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Outgoing president spurs outpouring of ‘Legacy’ support

Pennsylvania College of Technology on Thursday kicked off Legacy Day, a 24-hour celebration to unite alumni, faculty, staff, students and the campus community in honoring President Davie Jane Gilmour’s transformational leadership.

A College Relations graphic makes it obvious: Penn College employees have a top-down passion for student success!
A College Relations graphic makes it obvious: Penn College employees have a top-down passion for student success!

A “Hands-On Giving Zone” welcomed guests with engaging opportunities: A Global Experiences station invited guests to expand their horizons, Wildcat Athletics’ golf simulator proved popular, Nursing & Health Sciences’ virtual reality station approximated patient care and the Miller Electric MobileArc Welding simulator tested steady hands. Hundreds of items were donated to the Career Gear Clothes Closet and nonperishable contributions were accepted for The Cupboard food pantry, both resources available to students in pursuit of an applied technology education.

More than 440 gifts totaling $867,807 were made to the “Tomorrow Is in the Making: Legacy Campaign for Penn College” and, thanks to some loyal Penn College champions – Blaise Alexander and family, Al and Jane Clapps, Gilmour, Dan and Monica Klingerman, Michael J. and Christina Reed, and Frank G. Pellegrino – financial contributions made during Legacy Day were matched dollar-for-dollar up to a total of $340,000. Nearly 500 people attended to express their farewell sentiments to the president, looking back with fondness and ahead with their best wishes.

Gilmour and Reed, who will assume the presidency on July 1, made a special afternoon announcement: a $500,000 institutional commitment over the next 10 years to increase the Alumni Legacy Scholarship fund that was established to provide scholarship support for dependents of Penn College alumni

– Most photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor,
and Larry D. Kauffman, digital publishing specialist/photographer;
(with contributions from Kimberly R. Cassel, director of college relations;
Kimberlee R. Rusczyk, manager of social media/online marketing;
and Becky J. Shaner, senior manager of donor relations and special events)

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