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People of Pitt-Greensburg: Val Kubenko

by Alissa Brown

Photo Courtesy of Pitt-Greensburg

Val Kubenko, administrative assistant in the Natural Science Division, is Pitt-Greensburg’s unsung hero. 

Originally from Limerick, Pa, Kubenko–“Val”– is an integral asset to this campus’s function and efficacy. The consensus across campus is that Val lights up a room.

“She’s the best,” said Dr. Laura Giovannelli, assistant professor of Chemistry. “Smith Hall wouldn’t operate without Val.”

After completing her educational career at Penn State-Altoona, Kubenko took a job as an administrative assistant in Pitt-Greensburg’s Behavioral Science division in June of 2006. Drawn to both the educational setting and friendly staff, Kubenko quickly became a beloved member of Pitt-Greensburg’s community. The feeling was mutual.

” I liked the people,” Kubenko said. “I liked the job. It seemed like a good fit.”

Kubenko showed her resilience in 2008 when she was diagnosed with Leukemia. Kubenko credits the experience as a formative moment, one so influential it altered her outlook on life.

“Going through that, making it through. It changed my mindset to help me appreciate what is actually in front of me and to not worry as much,” she said.

These days, she enjoys participating in Relay for Life–a fundraiser that raises money to help aid and combat cancer. She also loves spending time with her 15-year-old son, and vacationing at the beach when possible. 

“My biggest thing in life is family. Family’s always been my thing,” Kubenko said.

After her battle and ultimate victory with cancer, Kubenko encourages people to live life to the fullest. Kubenko understands firsthand how fragile life can be. 

“Enjoy life, don’t sweat the small stuff,” said Kubenko. “Life can be short.” 

If you’d like to stop by and visit, Val Kubenko can be found in office B-5 in Smith Hall.

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