Dr. Tammy Patterson Manko, of Freeport, is the recipient of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Ronald Lunardini Distinguished Alumni
Award for 2018.
The award is given annually by the Student Affairs in Higher Education department. The SAHE program is one of IUP’s 55 master’s degree programs.
Manko, director of IUP’s Career and Professional Development Center, has a bachelor’s degree in English from IUP, earned a master’s degree in Student
Affairs in Higher Education in 1991 and has a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership.
Manko also has a business, MeaningfulLife, focused on bringing more meaning to people’s lives through inspirational products, personal growth, and
Manko, a former Armstrong County resident, is a graduate of Apollo-Ridge High School and is the daughter of Sylvia Reed Patterson of Apollo. She and
her husband Rich are the parents of three sons: Tyler, Peyton, and Nathaniel.
Prior to her current position at IUP, she was assistant director for Employer Relations in the Career Development Center and associate director
for Service Leadership within the Department of Student Activities and Organizations. She also served as an adjunct faculty member for Argosy
Through numerous letters of recommendation, it was clear that Manko has had an impact on the students she works with and the student affairs
A colleague wrote, “What sets Dr. Manko apart as a mentor is her ability to authentically connect with those with whom she works.” A current graduate
student wrote that Manko is “open to hearing students’ concerns, stories, and goals—and more than that; she is enthusiastic about the opportunity to
help them reach their goals.” She stays updated with student and industry trends, always searching for innovative ways to connect and educate others.
She will continue to be a “wealth of knowledge for the student affairs field,” as one colleague wrote.
The award selection committee, which includes faculty, students, and alumni from the department, was unanimous in their decision that Manko meets and
exceeds the award criteria. The committee recognized that Manko excels in the area of mentorship, promoting student success, and embracing technology
to collaborate and educate, as well as contributing to the profession.
The Ronald Lunardini Distinguished Alumni Award, begun in 2006, was created to acknowledge a graduate of the SAHE department whose experiences and
accomplishments as a student affairs professional significantly reflect the standards and values of the program and department. The award was renamed
in 2008 in recognition of Dr. Ron Lunardini’s 37 years of service to IUP (18 as a SAHE faculty member).