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Newsmaker: Jeff L. Samide

| Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, 9:24 p.m.
Jeff L. Samide, 58, of Mt. Pleasant Township, Westmoreland County. Samide recently received the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s College of Education and Educational Technology.

Age: 58

Family: Wife, Norma, 62, Manager at Latrobe Area Hospital Charitable Foundation; daughter, Rosie, 21

Residence: Mt. Pleasant Township, Westmoreland County

Noteworthy: Samide recently received the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania's College of Education and Educational Technology.

Occupation: Associate Professor of Counselor Education at California University of Pennsylvania

Education: Samide earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology from Saint Vincent College in 1977; his Masters of Education in Counseling with certification in Elementary School Counseling in 1979 and his Doctor of Education in Counseling in 1990, both from IUP.

Background: Samide became interested in counseling when he was a student at Saint Vincent College and worked part time as a mental health assistant in the inpatient unit of Latrobe Area Hospital. He is a psychotherapist and clinical consultant with more than 35 years of experience, and has testified as an expert witness more than 200 times in Pennsylvania courts.

Quote: “This award is as much an endorsement of the high quality educational experiences that can be found at IUP and throughout Western Pennsylvania, as it is a recognition of my work. I am honored to be chosen and I am eager to continue earning it.”

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