FREDRICKS NAMED WOMAN OF THE YEAR
The acting president of the Penn State Brandywine faculty senate has earned the campus’s Women’s Commission “Woman of the Year” award.
Susan Fredricks, associate professor of communication arts and sciences and coordinator of the campus’s communications degree program, was recognized at the Commission’s annual luncheon recently.
“The previous winners of this award were phenomenal women, so I’m honored and humbled to receive this recognition,” Fredricks said. “I have tremendous support from my colleagues and the campus, and I thank them for their role in this.”
Fredricks, the mother of two pre-school age children, joined the Penn State faculty in 2000 and assumed the leadership of the campus’s new communications program in 2003. The program enrolled 25 students in its first year and has grown to nearly 100 today.
In addition to leading the faculty senate, Fredricks serves on the campus strategic planning group and numerous committees and task forces. Her colleagues have credited her with building a sense of community within the communications program by hosting events attended by both current students and alumni of the program, and by staying in touch with alumni through a quarterly newsletter and invitations to campus events involving communications majors.