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Penn State Dedicates Courtyard to William A. Schreyer

by on October 13, 2012 12:36 PM

It was a breezy and sunny October day, one the late William A. Schreyer would have enjoyed, his friends and colleagues explained.

Some 100 people gathered Oct. 4 at Atherton Hall for the dedication ceremony of the new William A. Schreyer Courtyard at the Schreyer Honors College. Remarks were made by Penn State President Rodney Erickson, Schreyer Honors College Dean Christian Brady, Schreyer Ambassador travel grant recipient Hailey Mitchell, and Paul Critchlow, a friend of Schreyer. Following the remarks, a ribbon was cut, and entertainment was provided by Penn State student group, the Hi-Los.

Brady started his remarks with some advice Mr. Schreyer gave, such as sharing one’s good fortune. He said the new courtyard honors Schreyer in a variety of ways, including the display of some of his quotes on the benches.

“(I) thank each of you for supporting and furthering Mr. Schreyer’s vision,” Brady said. “You all have transformed this space into a place of beauty and reflection.”

Brady also described the significance of the walkway at the courtyard, which “leads our scholars out into the world.”

Critchlow took some time to thank donors from Mr. Schreyer’s life.

“I was not the only one who benefitted from Bill Schreyer’s touch,” he said, explaining Schreyer’s academic excellence.

“The good standard was Bill’s example.”

Critchlow also said he remembers all the joy Mr. Schreyer took “in all things Penn State,” and his generosity and devotion to his alma mater.

“I think he would have enjoyed this courtyard,” he said.

Schreyer, who passed away in January 2011, was one of the university’s most prominent alumni and supporters, according to Penn State Live. He is remembered at his alma mater as a “pioneering leader and philanthropist whose legacy includes the nationally recognized honors college that bears his name.”

The Schreyers made national headlines in 1997 with their $30 million commitment to endow the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State, one of the largest gifts in the university’s history and the single biggest commitment to the Grand Destiny campaign under way at the time. Their support created an integrated program of opportunities for top academic achievers, from a living-learning environment located in the University Park campus’ Atherton Hall to merit-based scholarships and special seminars for students enrolled as Schreyer Scholars. Schreyer often remarked that after spending a lifetime on Wall Street, the Schreyer Honors College was still the best investment he ever made in life, according to Penn State Live.

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Staff Writer at The Centre County Gazette
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