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Jay Paterno, son of the late former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.
Jay Paterno, son of the late former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.
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To hear Jay Paterno

Ticket are available by contacting Flo Dougherty at 287-1226 or Mary Fran Buczynski at 371-3934 or 357-1723 . A limited number of tickets may be available at the door.



DALLAS — Jay Paterno will speak to the Penn State Club of Wyoming Valley on Thursday night to raise funds for the Struthers Career & Family Service Center on the university’s Lehman Township campus.


The event is set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Newberry Estates in Dallas. It includes hors d’oeurves, a grilling, salad and dessert station, and a meet-and-greet session with Paterno.


Mary Fran Buczynski, secretary of the club, said that as part of the event there will be a silent auction to raise funds for the Struthers Career & Family Service Center under construction and scheduled to open in October. Items to be auctioned include a five-to-seven-day stay at a condo in Florida, a Sue Hand painting of the Hayfield House at dusk, tickets to the Penn State vs. Eastern Michigan game that includes a yellow parking pass, a football signed by former PSU quarterback Matt McGloin and other items and baskets.


In 2012, Richard K. “Ric” Struthers and his wife, Sharon, donated $1 million to Penn State to be used to build the campus’ first career service center. The 2,300-square-foot center, an addition to the Athletics and Recreation Building, will serve as a regional career center for students at Penn State campuses in Hazleton, Scranton, the Lehigh Valley and Schuylkill County.


A new regional job and internship development position will be created, and that worker will be based at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.


The Struthers now reside in a Wilmington, Del., suburb.


Ric Struthers, a 1973 graduate of Dallas High School, attended Penn State Wilkes-Barre from 1973-75 before transferring to University Park, where he graduated in 1977 with a degree in business management. He said a visit to the campus in 2010, his first in many years, led him to the decision that a modern career center was needed.


Struthers retired from Bank of America and now serves as an independent director to the Dover Motorsports Inc. board of directors.


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