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Leah Handwerk ’16, of Hockessin, Del., earned the Joanne Day Student of the Year Award in the liberal arts category from the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers (PENNACE) on Dec. 3. Handwerk was recognized for her work as a social work intern at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware this past summer. She will receive her award at the annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. in May 2016.
“Leah has continually maintained a positive attitude and a desire to be a point of light in bringing about positive change for those she serves,” said Handwerk’s advisor Betty McCall, Ph.D, assistant professor of anthropology and sociology at Lycoming College. “Her level of confidence, patience and determination are rare for a young woman. Her supervisor at the Ronald McDonald House and the families she worked with were touched by her compassionate professionalism.”
She will receive $500 and state-wide recognition through PennACE for her outstanding performance providing support to families facing a medical crisis in the life of their child.
“Our member schools nominate dozens of deserving interns for each category, so being selected is truly an honor,” said Anne M. Landon, internship coordinator for Lycoming’s Institute of Management Studies and long-time PennACE college representative.
Awards are given in four categories — technical, liberal arts, business, and associate degree programs. PennACE is a non-profit service organization dedicated to support and advocacy for experiential education, career development and employment in Pennsylvania. Membership is composed of more than 80 colleges, universities and employers throughout the commonwealth.
This year marks the second in a row that a Lycoming College student won the competitive award.