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Luncheon fosters special connections

Board elects new trustees

Luncheon fosters special connections

An annual fall luncheon sponsored by the development office gives student scholarship recipients the opportunity to meet the generous donors who are helping to make their Muhlenberg education possible.

"We hold the luncheon every year to recognize our scholarship donors and invite the students so they can meet and form a connection," explains Kimberly Yost, director of major gifts, development & alumni relations. "It is a way for the donors to see the value of their financial support first hand. In turn, students have the opportunity to share their Muhlenberg experience and to say thank you."

According to Yost, about a dozen donors, including personal donors, corporations, and foundations, attended this year's luncheon on September 15. Relatives of past donors are also encouraged to attend, she adds. Yost says that she is pleased to report that nine new scholarships were created this year, adding that such funds go toward the College's current seven-year $70-million capital campaign.

A minimum commitment of $25,000 is required to endow a scholarship and contributions of $5,000 a year can be made over a five-year period, Yost says. "It all goes to help a student to attend Muhlenberg," Yost says. "It's important to remember that about 75 percent of all of our students receive some sort of financial aid."

Those interested in learning more about the scholarship program can contact Yost by telephone at 484-664-3224 or via email at kyost@muhlenberg.edu.

Board elects new trustees

The Muhlenberg College Board of Trustees elected three new members at its fall meeting.

Paul L. Vikner '71 of Allentown, and Elizabeth A. Urmston-Fowle '76 of Porter Ranch, Calif., have been named trustees. Jeffrey R. Porphy '89 of Harrison, N.Y., has been named an associate trustee.

Vikner is no stranger to the Board of Trustees, having served on the Board from 1995-1998. He is currently president and CEO of Allentown-based Mack Trucks, Inc. Mack is a subsidiary of AB Volvo, one of the world's top truck manufacturers, headquartered in Sweden. Vikner is also a member of Volvo's management team, and was previously executive vice president for sales and marketing at Mack. Urmston-Fowle is the president of Graphic Marker International in Chatsworth, Calif. The company is the world's sole producer of envronmentally safe, non-toxic, refillable marking pens. The business was formerly a family enterprise known as Cooper Color Corporation, headquartered in New Jersey. In 1998, Muhlenberg recognized Urmston-Fowle's successful efforts to re-engineer the company's mission, product line and marketing strategies, naming her Entrepreneur of the Year.

Porphy is chief operating officer for the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) in New York. CSFB is a subsidiary of the Swiss bank Credit Suisse Group, one of the top global investment banking firms.

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