Ursinus College Ends Successful Fund Drive

Posted: January 29, 1995

Ursinus College in Collegeville has closed the books on its "The Next Step" fund-raising campaign with $39.6 million raised. The goal had been $39 million.

The campaign, launched in June 1992, was the largest in the college's 125- year-history, surpassing the combined total of all previous campaigns. Thomas G. Davis of Radnor and Cambridge, England, and John E.F. Corson of Plymouth Meeting were co-chairmen.

The total includes nine gifts of more than $1 million, among them a $5.37 million grant from the F.W. Olin Foundation for the construction of F.W. Olin Hall, the college's new humanities building. The total also includes $1 million in two grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for programs and renovations in the biology department. Of the total, $24.7 million has been received, with the balance pending in pledges.

BOARD MEMBER SELECTED

* Owen Foizen of Telford was appointed a member of the Souderton Area school board to fill a vacancy created in December by the resignation of Mark Drenning.

Foizen's term will run through the November election. He is a member of the district demographics committee and has four children. A neuropsychiatric specialist with a pharmaceuticals company, he holds degrees in radiology, pharmacy, computer science and botany. He also owns a plant shop in Telford.

Drenning resigned to avoid a conflict with his new job as a hearing officer for the state Department of Education.

ON THE AGENDA

* The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department will sponsor a party to raise money for the Kim Garvey Scholarship Fund of Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Lower Providence Fire Hall, Ridge Pike and West Mount Kirk Avenue, Eagleville.

Kim Garvey was a 1985 graduate of Bishop Kenrick High School and was a former deputy sheriff and county detective. There will be door prizes and refreshments and music by Bee Jay and Company. The cost is $20 a person. For more information, call Pam Gambone, 610-666-9721; Gwen Wilfong, 610-970-7686; or John Plasterer, 610-754-9420.

* The Lower Moreland School District has scheduled kindergarten registration for students who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1. Registration for full- or half-day classes will be at the Pine Road Elementary School lobby, 3737 Pine Rd., in Huntingdon Valley.

Students whose last names begin with letters A through M should register Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. or 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Students whose last names begin with N through Z should register Thursday at the same times.

The child being registered should accompany the parent. An original birth certificate must be presented, plus immunization records; proof of residency, such as settlement papers, driver's license or lease; and a Social Security number for the child.

Snow days for the registration are Feb. 8 and 9.

* The Ambler Adult School of the Wissahickon School District will begin 80 classes, including arts, cooking, business, recreation, computers, bridge, music and dog obedience, Feb. 28 and March 1. In-person registration will be held Feb. 14 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the high school's old cafeteria, Houston and Dager Roads in Lower Gwynedd. Registration by mail through brochures is also welcome. For information or brochures, call the registrar at 215-641-0828. Brochures are also at the Wissahickon library branches.

* Gwynedd-Mercy College will host a free performance by flutist Leslie Bruss at 8 p.m. Friday in the Julia Ball Auditorium on the campus in Lower Gwynedd.

Titled "Walking with the Spirits," the concert will consist of original compositions by Bruss. Performers will be accompanied by Chakaba, a jazz ensemble, the Voices of Gwynedd chorus, and members of the Black Student Union at the college. Before and after the performance, the paintings of artist Mikel Elam will be exhibited.

Information: 215-641-5576.

* The Community Scholars Program of Beaver College in Glenside offers daytime non-credit classes, trips and special events for members of the community of all ages. Winter classes begin Feb. 6 and will include "Actors, Poets and Informers in French Wartime Films"; "Out of Africa: Tales of Isak Dinesen and Beryl Markham"; "Twentieth Century American and British novels in Film"; and courses on writing, music, and water aerobics.

Information: 215-572-2914.

* The Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Beech and Penrose Avenues in Elkins Park, is offering weekend art workshops for high school students and adults. Topics include ceramics, computer graphics, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Classes begin Saturday and will run from 9 a.m. to noon. For registration and fee information, call 215-782-2828 or 215-782-2760.

