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5 members of Penn State Berks community chosen for Faces of Penn State campaign

SPRING TWP., Pa. - Five members of the Penn State Berks campus community have been selected to be part of the university's "Faces of Penn State" campaign.

David Aurentz, Gregory F. Flemming, Amanda González-Ortiz, C. Preston Scoboria and Jeff Wike have made unique contributions to improving the world through their teaching, research and community outreach, school officials said.

The campaign, launched in September 2012, celebrates members of the Penn State community that embody the university's values of teaching, research and service.

The "Faces of Penn State" represents students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and local community members whose collective accomplishments and achievements better their communities and the world, officials said.

David Aurentz, an associate professor of chemistry at Penn State Berks, teaches a range of courses from first-year seminar and introductory chemistry to laboratory and organic chemistry.

Outside of the classroom, Aurentz advises life science and biology majors, mentors undergraduate teaching assistants and conducts research in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, officials said.

Gregory Flemming, a retired IBM executive, was involved in the development and roll-out of the first massed-produced commercial computer, IBM System 360, early in his career.

Flemming is a member of the Penn State Berks advisory board, the industrial advisory board, and the advisory council for entrepreneurship. Awarded a Penn State Alumni Fellow Award in 2011, Flemming was instrumental in establishing the Learning Factory and the engineering entrepreneurship minor at Penn State Berks.

Amanda González-Ortiz, a Penn State Berks senior security and risk analysis major, who has served as president, secretary and treasurer for the Latino Unity Club, helping to raise money to provide local Latino students with an award that would help them with their college expenses.

González-Ortiz has also served as fundraising chairwoman for THON and was selected as a dancer in THON 2013. She served as a mentor at 13th & Union Elementary School in Reading, a student leader for the "Be A Penn Stater for a Day" program, and a multicultural and a peer mentor. She also traveled to Costa Rica and Belize to help develop long-term resources as part of the Berks Alternative Spring Break Program.

After earning his master's in physics from Penn State, C. Preston Scoboria taught physics and math at Penn State McKeesport for two years and then at Penn State Berks for 35 years.

His five children all grew up to be Penn State graduates. Now retired, Scoboria hopes his 10 grandchildren will become the next generation of Nittany Lions.

Jeff Wike, supervisor of electrical labs at Penn State Berks, was instrumental in the design and layout of the new Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building on the Berks campus. Wike is also one of the lead organizers for Penn State Berks' annual celebration of Engineers Week, an annual event that gives students opportunities to network with prospective employers in a relaxed environment.

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