56th Annual Meeting

Business Meeting

As has been our tradition since our founding in 1960, the PS&E Foundation held our regular annual meeting on Miami’s Oxford campus. It was a full day, beginning with the Board of Trustees’ meeting to discuss the best use of our resources to support the students in the paper engineering program at Miami University.

Group of student who attended the meeting

Student Recognition Banquet

Students, parents, faculty and staff attended the Student Recognition Banquet where 56 students received scholarships from the Paper Science and Engineering Foundation.

Special Recognition

We were very pleased to introduce Domtar, Sofidel America and WestRock as 1809 Society members and Georgia-Pacific, Packaging Corporation of America and Solenis as Papermakers Council members. Such an endorsement of our mission is an indication of the importance of our efforts.

Williams Leadership Scholarship Awardees

Anna Brandmeier and Megan Stoy expressed their appreciation to Mr. Williams on behalf of all eight full-tuition scholarship winners.

J-Term in Austria

Miranda Caudle, Tyler Jamison, and Max Verellen featured some choice photos and recounted some significant highlights of what the group learned during their trip to Austria in January 2016.

Student TAPPI

Cory Macke, the President of Student TAPPI, reported on the group’s accomplishments for the year.

PSEF Paper Pledge Campaign

Graduating Senior Kirsten Anderson reported on the new PSEF Paper Pledge program, which is a grass- roots movement among the students to give back to the foundation. Kirsten was very pleased to report an 82% participation rate. Way to go! We’re anxious to see the program grow over the coming years.

Previous award winners

Williams Appreciation

All the Williams Leadership Scholarship awardees were asked to consider giving back to endow a scholarship in Bob and Barbara Williams’ name in recognition of the phenomenal support that the Williamses give to the top Miami paper engineering students. This fund will be continued into the future and endowed once it reaches the minimum $25,000, and continue to collect funds so that the value of the scholarship continues to build over time. The newly endowed scholarship fund will recognize the generosity of one of the industry’s greatest leaders.

Woody Tyler Scholarship

Woody Tyler was recognized, too, with a special scholarship endowed by his employer, Kadant. The company memorialized Mr. Tyler for his years of service as the VP of Sales for their Black Clawson division. Mrs. Tyler and her daughter were on hand to award the very first Woody Tyler scholarship to Chloe Hazen, a graduating senior who had accepted a job with Glatfelter in Chillicothe, OH.

Dr. Merwin Miller Scholarship

In recognition of Dr. Miller’s accomplishments as a faculty member of the paper department, one of his former students, Ms. Deborah Hopen, made the final contribution to the fund so that it could be endowed and the scholarship distributed. The first Merwin Miller Memorial Scholarship awardee was Brooke Hitchcock, a rising junior in the paper program.

Keynote Address

The keynote speaker was Mr. John Panichella, the President and CEO of Solenis. Solenis is recognized as the top global producer of specialty papermaking chemicals. Mr. Panichella urged the students to consider the culture of the company as they search for permanent positions upon graduation.

Mr. Tony Curtis, President and CEO of Sofidel Americas, will be our keynote speaker in 2017. Sofidel is a top-tier member of the PS&E Foundation and is building a brand new tissue mill in Circleville, OH. Mr. Curtis is going to share details about his personal career path as well as about Sofidel America. We’re looking forward to what he has to say!

Jon Kerr's Retirement

Lastly, Jon Kerr was recognized for his service to the PS&E Foundation as its Executive Director. Jon was at the helm of the organization since coming on board in January of 2011. In November 2015, he announced his decision to retire. The Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, Assistant Director Candace Crist, and all the students made the evening very special with many statements of appreciation as well as parting gifts. It was a grand night.