(Photo: Irvin and Lois Cohen, left, pose for a photograph with Dr. R. Keith Hillkirk, chancellor for Penn State Berks, center and Dena and Victor Hammel after an announcement of a combined $3 million gift from the couples Wednesday at the Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building: Photo: Kathryn Quinn, Penn State Berks.)
READING, Pa. — With a transformational joint gift to Penn State Berks, two Penn State alumni couples have launched a comprehensive new scholarship program and raised the bar for private giving to the campus. The $3 million gift from Irvin and Lois Cohen and Victor and Dena Hammel—one of the largest ever to the campus—will create the Cohen-Hammel Fellows Program for outstanding Penn State Berks undergraduates. In addition to providing participants with significant scholarships, the program will prepare students for leadership within the Reading community and beyond.
“The Cohen-Hammel Fellows Program will prepare some of our most talented students to become leaders of principle at our University, in their careers, and in their communities,” said Penn State President Eric Barron. “We are fortunate that Irv and Lois Cohen and Vic and Dena Hammel have chosen to make this innovative program a reality through their visionary philanthropy.”
The Cohen-Hammel Fellows Program will be designed to prepare students to become engaged and ethical leaders in the twenty-first century. Each year, a cohort of outstanding undergraduates across all academic disciplines will receive a combination of scholarship support; mentoring from faculty and community leaders; and educational opportunities such as undergraduate research, travel, and service within the Reading community. Cohen-Hammel Fellows will continue to participate in the program until they graduate.
“The Cohen-Hammel Fellows Program will enhance our ability to recruit and retain outstanding students at Penn State Berks, which will in turn elevate the climate of our entire campus,” said Penn State Berks Chancellor R. Keith Hillkirk. “As one of the largest gifts ever to Penn State Berks, the Cohens’ and Hammels’ support also elevates our understanding of what is possible through private philanthropy.”
Through “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence,” the University’s current fundraising campaign, Penn State will provide $1.25 million in matching funds to enhance the impact of the Cohens’ and Hammels’ support and endow the Cohen-Hammel Fellows Program at $4.25 million. These funds will support the program in perpetuity.
“We are grateful to be able to assist students in attending Penn State as we did, where we met more than fifty years ago,” said Vic and Dena Hammel. “We are extraordinarily impressed with the quality education and experience that Penn State Berks provides, and we believe that the Cohen-Hammel Fellows Program will make that even more accessible to some of our area's brightest students.”
Vic and Dena Hammel, of Wyomissing, are co-chairs of Penn State Berks’ efforts in “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence.” In addition to their gift to support the Cohen-Hammel Fellows Program, the couple have made major gifts to support Penn State Hillel, the Beaver Community Center at Penn State Berks, and need-based scholarships for students at the Berks campus. The Hammels first met as undergraduates at University Park, where Vic studied accounting, and Dena studied speech pathology and audiology. They graduated in 1967 and 1968, respectively. Vic is the chairman of Rentokil Pest Control, North America, and the retired co-owner and CEO of Ehrlich Pest Control. He is a past Board Chair of the Reading Health System and past President of the Jewish Federation of Reading. Dena is a retired dialysis social worker and an active volunteer in the Reading community. She has served on the board of GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading since its inception.
"Penn State is an integral part of our lives. We learned what a true education was and we matured,” said Irv and Lois Cohen. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us, as well as Dena and Vic Hammel, to express our appreciation."
Irv and Lois Cohen, of Reading, earned their Penn State degrees a generation ahead of the Hammels, and they are longtime supporters of their alma mater. Their past gifts have created endowed scholarships for students in the School of Theatre at Penn State University Park and at Penn State Berks, and provided funding for the Cohen Lounge located in the Thun Library at Penn State Berks, among other gifts. Irv and Lois have each served several terms on the Berks Advisory Board. Irv holds a degree in arts and letters from the College of the Liberal Arts (1950), and Lois holds a degree in home economics from the College of Health and Human Development (1949). They are the retired owners of Construction Fasteners, Inc., in Wyomissing.
“We couldn’t be more delighted that we are partnering in this transformative program with our dear friends, Lois and Irv Cohen,” said Vic and Dena Hammel. “In the 47 years we’ve lived in Berks County, the Cohens have been role models to us in philanthropy and as people.”
Private gifts from alumni and friends have been essential to the success of the University’s historic land-grant mission to serve the public good. To fulfill that mission for a new era of rapid change and global connections, “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence” is focused on the three key imperatives of a public university. Private support will keep the doors to higher education open and enable students to graduate on time and on track to success; create transformative experiences on Penn State campuses and around the globe that tap the full potential of Penn Staters to make a difference; and impact the world through discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship. To learn more, visit greaterpennstate.psu.edu.
