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Creating and Running a Circle of Excellence

In late January, the EMS Energy Institute offices experienced a small flood that damaged computers, paperwork, and almost displaced administrative assistant Kelly Rhoades from her office. OPP provided large plastic sheets to cover desks overnight to prevent further damage; however, with Rhoades’ ceiling still leaking water, she continued to work under the tarps to coordinate faculty and administrative areas across campus to ensure faculty research proposals were submitted on time. Rhoades was recognized for that level of dedication throughout her 30 years of service at Penn State last December when she was awarded the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Circle of Excellence Award.

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