Ivy Leaf - Spring 2011

An excellent name


Excellence is what it's all about for Steven and Nancy Sheetz, and that's why they chose a name reflective of that for the new entrepreneurial center in downtown Altoona: The Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

In the first contest of its kind at Penn State Altoona, all students were invited to submit names to be considered for the building. A committee reviewed the ninety-eight submissions, and the top seven names were sent to University Park for approval. Steve and Nancy then selected four finalists and the winner. Those five students enjoyed a private lunch with the couple at which the winning name was announced. The name was submitted by Anthony Kattouf, a sophomore from Altoona majoring in political science. He received a $500 Sheetz gift card and an iPad provided by Best Buy. The remaining four finalists each were given $100 Sheetz gift cards.

A $3 million gift from Steve and Nancy Sheetz helped purchase and renovate the former Meyer Jonasson building in downtown Altoona which will be home to the entrepreneurial center. It will support academic research, education, and community engagement in entrepreneurship, and serve as the home for the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) organization. A fall 2011 opening is planned.

More information about the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence may be found at www.altoona.psu.edu/sheetz online.