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Thane Fake, First Recipient of Public Service Award

Political Science alumnus, Thane Fake, is the first recipient of the Public Service Award.
Thane Fake, First Recipient of Public Service Award

Lee Ann Banaszak, Thane Fake, Conrad Bessemer

The Public Service Award is presented to Political Science alumni whose contributions have served to enhance the quality of life at the local, state, national, or international level. The presentation of the award was held on Friday, June 17, at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. in the Attorney General’s Office. This award was presented to Thane for his commitment to the College’s students and his effort to demonstrate how a liberal arts education can lead to an important and thriving career. In addition, the enthusiasm and Penn State passion that he has shared with countless high school students from the Washington, D.C. area is greatly appreciated.

Thane received a B.S. in Public Service and a minor in Economics from Penn State in 1998. While Thane was a student he worked with the US Presidential Inaugural Committee in 93 and 97. In 96, Thane worked for the Democratic National Convention. Thane was also a Political Affairs Intern as well as a Presidential Correspondence Intern in the White House.

After graduating, Thane received a Presidential Appointment as Staff Assistant to Attorney General, Janet Reno in 99. After that Thane served as a budget analyst in the Justice Management Division for the U.S. Department of Justice from January 22, 2001 to May 9th 2011. Currently, he is an Emergency Management Specialist in the Justice Management Division’s Security and Emergency Planning Staff, Continuity Assurance Section for the U.S. Department of Justice. Thane wrote the Emergency Management plan for the DOJ when it became apparent they needed one in the wake of 9/11.

Thane has been an active mentor for both the College and for the Political Science department. During the Fall semester, Thane takes the Thursday and Friday of every Penn State Football home game off from work to help our students. While Thane’s on campus he’ll order in pizza and set up his own private conference room to meet with current Political Science students to talk to them about working in government and helping them apply for internships and jobs through USAJOBS.GOV. Amy Linch said of Thane, “He is very effective in helping students to see the value of a liberal arts education by using his own path as an example of what you can do when you are willing to work hard and know how to learn.” Thane is also a dedicated participant of the department’s Spring Career Workshop and awards banquet

In addition to his volunteer work with the College and the department, Thane is active with Penn State admissions. Every Spring, Thane will travel on buses from DC with high school students who are coming to tour campus so that he can excite them through his personal passion about Penn State. Since becoming an alumnus, the number of students Thane has helped get employment opportunities, internships, or convinced to attend Penn State is countless.

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