WILKES-BARRE — The administration of King’s College feted their donors, benefactors and students on Saturday night at the 41st annual President’s Dinner.
More than 200 attended the black-tie affair held at the campus.
College President the Rev. John Ryan thanked the group of supporters for their “loyalty and devotion.” The annual dinner is an opportunity to express appreciation to them for with their “time, treasures and talents,” he said.
Five students were chosen to be the honorees at the dinner. They were selected by members of the faculty and administration, according to Freddie Pettit, vice president for institutional advancement. The five were chosen based on their academic performance, involvement in extra-curricular activities and sports, and their commitment to community service, Pettit said.
The group personifies a high-quality return on investment that the school’s donors and board of directors can see, he said.
The students selected were Katheryn Avila, a computer science major and Hispanic outreach scholar; Ryan Cordingly, finance major, football team captain and Moreau scholar; Molly Dahl, business administration major and Moreau scholar; Christina Marvin, biology and chemistry major, and Moreau scholar and Anthony Scaccia, math major and presidential scholar.
Cordingly said he was shocked when he learned he was chosen. Nearing graduation, he said the education he received at King’s provided ways to develop networking skills and will open future employment opportunities.
He will begin a career with the Target corporation right after graduation.
An accolade such as this one is a “true honor and a valuable experience,” Cordingly said.
Pettit added this year’s spring time dinner was scheduled in conjunction with the board of directors’ meeting earlier on Saturday. The board approved a healthy and “balanced budget,” Pettit said, which will help the school continue its advancements for the next five years.
Working with financial stability and new academic programs, Pettit said there are a lot of exciting plans ahead including new academic programs geared to meet the demands of employers locally and internationally.
“There is a lot to be excited about at King’s right now,” he said.
Ryan said success comes from establishing good friendships. He said at King’s students and faculty enjoy a “fellowship.” In addition, the donors of the school maintain long-term relationships with the college.
He pointed to the five student honorees as a “showcase” of the talent the school has helped develop. They came from diverse backgrounds and from local communities as well as from outside northeast Pennsylvania, Ryan added.
Pettit stressed the school’s mission centers around developing “engaged minds, inspired hearts and purposeful lives.”