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S-GI graduate Spittler receives chancellorís award

SPRINGVILLE ó University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg has selected Dr. Holly J. Spittler of Bradford as a recipient of the 2014 Chancellorís Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the University.

She is the daughter of the late Howard and Genevieve Spittler and a 1972 graduate of Springville-Griffith Institute. Spittler is the associate dean of student affairs and director of career services at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. She is one of four staff members university-wide to receive the award this year, the highest award a staff member can receive. It was created to recognize staff members who make a significant impact on the university.

Spittler is also involved in the Bradford Area Public Libraryís One Book Bradford, the American Association of University Women, the YWCA, Futures Rehabilitation Center and the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania. However, Nordenberg noted that the committee was struck by the positive impact she has had on the students, in terms of their academic performance, helping them to determine their career paths and instilling in them her own commitment to service.

Spittler has also worked with her counterparts at institutions to develop Adult Learners on Campus, a student-run association that resulted in a series of conferences on the needs of adult learners. She has served as an advisor to the Nontraditional Student Association, since her arrival on campus.

She is also active with campus events and groups and holds leadership roles with the One World Cultural Festival and the Friends of Hanley Library. She was instrumental in establishing a chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, the first academic honorary at Pitt-Bradford, and was the catalyst for bringing the Empty Bowls and Baskets Dinner to campus.

She came to Pitt-Bradford in 1981 as director of career planning and placement. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Pittsburgh; a Master of Arts in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor of Science in American Studies from Bowling Green.

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