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Official Dedication of the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellance and Rossman Park

Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellance and Rossman Park

With a ceremony and ribbon cutting, the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence and Rossman Park were officially dedicated Aug. 18, 2011.


Chancellor Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry gave remarks along with James Broadhurst, immediate past chair of the Penn State Board of Trustees; senior business major Stephanie McConville; and local philanthropists Steve and Nancy Sheetz, in whose honor the building was named. Mayor William Schirf read a proclamation and declared Aug. 18 Penn State Altoona Entrepreneurial Excellence Day.


A $3 million gift from Steve and Nancy Sheetz helped purchase and renovate the former Meyer Jonasson building in downtown Altoona, now the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, as well as Rossman Park. The building will support academic research, education and community engagement in entrepreneurship, and serve as the home for the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) organization.


WMF designed the building and urban park, which was a renovation of the former Meyer-Jonasson’s women’s clothing store and vacant lot.


Architect Anna Childe of Weber Murphy Fox’s State College office consulted with faculty on the spaces they needed and built around them, Bechtel-Wherry said.


“It’s edgy and modern,” Bechtel-Wherry said.  It has “clean lines” and lots of light, she said.  And with the Times Square-style stock ticker on the first floor, visible from the new parklet next door and designated Rossman Park in honor of former banker Bill Rossman and his wife, Judy, “it really feels like the city,” Bechtel-Wherry said.

Rossman Park
Rossman Park
Sheetz Center Lounge

Sheetz Center Lounge