Student selected as award winner
Brianne Thomas, of Shelocta, was recently selected as the 2011 Indiana University of Pennsylvania Athena Young Professional Award recipient.
Thomas, daughter of Randy and Kimberly Thomas, is a 2008 graduate of Homer-Center High School and is a junior math education major in Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Robert E. Cook Honors College with minors in special education and educational psychology.
The award honors an IUP student who is an emerging leader, volunteers time and services to improve the quality of life for others, and serves as a role model for young women.
Thomas is being honored for her work on the IUP campus and in the Indiana community. She has a 4.0 grade-point average and is a dean's list and provost scholar student. She is the president of IUP's Ambassadors, the university's student-alumni group. Outside of IUP, Thomas is actively involved in community service. She has spent the past two summers as a camp counselor at Lutherlyn, a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, in Prospect.
She has been involved in Big Hearts Little Hands for disadvantaged children, is a Sunday school teacher, music helper and vacation Bible school leader at Hope Lutheran Church in Homer City and is a volunteer assistant coach for the Homer-Center varsity softball team.
Thomas has worked as a Red Cross CPR and first aid instructor and is a certified emergency medical technician.
The IUP Athena Young Professional Award is presented by the Women's Club of IUP in conjunction with the IUP Athena Club, the Center for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement and the Center for Student Life.
IUP's Athena Club is the first college or university Athena club in the nation.
Thomas was chosen by the Women's Club of IUP's selection committee judges.