Community Awards Recognize Several for Supporting Education

The BCCC Foundation honored Prof. Edward Ferdinand, Penn Community Bank, Steve Jordan, and Kyle and Damian VanHart.

The Bucks County Community College Foundation presented its Community Awards Thursday, March 16, recognizing several individuals and organizations for their support of the public, two-year college. The honors were presented at the 9th Annual Bucks Community Awards & Breakfast at the Newtown campus.

The awards acknowledge the support of Associate Professor Edward Ferdinand, Penn Community Bank, Steve Jordan, and Kyle and Damian VanHart.

“We gratefully recognize the people and organizations who have helped us advance our mission in the areas of education, volunteerism, community, and partnership,” said Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, college president. “Such support from throughout the community helps Bucks continue to provide accessible, affordable higher education and training to all who need it.”

Honored were:

Education Category: Edward Ferdinand, Associate Professor, Music. Ferdinand (pictured, left), who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, made his debut as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 15 and his Carnegie Hall debut at age 17. As a faculty member, Ferdinand has facilitated gifts from the Presser Foundation that totaled $65,000, a gift from an anonymous donor of $72,000, and spearheaded the effort to make Bucks an “All Steinway” school, enabling the college to acquire 10 Steinway pianos over eight years. Ferdinand teaches piano, music theory, and ear training, and accompanies the college choir.

Community Category: Penn Community Bank (pictured, President and CEO Jeane Coyle, second from left). Founded in 2015 with the merger of First Federal of Bucks County and First Savings Bank of Perkasie, both banks have been very supportive of the college for decades. They have supported the Golf Classic and the Tyler Tasting Party since the early 1990s, and established four $2,500 annual scholarships. First Federal played a crucial role in the college securing the Bristol Township property that now is home to the Lower Bucks Campus. Penn Community Bank is the presenting sponsor of “Show Some HeART” art gallery events at the Lower Bucks Campus, and sponsors the Business Department’s “Business @ Bucks” Speaker and Networking Series in honor of recently retired CEO Frederick Schea.  

Partnership Category: Steve Jordan. Jordan (pictured, third from left) and his family established “BEAN: The Christine Jordan Memorial Scholarship” in memory of their daughter who died of a drug overdose at age 22. The Jordan family has been open to talk about their heartbreaking experience, and have helped others get into drug rehabilitation programs. Steve Jordan attended Bucks for a short time, became a chemical engineer and worked for Betz Labs for more than 20 years. Each student who receives his family’s scholarship is guaranteed up to four semesters in tuition and fees. This scholarship has been instrumental in giving many Bucks students a second chance after completing a rehabilitation program.

Volunteer Category: Bucks alumni Damian VanHart (pictured, fourth from left) and Kyle VanHart (not pictured). The VanHart brothers have volunteered for the Tyler Tasting Party every year since 2005, when they were both students at Bucks. In the very first year they volunteered, they took charge and alleviated staff of many worries. Their experience in catering and “can do” attitude make them both extremely reliable, hardworking and trusted volunteers. Over the years, the brothers have given over 150 hours of their time to this event.

The 9th Annual Bucks Community Awards & Breakfast featured comments from Bucks President Stephanie Shanblatt (pictured, second from right), BCCC Foundation Board President Constance Furman, BCCC class of ‘91, and Brian Jeter, Sr. (pictured, right), Director of Government Affairs at Comcast. Also attending were Bucks County Commissioners Charles Martin, Robert Loughery, and Diane Ellis-Marseglia.  Executives and members of the Bucks County business community in attendance also heard from alumnus Dave Parks, a graduate of the college’s metalwork training program, who shared his inspiring story about how attending Bucks changed his life. The event was supported by Comcast as presenting sponsor, and event partners Action Manufacturing Company, Beneficial Bank, and John  G. Millet J.D. Mediation.

About the Bucks County Community College Foundation

The BCCC Foundation was established in 1982 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational trust to provide expanded resources for the college’s growth and development. Foundation funds support instructional resources, campus facilities, scholarships and awards, cultural activities and special college projects. To learn more, visit www.bucks.edu/foundation, call 215-968-8224 or email foundation@bucks.edu

Jean Dolan
Assistant Director, Public Relations
215-968-8094/8093