Ivy Leaf - Fall 2003

Ivyside Society Inductions Highlight Evening of Recognition, Celebration


"Only through the unprecedented generosity of the Ivyside Society's members has it been possible for countless financially-challenged students to receive scholarships that enabled them to pursue their dream of a college education …for greatly needed state-of-the-art academic facilities to be constructed on our campus…and for a plethora of unfunded programs and projects to become a reality within the classrooms, laboratories, computer centers, libraries, and general purpose areas of Penn State Altoona," — Dr. William G. Cale, Jr., CEO and Dean

The formal inductions of individuals, couples, corporations and foundations into Penn State Altoona's Ivyside Society on September 25 highlighted an evening of recognition and celebration in the Community Arts Center on campus. 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.

William G. Cale, Jr., Penn State Altoona CEO and Dean, presided over the ceremony. Merle K. Evey, Chairperson of the College's Advisory Board, assisted Dr. Cale with the presentation of medals to the inductees.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the program included a musical review specially produced for this event, entitled A Toast to Broadway's Leading Ladies, featuring members of Altoona's theater community.

The Ivyside Society consists of two categories of membership: Gold and Silver. Membership in the Gold Category reflects lifetime giving of $25,000 or more. Membership in the Silver Category reflects lifetime giving of $10,000 to $24,999.

In his remarks, Dr. Cale noted that Penn State Altoona's transformation from an undergraduate center housed in an abandoned grade school building in 1939 into a premier institution of higher learning on 150 strategically-developed acres would not have been possible without the involvement of the visionaries who constitute the Ivyside Society.

New members of the Ivyside Society's Gold Category are: Cablan G. Azar, of Altoona; Anne Sloan Borland (posthumously); Deborah Newell Duffield, of Altoona; Keith E. and Linda A. Forrest, of Petersborough, NH; Virginia L. Gates (posthumously); John R. and Beverly L. Hoover, of Seabrook Island, SC; Maurice A. and Mary Lou Lawruk, of Altoona; M&T Bank Charitable Foundation, Buffalo, NY; North American Communications, Inc., Duncansville; Penn State Altoona Advisory Board; Doris Beattie Prindle (posthumously); William J. and Judith D. Rossman, of Hollidaysburg; Stephen G. and Nancy L. Sheetz, of Altoona; and Phillip B. and Rosalind E. Sky, of Altoona.

Society members previously in the Silver Category and now in the Gold Category are: Appleton Papers, Inc., Roaring Spring; W.S. Lee & Sons, Inc., Altoona; New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc., New Enterprise, PA; Arthur E. Pollock, MD, of Hollidaysburg; Neil M. and Marilyn J. Port, of Hollidaysburg; and Frances P. Strassman, of Reston, VA.

New members of the Silver Category are: John R. and Patricia L. Beyer, of Altoona; John E., III and Constance D. Boyd, of King of Prussia, PA; Helen M. Christodoulos, of Altoona; Zella E. Crist (posthumously); Crown American Corp., Johnstown, PA; Benjamin I. and Rebecca A. Levine, of Altoona; James B. and Joann A. Miller, of Mount Lebanon, PA; Bernard G. Monahan, of Pleasanton, CA; Stevens Mortuary, Inc., Altoona; Diane S. Osgood, of Hollidaysburg; and Philip S. and Amy Coleman Perchy, of Altoona.