Penn State Announces Senior Class Gift

Story posted October 25, 2018 in CommRadio, News by Maddie Biertempfel

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Penn State's Class Gift Campaign announced today the legacy the class of 2019 will leave on campus.

"I am un-bee-lievably happy to announce that the class of 2019 has chosen to support the pollinators' garden entry gate," Tom Beeby, Executive Director of the Class Gift Campaign, said.

As a new addition to the arboretum, the garden will explain pollinators' relationship to plants, and support pollinator research.

Students' other choices were an LGBTQA+ Student Resource Center emergency fund or a scholarship for Work Link, a certificate program at Penn State meant to help students with intellectual disabilities.

Penn State Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Rich Bundy said the garden will leave a lasting imprint, like past class gifts, including the HUB aquarium and "We Are" sculpture outside Beaver Stadium.

"The arboretum will soon fulfill its longstanding vision for a garden that will attract and sustain native pollinators, species of birds and insects," Bundy said.

Construction for the garden is set to begin in early 2019.



Maddie Biertempfel is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism and political science. To contact her, email

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Maddie is a newscast member for CommRadio, where she has experience anchoring, writing readers and creating original wraps. She is an anchor for Penn State Network Television News, a weekly 30-minute broadcast featuring local and national news. She is a package producer for 46LIVE, leading a 5-person crew that produces weekly packages to be shown during the 46LIVE broadcast of THON. She contributes to the Centre Daily Times through a select six-person reporting class, covering Penn State events and writing features relevant to Centre County. She previously covered the student government and administration beat for The Daily Collegian, where she spearheaded a multimedia series that profiled candidates leading up to student government elections. She aspires to be a political reporter for a TV news organization. Follow her on Twitter @mbiertempfel or email her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)