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The height of humanitarianism

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour and Steven P. Johnson, president of UPMC Susquehanna and member of the college’s board of directors, were among more than 60 community-minded daredevils who rappelled from the nine-story William Hepburn Apartments on Saturday. Battling the elements (and obviously overcoming any descent-related anxiety), they joined their charitable colleagues in an Over the Edge fundraiser for the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation, River Valley Regional YMCA and YWCA Northcentral PA.

– Photos by Larry D. Kauffman, digital publishing specialist/photographer

Video by Christopher J. Leigh, video production coordinator;
Luke A. Bierly and Tristan D. Scott, student videographers/editors;
and Steven D. Suchwala, student video production assistant

Gilmour (right), accompanied by Dr. Christine K. Nolan and Johnson, is outfitted for a smooth journey to ground level.
Gilmour (right), accompanied by Dr. Christine K. Nolan and Johnson, is outfitted for a smooth journey to ground level.

Literally learning the ropes
Literally learning the ropes

Safety first ... even in last-minute instructions!
Safety first … even in last-minute instructions!

The president gamely prepares to step off the rooftop.
The president gamely prepares to step off the rooftop.

Concentration+confidence=cakewalk
Concentration+confidence=cakewalk

Johnson awaits the green light ...
Johnson awaits the green light …

... that will send him "over the edge."
… that will send him “over the edge.”

Nolan, a podiatrist at UPMC Susquehanna, takes an altruistic plunge.
Nolan, a podiatrist at UPMC Susquehanna, takes an altruistic plunge.