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Six promoted, added at Mont Alto campus

September 01, 2008

MONT ALTO, Pa. -Six faculty members have been promoted or have joined Penn State Mont Alto.

Ronald George has been promoted to English instructor and will teach courses in basic writing, and rhetoric and composition.George has been an adjunct employee at the Mont Alto campus since 1999 and has been involved in a summer project for student success. He has a bachelor of arts degree in English from Clarion University and a master of arts degree in English from Purdue University.

Edward Hipkiss joins the Mont Alto campus as a biology/microbiology instructor. He will teach courses in nonallied health biology, nutrition and microbiology. Hipkiss previously was a research specialist at Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and was an adjunct biology instructor at the Community College of Baltimore in Baltimore. He has a bachelor of science degree in biology from York College and a master of science degree in biology from Shippensburg University.

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Angela Hissong has been promoted to occupational therapy instructor. She has worked in various capacities at Penn State since 1993, serving as an adjunct instructor, full-time instructor and field work coordinator for the four-year occupational therapy program, member of the UP AgrAbility Project and as a grants writer. She has a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy from the Medical College of Virginia, a master of education degree in special education from Shippensburg University and a doctorate in education from Penn State University.

Marcia Ludlow will join the campus as a nursing instructor. She previously served as a family nurse practitioner at the Crooked Oak Family Health Center, Nightingale Health Center, York Hospital and Oyster Point Family Practice. She was a staff nurse at York Hospital, Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., and school nurse at the Cumberland County Health Department in Fayetteville, N.C. She also was a rehabilitation nurse at Mariner Health Care in Seneca, S.C. She has a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Clemson University, a master of science degree in nursing from Millersville University and has completed post-master's work in nursing education at Millersville University.

Ermek Nurkhaidarov will join the campus as an assistant professor of mathematics. Nurkhaidarov previously was an instructor at Karaganda State University, was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Connecticut and assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Montana-Western. He has a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Karaganda State University and a master of science degree and a Ph.D. in mathematics, both from the University of Connecticut.

Lisa Ward, who has been with Penn State since January, has been promoted to the post of nursing instructor at Mont Alto campus. As a previous nursing instructor for HACC, Mountain State University and Hagerstown Community College, she has served as a nursing supervisor and staff nurse at Chambersburg Hospital and a staff nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in Towson, Md. She has a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore and a master of science degree in nursing from Mountain State University in Martinsburg, W.Va.

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