Spanier Presents DEF, Nasuti with Philanthropy Award
DuBois – At the July 8 Penn State Board of Trustees Banquet at the DuBois Country Club, Penn State University President Graham Spanier presented the DuBois Educational Foundation (DEF) with an all new award. The Penn State DuBois Spirit of Philanthropy Award was granted to the DEF for the foundation's undying support to Penn State DuBois for the last 65 years. The award was accepted by DEF President Ed Nasuti.
"No group has had more influence on the growth, change and development of the Penn State DuBois campus and local communities," Spanier said of the DEF. "Notable efforts have included the acquisition of property to expand the campus, construction and renovation of buildings including the first field house, the DuBois Mansion, classroom buildings, and the Swift, Multipurpose, and Smeal Buildings; all of which have been deeded to Penn State."
Spanier explained that the DEF was formed in 1944, when the campus closed because the majority of students joined the war effort. It was uncertain if the campus would reopen following World War II, so community members formed the DEF to support the campus, and keep it open. As Spanier noted, they have been a source of constant support ever since.
"The foundation has also donated money for equipment and programs through matching grants, tuition assistance for area high school students enrolled in college courses, provided scholarships for adult learners and most recently endowed the DuBois Educational Foundation Trustee Scholarship. They provide funding for varsity athletics and developed a sub-committee dedicated just to that purpose," Spanier said.
Upon presenting the award, Spanier remarked, "On this occasion of the foundation's 65th anniversary, I am very pleased to award the DuBois Educational Foundation the inaugural Penn State DuBois Spirit of Philanthropy Award."
While accepting the award, Nasuti said, "It is humbling to have the opportunity to represent the DEF tonight when the efforts of this organization have played an important part in my own career, beginning as a student at Penn State DuBois over forty years ago." He continued, "The current board of the DuBois Educational Foundation is committed to continuing the excellent work that our predecessors have accomplished, and we look forward to serving the campus and our communities for many more years."