Rick Pambianco, a 1977 graduate of Penn State University and a Penn State Worthington Scranton alumnus, has been named 2007 Alumnus of the Year by the Penn State Worthington Scranton Alumni Society.
Mr. Pambianco, a charter member of the Penn State Worthington Scranton Alumni Society, has been a very active member and volunteer with the organization for the past 20 years and has held all executive board positions. He is a past member of the Worthington Scranton Advisory Board, served on Alumni Council and is a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association.
He has been active in fundraising to support scholarship and program endowments, the Alumni Grand Destiny campaign, and campus renovations and improvements, including the Occupational Therapy Lab, Nursing Center and soon to be constructed Business Building at the local campus.
Mr. Pambianco has served as chairperson for numerous alumni event committees, including the Society's annual golf tournament, Breakfast with the Lion and Casino Night fundraisers, Penn State Night at the Red Barons and basketball trips to University Park, among others.
He actively participates in the campus open houses, student luncheons, parades and corporate alumni breakfasts and lunches, in addition to serving with the Mentor Program, Paws for a Cause, the Reading Program, annual Christmas card, clothing and food drives and Christmas with Special Children.
"We are extremely fortunate to have someone like Rick involved in our organization," said Lou Ingargiola, Penn State Worthington Scranton Alumni Society President. "He has contributed so much to the success of our programs and events and has truly made a huge impact. It truly is our pleasure to be able to recognize him in this way."
The Worthington Scranton campus has also benefited from Mr. Pambianco's speaking talents over the years. He has addressed gatherings at several campus open houses, at Commencement activities, welcoming new graduates into the Alumni Society, and at the Worthington Scranton Faculty Senate, outlining the mission and purpose of campus alumni and the role they play in the community.
He has also spoken at the annual Honors Dinner, presenting Outstanding Scholar Awards to students who achieved the highest grade point average in their chosen major.
In addition to his involvement at Penn State Worthington Scranton, Mr. Pambianco is also active within his community, having served as a past officer with the Jessup Carbino Club, past president of Valley Youth Soccer, and has coached Youth Soccer, Little League, Babe Ruth, Teener League and football for the Blue Ridge and Mid Valley school districts.
He resides in Archbald with his wife, Marina. They have three children: Tony, Macungie, and Luke and Emily, at home. He is employed as a contracts manager by L3 Communications Corporation's Link Simulation and Training Division, Binghamton, NY where he manages Air Force programs for the Binghamton, NY and Arlington, TX facilities.
The Penn State Worthington Scranton Alumni Society will honor Mr. Pambianco at a special reception on Thursday, Feb. 21.