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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.