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August 2013

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Rebecca Harshbarger

My Fifth Year

A Column by Rebecca Harshbarger
Administrative Alumni Relations Specialist

I graduated in May from Penn State Altoona with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a minor in sociology. The psychology degree can lead someone in so many different directions, and uncertain about which exact route to follow, I turned to something very familiar and dear to me: Penn State Altoona.

I am so happy that I have been given the opportunity to intern with Development and Alumni Relations, a department so vital to the campus community. I learned very quickly that each member of the “team” adds something different, and without each individual working toward the main goal of bettering our college, the goal cannot be met properly. It really takes a team, and I am happy to have been added to it this summer.

I have been given the task of establishing a senior gift campaign on campus this year. This will give the Class of 2014 the ability to leave a legacy in its name at Penn State Altoona. Hopefully this year proves successful and begins a new tradition for years to come.

I have also become familiar with the inner workings of the Penn State Altoona Alumni Society, most notably, its involvement with the annual Winter Plunge which benefits both THON and the Society scholarship. I did not realize that the Office of Development and Alumni Relation was the catalyst for so many wonderful events. Alumni Weekend this year will not only feature special activities with Penn State Altoona Pioneers, but also the first ever Lion Ambassadors Reunion.

As a young alumna, I am seeking ways to connect other young alumni to our college. My goal is to build an affinity for students who spent all four years here and those who may have gone the 2+2 route. Having had such an enjoyable four years at Penn State Altoona, I feel especially passionate about its future and engaging alumni, young and old, in upcoming and future campaigns and events.

I look forward to sharing my experiences with you in the months ahead.