Student wins Blue & White Society contest and receives $500 to the bookstore
Left to right - Penn State Greater Allegheny Chancellor Curtiss E. Porter, Penn State Greater Allegheny Bookstore Manager Jenn Coffini, student winner Ryan Balla and Penn State Regional Bookstore Manager Nancy Thompson
When Ryan Balla hit the enter button on his computer last month, he had no idea that signing up to join the Blue & White Society would result in him winning a $500 gift card to the Penn State Bookstore at Penn State Greater Allegheny. The Blue & White Society is part of the Penn State Alumni Association and has been the keeper of Penn State pride and traditions for many years. They recently held a contest for new members that were signing up online, and their names would automatically be entered into a random drawing.
Ryan decided to join the Blue & White Society as a way to stay connected to Penn State when he graduates and to have access to the Alumni Association’s online directory, get a free t-shirt and, receive the 10 percent discount on particular items at the Penn State Bookstore. He never thought that he’d win the contest; after all, he joined on the last day of the contest. “It took me less than 3 minutes to join and I never gave (the contest) a second thought,” stated Balla. “Books are so expensive and as a chemical engineering student, I’ll need to buy a lot of very expensive books.”