Dennis F. and Patricia A. Ringling, a longtime forestry professor and his alumna spouse, plan to establish a scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology through a bequest in their will.
Dennis, who was honored in 2010 with the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award, has been a member of the Penn College faculty since 1972. His wife, a 1991 graduate of the college's occupational therapy assistant major, was employed for 10 years with the Children's Development Center.
"We've been blessed," said Patricia, who is currently a massage therapist and yoga instructor. "The college has been very good to our family, and it just felt right to give back."
The Ringlings' three daughters Alison, Andrea and Ashley all attended The Pennsylvania State University, and Andrea graduated from Penn College's physician assistant major in 2000.
Decades after he joined the faculty at the former Williamsport Area Community College, Dennis hasn't lost his enthusiasm for taking students into the natural surroundings of the college's Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood.
"I still like what I'm doing; teaching keeps me on my toes," he said. "I like working out in the woods. I love it when I'm outside."
In that regard, he said, the scholarship mirrors his profession.
Whether investing in future enrollees through planned giving or instilling in today's students the importance of environmental stewardship, "it's how we take care of a very valuable resource."