Impact of Donors Spotlighted at Ivyside Society Ceremony
Penn State Altoona celebrated the philanthropy of benefactors in five categories of giving during the Ivyside Society Induction Ceremony on September 19. In addition to the formal recognition of donors, the annual event is designed to showcase the achievements of students, faculty, and staff. This year’s ceremony featured an insightful presentation on the Beatles by Kenneth A. Womack, Penn State Altoona senior associate dean for Academic Affairs, professor of English and integrative arts and 2013-14 Penn State Laureate, who is a renowned expert on Beatles subject matter. Also, Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber, assistant professor of music, offered an inspiring performance of songs from around the world.
“As we progress through the final phase of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, we acknowledge—with gratitude—the vital role our benefactors have played in the advancement of our institution and success of our students,” said Chancellor and Dean Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry. “My hope is that the Ivyside Society ceremony conveys our deep gratitude for each donor’s giving and unwavering belief in our mission.”
The Ivyside Society was established by the Penn State Altoona Advisory Board in 1987 to honor those who, through their philanthropic support and leadership, share a commitment to the continuing excellence of Penn State Altoona.
The Ivyside Society consists of five categories of membership: Ivy Circle, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.
Ivy Circle honors benefactors with cumulative giving of $100,000 and more. Membership in the Platinum category reflects cumulative giving of $50,000 or more. The Gold category reflects cumulative giving of $25,000 or more. Cumulative giving of $10,000 or more is recognized with membership in the Silver category. Contributions of $1,000 or more between July 1 and June 30 of a given year are recognized with membership in the Bronze category.
The ceremony featured two inductions in the Ivy Circle category, two in the Platinum category, five in the Gold Category, and five in the Silver category. A near-record 114 individuals, couples, organizations, corporations, and foundations were recognized as members of the Bronze category.