Greetings from the Director
For faculty, staff, and students at Penn State Altoona, the final weeks of spring semester create a bounty of fond and lasting memories. The calendar is filled with multiple performing arts productions, sporting events with postseason implications, presentations of class projects, awards and recognition ceremonies, and the event that remains an enduring symbol of academic achievement—commencement.
The academic success of our students inspires and motivates all of us who provide instruction, guidance, and support. As our campus community gathered to celebrate commencement on May 4, there was a collective understanding that the ceremony does not represent an end to our graduates’ relationship with our college. On the contrary, our hope is that the new graduates—along with all our other alumni—will remain connected to Penn State Altoona and engaged in campus life as they embark on paths emblazoned by new challenges and opportunities.
With more seasonable temperatures (and no snow!) and the welcome sights and sounds of spring on our lovely Ivyside Park campus, there is a sense of anticipation for outdoor activities, extended daylight, and new beginnings. At the end of every spring semester, my team in Development and Alumni Relations reflects on events, programs, and activities that helped us achieve our mission during the preceding nine months, and then shifts strategic focus to the fast-approaching academic year.
For returning students, faculty, and staff alike, our perspectives on the summer season and fall semester are not really all that different. We take stock of our progress and readjust our goals in the summer, and then seek to exceed our every expectation throughout the school year. Our formula for success is a mixture of pure excitement, unbridled ambition, hard work, and cautious optimism. And if all goes according to plan, our own little universe will abound with pride and joy in the spring, as surely as the robins appear and cherry trees blossom.
As an outdoor enthusiast, as a mother, as a grandmother, and as a senior administrator at Penn State Altoona, I love all that spring offers. This season, perhaps more than any other, inspires me to pursue my passions and savor life’s rewards. Spring motivates me to expand my reach in ways that benefit my family, colleagues, and constituents. It is for me, a rebirth in spirit and commitment.
On behalf of my team, I extend to you very best wishes for a spring that is meaningful, memorable, and simply magnificent! May you derive maximum enjoyment from all that this season represents to you.
N. Susan Woodring
Director of Development and Alumni Relations
What inspires you in the spring? Let me know at IvyLink@psu.edu.