Penn State Altoona announces alumni award recipients

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Penn State Altoona is a full-service, four-year, residential campus located less than 45 miles from the research campus at University Park. The college offers 21 four-year degrees and the first two years of over 275 Penn State majors.

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ALTOONA, Pa. — Penn State Altoona’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations recently announced the 2023 recipients of the college’s alumni awards.

Award Recipients

Penn State Altoona Distinguished Service Award: C. David Kimmel 

C. David Kimmel’s dedicated service to Penn State Altoona spans decades. The countless hours Kimmel has spent volunteering at alumni society events — including the Athletic Hall of Fame and concession services at the Adler Athletic Complex — are nothing short of amazing. 

The Penn State Altoona Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions toward the welfare, prestige and reputation of Penn State Altoona.

Penn State Altoona Outstanding Alumni Award: Richard D. Miller 

Richard D. Miller has a renowned career in microbiology spanning more than 45 years. His research concerning Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease provides his clients with testing services for the creation of water systems. Miller also shares his knowledge through lectures and online forums. 

The Penn State Altoona Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes those individuals who have made an impact in their industry through significant professional accomplishments.

Penn State Honorary Alumni Award: Richard Singer 

Richard Singer has been a part of the Penn State Altoona family since 2002 when he began his nearly 20-year tenure as an engineering faculty member. Singer also hosted and personally funded the college’s electro-mechanical engineering technology (EMET) study abroad trips. He also initiated the engineering abroad program at Penn State Altoona. This program, designed for Penn State Altoona EMET majors, focuses on relating work in design and engineering classes to hands-on application in the automotive industry in Germany. 

Singer created an Open Doors Scholarship program that benefited Penn State Altoona students enrolled in the Pathway to Success: Summer Start (PaSSS) program. He is passionate about students who attend Penn State Altoona. That passion inspired him to invest in their success, as well as the future of the EMET program. Singer and his wife, Jeane, were further motivated to make a transformational gift of $1 million to Penn State Altoona for a future naming opportunity.