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2004 Outstanding Adult Learner named

Patty Staskiel and Joseph Huben
4/15/2004 —

Joseph Huben, Hughestown, has been named Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s 2004 Adult Learner of the Year. Huben is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice with a minor in business.

Each year the Luzerne County Council on Adult Higher Education, a consortium of the Adult/Continuing Education offices of College Misericordia, King’s College, Luzerne County Community College, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, and Wilkes University sponsors an awards ceremony and dinner to recognize outstanding achievement by an adult learner at each institution. This year, the Outstanding Adult Learner festivities were held at Penn State Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, March 24.

Huben was employed as a supervisor at a factory until Dec. 26, 1998 when he was in a serious car accident, which led to numerous operations and finally the amputation of his leg below the knee. He spent months in physical therapy and was unable to return to his job. After much soul-searching and with encouragement from the office of vocational rehabilitation, Joe enrolled at Penn State Wilkes-Barre in the fall, 2000.  He was still adjusting to his prosthesis and experienced many difficulties navigating the campus. Unfortunately, Joe developed an infection in his leg and was forced to withdraw from school.  During his recovery, he wrote “The Road to Acceptance,” an article for the Amputee Coalition of America. Medical setbacks delayed Joe’s return to Penn State until summer, 2001.  Since his enthusiastic return, Joe is a dean’s list student, he is active in the Student Support Services as a mentor for incoming freshman students, and he is a tutor in the campus Center for Academic Success. 

He is also the father of three sons, one of whom recently joined him at Penn State Wilkes-Barre as a Liberal Arts major.

Joe Huben is shown in the photo with Patricia Staskiel, counselor and grants coordinator for student support services.

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