September 29, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host the Charles H. Coder celebration of growing small businesses on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 11:30 a.m. in Hunt Formal Living Room at Bucknell.

The Charles H. Coder Leadership in Entrepreneurial Innovation award will be presented at the luncheon to a member of the community.

Kim Digenakis, owner of Telepole in Muncy, will be the guest speaker. Telepole, which makes and sells aluminum telescoping flagpoles, is on track to hit $1 million in sales within three years.

Legislators, Chambers of Commerce representatives, Coder's family and University officials are among the other expected guests.

Registration required by Oct. 3
As seating is limited, registration by Oct. 3 is required. The registration fee is $15. To register, call the SBDC at 570-577-1249 or toll-free at 1-866-375-6010; e-mail, or visit

First director of SBDC
Coder was named director of the SBDC in 1989, following his retirement from the Bucknell mechanical engineering department after 32 years, including 25 as department chair. He received the Bucknell Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1966, and the General Tasker Bliss Medal for the outstanding Engineering Professor of the Year within the United States in 1988. Coder retired as director of the SBDC in 1998.

Coder graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn with bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering, and from Bucknell with a master of science degree in mechanical engineering. He taught at the Academy of Aeronautics in New York City prior to joining the faculty at Bucknell University.

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