Three with ties to Bloomsburg University earn PCPA awards

BLOOMSBURG—The Pennsylvania College Personnel Association (PCPA) recently announced the winners of its 2018 awards for their contributions to the organization. All three individuals honored have connections to Bloomsburg University.

BU faculty member Mindy Andino, Ed.D., assistant professor of teaching and learning, was named the 2018 Award winner of the Joseph Merkle Award for Outstanding Contribution to PCPA; BU graduate Tamika Austin is the 2018 recipient of the PCPA Outstanding New Professional Award, while Frederick Douglass Fellow Kristin Austin ’02 received the 2018 PCPA Ronald Lunardini Mentoring Award. The trio will be recognized at the ACPA (American College Personnel Association) annual conference in March 2019 in Boston and the PASSHE/PCPA student affairs conference in May 2019.

Andino is an active member of PCPA: Pennsylvania College Student Educators-International and has held various positions in the group including regional coordinator, president, and past-president. In 2016 as president of PCPA, Andino worked to partner with PASSHE (Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education) to ensure PCPA was able to provide a conference experience for its membership.

In her career, Andino has held various positions in student affairs departments, with a specialty in residence life, crisis management, athletic academic advising, disability support services, advising clubs and organizations, student activities and judicial affairs. Her 15-year practitioner career and five-year faculty career has provided her with diverse experiences from which to draw on. In 2013, she completed a year-long Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholars Fellowship at BU and then assumed a tenure-track teaching position in the College Student Affairs program. She received her B.A., M.A. and Ed.D. from Rutgers University of New Jersey.

Tamika Austin ’14/M ’16 is a graduate of BU with a degree in communication studies with a concentration in interpersonal relationships. She later earned a master’s of education degree in counseling and college student affairs. In 2017, Tamika Austin founded Embracing You, LLC which works with youth and women of color in cultivating their understanding of self through exploration of their racial identity and how it influences their daily lives. This summer, she is self-publishing a book titled “You Are Enough, A Journal of Hope.” It is a guided journal on self-empowerment and reflective practices.

Kristin Austin graduated from BU with a degree in social work and earned a master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in college student affairs from Edinboro University in 2006. She has worked in student affairs for more than 15 years in positions focusing on educational access, new student orientation, and student leadership development.

Austin is a doctoral candidate in the higher education administration program at Immaculata University in Malvern with anticipated completion in July. Her dissertation research is a phenomenological study exploring parents of first-year students as a source of support and retention through the mobilization of a social media-based support group.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.