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Becky Peplinski Retirement

Posted: December 31, 2011

Becky Peplinski, Administrative Assistant to the Department of Plant Pathology, has retired after 40 years of excellent service in the front office of 212 Buckhout Laboratory.

Becky began her career at Penn State University in the Department of Agricultural Communications in 1970 following graduation from high school.  In 1971 Becky moved to the Department of Plant Pathology when she was hired by Dr. James Tammen, the first Head of this relatively new department.  Over the past 40 years, Becky has collaborated with a total of 10 Department Heads, assisting them in managing the Department.  During her tenure as Administrative Assistant, Becky’s responsibilities included helping plan the Department’s annual budgets and budget reports, managing graduate student assistantships, tracking faculty promotion and tenure processes, managing faculty grants and endowment funding, and serving as the Department Human Resources supervisor.  For this reason, Becky touched almost everyone, including students, staff, and faculty.  Her expertise on College and University policies was widely recognized and she was asked to serve on many committees involving hiring and restructuring over the years.

In 1984, Becky completed her requirements for a B.A. degree in English Literature which she put to good use correcting the grammar and spelling of all subsequent Department Heads.  Earning a University degree while working full time was recognized by all as a commendable accomplishment.

Becky’s dedication to the Department and her continuous insistence on the highest levels of integrity, competence, and professionalism have been recognized by all of her colleagues over the years.  In 2004, Becky was awarded the College of Agricultural Science’s highest staff award, the “Staff Laureate Award for Leadership.”  In 2010, Becky was recognized for her endless efforts for the Department by the endowed “Laurence and Mary Ann Moore Award for Staff Excellence in Plant Pathology.  Becky’s always-helpful efforts to address the needs and problems for her colleagues and for the Department were recognized by a celebration at the annual Holiday Party held on December 9, 2011, at the Hilton Garden Inn, which was also attended by her family members. 

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