BC3 Education Foundation, Inc. honors 2014 Distinguished Alumni

(Butler, PA) Butler County Community College Education Foundation, Inc. honored the 2014 Distinguished Alumni, donors, and student scholarship awardees at the Oak Hill Legacy Dinner on Saturday, October 18 in Founders Hall on main campus. Stephen J. Newcaster was named 2014 Distinguished Alumni along with Robert R. Heaton and Ed Shields who were named 2014 Honorary Distinguished Alumni.

Stephen J. Newcaster earned associate degrees from BC3 in Architectural and Civil Technologies in 1995 and 1996. After graduation, he secured employment with Stantec (formerly Burt Hill) where he is now the Senior Associate. Newcaster has collaborated with the Architectural Program at BC3, guest teaching architectural graphics and visualization. He is a former board member of Butler Downtown and currently chairs the Design Committee. Newcaster is also a board member for the Butler County Historical Society. In 2000, Newcaster received a Visualization Award from the Bentley Software Company for his project designs.

Robert R. Heaton is a lifelong Butler County resident. At age 11, he began working at the local Studebaker dealership and while in high school, he worked the “Victory Shift” at the Bantam Car Company. Heaton earned a degree in Mortuary Science and worked for 45 years as a funeral director. Following his retirement, he devoted himself to his avocation and in 1993 founded RHGL, Inc., along with his mentor, friend, and partner, Glenn Logan. BC3 was a major influence to Heaton’s successful second career where he completed courses in Real Estate Sales and Real Estate Management. In August 2014, Heaton made a generous gift of $1 million to fund the library renovation on main campus.

Ed Shields is a lifelong resident of Butler County and a second generation Real Estate Broker. He graduated in 1958 from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Real Estate. In 1966, during BC3’s first semester, Shields began teaching noncredit Real Estate classes. He also taught at Penn State University, Slippery Rock University, and Duquesne University. In 1971, Shields opened Ed Shields Realtor on Route 8 South. Shields was honored as Realtor of the Year in three different decades by the Butler County Association of Realtors. He received Realtor Emeritus Designation by the National Association of Realtors for over 40 years of distinguished service. Currently, Shields serves on the Butler Township Planning Commission and the Community Development Corporation of Butler County.

In addition to the Distinguished Alumni, current student scholarship awardees were recognized at the event and had the opportunity to meet the donors who funded their specific scholarship. The Foundation awarded $176,000 in scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year.

To nominate someone for the 2015 Distinguished Alumni or for information about the BC3 Education Foundation, Inc. and scholarship programs, contact Erin Cioffi, Campaign Stewardship Manager, at 724-287-8711, ext. 8326.