The Penn State Worthington Scranton Alumni Society honored Mr. Michael Kushner, Archbald, as Alumnus of the Year for 2006. Mr. Kushner was recognized with a reception in his honor on Thursday, February 8th on campus.
Mr. Kushner's nomination fulfills criterion for leadership in his professional field, activity in community affairs, distinction as a Penn State student, campus involvement and contributions to the betterment of the campus.
Kushner serves as aide to Senator Robert Mellow in the 22nd District. He has served the Senator for the past 20 years. He is responsible for writing requests and securing grants for all municipalities with the 22nd District. These funds repair and build bridges, fund police and emergency assistance, assist various municipal projects and improvements to parks and recreational facilities.
Mr. Kushner earned the bachelor of science degree in Human Development from Penn State. While a student, he worked diligently to earn funds for his own education. His dedication to Penn State extends to his life membership in the Penn State Alumni Association and his membership in the Nittany Lion Club.
Mr. Kushner's commitment to Penn State Worthington Scranton is best reflected by his service to the Advisory Board. He actively assists in fund raising and supports campus programs as a member of the Development Committee of the Board. He remains active in raising funds for the new campus Business Building.
Kushner has, for past 10 years, been very active with Valley Youth Soccer program. He serves the Soccer program by maintaining fields, officiating and coaching several teams. Kushner's community activities also include: Church Lector at St. Cyril and Methodius Church, Olyphant, PA; Blakely-Peckville Lions Club; and board member of the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Association.
Previous Alumnus of the Year Awardees include: David Hawk; Atty. Dante Cancelli; Darlene Duney, D.O.; Violet Byron; John Cappelloni; Elizabeth Milder Beh; Kenneth Gentilezza, M.D.; Thomas Skibinski; Patrick Sheridan; Ann McDonough; Thomas May; Suzanne Thomas; Dr. Peter Bordi; Tina Merli; Kathleen Bird; Joseph Alu; and William Leonard.
For information about the Penn State Worthington Scranton Alumni Society meetings and activities call 570-963-2537 or visit the campus website at www.sn.psu.edu and click on alumni and development.