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Poultry Science Department's Burns receives Reagle Award

Posted: November 3, 2011

Patti Burns, administrative support assistant in the Department of Poultry Science, is the recipient of the 2011 Emma Reagle Staff Assistant Award in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Patti Burns (center), administrative support assistant in Poultry Science, receives the Reagle Award from Bruce McPheron, dean of the college, and Kim Ripka, chair of the staff advisory committee to the dean.

Patti Burns (center), administrative support assistant in Poultry Science, receives the Reagle Award from Bruce McPheron, dean of the college, and Kim Ripka, chair of the staff advisory committee to the dean.

The annual award recognizes and honors staff assistants who have demonstrated dedication and commitment to the college and their work unit.

Burns has worked in Poultry Science for eight years, after holding positions in several other college departments. In nominating her for the award, department head Bob Elkin praised her professionalism.

"As a result of staff changes through attrition in the main office, Patti has voluntarily assumed the additional duties of her former supervisor and has been the unit’s temporary administrative support coordinator since April 2011, while maintaining all of her previous staff assistant job responsibilities," he said. "She very quickly learned how to run budget reports, approve financial transactions and other accounting tasks. This represents the highest level of dedication and commitment to the Department of Poultry Science and the college."

Phil Clauer, senior instructor in poultry science, noted that Burns has the ability to make everyone feel welcome and valued. "Her contagious, can-do attitude helps others improve their skills so they can be more productive," he said. "She is always ready with a kind word or creative idea, and she always goes above and beyond the call of duty."

This award, endowed by the Reagle family, was established to honor Ella Reagle, who served the college and Penn State Cooperative Extension for 30 years until her retirement in 1992. She was known for her commitment to her job and for her integrity, which won her admiration and respect from faculty, staff and administrators. She passed away in November 1998.