endeavor for the benefit of the community and society.

Collier is a well-known local entrepreneur having started numerous businesses during the past 40 years including Shippensburg Pump Co. Inc.; College Town Inc.; Valley Heating & Cooling; Fortney Press; and Beidel Printing House Inc. He has experience as a mechanical contractor that has been instrumental in his various business ventures in such areas as real estate, mechanical contracting, printing, packaging, publishing, manufacturing and distribution. He is also very active in the community holding such positions as committeeman for the Franklin County Republican Party, president of the Shippensburg Area Development Corp., head coach for the Shippensburg Midget Football Association Inc., member of the President’s Advisory Board of Orrstown Bank, chair of the Cumberland Valley Business & Industry Campaign and he currently serves on the Shippensburg University Foundation board of directors. He is also a member of various local civic organizations including Orrstown Lodge No. 262, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, the Shippensburg Lions Club and the Sons of the American Legion, Masonic Lodge.

Hess started his nearly 40-year career in environmental protection as a summer intern at Shippensburg for the Air Quality Program in the former Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). After holding various positions there and in the Pennsylvania Senate, Hess was appointed by Gov. Tom Ridge in 2001 as DEP secretary, a post he held until 2003 during which he helped guide the rescue of miners trapped in the Quecreek Mine in Somerset and the environmental response to the crash of Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001. He serves on the boards of several groups including Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, Pennsylvania Resources Council, Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, the Ralph W. Abele Conservation Scholarship Fund and the Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation Advisory Committee. Hess is director of policy and communications with Crisci Associates, a Harrisburg-based government affairs firm. He also received numerous awards including the “River Hero” Award from the national Rivers Network and was recognized for contributions to promoting education and environmental initiatives by the Pennsylvania Alliance for Environmental Education, Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the Pennsylvania Resources Council.

Exceptional Service Award

The Exceptional Service Award is given to recognize and thank outstanding persons who have given unselfishly of their time and efforts for the betterment of Shippensburg University.

Altland is known for being actively involved in the university while she was both an undergraduate and a graduate student, and now as an alumna. She served on multiple Shippensburg University Alumni Association committees as well as leading the formation of the Reading alumni group. Most recently she served for six years on the association’s board of directors, including a term as its president. She is also actively engaged in serving as a speaker for on-campus organizations and stays involved with the Shippensburg University Foundation. Altland is the interim associate vice president for development for Penn State University and the interim chief development officer for Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine.

Goss, who died in June 2012, served the university for 32 years as a professor, coach and administrator. She came to Shippensburg in 1967 as head coach of women’s field hockey and tennis teams. In 1983, she was appointed to the new position of associate director of athletics. She held that post until her retirement in 2000, the same year she was inducted as an honorary member of the Shippensburg University Athletic Hall of Fame. During retirement, she was a member of the Raider Club Board of Directors, the Lady Raider Golf Tournament Committee, the Athletic Hall of Fame Committee and assisted at the Shippensburg University Foundation. She also established the Jane G. Goss Field Hockey Scholarship and the Jane G. Goss Women’s Athletic Endowment Fund.

LeGrand has shared the skills he gained during his career with the federal Department of Education in Washington, D.C., and in media relations as a congressional press secretary. He served as a member of the SUAA board, including a term as president, as well as serving as a member of the College of Education and Human Services Advisory Board since 2003. He has been a member of various SUAA committees, including the Minority Alumni Committee, Homecoming Committees, The Slate’s 50th Anniversary Committee, Volunteer Enhancement Committee and the Shippensburg University Foundation’s Honor Society. He and his wife Marty have recently agreed to serve on the newly formed Communication/Journalism Advisory Council.

Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award honors younger graduates for their successes.The award was presented at Spring Commencement in May buy Kirsch was unable to attend.

Kirsch, of Harrisburg, is director of brand and consumer engagement for Capital BlueCross.  He began his career in marketing and public relations as a marketing specialist with Dauphin Deposit Bank. He has since served in similar positions including as director of marketing communications for HealthCentral Inc., deputy press secretary in the Governor’s Office of Communications, assistant vice president for public relations services with Sacunas & Saline, and vice president/director of marketing and public relations at Metro Bank. He is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and has presented workshops at national programs. He also received the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal Top Forty Under 40 award and is a former president of the Pennsylvania Public Relations Society.