AMBLER, Pa. — Allergy Technologies, makers of ActiveGuard Mattress Liners, announced Irving, Texas as the location of their third Proactive Prevention Bed Bug Symposium to be held on May 10, 2018. This symposium follows two prior and successful symposia previously held in Florida and California. The events brought together hundreds of hospitality, property management, and pest management professionals to learn from leading experts and renowned industry speakers on the mind shift from reactive to proactive bed bug strategies.
The Symposium’s goal is to increase the awareness, education and cost-effective viability of bed bug preventive programs targeting commercial sales and pest professionals who provide service programs. Ultimately the benefit of prevention is to protect their clients, beds, guests/residents, and reputation from the ever-increasing challenge of bed bugs.
Gail Getty, a Retired Entomologist from the University of California, Berkeley, will speak on the latest bed bug behavior and treatment methods specific to hospitality and high transient accounts; Jeffrey Lipman, Attorney-At-Law, Polk County Magistrate Judge and Class Action Bed Bug Litigator, will share insight into the legal consequences and liabilities surrounding bed bugs in hospitality and other commercial accounts; and, Joseph Latino, President of Allergy Technologies, will offer unique strategies for establishing bed bug prevention and
controlling re-infestation in commercial accounts as well the financial benefits of these proactive approaches.
The Symposium targets those in the pest management industry that offer service programs to commercial accounts such as: hotels/motels, colleges/universities, nursing homes, multioccupant dwellings or any other accounts that involve sleeping areas.
For more information on the Texas Symposium or to register to attend, visit the event website at: http://activeguard.allergytechnologies.com/TXsymposium. An RSVP is required and seating is limited. There is no charge to attendees.
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Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla, with offices throughout the state, Turner is a leading and fast-growing pest management firm in northeast Florida, reporting 2017 year-end revenues of $19.8 million (a $3 million increase over 2016 when Turner ranked 48th on the PCT Top 100 List.)
With the acquisition of Turner, Anticimex will further strengthen its market presence on the East coast of
the United States with a footprint that now covers New England, Mid-Atlantic and Florida.
The acquisition of Turner follows on previous platform acquisitions of American Pest, Modern Pest and
Viking Pest Control and forms part of a strategy to expand in the US market via organic and inorganic
Commenting on the announcement, Jarl Dahlfors, Anticimex Group President & CEO, said: “The acquisition of Turner Pest Control represents another important step in our strategy to expand in U.S. Turner has a long and proud history as a leading provider of high-quality pest control services and has an impressive track record of growth. Together with the very strong local management team we will continue to grow Turner Pest Control and our business in Florida and beyond.”
Ashton Hudson, chairman and majority owner of Turner, added, “Anticimex’ core values - trust, innovation and passion - are perfectly aligned with ours and I’m confident that as part of the Anticimex family of companies Turner has the opportunity to accelerate its growth and achieve even greater success. We anticipate tremendous opportunities for both our business and our employees.”
ATLANTA — Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplace honor by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Arrow was recognized as the fourth ranked business in their first year participating in the survey. The Top Workplaces Award is based solely on team member feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by Energage LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The survey measures several aspects of a workplace culture including, alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.
“We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award of being named not only a Top Workplace in Metro Atlanta but the fourth ranked in the large business category,” said Emily Thomas Kendrick, President and Chief Executive Officer of Arrow Exterminators. “At Arrow, our culture is more than just generous benefits and time off policies – it is about encouraging innovation, celebrating life’s big moments, volunteering with fellow team members to support local charities, recognizing people for a job well done, and providing exceptional training programs to support professional development and career advancement. Our entrepreneurial culture and our team members have been and will always be the driving force of our company and our success, and it is an absolute honor to be recognized by them for being a great place to work.”
“Arrow Exterminators has a unique family-focused, entrepreneurial culture that is based on integrity and operating with transparency and a clear conscience,” said Shay Runion, Chief Human Resources Officer of Arrow Exterminators. “We want to partner with like-minded team members who are also focused on growth, who share our goals and principles, and our family culture. As our vision states, we want to hire, train and retain the best people and we know that the Top Workplaces distinction will help propel our recruiting efforts and further strengthen our presence in the Atlanta Metro Area.”
Kendrick added, “My grandparents founded Arrow Exterminators with a belief that if you treat your team members with respect and as an extension of your family this would in turn be reflected on the customer. This philosophy has carried on for the past 54 years and it has served us very well.”