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.