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    Bucks celebrates 10th anniversary of Lower Bucks campus with new name

    Bucks County Community College, which has been offering courses in the Bristol area for more than 30 years, marked the 10th anniversary of its Lower Bucks Campus building by naming it in honor of a generous supporter of higher education.

    The Gene and Marlene Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks recognizes the largest single gift to the college in its 53-year history.

    “Gene and Marlene have impacted the lives of thousands of people through their care and generosity,” Stephanie Shanblatt, college president, said when announcing the dedication at a September anniversary celebration. “Through their family foundation, they continue to inspire others to help champion many charitable causes addressing education, healthcare, homelessness, hunger, and unemployment.”

    Stephanie noted that in 2007, the Epsteins established a scholarship fund at BCCC to help build a bridge to higher education for those in need.

    Since then, 79 high school graduates have received the scholarship to continue their education at BCCC.

    Also at the celebration, four people were recognized as “Lower Bucks Campus Champions” for their contributions to the vibrant life of the college over the last decade. Honored were James Ewart, William Pezza, Rodney Miller, and Rose Marie Strippoli.

    The Gene and Marlene Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks is one of three Bucks County Community College campuses, in addition to the original Newtown campus and the Upper Bucks Campus in Perkasie.

    Located on 14 acres at 1304 Veterans Highway in Bristol Township, the 55,000 square-foot building includes classrooms, labs, an art studio, a library, a café, an outdoor plaza and public meeting spaces.

    To learn more, visit www.bucks.edu/lbc or call 267-685-4800.

    PHOTO CAPS:

    1. Gene Epstein (left) addresses the 10th anniversary celebration for Bucks County Community College’s Lower Bucks Campus, while his wife, Marlene (right) and college president Stephanie Shanblatt look on.
    2. Named “Lower Bucks Campus Champions” were, from left, Rose Marie Strippoli, artist and cofounder of the Gallery at Lower Bucks Campus; former Truman High School guidance counselor James Ewart; Rodney Miller, artist and co-founder of the Gallery at LBC; and William Pezza, adjunct faculty member, author, civic leader and political debate moderator.