New hires and promotions
-- Mallory Romani of Hollidaysburg was recently hired as Human Resources Coordinator at General Cable Corp. in Altoona.
Romani graduated from Penn State University and is currently at Saint Francis University seeking a master's degree in human resource management.
-- Beth Coke of Hollidaysburg has been promoted from lead accountant to plant controller at General Cable Corp. in Altoona. Coke is a graduate of Mount Aloysius College with a degree in accounting.
-- Kate Folmar has accepted the position of Jet Engine Test Operator, Research & Development Division with Pratt & Whitney in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Folmar is a 2007 graduate of Altoona Area High School and a 2011 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and holds a federal Airframe and Powerplant certification, and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Physics.
She is the daughter of Cheryl and Allen Folmar of Altoona.
-- Dr. Srikanth Penumetsa has joined Conemaugh Physician Group Cardiology.
An interventional cardiologist, Penumetsa is board certified in cardiology, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and internal medicine.
In addition to seeing patients at Conemaugh Memorial's cardiac catheterization lab, Penumetsa also will see patients at his office at the Conemaugh Medical Park, One Tech Park Drive, Johnstown.
-- Dr. Salomi Salins has joined Conemaugh Physician Group Neurology.
Salins, who is board certified in psychiatry and neurology, will see patients at Conemaugh Physician Group Neurology in the Conemaugh East Hills location, 1450 Scalp Ave.
-- Heather Dick has been named as clinical supervisor at St. Joseph Institute.
In this position, Dick, who has more than 13 years' experience in clinical services and is a licensed clinical social worker, will work with Jenny Sheetz, the Institute's founder, to implement the clinical program for addiction treatment that is gaining national recognition.
Awards and honors
-- Todd Davis, professor of English and environmental studies, and Kenneth Womack, professor of English and integrative arts at Penn State Altoona, each earned Bronze Awards in ForeWord Reviews' 16th annual IndieFab Book of the Year Awards which are judged by a select group of librarians and booksellers from around the country.
Davis earned the Bronze Award for his fourth book of poetry, "In the Kingdom of the Ditch," published by Michigan State University Press. Womack earned the Bronze Award for his third novel, "Playing the Angel," published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press.
-- Andrew Wedel of Duncansville, general manager of McLanahan Corp.'s Agricultural Systems Division, was selected as a distinguished alumnus by Michigan State University's Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering for 2014.
Bestowed upon alumni who distinguish themselves through professional contributions, public service and personal accomplishments, the award is presented to those who graduated 10 or more years ago with either an undergraduate or graduate degree in agricultural or biosystems engineering. Wedel received a Master of Science in agricultural engineering from the department in 1996.
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