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United States Marine named Penn State Outstanding Adult Student | Penn State University
U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Bryan Smith, a senior majoring in criminology, is the recipient of the 2016 Penn State Outstanding Adult Student Award. Smith—a native of Crestview, Fla.—was deployed for two years in Iraq before being accepted into the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Educational Program (MECEP). The program allows Smith to remain on active duty while being enrolled as a full-time student at University Park. Upon completion of his degree, he will be commissioned as a second lieutenant. Smith is a married father of two young children, serves as an adviser and trainer in the Navy ROTC program and is a volunteer in the State College community.