State College, PA – The Penn State University Athletic Conference announces the 2017 John S. Egli and Robert J. Scannell Award Winners.
The John S. Egli Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award was established in honor of Assistant Professor John Egli, in recognition of his long dedication and devotion to the Pennsylvania State University, where he served as student, athlete, faculty member, and coach. Particularly noteworthy and significant was his service and contributions as the first Commonwealth Campus Coordinator of Athletics. The award is presented annually to the outstanding male and female scholar athletes of the PSUAC. The PSUAC Egli Scholar Athletes were chosen from a group of over 1,300 student athletes who participated in one or more varsity sports offered at the 13 locations that sponsor intercollegiate athletics.
2017 John S. Egli Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award Winners
Female Scholar Athlete of the Year: Kristy Hanes, Penn State DuBois
Kristy Hanes is a three-sport athlete at Penn State DuBois, participating in basketball, golf and softball. She graduated this May with a degree in Business Management/Marketing. During her time at DuBois, Hanes secured a bank loan, as a result of business proposal she created for a class assignment, to start up her own business. She started the business prior to graduation and is currently underway with building construction. Kristy was a Lion Ambassador and orientation leader at PSUD. She finished her basketball career as the fourth leading scorer in PSUD history (778pts), fourth in steals (89) and first in career three pointers (169). She has been involved in the community by participating in Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics and working on a Navajo ranch and in the Appalachian area. She has been a USCAA All-Academic selection in both basketball and golf for three years.
Male Scholar Athlete of the Year: Jordan Young, Penn State Lehigh Valley
Senior Jordan Young has been a member of the Penn State Lehigh Valley Men's Basketball program for four years. Young has been an instrumental part of the programs' existence and success. He has been a team captain for three years in addition to becoming the program's first ever male player to score 1,000 care points. Young was named PSUAC All-Conference Honorable Mention. He has achieved success in the classroom with a gpa over 3.0 and graduated earlier this May with a degree in Rehab & Human Services. He worked locally and was involved in the campus community.
The Robert J. Scannell Roll of Honor Award is presented to an administrator, faculty, staff member or coach who has served the PSUAC with distinction. Dr. Scannell, former Vice President and Dean of the Commonwealth Education System was largely responsible for the establishment of the athletic and recreation programs at campuses.
2017 Robert J. Scannell Award Winner
Dr. Donna Kuga – Penn State Beaver
During her nearly 40 years at Penn State Beaver, Dr. Donna Kuga served as a professor, coach, athletic director, director of academic affairs, and interim chancellor.
A native of Hopewell Township, she began her academic career earning her bachelor's degree from Penn State University in May 1978. She participated as a student-athlete at the Beaver campus prior to attending University Park. She received a Master's Degree from Slippery Rock University and her Doctorate in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Donna taught as an instructor for nine years at Penn State Beaver prior to her appointment as an Assistant Professor in August 1990. During her time at Beaver, she served stints as the women's basketball, softball and volleyball coach. She earned the PSUAC Coach of the Year honors in volleyball four times (1983, 1984, 1989 and 1994) as well as the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year in 1983.
In addition to the coaching accolades, Donna received multiple awards for her time spent at Penn State Beaver (All University Excellence in Advising Award-1989; Outstanding Academic Adviser, Penn State Beaver SGA-1995; Community Action Grant, American Association of University Women Educational Foundation-1991/1992 academic year).
Dr. Kuga receives this award posthumously, as she passed away in March 2017. She was an inspiration to many within the University and specifically at the Penn State Beaver campus.