Local professor honored
Penn State Scranton Professor Dr. Asif ud-Doula was honored with the 2018 University College Faculty Scholar Award.
Ud-Doula, anassociate professor of physics, was given the award for his pioneering and prolific work in computational astrophysics and the breadth of projects that he involves undergraduate researchers.
Ud-Doula was chosen by a university review committee that included: Dr. Byron R. Parizek, chairman of the University College Scholar Award Committee and associate professor of mathematics and geosciences at Penn State DuBois; Dr. Lynda Goldstein, associate professor of English and women studies at Penn State Wilkes-Barre; Dr. Lori Hepner, associate professor of integrative arts, Penn State Greater Allegheny; Dr. Donald Liddick, associate professor of administration of justice, administrative justice, social sciences and education at Penn State Fayette; and Dr. David Macauley, associate professor of philosophy and environmental studies at Penn State Brandywine.
The award includes $1,000 for supplemental salary or programmatic support and ud-Doula is also invited to serve on the University College Scholar Award Review Committee for the next three years, followed by two additional years as an alternate.
The professor lives in Glenburn Twp., with his wife, Dr. Lili Bao, and two children, Akim and Alim.
Phi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International welcomed six new teachers into its membership including: Edith Bender, a retired teacher from the Wallenpaupack Area School District; Lori Hosking and Mary Schmalzle, second grade teachers in the Wallenpaupack Area School District; Ellen McGuigan and Kathryn Palmer, both first grade teachers in the Westem Wayne School District; and Nancy Andrews, a retired teacher of the Bloomfield School District in New Jersey.
Suzanne McGuire, Janelle Wierbowski, Jennifer Hoch, Debbie Nolan and Regina Campbell, chapter treasurer, served as escorts for the new members during a candlelight ceremony at the Gravity Inn in Waymart.
Beth Spindler, a certified yoga therapist, teacher and writer, served as the keynote speaker and talked about the benefits of yoga and movement for all ages.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 4 employee Richard Phillips received the Chuck M. Mattei Award.
Phillips, of Dickson City, is a traffic control specialist and has been with PennDOT for 25 years.
The award is given in honor of the late Chuck M. Mattei, a District 4 Executive Engineer. To win, employees must have 10 years or more of service with PennDOT, be involved in community service, are willing to go above and beyond normal job descriptions and provide outstanding customer service to internal and external customers.
Phillips created the District Pavement Marking Policy, which is used to designate the pavement marking plans for projects. He is also a member of the Medical Emergency Response Team, a member of the Building Fire Safety Team as a firefighter,
works with Habitat for Humanity and he enjoys taking part in the PennDOT District Four Golf League, where he is league treasurer.