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PHOTOS: Dedication of the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence

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With a ceremony and ribbon cutting, the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence and Rossman Park were officially dedicated Thursday, August 18, 2011. Chancellor Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry gave remarks along with James Broadhurst, immediate past chair of the Penn State Board of Trustees, senior business major Stephanie McConville, and local philanthropists Steve and Nancy Sheetz, in whose honor the building was named. Mayor William Schirf read a proclamation and declared August 18th Penn State Altoona Entrepreneurial Excellence Day.

Steve and Nancy were also presented with a replica of the building rendering carved out of limestone. The replica was created by Michael Lucas, associate professor of visual arts.

Tours of the building were available after the program.

A $3 million gift from Steve and Nancy Sheetz helped purchase and renovate the former Meyer Jonasson building in downtown Altoona, now the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, as well as Rossman Park. The building will support academic research, education, and community engagement in entrepreneurship, and serve as the home for the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) organization.

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