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Friday, September 30, 2016

Three to Be Honored at Penn State DuBois Alumni Awards

DuBOIS – Three Penn State DuBois alumni will be honored for their success and achievements at the annual Alumni Awards Banquet, scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, at DuBois Country Club. All members of the community are welcome to attend.
This year's recipients are Craig Ball, who will receive the Outstanding Alumni Award; Ronald Santini, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award; and Michael White, who will accept the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Ball is a financial advisor and vice president of Wealth Management at CNB Bank located in Clearfield, PA. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Penn State in 1982. He has worked in banking for 26 years, and has been a financial advisor for 16 years. At CNB Bank he oversees the coordination of the bank's investment program, and the licensing and compliance of the bank's financial advisors, as well as those for CNB's two subsidiary banks, ERIEBANK in Erie, PA and FC Bank in Central Ohio. Prior to CNB Bank, Craig was a financial consultant with Janney Montgomery Scott in DuBois and started his banking career at First Commonwealth Bank in 1990. 

 Ball was this year's recipient of the Greater DuBois Chamber of Commerce Silver Ribbon Award for community service, leadership and mentoring of others. He is currently the chairman of the Development Committee of the DuBois Educational Foundation, the advisory board for Penn State DuBois. He is the current president of the DuBois Soccer Association, and sits on the leadership team at Tri County Church of DuBois. In the past he has served on and has been the president of the DuBois YMCA Board, DuBois Library Board, DuBois Area Jaycess and was the assistant scoutmaster of Boys Scout Troop 27.

Santini is retired from Duke Energy Corporation where he was an environmental scientist and manager in Environmental Assessments and Monitoring. He earned an associate degree in Business in 1972, a bachelor's degree Health Planning and Administration in 1974, and his Master of Environmental Pollution Control degree in 1986. Currently he is an instructor for Penn State World Campus, teaching geology as well as a course on energy and sustainability. 

During his time at Duke Energy, Santini was responsible for managing activities of environmental scientists and technicians with responsibility for assessing and monitoring surface and groundwater environmental impacts from power generation facilities in the Carolinas. He is a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association, a member of the PSAA Charlotte Chapter and a Penn State LionLink Coach. He is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and the Carolinas Nature Photographers Association where he serves on their Conservation Committee. His photography has won numerous awards.

White is a sales manager at Brookville Equipment Corporation in Brookville, PA, where he performs all aspects of lead generation, evaluation, and capture of sales for streetcars, locomotives and underground mining equipment. His career began 1989 in the United States Coast Guard where he served eight years as an aviation electrician. Following his time in the Coast Guard, White began distance learning through Penn State, completing his degree in Business at Penn State DuBois in 2007. He began working for Brookville Equipment as their marketing specialist. 

Today he champions the submission of multi-million dollar sales proposals for private and public procurements for transportation fleets all over the world. White has received several awards from Penn State including the Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award, the Penn State Business Outstanding Junior Award, and the Penn State Program of the Year Award, all in 2006. He also received the Penn State Terry Hartman Volunteer Service Award in 2007. White currently serves as a volunteer on the Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee (part of the DCNR), is a BSA merit badge counselor, served as PSU DuBois Alumni Society President (2013-2014) and he is the retail committee chair on the Brookville Chamber of Commerce.

Those who wish to attend the Penn State DuBois Alumni Awards may RSVP to Julie Frank by October 6, at or 814-375-4775. The fee is $30 per person.

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