DuBOIS – Three individuals were honored at
the Penn State DuBois Alumni Society's Annual Alumni Awards Banquet held
Thursday evening at the DuBois Country Club. David Roush received the Dave Shaffer Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Rawland
Cogan accepted the Outstanding Alumni Award, and John Bean was presented with
the Distinguished Ambassador Award.
Roush is an instructor of media communications and
video production at Harry S. Truman High School in New York City and a
freelance news reporter and anchor at News 12 Networks, also in New York City. He graduated, with distinction, with a
bachelor's degree in Journalism in 2004, as well as a bachelor's degree in
Communication Arts and Sciences.
DuBois City Councilwoman Diane Bernardo presented the
award. She recalled meeting Roush when he was an aspiring young reporter
covering city council meetings many years ago. She said, "I was meeting someone who had an outstanding future
ahead of him, and I remember thinking of what an impact he'll make on the
future of our world."
In accepting his award, Roush credited his family and
friends for contributing to his success. He honored his mother by recognizing her as "the rock" in
their family, and called her up to the podium to present her with a dozen
"I can't take all the credit for the
accomplishments I've achieved," Roush said. "There's always been someone reaching
down to lift me up. None of this was
possible without someone reaching down and giving me a hand up."
Roush's career in journalism got off to an early start
when he became a freelance writer for the
Courier Express newspaper in DuBois during his
freshman year at DuBois Area High School. At the same time, he also worked as an on-air personality at Sunny 106
WDSN. After graduation from Penn State,
he became a television reporter for WJAC-TV, covering a four-county area as the
DuBois Region Bureau Chief.
In 2007, Roush moved to New York City to accept a
position with News 12 The Bronx. He has
covered stories on such notable people as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg,
President George W. Bush, and Pope Benedict XVI. After covering several stories at Truman High
School, he was offered the job of instructor for the school’s brand new media
Roush has received numerous awards and recognitions
prior to this, including first-place honors from the Collegiate Fraternal
Editors Association for a personality profile he penned for The Sinfonian Magazine. Roush
represented Penn State with a first-place finish in the 2002-2003 William
Randolph Hearst Journalism Awards Competition in the Radio Broadcast News
Feature category. Additionally, his students were nominated for a New
York Emmy Award and have won thousands in scholarship prizes from various video
contests. He was also selected as a 2013 New York City "Big Apple
Awards" nominee for excellence in teaching.
Roush is a life member of the Penn State Alumni
Association. He is an alumni volunteer with the Penn State New York City
Admissions Office and has sent several of his students on to various Penn State
locations including Penn State DuBois. He remains active with the Phi Mu Alpha
New York City Alumni Association.
Cogan was presented with his award next. He is the
president and CEO of The Keystone Elk Country Alliance, a non-profit
Pennsylvania-based conservation organization whose mission is to conserve and
enhance Pennsylvania’s elk country for future generations. The Alliance
operates and manages The Elk Country Visitor Center, which is located in
Benezette, Pennsylvania. This premier conservation facility, which has earned a
LEED Certification with a Gold Designation, has thus far attracted
approximately half a million visitors from thirty-three countries and all fifty
states. He earned an associate degree in
Wildlife Technology from Penn State DuBois in 1979. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in Recreation
in 1981, and a master of science in Forest Resources, Wildlife and Fisheries
Science in 1991, both from Penn State.
began his career in 1982 with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, where he became
the state elk biologist. During his
tenure with the Game Commission Cogan was instrumental in developing and
coordinating all research activities associated with Pennsylvania’s Elk
Management Plan. Under his guidance and
expertise Pennsylvania’s elk herd developed into a healthy and viable
2002 to 2009 Cogan was an integral part of The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation,
serving as Development Officer and Lands Program Manager. In 2009 he created and managed The Rawley
Cogan Consulting Business, the purpose of which was to fund-raise and to
provide project management for the completion of The Elk Country Visitor
Cogan has authored a large number of articles and
research reports, which have appeared in many conservation, outdoor, research,
and professional magazines and periodicals. He has made guest appearances on such television programs as Pennsylvania Outdoor Life, Outdoor Journal,
and Jack Hubley’s Wild Moments. He also serves as a host on the national
television show, Friends in Wild Places,
which airs on ABC 23, Fox 8 and on The Pursuit Channel.
