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Gala Tradition Continues

IUP hosted its second annual Legacy Gala on April 4 at the Carnegie Museum Music Hall Foyer.

Bill Strickland and President Tony AtwaterThe event, hosted by IUP President Tony Atwater and Beverly Roberts-Atwater, featured the presentation of the Presidential Legacy Award for Civic Service to Bill Strickland, president and CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and Bidwell Training Center; the Presidential Legacy Award for Alumni Distinction to Lynette Singel Horrell, a 1984 graduate of IUP, office managing partner, Ernst & Young, Pittsburgh office; and the Presidential Legacy Award for Philanthropy to George D. Zamias, Sr., and Marianna Zamias, the founders of George D. Zamias Developer. Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner, a 1974 graduate of IUP, served as master of ceremonies for the event, which also included a silent auction.

The event generated $100,000 and benefits the University Fund for Academic Excellence, used to enrich the student experience, assisting with costs for students to participate in academic, programmatic, and experiential opportunities that expand the classroom experience. Funds are available to students for scholarships; travel and expenses related to conference presentations, research supplies, and equipment; classroom materials and equipment; and faculty professional development that translates directly to improvement of current academic programming.

Award recipient Strickland, pictured above with President Atwater, is the author of IUP’s 2009-2010 Common Freshman Reader, Make the Impossible Possible: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary. Strickland will be on campus in Spring 2010 as a culmination of next year’s Common Freshman Reader program.

Legacy Gala group photo

From left: Stephen Zamias, representing the Zamias family; Strickland; Horrell; Wagner, and President Atwater