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2015 spring newsletter highlighting Bucks County Community College's alumni, donors, and friends.

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  • Highlighting Bucks County Community College Alumni, Donors, and Friends Spring 2015

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    The Meeting of Passions and Possibilities7th Annual Bucks Community Awards & BreakfastEach year, the Bucks Community Awards & Breakfast, sponsored by Comcast, publicly recognizes those who make a difference in several areas:education, partnership, community and volunteerism. This years honorees Dr. Marjorie E. Zipin, Jim and Maureen Seibert, The Dow ChemicalCompany, and Professor Emeritus Lyle Rosenberger have energized and enhanced our communities, said BCCC Foundation Board PresidentFred Schea.

    Keynote Speaker and Bucks President Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt also pointed out that the honorees embody what makes the college a specialplace. Both Schea and Shanblatt stressed the value of education for todays workforce, with Schea adding, Bucks is where passions meetpossibilities. And that is a great encapsulation of what happens when altruists act on their passions to deliver possibilities for Bucks students andcommunity residents.

    Education AwardDr. Marjorie Zipin, who recently retired from Bucks yet still works withArcadia University students studying in the field of special education, israrely out of her role as teacher. She also works with young adults withbrain injuries, and is involved with the Board of Directors of GraterfordPrison and the Montgomery County Mental Health Consumer ActionTeam. She stressed the importance of Bucks mission to look at learnersin terms of how they can grow.

    Partnership AwardJim and Maureen Seibert established two scholarships in memory of theirson, Brian, who was diagnosed with and later passed away from Hodgkinslymphoma: The Brian Seibert Memorial Scholarship and the Brian SeibertMemorial Athletic Scholarship, which have given needed financialassistance to more than 20 Bucks students in the past 14 years. Brian as well as the Seiberts two other children attended Bucks. With deepemotion, Maureen, who retired just one year ago after many years as an employee of the college, said, Bucks is always close to our hearts.

    Community AwardThe Dow Chemical Company is well-known for giving back to the Buckscommunity, spending more than $5 million in the region on education,environment and economic development programs since 2010. At Bucks, the company has supported major gift campaigns, the Annual Fund, theLower Bucks Capital Campaign as well as given grants for innovative projects in the colleges engineering program and biotechnology workshopsfor Bristol high school students.

    Four representatives of the company Justice Land, Mark Connelly, Claire Quinn and Victoria Maseda were on hand to accept the award. Quinnspoke on behalf of the group, saying, Bucks has a special place in Dows heart. The company is committed to STEM, sustainability and success inthe region.

    Volunteer AwardLyle Rosenberger, a Bucks Professor Emeritus, is passionate about preservation. Not only did he found the colleges Historic Preservation Programin 1991, he took on the monumental charge of restoring the four-tier, one-acre Tyler Formal Gardens on the Newtown campus. He thanked themany garden volunteers who toil in this endeavor, noting, Gardening isnt always romantic. He also thanked the Foundation for its support andsaid that he hoped to keep things going.

    This annual March event provides the community with a unique opportunity to help us celebrate the people who really make Bucks work, saidBCCC Foundation Development Manager Jean Holmes, who spearheads the breakfast and awards ceremony at the college. Without incredibleeducators, volunteers, philanthropists and community partners, Bucks would not be able to accomplish its mission of accessible, affordableeducation and innovative programming. We are grateful to the Seiberts, Dr. Zipin, Dow Chemical and Professor Rosenberger for their support andparticipation.

    Among other notable attendees at the event were Bucks County Commissioners Diane Ellis-Marseglia and Charles Martin, Chairman ofNorthampton Township Board of Supervisors Barry Moore, board members of the college and Foundation, and students from the colleges honor societies.

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    (L-R): Victoria Maseda, Public Affairs Specialist, Dow Chemical; MarkConnelly, Bristol Site Development & Infrastructure Services, Dow Chemical;Claire Quinn, Bristol Site Manager, Dow Chemical; Jim and MaureenSeibert; Professor Emeritus Lyle Rosenberger; Dr. Marjorie Zipin; BucksCounty Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia; Bucks President Dr. StephanieShanblatt; Bucks County Commissioner Charles Martin; and FrederickSchea, President, BCCC Foundation Board of Directors.

  • The Celebration ContinuesIn 1965, the inaugural year of Bucks CountyCommunity College, almost 500 students wereenrolled. Since then, more than 500,000students have attended the collegesclassrooms or registered for online courses.The 50th Anniversary Celebration started in May2014 and continues until this May WereGolden!

