and David Nurnberger received the WCSU Foundation Community Service
Award from last year’s recipients Dianne and Bob Yamin at the annual
WestConn Society Luncheon held March 28 at the Matrix Corporate
Center in Danbury. In accepting the award, David described two young
women from the jungles of southern Mexico who have gained the
ability to pursue their dream of attending college thanks to Simply
Smiles, Inc., a charitable organization founded by his son, Bryan
Nurnberger. He offered a heartfelt testament to the charity’s work
in improving the daily lives and building bright futures for
impoverished children, and assured his audience that Western has an
important role to play in changing lives.
Both Nancy and David have been active
volunteers in the greater Danbury community for many years. David
has served for four years as chairman of the WCSU Foundation Board
of Directors. The couple recently established the David and Nancy
Nurnberger Scholarship Fund dedicated to provide annual grants for
education students who plan to pursue teaching careers.
The annual WestConn Society Luncheon has been a
fixture at the university for 31 years, celebrating
donors to the WCSU Foundation
who help to make possible many programs and scholarships at Western.
President James W. Schmotter offered welcoming remarks, and guests
viewed a video about the building now under construction on the
Westside campus, slated for completion in 2014, to house programs of
the School of Visual and Performing Arts. Introducing the award
honorees, Schmotter lauded the Nurnbergers for the example they have
set as community guardians.
Dr. Abbey Zink, interim dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences, was the keynote speaker at the event attended by
more than 120 donors. She presented a video and lecture on WCSU’s
“Building a Bridge to Improve Student Success” program, the
nationally recognized outreach project in the Danbury and Bethel
school systems to promote enhanced preparation of middle and high
school students for future college studies. The program’s
effectiveness has been demonstrated by a dramatic decline in the
number of Danbury and Bethel students who are required to take
remedial writing and math coursework as entering freshmen at WCSU
and other colleges.
Praxair and other local corporations have been major supporters of
the Bridge program.
Above photo: (Left to right) Bob Yamin
presents Community Service Award to David and Nancy Nurnberger while
Dianne Yamin and President Schmotter look on.