Alumnus and Industry Leaders Donate to New PPEM Endowment
Posted: August 26, 2016
On August 26 at a mushroom industry meeting held at the American Mushroom Institute (AMI) headquarters, industry leaders and an alumnus presented checks to Dr. Carolee Bull for the Foundations for Leadership and Innovation Endowment in Plant Pathology.
The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology (PPEM) is grateful to the American Mushroom Institute (AMI), the Mushroom Farmers of Pennsylvania, and PPEM alumnus Mark Wach (M.S. '83, Ph.D. '85) and his wife Ingrid for their generous donations, representing the first donations to the endowment by industry groups and department alumni.
The endowment specifically aims to develop novel undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral training and research programs to prepare students for successful careers in entrepreneurship, academia, government, and industry and position department faculty and staff as leaders within the college and their disciplines.
Standing L-R: Mark Wach, Sylvan America; Tim Hihn, C.P. Yeatman & Sons; Chris Alonzo, Pietro Industries; Joe Poppiti, JoBeth Farms; Glenn Cote, Laurel Valley Farms; Geoff Price, Giorgi Mushroom Company; Lauren Steinberg, Penn State University; Seated L-R: Meghan Klotzbach, C.P. Yeatman & Sons; Carolee Bull, Penn State University; Don Needham, Fastrak Express; Not pictured: Daniel Rahn, AMI; Bev Rubel, AMI | Image: Lauren Steinberg, Penn State University