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Dr. Marilyn L. Steinbright to Receive the College’s Associates' Award at Fundraising Luncheon on Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Allentown, PA (February 2, 2006) – Dr. Marilyn L. Steinbright will be honored as the recipient of the 2006 Cedar Crest College Associates’ Award. Steinbright will receive the award at the Associates’ Award Luncheon, Tuesday, March 7th at Noon in the Dining Room of the Tompkins College Center, Cedar Crest College. Steinbright is a former Trustee of the College and will be recognized for her substantial contributions to the College and the community.

Marilyn Steinbright ’56 has distinguished herself both as a philanthropist and volunteer. Steinbright served as a Trustee of Cedar Crest College from 1971-1986. Both of her parents – Harold Dixon Steinbright and Edith Steinbright – also previously served as College Trustees.

Since the 1950s the members of the Steinbright family have been champions of Cedar Crest College. The family has established several endowed scholarships at the College and has generously supported Cedar Crest in many ways. In 2001, Steinbright, as president of the Arcadia Foundation, made a gift of $5 million to Cedar Crest, in support of the College’s endowment. This represented the largest single gift given to Cedar Crest College at the time.

The $5 million gift towards the College’s endowment expanded the generosity of the Steinbright family to Cedar Crest. The Arcadia Foundation made a $1 million gift to Cedar Crest in 1995 to support advanced technology in the College’s library/learning resource center and to expand the College’s library collection. The money from that grant also allowed the College to connect faculty and students to a new campus network centralized in the library, as well as to the larger global web. It provided for the wiring of the residence halls for Internet access and it moved the faculty towards making the curriculum more interactive, creating multi-media classrooms and laboratories.

Previously the Steinbright family established the Marilyn Lee Steinbright Scholarship at the College and furnished a chemistry lab in the Pool Science Center. In 1969, Cedar Crest named its new residence hall, Steinbright Hall in honor of the family. Through the Arcadia Foundation, Steinbright also supported colleges and universities throughout the region including Ursinus College, Arcadia University, The University of Pennsylvania Nursing School, Delaware Valley College, Moravian College, Widener University, Harcum College, Muhlenberg College, Temple University - Ambler, The University of Sciences, Wilkes University, Lincoln University, Lehigh University, Cabrini College and Drexel University to name a few.

Aside from receiving a bachelor’s degree in education from Cedar Crest, Marilyn received an honorary doctor of humane letters from the College in 1989. She holds additional honors from Arcadia University and Ursinus College.

Although she taught in the Perkiomen Joint School System and Lower Providence School Districts for many years, Marilyn is best known for her volunteer and service work in southeastern Pennsylvania. Along with her mother, the Delaware Valley Chapter of the NSFRE named Marilyn philanthropist of the year in 1988. She has served on the boards of the Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Contemporary Art, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Wildlife Preservation International, the Arthritis Foundation, and Friends of Valley Forge Park. A supporter of the arts, the Arcadia Theatre at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre Company is named for the Steinbright Family foundation.

In receiving the award, Steinbright joins a distinguished group of past honorees: the late Charles Fletcher, past-president of the associates (2005); Charles and Constance Noonan, long-term associates of the College (2004); Dr. Anne Okal Winkler, Cedar Crest College Trustee and pioneer in the field of nursing (2003); the late Abram Samuels, Cedar Crest College Trustee, philanthropist and former Chairman of the Board of Automatic Devices, Inc. (2002); Kathryn Stephanoff, Director of the Allentown Public Library (2001); Joan Miller Moran, activist and volunteer (2000); Helen M. Whitaker ’71, Vice President of Administration at Northampton Community College (1999); Cynthia Blaschak ’84, Cedar Crest College Trustee (1998); Jane S. Baker ’67, former Pennsylvania State Representative and former Lehigh County Executive (1997); Elsbeth G. Haymon, community activist and development director for Community Services for Children (1996); The Honorable Madeline Palladino (1995); Alice Anne Miller, Cedar Crest College Trustee (1994); and Ardath Rodale, CEO, Rodale Inc. (1993).

Founded in 1964, the Associates of Cedar Crest College are business, professional and civic leaders from the greater Lehigh Valley area who have demonstrated a continuing interest toward the pursuit of excellence in the liberal arts education of women. The Associates joined the College in an effort to develop close ties with business and community leaders and to directly participate in the development of higher education. In 1981, they began awarding student scholarships in order to play a more substantial role in educating future leaders. The Associates also assist the Board of Trustees and the President in achieving a broader community understanding of the philosophy and educational program of the College. They are encouraged to participate in the life of the College community so they can benefit from its cultural experience and be better equipped to share the values, talents and resources of Cedar Crest with the community.

Tickets to the Associates’ Awards Luncheon honoring Marilyn Steinbright are still available at $35/person or $300 per table (8 places). For tickets and information, contact the Cedar Crest College Special Events Hotline at 610-740-3791.


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