The Gene and Marlene Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks recognizes the largest single gift to the college; also honored were four ‘campus champions’
Bucks County Community College, which has been offering courses in the Bristol area for more than 30 years, marked the 10th anniversary of its Lower Bucks Campus building by naming it in honor of a generous supporter of higher education.
The Gene and Marlene Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks recognizes the largest single gift to the college in its 53-year history.
“Gene and Marlene have impacted the lives of thousands of people through their care and generosity,”Stephanie Shanblatt, college president, said when announcing the dedication at a September 8 anniversary celebration. “Through their family foundation, they continue to inspire others to help champion many charitable causes addressing education, healthcare, homelessness, hunger, and unemployment.”
Shanblatt noted that in 2007, the Epsteins established a scholarship fund at Bucks to help build a bridge to higher education for those in need. Since then, 79 high school graduates have received the scholarship to continue their education at Bucks.
Also at the celebration, four people were recognized as “Lower Bucks Campus Champions” for their contributions to the vibrant life of the college over the last decade. Honored were:
James Ewart, a recently retired guidance counselor at Harry S. Truman High School in the Bristol Township school district, where he created partnership programs with Bucks to ease the path of Truman students to college.
William Pezza, an adjunct faculty member, author and civic leader who put the Lower Bucks Campus in the national spotlight by frequently hosting and moderating political debates and forums.
Rodney Miller and Rose Marie Strippoli, two artists whose passion for the artistic community in the region sparked them to partner with the college to launch the Gallery at Lower Bucks Campus, which holds three exhibitions a year and has raised thousands of dollars for student scholarships through its art sales.
The Gene and Marlene Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks is one of three Bucks County Community College campuses, in addition to the original Newtown campus and the Upper Bucks Campus in Perkasie. Located on 14 acres at 1304 Veterans Highway in Bristol Township, the 55,000 square-foot building includes classrooms, labs, an art studio, a library, a café, an outdoor plaza and public meeting spaces. To learn more, visitwww.bucks.edu/lbc or call 267-685-4800.