Greetings from the Director
Throughout my thirty years of employment at Penn State, I have witnessed the passionate commitment of alumni and friends to the University in many forms. And it has been truly inspiring.
Within the last six weeks alone at our college, Steve and Nancy Sheetz made a leadership gift commitment to Penn State Altoona to create a Trustee Scholarship and scholarship endowment in support of the Sheetz Fellows program; Penn State alumnus and Grammy Award winner Mike Reid led a weeklong internship program on campus; Dr. Roger Williams, associate vice president and executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association, delivered the spring commencement address; and our Advisory Board sponsored its twenty-ninth annual golf tournament, a philanthropic initiative.
And that’s just for starters. Our Alumni Society Board of Directors voted to create a $60,000 Trustee Scholarship; sponsored a finals weeks social for students, complete with snacks; and sold Penn State Creamery ice cream at the Blair County Arts Festival as a fundraiser (and welcome treat to all who indulged). On top of all that, the Society is hard at work planning the second annual Winter Plunge.
All this within six weeks. The theme, of course, is giving back. Steve and Nancy, Mike, Roger, and the members of our Advisory Board and Alumni Society Board all believe in the value of higher education and the power of a Penn State degree. In their own special way, they have helped to advance our University’s mission, enriched the lives of our students, and supported academic excellence initiatives at Penn State Altoona.
What a remarkable example these special individuals set for our students: today’s scholars who themselves will one day be Penn State Altoona alumni, and hopefully, servant leaders giving back to their alma mater and local communities.
Is it any wonder that I love my job? Facilitating the involvement of alumni and friends in the life of our college provides me with great joy and personal satisfaction. I am indeed fortunate to be in a position to steward others, as they create their desired legacy of support at Penn State Altoona.
I hope you will enjoy this issue, and as always, please contact me at IvyLink@psu.edu, if you would like to discuss the many ways that we can enhance your connection with Penn State Altoona. As a benefactor and volunteer, I can attest to the gratification that accompanies service, leadership, and philanthropy.
N. Susan Woodring
Director of Development and Alumni Relations
What inspires you in the spring? Let me know at IvyLink@psu.edu.