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Alumnus Ronald A. Burger, Drums, co-owner of George Burger & Sons Inc. Garden Center, Luzerne County, received a Mentorship Award from Pennsylvania College of Technology during summer commencement at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport. The award recognizes alumni, individuals or businesses that have made significant or ongoing contributions to the education and development of Penn College students by providing mentorship opportunities or professional guidance. Burger, a 1978 nursery management graduate of the college’s predecessor, Williamsport Area Community College, has been involved with the family business since 1968. Upon graduation, he expanded it to include retail nursery and greenhouse operations. A second retail location followed in 1998 and both sites were consolidated at the Mountain Top headquarters in 2002. During the past two years, Burger joined faculty in chaperoning, mentoring and encouraging Penn College horticulture majors during spring Student Career Days competitions in Kansas and Alabama. He has also returned as a campus volunteer during High School Field Days and Spring Open House. Burger is also involved in many community, school and church organizations. He hosted the “Garden Spot,” a local television production on gardening, from 1998 to 2012 and teaches adult gardening classes at Crestwood High School.

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