Calvin McCutcheon and Jack Crook to speak at alumni breakfast

November 02, 2011

Penn State alumni Calvin McCutcheon of McCutcheon Enterprises Inc. and Jack Crook of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection are the featured speakers at the next alumni breakfast set for 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at McCutcheon Enterprises in Apollo, Pa. McCutcheon will discuss the waste management industry including the disposal of "fracking" water from Marcellus shale drilling. Crook's talk will focus on water use and erosion issues of the oil and gas industry.

The morning social, officially called "Penn State A.M.," is an informal free breakfast geared to Penn State alumni and friends who live and work in the greater Pittsburgh region. With Happy Valley's famous "grilled stickies" highlighting the menu, guests can get a first-hand look at government regulations for waste treatment facilities and the energy industry.

A member of the New Kensington campus Advisory Board, McCutcheon has served as the president of McCutcheon Enterprises for more than 20 years. His company offers transportation, disposal and onsite environmental services for all waste management solutions. The waste management services company is one of the largest environmental companies on the Eastern seaboard. Its cliental list includes Fortune 100 companies and numerous departments of the local, state and federal governments. McCutcheon holds a bachelor's degree in law enforcement and corrections from Penn State. He is active in the community, serving as a founding member of the StrongLand Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Pennsylvania Septage Management Association.

Crook is the compliance chief for oil and gas at DEP. According to Crook, his duties include supervising the field inspections of drilling sites and "managing violations and penalties when necessary to regulate the growing Marcellus shale industry." A 1981 Penn State graduate with a bachelor's degree in earth science and geology, Crook is an avid Penn State football fan, season ticket holder, and staunch supporter of head coach Joe Paterno.

The alumni breakfast is co-hosted by the Alle-Kiski Alumni Society and Penn State New Kensington. In addition to the free breakfast, there are special door prizes including free beverage tickets for the Penn State televised football tailgate party on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Tarentum Elks Lodge #644 on Sixth Avenue in Tarentum, Pa., and a free entry fee for the 13th annual Alumni Golf Scramble, scheduled to take place at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the Links at Spring Church.

To RSVP for the breakfast, contact Bill Woodard at 724-334-6049 or


  • Jack Crook, next to the statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium, is an avid Penn State football fan and a staunch supporter of the head coach.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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Last Updated November 03, 2011