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Two Receive Staff Laureate Awards

Posted: July 21, 2016

Robb Meinen and Randy Swope Recognized by the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Randy Swope receives the Customer Service Award from Dean Roush.

Randy Swope receives the Customer Service Award from Dean Roush.

Robb Meinen, Senior Extension Associate, and Randy Swope, Coordinator of Support Units, were recognized at the Penn State College of Agriculture's 2016 Staff Laureate Award event.  The ceremony was hosted by Dr. Richard Roush, Dean of the College, during a staff recognition program last week.

The awards recognize an employee's demonstrated leadership and high standards of performance, and are based on leadership in mentoring and motivating staff, exhibiting sound judgement and exemplary problem solving. Recipients are outstanding role models who provide excellent impact and achievements.

Meinen's Ambassador Award was given "in recognition of proactively building relationships, sharing knowledge, and promoting the unit and the College of Agricultural Sciences."

Swope received the Customer Service Award "in recognition of exemplary service to others, internal or external to the unit and the College of Agricultural Sciences."

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, "Both Robb and Randy are extremely deserving of this recognition. They are valued members of our team, and serve as superb role models and leaders. I congratulate them both for the exceptional service they provide to the Department of Animal Science, to the College and to the University."

Robb Meinen

Robb Meinen (L) and Dean Roush

Meinen has been with the Department for 16 years, and worked in swine production prior to that. He is a member of the Penn State Livestock and Animal Systems Extension Teams and does research on manure nutrient utilization, manure generated gases and greenhouse gases. He co-chaired the very successful 2015 North American Manure Expo which drew an estimated 2,000 people to Chambersburg from 23 states and four Canadian provinces. He is lead educator for the Manure Hauler & Broker Industry, and helps educate future professionals by co-instructing the Nutrient Management class and the Swine Production class for undergraduates. In his role with Extension, he works with many organizations. 

Swope has been employed as the Animal Facility Coordinator the Department of Animal Science for 20 years and is responsible for the supervision of the farm staff, coordination of facility repairs and projects with the Office of Physical Plant as well as allocation of feed, facility and equipment resources. An animal science graduate of Penn State, he lived and worked at the sheep barn as an undergraduate. Prior to joining Penn State, he worked for a year at the University of Kentucky as a research farm manager.