Penn State Berks History in Video

A 90-minute video documenting the history of Penn State Berks was created in honor of our 50th anniversary. The following clips represent a sampling of interviews included in the video. Hear the history of Penn State Berks told by the individuals who helped to make it happen.

Dr. Harold Perkins Dr. Harold Perkins
CEO Emeritus (1959 - 1984)
Part 1 of 3 - Part 2 of 3 - Part 3 of 3
(1) The college's roots as the Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute (2) A special gift to the campus and the development of facilities (3) Academic programs, faculty, and enrollment expand

Dr. Frederick Gaige Dr. Frederick Gaige
Dean and CEO Emeritus (1984 - 2001)
Part 1 of 3 - Part 2 of 3 - Part 3 of 3
(1) Land acquisition, new academic programs, capital campaigns (2) Campus growth and community relationships (3) Penn State Berks becomes a College of the University

 Dr. Susan Phillips Speece Dr. Susan Phillips Speece
Former Chancellor of Penn State Berks
Thoughts about what makes Penn State Berks a special place


Elizabeth Bowman Rothermel Elizabeth Bowman Rothermel
Great-granddaughter of Henry Janssen
How the Janssen family shaped the campus' history


Robert Kearns Robert M. Kearns
Penn State grad, retired Carpenter exec, Donor
The value of supporting education through scholarships


David Thun David L. Thun
Grandson of Ferdinand Thun
The college's historical relationship to Berks County industry


Gregory Flemming Gregory Flemming
Graduate of Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute
The legacy of WPI and the role of Penn State Berks in the county's future


Lois Cohen Lois E. Cohen
Penn State Alumnus, Donor, Advisory Board Member
The Cohen Cyber Cafe and the Irvin and Lois E. Cohen Trustee Scholarship


Dr. James Sterganos Dr. James P. Sterganos
Retired Director of Business Services, Donor
Sterganos saw the campus through over 37 years of growth


Robert Gifford Robert L. Gifford
Son-in-law of George Luerssen, Donor
The life of George Luerssen, a key player in the campus development


Howard Howard O. "Mike" Beaver
Donor, former Advisory Board member
The capital campaigns that enabled us to build our campus


Dr. Doris Turkes Dr. Doris J. Turkes
Assistant Professor Sociology, Women's Studies
Stories of faculty life at the campus' first location (Vanity Fair)


 Dr. Henry Patterson Dr. Henry O. Patterson
Retired Coordinator of Applied Psychology Degree Program and Assistant Professor of Psychology
Development of 4 year degree in Applied Psychology


 Dr. Michael Riley Dr. Michael D. Riley
Professor of English
Faculty perspectives on the last 26 years at Penn State Berks


Edward and Helen Hintz Edward R. and Helen Hintz
Penn State Grads and Donors
A gift to Penn State helps build the Hintz Athletic Complex


Andrew Romberger Dr. Andrew R. Romberger
Retired Assistant Professor of Physics
Changes in faculty research and commencement exercises


Thomas P. Handwerk, CPA Thomas P. Handwerk, CPA
Past Berks Advisory Board Member
First-hand account of land acquisition that made our campus possible


Dr. Michael Moyer Dr. Michael R. Moyer
Program Coordinator, Kinesiology Exercise Option
Changes in the athletic program at Penn State Berks


Dennis Mays Dennis L. Mays
Chief Financial Officer, Donor, Penn State Alumnus
Being a student in the seventies, technological changes, working at Penn State


Vincent Iannucci Vincent A. Iannucci
Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute Alumnus, Donor
Attending WPI, establishing the WPI Affiliate Group, donating to Penn State Berks


Dr. Stam Zervanos Dr. Stam Zervanos
Emeritus Professor of Biology and Head of the Science Division
Changes in the campus and the Science program since 1972


Alexa Wojciechowski Alexa Wojciechowski
Penn State Berks staff member and PSU alumnus
Life as a Penn State Berks student in the 70's, starting Alumni Society


Vincent Scalese Vincent Scalese
WPI alumnus, donor, and former Advisory Board member
Attending WPI as a Textile Machine Works employee


Michael W. Martin Michael W. Martin, CPA
1974 graduate of Penn State Berks
Memories of the campus' early days, quality of a Penn State education


Dr. David Bender Dr. David S. Bender
Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, Registrar
Development of the elementary education program at Penn State Berks


Walter Fullam Walter F. Fullam
Director of Continuing Education
Programs that support the community through educational initiatives


Dr. James A. Bardi Dr. James A. Bardi
Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management Program
Degree programs brought to Berks, increased diversity, World Campus


Patrick Kohrman C. Patrick Kohrman
Chief Information Officer, Senior Lecturer in Management Information Sciences
The changing role of technology at the college


Dr. Paul Esqueda Dr. Paul D. Esqueda
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Academic environment and new degree programs


Drs. Ike and Lisa Shibley Dr. Ike Shibley and Dr. Lisa Shibley
Associate Professor of Chemistry and former Director of Planning Research and Assessment
Opportunities and rewards at Berks, Science program, undergraduate research


Dr. Blaine Steensland Dr. Blaine E. Steensland
Senior Director of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Donor
Changes in student life and student population over the last twenty years


These videos were created by the Penn State Berks Center for Learning & Teaching.
For more information, e-mail Mary Ann Mengel.