Campus' 'For the Future' fundraising campaign updated

June 29, 2011

Penn State New Kensington continues the public phase of its fundraising campaign, "For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students," that highlights scholarships, athletics and global initiatives.

The campaign is a University-wide effort to raise $2 billion by June 2014. New Kensington is responsible for $3 million of the total. During the private phase of the campaign that began in 2007 and during the current public phase that began in 2010, New Kensington raised $1.8 million, which is 60 percent of its total.

"With three years remaining in the campaign, we are on track to reach our goal," said Donna Speer, New Kensington's director of development. "Our objectives reflect the most critical needs for revitalization of our campus and our main objective is to build a campus of the future that enriches the experiences of students beyond the classroom, and serves the community needs of the Alle-Kiski Valley."

"The campaign is about students and the community," said Kevin Snider, chancellor of the campus. "Our donors aren't just making the dream of a Penn State degree a reality for students; they also are investing in the future of western Pennsylvania."

Ensuring student access and opportunity through scholarship support is one of the objectives for the overall campaign. The five key objectives of the campus campaign mirror those of the University's campaign. They are:

-- Ensure Student Opportunity: Students with the ability and ambition to attend Penn State will have this opportunity through scholarship support.
-- Enriching the Student Experience: Students will thrive in a stimulating atmosphere that fosters global involvement, community service, creative expression and personal growth.
-- Fostering Discovery and Creativity: Students and faculty members will come together within and across disciplines to pioneer new frontiers of knowledge.
-- Sustaining a Tradition of Quality: Students will continue to work and study with faculty whose scholarship is enhanced by continuing philanthropic support.
-- Building Faculty Strength and Capacity: Students will study with the finest teachers and researchers.

The campus' fundraising goal is the most ambitious total in campus history. Patrick and Mardelle Kopnicky, residents of Natrona Heights, Pa., are leading the campus committee charged with securing the $3 million in new support.

“Supporting Penn State New Kensington has been deeply rewarding for us, and we hope to encourage other friends of the campus to join us in making sure that it can continue to offer a wonderful educational experience to students from every economic background,” said Mardelle Kopnicky, who earned a bachelor of science degree from Penn State in 1964.

“This campaign is an incredible opportunity for Penn Staters to make a difference for future generations, and we are eager to connect with those who share our belief in the future of the New Kensington campus," said Patrick Kopnicky, a 1966 Penn State architecture alumnus.

"For the Future" marks Penn State's third capital campaign since the Campaign for Penn State began in 1984. That effort raised $352 million in six years to support a variety of academic initiatives. The Grand Destiny campaign, from 1996 to 2003, raised $1.37 billion. New Kensington surpassed its Grand Destiny goal of $1.8 million, and a majority of the funds were allocated for endowed scholarships, equipment and building projects.

The Office of Development at Penn State New Kensington works in partnership with alumni, students, faculty, staff, advisory board and the community to meet the fundraising goals set forth by the University while also working toward a greater awareness and appreciation for the New Kensington campus and its many economic and cultural contributions to the region.

For information about the many giving options available, contact Donna Speer, director of development, 724-334-6057 or

For more on the campaign and to give online, visit



  • The public phase of the campus campaign kicked-off in 2010.

    IMAGE: Bill Woodard

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Last Updated June 30, 2011