Crandall Challenge

WHARTON GRADUATE EMERITUS SOCIETY

Crandall Challenge

THE WHARTON GRADUATE EMERITUS SOCIETY

2020 Crandall Challenge Citation Winners

Antipolo, Philippines

Following his career in several Philippine companies that included electric and water public utilities, electronic and pharmaceutical industries, Filemon has devoted his retirement to the Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology (PFST). This Foundation, of which he was a founder, has the objective of creating a critical mass of young people exposed to science with the intent of preparing them for engineering and technological careers. As President and Chair of the PFST Board of Trustees, he has developed outreach programs that involve 400,000 Philippine high school students each year. They created the Philippine Science Centrum, the first interactive science museum in the country. Since the Philippines is an archipelago, they created 7 mobile exhibits that over the years have been visited by 7 million students and teachers. They have trained 6000 teachers all over the country. Filemon also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Philippine Science High School, the University of the Philippines and the Batangas State University, both of which have a student population of over 35,000.

Zirconia, NC

Reid’s career  included  starting his own medical diagnostic business.  When he  ‘retired’ , he become part of a STEAM Tech Team, volunteers who work to support  Science, Technology, Engineering Art and Math programs in the schools located in the Greenville, SC metro area.  The volunteers are retired professionals active in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Furman University.    The programs include: E-Nable Prosthetic Hands , Vex competition robotics, Biomolecules, Quadcopters and Drones 3-D printing and designs.  “E-Nable” is a worldwide movement of  tinkerers, engineers, 3D print enthusiasts, occupational therapists, university professors, designers, parents, families, artists, students, teachers and people who just want to make a difference by printing on 3D printers hands that they give for free to children all over the world.  Over 700 hands were created by over 3200 volunteers around the globe.

Glen Mills, PA

Russell built a successful career as a registered investment advisor.  He did this while overcoming barrier set implicitly for someone who is sight impaired.

Appointed as a Commissioner of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission for 15 years under three U.S. Presidents.

St. Paul, MN

Bill is involved in the Neighborhood Development Centers (NDC) established for residents and neighborhood groups of all communities to have the talent, energy and ideas to develop and revitalize their own neighborhoods through entrepreneurship.  They do this through four integrated programs:  *Entrepreneur Training; Small Busi ness Lending and financing; Technical Assistance and Business Incubators.  NDC has initiated the “Build from Within Alliance” with organizations across the country who are adopting and adapting the NDC model.  Together with his wife Susan, Bill has funder the Sands Family Social Venturing Fellowship for Carlson School of Management Students at the University of Minnesota.

2020 Crandall Challenge Citation Honor Roll

Alan Ahrens, WG’63

Lynchburg, VA

Alan has devoted himself to being a “Business Mentor” for SCORE (a nonprofit dedicated to providing experienced ‘retired’ business executives to provide face-to-face help for new businesses as business counselors and mentors.) The Lynchburg SCORE chapter has provided business counseling to over 600 clients from several large counties in Central Virginia.

Alan was also a founding director of the central Virginia Academy for Nonprofit Excellence (CVANE), which is affiliated with the Central Virginia Community College and has established a Certification in Non-Profit Management.

John Baker, WG’68

Wallowa, OR

When John and his wife retired to a 63 acre ranch in Oregon, in 2001, they devoted their talents, time and energy as Founders, Board member and Treasurer of the “Joseph Branch Trail “ consortium which is a $20,000,000 trail restoration project in Wallowa County, Oregon. In addition to walking/biking/hiking/riding trails, a major goal is also to improve the fish habitats of Steelhead and Chinook salmon. In addition to working with Oregon and federal agencies and the Bonneville Power Administration, John works closely with the sovereign nation of the New Pierce Tribe to restore Fish Habitat in the Wallowa River in Oregon, which is part of the coho salmon 600 mile journey that includes the Pacific Ocean, as well as the Columbia and Snake Rivers

Alan was also a founding director of the central Virginia Academy for Nonprofit Excellence (CVANE), which is affiliated with the Central Virginia Community College and has established a Certification in Non-Profit Management.

Filemon Berba, WG’64

Antipolo, Philippines

Following his career in several Philippine companies that included electric and water public utilities, electronic and pharmaceutical industries, Filemon has devoted his retirement to the Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology (PFST). This Foundation, of which he was a founder, has the objective of creating a critical mass of young people exposed to science with the intent of preparing them for engineering and technological careers. As President and Chair of the PFST Board of Trustees, he has developed outreach programs that involve 400,000 Philippine high school students each year. They created the Philippine Science Centrum, the first interactive science museum in the country. Since the Philippines is an archipelago, they created 7 mobile exhibits that over the years have been visited by 7 million students and teachers. They have trained 6000 teachers all over the country. Filemon also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Philippine Science High School, the University of the Philippines and the Batangas State University, both of which have a student population of over 35,000.

Alan was also a founding director of the central Virginia Academy for Nonprofit Excellence (CVANE), which is affiliated with the Central Virginia Community College and has established a Certification in Non-Profit Management.