Maria Russoniello receives K. Bruce Sherbine Penn State Proud Award

Dr. Marwan Wafa presented retiring PSWS Director of Development with the K. Bruce Sherbine Penn State Proud Award during the campus' annual awards ceremony. The award is given to an individual that has positively impacted students and employees and contributed to the prestige and well-being of PSU.

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Russoniello receives K. Bruce Sherbine Penn State Proud Award

DUNMORE, Pa. — Director of Development Maria Russoniello is the 2017 recipient of the campus’ K. Bruce Sherbine Penn State Proud Award.

This award recognizes a member of the campus community whose demonstrated leadership, scholarship and citizenship qualities have been directed into programs and services on campus and/or in the community, and have positively influenced students and employees and contributed to the prestige and well-being of Penn State Worthington Scranton, as well as Penn State as a whole.

Marwan Wafa, chancellor, presented Russoniello with her award during a special awards dinner held at the campus.

Russoniello, who has been at the campus for over 35 years, is retiring at the end of June after building a very successful fundraising program at Penn State Worthington Scranton.

During her tenure as director of development, she has raised over $22 million for the campus.

Her efforts have helped establish more than 100 endowed and annual scholarship funds that are awarded each year to campus students; and created nearly 20 annual funds in support of academic programs and student services, nine awards for students and employees, and a lectureship.

Russoniello also raised funds for numerous capital projects, including the Business Building; the Science Suite; The David and Ann Hawk Student Success Center; a Nursing Lab renovation with patient simulators; new athletic fields; and an IST Showcase.