Ivy Leaf - Fall 2013

Sense-ational Enhancement


Penn State Altoona has received a gift from Philip S. and Amy Coleman Perchy, of Altoona, that will create the first endowed enhancement fund for the campus’ Sense-ational Endeavors camp. The gift was presented in memory of Philip’s parents, Stuart C. and Betty J. Perchy. In addition, the Perchys made a gift that is designated for the purchase of equipment vital to the operation of the 2013 program.

The camp, part of the campus’ Summer Kids’ College, is an educational enhancement program tailored to the needs and interests of children with disabilities. Sense-ational Endeavors is the first Penn State summer camp in south-central Pennsylvania specifically designed for children with disabilities. The endowment will generate discretionary funds that camp administrators can apply to operating expenses or award as scholarships to campers in need of financial assistance.

Philip earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Penn State in 1970 and 1974, respectively. Amy earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from Penn State in 1971. Both are former Penn State Altoona students.

“My parents, a part of the Greatest Generation, were very fond of Ivyside Park and what later became Penn State Altoona,” said Philip. “The beautiful campus was a special place for relaxing walks, enjoying the lake and groves of trees, and also attending various campus events from time to time. My parents worked all of their lives to provide a loving home that stressed education, pride in hard work, and Christian values. My mom loved working with elementary students as a teacher aide for the Altoona Area School District. My dad was employed as a salesman, working many long hours each day. Neither of my parents were college-educated.”

“We are honored to give this gift in memory of Philip’s parents so that more children with disabilities can benefit from the numerous activities that the Sense-ational Endeavors camp is striving to provide,” said Amy. “These special activities will be enhanced by the beauty of Penn State Altoona, its staff, and this program.”