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Update from the Development and Alumni Relations Office, January 2008

Article describing the latest information from the College of Education's Development and Alumni Relations Office.

by Ellie Dietrich

dietrich_e_sml.jpg The development staff has been busy recording a large volume of year-end gifts. The Pension Protection Act provided a great incentive for people to make charitable gifts from IRAs. Final numbers may not be available until the end of January, but to date our receipts are at $903,273 for this fiscal year, and we have crossed the $3 million mark in the For the Future campaign. 

The Dean’s Development Council will be meeting for the first time at the end of January. This group of volunteers will be an integral part of the College’s fundraising activities through the 7½-year campaign. The co-chairs of this council are Sue and Mark Breedlove. Sue is a 1977 graduate of the College of Education with a B.S. in Education of Exceptional Children. Mark is a 1978 graduate of the Smeal College of Business with a B.S. in Finance. Mark is currently president and chief operating officer of Keystone Profiles, a company specializing in the production of cold drawn steel products. Sue and Mark live in Mars, Pa., and have three adult daughters. 

Nominations have been submitted for two university-wide awards: the Distinguished Alumni award and the Alumni Fellow Award. Bulent Tarman ’06 Ph.D. is the College of Education’s recipient of the Penn State Alumni Achievement Award, which recognizes extraordinary professional accomplishments of alumni under the age of 35. Tarman is the founder and chief administrative officer of the Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania Charter School.

We’ve learned that another alumnus has had a noteworthy achievement. Rick Dorman ’80 M.Ed. CN ED, ’90 D.Ed. will assume the office of president of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., in July. Rick is currently vice president of Otterbein College in suburban Columbus, Ohio. He has also been quite active in the Higher Education Program Alumni Council here at Penn State.