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Technology building renamed for Dr. Arbuckle

4/30/2012 —


Dr. Robert D. Arbuckle envisioned a building complex on the Penn State New Kensington campus that would serve the needs of the region’s students and businesses.

The vision of the former Penn State New Kensington campus executive became a reality a little more than twenty years ago when the first part of the two-building Science and Technology Center opened.

On April 27, part of that complex was named in Arbuckle’s honor. A crowd of more than 100 turned out on the bright and crisp spring day for the building dedication ceremony.

“Bob has just been a tremendous asset to our campus, even now,” said Dr. Kevin Snider, the Penn State New Kensington campus chancellor, as he addressed the crowd.

He spoke of the building’s past and of a future that should make Arbuckle proud.

“Bob really was the driver of building this facility,” Snider said. “We’re going to build upon our EMET (Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology) program, and we’re going to improve upon the building you see here.”

Among the speakers recognizing Arbuckle’s contributions were Snider, Dr. Madlyn Hanes, Vice President, Commonwealth Campuses, Dr. Joseph DeFilippi, a member of the Penn State New Kensington Advisory Board and Karen Blair, Penn State New Kensington alumni and a Penn State professor.

“Bob knew the fundamental importance of a community partnership and the benefits that can come from a shared vision,” Hanes said.

Arbuckle put the New Kensington campus on the map, she said, as a vital part of the local education community.

He headed up a capital campaign for construction of the Science and Technology Center, which houses specialized engineering laboratories.

A native of Arnold, he began his career as a history professor at the University Park campus.

Appointed chief academic officer at the New Kensington campus in 1974, Arbuckle became chief executive officer in 1977.

He served as president of Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., in 1992, a position which he retired from in 2002.

“It’s really good to see someone who has dedicated so much to this campus honored in this way,” said Kevin Turner.

Turner, a 23-year-old EMET major from Freeport, said all but one of his classes meet in the building.

As attendees filed into the building for a reception following the dedication, Arbuckle watched with a smile. He said the Penn State New Kensington staff, faculty, students and the local community shared much of the credit for making the building, now named in his honor, a reality.

“This is fantastic; there are many people here who caused this to happen,” he said. “I’m just a representative of it all.”

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