* A workshop on conflict resolution for parents will be offered by the Upper Dublin School District on Feb. 6 at Fort Washington Elementary School, located at Fort Washington and Highland Avenues. Presenters will be counselor/ psychologist Terry Muldawer and counselors Jennifer Hopkins and Al Dell'Angelo.

CLASS NOTES

* A Lower Moreland High School Hall of Fame is being established to honor outstanding graduates and those who have provided special services to the district. Names and pictures of inductees will be displayed in the high school lobby. The first induction is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 6. Anyone with a nomination can send it by March 1 to Hall of Fame Committee, Lower Moreland School District, 2551 Murray Ave., Huntingdon Valley, Pa. 19006.

* Members from the Settlement Music School's brass, percussion and woodwind faculty will present performances and workshops at Gotwals Elementary School and Stewart Middle School, both in Norristown. Sponsored by Martin Marietta Corporate Foundation in Valley Forge, the programs will introduce students to a range of instruments and teach about their origins and uses in different areas of the world.

HEAD OF THE CLASS

* In honor of Catholic Schools Week, which starts today, students from area Catholic elementary schools will receive the annual Values of Life awards on Wednesday from Lansdale Catholic High School. Winners, chosen by principals and teachers, exemplify a commitment to service.

Winners are Andrea Guiliano and Jill McCann of Hatfield, students at St. Maria Goretti; Timothy Moyer of Hatfield and Anne Kletzel of Lansdale, St. Stanislaus; William Kuntz and Kevin Moloney, of Sellersville, St. Agnes/Sacred Heart; Elizabeth Bolton of Quakertown and Dana Szwajkowski of Lansdale, St. Isidore; Jamie Hess and Christopher Nagele of Lansdale, Corpus Christi; Renee Mergner of Chalfont and Nicole Uliasz of Perkasie, St. Jude; Tarah Doyle and Stephanie Arizin of North Wales, St. Rose of Lima; Alissa Subranni of Lansdale and Melissa Mazur of Jeffersonville, Visitation Blessed Virgin Mary; Kathleen Scully of Fort Washington and Mary Beth Finley of Maple Glen, St. Alphonsus; Matthew Hartnett of North Wales and Joanne Getson of Harleysville, Gwynedd- Mercy Academy; Mary Blinebury of Perkiomenville and Colleen Berwick of Salfordville, St. Mary; Michelle Humphrey of Collegeville and Valerie Giacobbe of Trappe, St. Eleanor; Krissy Finore and Christopher Hutchman of Ambler, Ambler Catholic; and Rebecca Nicholson of Warrington, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

* Students from both Indian Crest and Indian Valley middle schools in the Souderton Area School District were selected by their band directors to play in the Bux-Mont Intermediate Honors Band Festival and concert, which was held Friday in Perkasie.

The honors band included Michael Rosenberger, Erin Hlasta, Nate Hadley, Joanna Landes, Sharin Rello, Jon Alexander, Justin Coddington, Bob Rounay, Jon Hill, Joel Frederick and Jason Delp, from Indian Valley.

From Indian Crest, students were Le Tang, Sarah Bauman, Monica Brandis, Ryan Dorn, Kyle Crouthamel, Matt Musselman and Sarah Clemens.

* Local students from Akiba Hebrew Academy in Merion have returned from a semester in Israel. The 11th graders who studied at the Alexander Muss Campus in Hod HaSharon with 300 boarding Israeli students are Jaclyn Cohen and Sara Vetter of Eklins Park, Jamie Mendelovici of Abington, and David Yaches of Rydal.

* The North Penn Marching Knights band came within two-tenths of a point of winning a national title in the recent Fiesta Bowl Band Competition in Arizona. The band received special awards, including first in drum line, first in marching and maneuvering, first in music performance, and second in general effect.

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