(Posted October 22, 2007)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Fay Glosenger, Dilling Professor of Early Childhood Education at Juniata College, was given the 2007 Athena Award Oct. 18 by the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce at the group\'s annual dinner. The award was presented to Glosenger at the Huntingdon Country Club. The award is sponsored by Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks, Poole-Anderson Construction and Straight Line Printing Company Inc. The ATHENA Award recognizes \"excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession\" as well as \"providing valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community and for actively assisting women in reaching their full leadership potential.\" Glosenger, a Huntingdon resident, is currently chair of the education department and specializes in early childhood education. Glosenger joined Juniata\'s faculty in 1982. She received the Pennsylvania Department of Education\'s Outstanding Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Award in 1979. She earned a bachelor\'s degree in education in 1971 from Penn State University. She went on to earn from Penn State a master\'s degree in 1977 and a doctoral degree in 1984. She was promoted to associate professor in 1988 and promoted to full professor in 1993. She received the Lindback Award from Juniata College in 1988 for outstanding teaching. In 1989 she received a Venture Capital Grant to develop summer programs for gifted and talented children. The program, which Juniata marketed as New Visions and Voyages, continued throughout 2002. She also is the organizing force and coordinator for the Pennsylvania Governor\'s Institute for Early Childhood Education, which is held every summer at Juniata. From 1971 to 1979 she was a teacher in the East Lycoming School District. She has participated in many reviewing teams for the Pennsylvania Department of Education to review education programs at other colleges and universities. She also is a member of several professional organizations, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Pennsylvania Association of Child Care Agencies.

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