New Kensington Arch Society grows by four

Four families and individuals were inducted March 14 into Penn State New Kensington’s Arch Recognition Society at the annual dinner at Oakmont Country Club.

James and Lynne Ramage, Karl and Jennifer Salatka, Arlene Hall and Raymond Mastre join a roster of 27 alumni and friends who were honored during the past four years. The donor society's membership is reserved for campus supporters who have contributed a total of $25,000 to the campus.

The Arch Society was founded in 2010 and named for the arch that stands at the front entrance to the campus. Designed by Henry Noestheden and donated by Alcoa, the aluminum arch has been a campus landmark since 1976. A symbol of the history and spirit of the campus, the arch is a significant tribute to the campus’ achievements. It was the inspiration for the creation of the society that supports the needs and programs of Penn State New Kensington students.

"The arch sits at the top of a set of stairs and forms a portal to the campus," said Barb Arnold, who is a charter member of the society. "It leads new students upward to find their path, their adventure and their new frontier."

The honored guests received a print of a painting of the arch by Bud Gibbons, professor of visual arts at the campus. Membership in the Arch Society is open to alumni and friends of the campus. For more information, contact Donna Speer, director of development, at 724-334-6057 or

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Last Updated March 27, 2014