    As part of the year-long festivities, the BCCCFoundation and Alumni Association hascreated a Golden Anniversary Raffle offeringone of five exciting prizes:

    Seven-day European cruise for two withCelebrity Cruises

    Three-day trip for four to Disney World,courtesy of Comcast

    Pearl and diamond necklace from DavidCraig Jewelers

    Spa day at David J. Witchell Salon and Spa

    $500 VISA gift card from TruMark FinancialCredit Union

    Each raffle ticket is $50, or purchase three for$125. The drawing will be held at the TylerTasting Party on June 5; winners do not needto be present to collect their prize.

    Visit topurchase tickets, or call 215-968-8224 for moreinformation. Only 500 tickets will be sold.

    T H E G A Z E B O

    Celebrating 50 Years with ArtGiven its long-standing and well-respected association with the arts, the college had nobetter way of celebrating its Golden Anniversary than with a commissioned art showanevent that included a delightful taste of both music and art.

    Bucks President Dr. Stephanie Shanblattwelcomed more than 250 attendees to theOctober 11 premier, noting that thecolleges roots are in a county thatwelcomes artists and musicians. She,along with BCCC Foundation ExecutiveDirector Tobi Bruhn, also announced thenew naming of the Gateway Auditorium tothe Kevin and Sima Zlock Performing ArtsCenter (see article on page 3).

    The evening began with a modern jazzsuite titled Portraits from the Pub, whichwas composed by Associate MusicProfessor Jeff Baumeister and performedby the BC3 Jazz Tentet that is comprisedof prominent local musicians. Baumeistersaid that the seven original jazz songswere a hidden tribute to Stella Elkins Tyler,original owner of the estate the collegewas built on.

    After the concert, guests moved to the Linksz Pavilion tohear from the artists who crafted commissioned pieces incelebration of the colleges milestone as well as to enjoyassorted hors doeuvres and desserts.

    Bucks Professor Mark Sfirri described his thinking abouthis Building Blocks, a 12-foot-tall, lathe-turned and carvedwood sculpture, which was to create an abstract piece thatrepresents the building blocks of knowledge.

    The Cooper Homestead Collaboration commissionedwork teamed Bucks Professor Barbara Korb and stafferAnn Geddes. Geddess quilt depicts the CooperHomestead building on the colleges Newtown campus,while Korb implemented hand-crafted paper to portraythis historic building.

    Dr. Clayton Railey, who introduced the artists, noted how the artwork truly representedthe spirit of the college. Both works, each in their own way, speak to the potential in eachindividual for creative, critical, and beautiful interactions with the material world. We arevery fortunate to have among us such artists who can realize this potential in such variousmedia but with equally compelling expressions of beauty.

    You Better Recognize!The Foundationearned a TopRated honorfromGreatNonProfits,which isdedicated to inspire and inform donors andvolunteers, enable nonprofits to show theirimpact, and promote greater feedback andtransparency.

    We are thrilled about this recognitionbecause it is based on the feedback andendorsement from our donors, alumni andfriends who support our efforts year after yearand give us the opportunity to make apositive difference in the lives of ourstudents, said BCCC Foundation ExecutiveDirector Tobi Bruhn.

    For more information, and to read the reviewsthat led to the honor,

    Get Your OwnBe among the first to show your Bucks pride,wherever you drive, by purchasing your ownBucks County Community College specialtylicense plate! Alumni, students, staff, faculty,parents and friends of Bucks can purchase aplate through the Bucks Alumni Office. AnyPennsylvania resident is eligible. For completedetails and how to register, please visit

    (L-R): Shanblatt, Baumeister, Sfirri, Geddes, Korband Railey.


  • T H E G A Z E B O

    Photos for All SeasonsFour wall photos of Tyler Formal Gardensdepicting, spring, summer, fall and winterwere recently added to the Orangery on theNewtown campus, enhancing an alreadyelegant example of French-style architecture.

    I was trying to show the beauty of Tyler FormalGardens in all four seasons, saidphotographer Rita Melamud. The photosallow visitors to see how the gardensappearance changes throughout year.

    Indeed, the photos offer a stunning year-roundview of the gardens.

    Rock the Zlock A New Name Honors Well-KnownBenefactorsThe Newtown campuss Gateway Auditorium, a 330-seatvenue hosting musical, theatrical and other events, is nowproudly being called the Kevin and Sima ZlockPer