CSCR® wishes Sharon Cox the best in her retirement

Sharon Cox, the communication and events manager for CSCR, will be retiring this month.

For over a decade, Sharon Cox has been committed to making the Center’s communications efforts run a smooth course for its community of sponsors, supporters, faculty, and students.

Steve Tracey, CSCR executive director, thanked Cox for her efforts in content creation, brand essence work, and public relations support for the Center.

“Although I’ve only worked with Sharon for about half her time here at CSCR, she’s been an invaluable resource to me in communicating with our stakeholders, coming up with ideas and solutions to the various challenges and opportunities we’ve faced, and just generally being there when needed.” Tracey continued, “I’m really going to miss Sharon both professionally and personally, but I’m very happy for her and Jerry (her husband) on being able to spend their retirements in the way they had hoped.

Cox has been central to CSCR’s communications efforts, working alongside the leadership team, staff, student interns, and faculty, to market career fairs, faculty research, center developments, corporate sponsor networking, and partnership development in a platform that is as effective as it is authentic and true to Smeal.

“I grew so much under Sharon’s wing; she lets the people who work with her tap into their entrepreneurial selves and their creative thought ensuring these work in tandem with their personal goals,” Laura Zaks, CSCR’s communications intern turned freelance writer after graduating from the Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State, explained. “Sharon is one of the most caring, wonderful people you could ever work with; she lights up the room with her positive energy and makes a deep impact in her mentorship for growing professionals like me.”

The Center’s communications efforts will remain in good hands with the newest CSCR team member, Kinzi Dorr, as CSCR’s marketing communications specialist, who will take over Cox’s role, but, of course, Cox’s contributions to the Center will never be replaced.

“It has been a privilege to know her and work with her, and we can’t thank her enough for the 16-plus years of service to the college,” Tracey shared. “We will all truly miss her!”