The Penn State Greater Allegheny Alumni Society, founded in 1982, works to connect alumni with the University. The Society also provides valuable services to faculty, staff and students, as well as our community. Our members are dedicated to upholding the University’s mission of teaching, research, and service.
Alumni Society 2011 Board of Directors
Denise Kubli '00, President
David J. Pasternak '90, Vice President
Joi Goffus '89, Secretary
John Booker, Jr. '90, Treasurer
Message from Denise M. Kubli '00, President
We are focusing on programs that emphasize the areas of most interest to our alums, including volunteering for career services and mentoring activities, admissions events, student and campus activities, and alumni social events.
This year we again hosted a networking reception and an etiquette dinner with Career Services developed by Housing & Food Services. The evening provides a great way to get to know students as we reviewed the rules of etiquette needed for business success. We continue to participate in campus events including commencement and the annual Honors Convocation, and our scholarship committee was very impressed with the students chosen for this year’s Alumni Scholarship awards.
Planning is underway for 2011-12. Society volunteers welcomed the Class of 2011 during Orientation weekend and we look forward to partnering with students affairs in developing a student Blue and White Society. To raise funds for scholarships, we are planning fundraisers, including a fall ice cream sale.
We appreciate the efforts of all the alums who have contributed time and effort over the years to make the campus and the University successful. We invite you to join us as we continue the tradition.
We hope you will join us for one or more of the programs planned.
I invite you to become involved. Generally, the Society meets the first Tuesday of every month (following the first Monday). If you would like to get involved and share your Penn State pride or have questions, call 412-675-9048 for meeting details. Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to our e-mail distribution list. You may also be interested in the following activities:
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers participate in campus activities ranging from Admissions open houses to commencement to Career Services mentoring programs.
Financial Support: Since our founding, the Society has contributed more than $60,000 to the campus, include our recently completed a $25,000 pledge to the Student Community Center to name the Nittany Lion Shrine. We encourage you to get involved in fundraisers like our Creamery Ice Cream sale to raise money for student scholarships.
Membership: The group is focusing on building membership and looking for talented alumni who can help the organization that support its mission.
Student Interaction: Each year we plan activities with the students, ranging from the etiquette dinner to a snow tubing event. Recently, the Society won awards from the Penn State Alumni Association (PSAA) in the category of Alumni–Student Involvement. The group was recognized for leading activities including trips to the Waterfront during Orientation for dinner and a movie, as well as a snow tubing in the Laurel Highlands. “The students enjoy having an active alumni association. The activities allow students to network with alumni and benefit from their experiences,” said Ben Olcott, past president of the Student Government Association.
Community Outreach: The Society continues to sponsor outreach programs including the very popular Breakfast with Santa program, which received a PSAA award in 2005. In the dozen years of its existence, the breakfast has provided almost 1,000 kids with special memories. Each year the Society raises funds to provide breakfast, toys and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The program was recently recognized on by the PSAA in its Alumni Volunteer Update electronic newsletter. To read the full story about this remarkable program, visit: http://www.imninc.com/psaanews/
Scholarship: The Society continues to support students financially through its endowed scholarship. Students are recognized for academic excellence and campus involvement at the campus’ Honors Convocation in April. In 2007, we awarded six scholarships to outstanding students.
I invite you to be involved and look forward to hearing from you.
Denise M. Kubli '00