PIE: Faculty & Staff Collaboration Award

The 2014-2018 Strategic Plan calls for strengthening internal relationships through increased collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and for recognizing faculty and staff collaborative efforts. All awardees are recognized at the Annual End-Of-Year Luncheon.

The Award

Winners will be recognized in the following manner:

  • Engraved plaque to be displayed in Conklin Hall honoring these and subsequent winners
  • Certificate to each member of the group
  • Recognition and presentation of award during end of year awards luncheon

Nominees will be recognized in the following manner:

  • All submissions and nominees will be recognized in a brochure at the end of the year awards luncheon



  • Evidence of partnership across a minimum of two separate divisions
  • Minimum of at least two partners (may be full- or part-time faculty, staff, administration of Penn State Mont Alto)
  • Impact on students, faculty, campus, staff, and/or community
  • Represents a new idea or additional component to an existing idea/program


  • Initiative represents an intentional partnership as evidenced by involvement of each partner
  • Initiative demonstrates inclusion of external community partners
  • Initiative demonstrates creativity, inventiveness, and originality
  • Initiative aligns with PSUMA’s strategic plan/goals (Strategic plan may be found on campus website.)


April 2nd

Past Recipients

2017      The Career Closet

The Career Closet is a perfect example of how teamwork and collaboration can result in an outstanding opportunity for students. The brainchild of Career Counselor Patty Gochenauer.  Patty’s collaborators included Donna Rhodes, Brandi Biesecker, Terri Doss, Grace Rockwell, Charlene Saeman, Helen McGarry (who provided a vacant CE office to store the items), Deb Mirdamadi (who provided Sewing Survival instruction), students Christopher Overdorff and Lindsay Devers, Brad Kendall and everyone on the maintenance staff who continuously moved boxes, clothing, and clothing racks across campus and up and down stairs multiple times, as well as Becky Starliper and others from the 11/30 Network. The end result was that 108 students visited the Career Closet, claiming 439 items.

2016       Faculty Connections Program

Nomination Form

All nominations are confidential.

Primary Collaborator for Program / Initiative
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