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SU History Student Awarded William Pencak Prize

By: Marisa Cass



SHIPPENSBURG, Pa– Senior at Shippensburg University, Frank Grumbine, was honored with the William Pencak Prize award.

The William Pencak Prize is a historial association award in Pennsylvania that identifies brilliance in an undergraduate student’s research and writing about Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic history.

History professor and department chair Dr. Steven Burg says Grumbine’s paper explains in great detail about Hurricane Agnes and the effect it left on Central Pennsylvania. His essay states the hurricane as a crisis affair and discusses national flood management policy.

“He spent countless hours researching through original papers and documents at the Pennsylvania State Archives and the State Library of Pennsylvania. This was more than a great paper—it was an important piece of original historical and policy scholarship,” said Burg.

Along with the award, the winner receives a certificate and cash award of $150. It also allows Grumbine’s paper to be published in Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies. With this achievement, Grumbine is invited to give a speech at the upcoming association conference.

“Winning the Pencak award symbolizes many years of doubt and determination, defeat and success, and finally confirms that my goals are never out of reach,” said Grumbine.


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