Harshbarger Honored with Three Separate Awards for Service
(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College Director of Transition Services Ted Harshbarger was recently honored for his service to students with three separate awards.
Most recently, Harshbarger was honored as the longest-ever serving member (nine years) of the National Awards Program (NAP) Committee for the Future Business Leaders of America and Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL, Inc.) organizations. During his tenure on the NAP Committee, Harshbarger has helped guide the national association in updating and improving the competitive events program for student members throughout the world. The award was presented by Beverly Newton, chair of the National FBLA-PBL Board of Directors and Nebraska FBLA state advisor, in Atlanta.
Harshbarger was also recognized this year as the Nebraska FBLA Honorary Life Member by the organization’s Board of Directors. A faithful supporter of Nebraska FBLA, Harshbarger has served as a state conference judge, chapter adviser for three FBLA state officers and one national officer, and has been the volunteer state adviser for Nebraska PBL since 1997. He has been an FBLA competitive event sponsor of business law for the past 21 years.
Finally, Harshbarger was presented with the 2007-08 Barb Lewellen Award by the PSC Student Senate. The honor is given each year to a PSC staff member who provides outstanding service to the students at the college. One of the nomination letters noted that students could always count on Harshbarger for help, no matter how busy he was at the time. He is the first two-time winner of the award, having previously earning the honor for the 2003-04 academic year.
Harshbarger has served in a variety of capacities at PSC since his arrival in 1989. He is currently the director of transition services in the college’s Academic Resource Center where he oversees the areas of career services, credentials and student activities. His teaching responsibilities include the freshmen orientation, life experience portfolio development and senior transition strategies classes. In addition, he is co-adviser for the PSC Student Senate.
Harshbarger said, “While I am very appreciative of these awards and honors, I don’t do things for them. I do what I do for the benefit of the students I work with in whatever capacity I am in. My preference is to be behind the scenes helping others succeed.”