Throughout his life he has been the humble recipient
of many conservation-based awards from such foundations and organizations as
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, C. Ted Lick Conservation Foundation, and The
Pennsylvania Game Commission. He has also been honored by the Pennsylvania
Senate with their Special Recognition Award and by Penn State with the David T.
Wanlass Wildlife Award.
Spigelmyer, Cogan's close friend, presented the award, making for a mirror
image of last year's Alumni Awards Banquet. Spigelmyer was the 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award, and
Cogan presented the award to him during last year's ceremony. Spigelmyer spoke about Cogan's hard work and
dedication to making the Elk Country Visitor's Centre a reality, and the
positive impact that Cogan's work continues to have on wildlife, the
environment, and the local economy by generating tourism.
turned straw into gold in the heart of Pennsylvania's elk country,"
Spigelmyer said. "His work has
enormously benefitted this area, providing opportunities for business
proud, and very pleased to accept this award from Penn State," Cogan said.
He thanked his family for their support of his efforts, and expressed his
gratitude for the education he received that made it all possible. He continued, "I wouldn't be here today
without my degrees. I wouldn't be here
today without Penn State DuBois. I
wouldn't be here today without my family. It's come full circle for me; we now have Penn
State DuBois students interning at our facility in Benezette. I recognize that bright-eyed look they
Next, John Bean stepped forward to receive the
Distinguished Ambassador Award. This
award is given to an individual who may or may not be an alumnus, but has made
outstanding contributions to the campus and its mission. Bean is semi-retired as Chairman of Symmco, Inc., a leading
manufacturer of powdered metal engineer parts, located in Sykesville,
Pennsylvania. He and Symmco Inc. have long been supporters of Penn State
DuBois, providing support and funding for education and other projects. The campus administrative building, the Symmco
House, is named in honor of the company and its support.
Bean was presented his award by Jean Wolf, the
director of development at Penn State DuBois.
"John has been said to have
influenced personal and business associates by example, always encouraging the
idea of the responsibility to give and have pride in the place you are
from," said Wolf. "John, you
have done that far and wide for many causes and, in particular tonight, we
recognize the support you have provided to Penn State DuBois."
"I'm very privileged to have been able to start
Symmco Foundation with my father, and that we have been able to support Penn
State DuBois and other community organizations," Bean said. "I am overwhelmed by this honor. I thank the Alumni Association for it. I am honored."
Bean began his career at Ideal Products, Inc.,
retiring as President after 40 years of service. Residing in Sarasota, Florida since 1994, his
current pursuits include serving on the board of Children First, the Head Start
provider for Sarasota County that has been three times nationally recognized as
a Program of Excellence. Additionally, he is a Trustee of the New College
Foundation in Sarasota, supporting the Honors College of the Florida State
In the recent past, Bean has served as Trustee
of Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, where he
received his BA in Political Science and Economics in 1965, and Vice Chair of
the Board of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida, a leading
research institution of epiphytes; orchids and bromeliads. Bean served in the
US Army in various overseas and domestic assignments.
Bean said he has enjoyed his long and productive
association with Penn State DuBois, supporting the continuing efforts of the
DuBois Educational Foundation and the Materials Engineering program thorough
his association with Symmco, Inc.
Chancellor Melanie Hatch closed the ceremony with a
few remarks for the award recipients and guests. She said, "What an outstanding group of
honorees. I'd like to congratulate each
one of you. I've been here since
February, and I continue to be amazed by the students and alumni of this
Hatch also underscored the significant role that
people like the award recipients play in helping an educational institution
thrive, and expressed her gratitude for the same.