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Penn State Schuylkill hosts Alumni Awards Dinner

Penn State Schuylkill will host its annual Alumni Awards Dinner on campus Friday, November 2, honoring Dr. Stephen Roman, recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus award; Dr. Jeffrey Yourshaw, recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumnus award; and Dr. Harold Aurand, recipient of the Pride and Spirit award.

Outstanding Alumnus Award

Dr. Stephen Roman

Dr. Stephen Roman

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Dr. Stephen Roman, instructor of philosophy and sociology at Penn State Schuylkill, began his professional and collegiate career at Penn State Schuylkill, graduating from Penn State University Park in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in biology education. After graduating, Roman was commissioned by the United States Army as a Lieutenant and deployed to Vietnam. During his service, Roman trained as a helicopter pilot and Special Forces officer. Ultimately, Roman served in the Army for more than three decades.

After his time in the Army, Roman employed his master’s degree in child psychology and adolescent development by working as a therapist and behavioral and program specialist with NHS Human Services in the early- to mid-2000s. In 2004, Roman began teaching at Luzerne County Community College and, in 2016, he returned full-circle to teach at Penn State Schuylkill.

Roman feels humbled by this award, stating, “To have been able to return [to Penn State Schuylkill] as an instructor of philosophy was really more than I ever dreamed would happen in my life. The receipt of this award, in addition to my teaching position, is the ultimate gift that I could ever receive.” Roman was nominated by his son, Nathan J. Roman.

Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

Dr. Jeffrey Yourshaw, cardiology fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina, snagged the Outstanding Young Alumnus award, decorating his already ornate list of accomplishments. Yourshaw began his degree at Penn State Schuylkill, earning his bachelor’s degree in 2007 and his M.D. in 2011. Now a cardiology research fellow, Yourshaw will train for a total of nine years  to provide his patients the most comprehensive and high-quality cardiac care possible.

"Penn State Schuylkill provided me with an excellent foundation of knowledge on which to build at University Park and the Penn State College of Medicine,” says Yourshaw, who looks forward to returning to Penn State Schuylkill to receive his award.

Pride and Spirit Award

Dr.  Harold Aurand, Jr., associate teaching professor of history at Penn State Schuylkill and 1986 Penn State graduate, secured the Alumni Association’s Pride and Spirit award as a result of his campus involvement and enthusiasm. Aurand is a well-loved professor on campus, lending expertise and insight to not only his current students, but also those past. An apparent leader, Aurand has served as president of both Penn State Schuylkill’s Faculty Senate as well as Penn State Hazleton’s Alumni Society Board. Additionally, Aurand is a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association. Clearly, Aurand bleeds blue and white.

This year’s Alumni Award recipients will have their photos framed and installed in Penn State Schuylkill’s Board Room. For more information about the Alumni Award recipients or dinner, contact Patty Shoener at or 570-385-6262.