HU Annual Gala Set for April 8th at Zembo Shrine! Event to honor David Schankweiler

Mark April 8th on your calendar for the Harrisburg University Gala!  The 2017 event will honor David Schankweiler and feature keynote remarks from Dr. Mae C. Jemison, former NASA astronaut and the first African American woman in space.

Planning is underway and invitations will be forthcoming for the annual event, set to take place at the Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg, PA.
Mr. Schankweiler is the founder, and former CEO and owner of Journal Multimedia, a multi-titled, multi-media publishing, print, web, video, research and events company including the Central Penn Business Journal, NJBIZ, Lehigh Valley Business, Central Penn Parent, Pet Age, Best Companies Group, FGV Media, and various other annual publications, directories and events. After 32 years of growing the company, Dave sold the business to New Media Inc. in 2016.

He sits on several for-profit company boards and has had leadership roles in several national industry associations.  He has served his hometown in numerous nonprofit volunteer positions and leadership roles. His proudest community achievement was serving as the founding board chair for 10 years Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. In its eleventh year, the school now boasts enrollment of 4,100 undergraduate and graduate students from 75 countries.

Dr. Mae C. Jemison is currently leading 100 Year Starship (100YSS) an initiative seed funded by DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) to assure the capability for human interstellar space travel to another star is possible within the next 100 years. She also is founder of the technology consulting firm, The Jemison Group, Inc. that integrates the critical impact of socio-cultural issues when designing and implementing technologies, such as their projects on using satellite technology for health care delivery in West Africa and solar dish Stirling engines for electricity generation in developing countries.

Dr. Jemison, the first woman of color in the world to go into space, served six years as a NASA astronaut. She flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-47 Spacelab J(apan) mission in September 1992 and was NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist performing experiments in material science, life science and human adaptation to weightlessness.

Started after she left NASA, The Jemison Group also explores and develops stand-alone science and technology programs and companies. BioSentient Corporation, a medical technology devices and services company focused on improving health and human performance through physiologic awareness and self-regulation is such a company.

A strong, committed global voice for science literacy, in 1994 Jemison founded the international science camp The Earth We Share™ (TEWS) for students 12-16 years old from around the world, and founded and chairs the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence, a 501(c)3. TEWS-Space Race launched summer 2011 to improve science achievement in Los Angeles area students underserved and underrepresented in the sciences. Over four years its goal is to directly impact up to 10,000 middle school students and train 600 teachers. In October 2006 the Foundation developed the program Reality Leads Fantasy—Celebrating Women of Color in Flight that highlighted women in aviation and space from around the world. Dr. Jemison serves as national advocate for Bayer Corporation’s award winning Making Science Make Sense program.

An environmental studies professor at Dartmouth College, Jemison taught sustainable development and technology design and ran The Jemison Institute for Advancing Technologies in Developing Countries. She was an A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University.

For information on sponsoring the event, tickets or to receive updates, contact Jon Knorr of Harrisburg University Advancement Office at