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Kay Christine Retires

Kay Christine, administrative assistant for the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, retired January 1 after 30 years of service with the unit and as an employee of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Kay’s tenure spanned that of three unit leaders and countless graduate students.

Accolades describing Kay include “positive and professional attitude,” “exceptional office and accounting skills,” “most effective problem solver in contract management,” “expertly navigates bureaucracy” and “provides excellent support and encouragement to graduate students.”

In 2003, Kay was honored with our college’s Customer Service Award. Kay must also be acknowledged for the many meatball luncheons and social events she spearheaded through the years to celebrate holidays and other special occasions.

Current Co-op Unit Leader Duane Diefenbach writes, “We will certainly miss Kay but retirement will give her more time to enjoy her many hobbies, including making stuffed animals and gardening so that she can do more canning.”

Just before her retirement, Kay was able to spend a few days on the job with her successor, Bobbi Joy “BJ” Scovern. BJ was an administrative assistant in the Advanced Research Lab (ARL) at Penn State. “We are pleased to have BJ with us,” writes Diefenbach. “Because of her work at ARL where Navy contracts are common, she already has experience integrating university and federal tasks.”