ABCD presents award to Penn State Altoona

Courtesy photo Taking part in the Altoona Blair County Development Corporation’s presentation of the inaugural Rossman-Kazmaier Partnership Award to Penn State Altoona are (from left): Steve McKnight, Dean McKnight, Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry, Judy Rossman and Dede Kazmaier.

Penn State Altoona has been awarded the inaugural Rossman-Kazmaier Partnership Award from the Altoona Blair County Development Corporation.

The award was presented to Chancellor and Dean Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry at the ABCD annual breakfast on May 12.

The award was established to honor Bill Ross-man and John Kazmaier, longtime supporters of both the revitalization of downtown Altoona and Penn State Altoona.

In 2007, Penn State Al-toona received a significant gift from John P. and Deedra M. Kazmaier and John’s mother, Jane Pat-terson Kazmaier Lower.

In recognition of the gift from the longtime friends of the university, the former WRTA building in downtown Altoona was named in honor of the Kazmaier family and dedicated in June 2009.

Rossman Park, a philanthropic initiative of Steve and Nancy Sheetz, honors their longtime friends and fellow Penn State volunteers Bill and Judy Ross-man. Over the years, the Rossmans have offered dedicated service to Penn State Altoona, and their philanthropic support has benefited many areas of the college. The park, adjacent to the Sheetz Center for Entre-preneurial Excellence, was dedicated in 2011.

As a recipient of this award, Penn State Altoona was recognized for its partnership with people and organizations to work together toward a common goal, such as the revitalization of downtown Altoona.