A world traveling emergency response director, a special agent for the U.S. Government, and the president of two global manufacturing firms were honored at Homecoming with the 2018 Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni Award, named for longtime Director of Alumni Relations Ken Bateman.

After earning her degree, Maggie Fleming (BA ’01) began traveling the world as a Peace Corps community health and AIDS prevention volunteer stationed in Togo, West Africa; working for the Swiss National Governmental Organization Medair in remote areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo; and in a position with the International Rescue Committee in South Sudan, Iraq, Syria, Myanmar, Lebanon, Jordan, Central African Republic, and northeastern Nigeria.

She now serves as the Deputy Director of Emergency Response and said that what she learned in communications and history classes still is useful today.

Inspired by courses and faculty in the Kelce College of Business, Marcella Phelps (MBA ’02), wound up with a career that included undercover work infiltrating fugitive networks, conducting counterintelligence interrogations, and investigating high-profile fraud cases that “put away a lot of bad guys.”

She currently is a special agent for the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General, and often Skypes with students from far-flung locales as a way to pass on what she’s learned.

Steve Sikorski (BSET ’96, MET ’13), came to PSU from Chicago to pursue a degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and today is the president of MAGMA Foundry Technologies and SIGMA Plastic Services, a company that offers comprehensive solutions to the metal-casing and plastic industries, buyers, designers, and engineers.

Sikorski said faculty helped mold him, and he’s given back by donating $1 million in licensing of industry “gold standard” casting process simulation and Autonomous Engineering software, MAGMASOFT®, to the College of Technology for student use.

In addition to being celebrated by friends, family, faculty, and administrators at an awards ceremony, the Homecoming parade, and the football game, the alumni spent time on campus visiting classes in their colleges and sharing their experiences with students.