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October 2013

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My Fifth Year

A Column by Rebecca Harshbarger


Rebecca Harshbarger

There is an undeniable, almost unspeakable bond between Penn State alumni. The new slogan: “Penn State Lives Here” captures the essence of Penn State Pride. Penn State is all around: where there are alumni, there is impact within the communities.

“Penn State Lives Here” was chanted by students, faculty, and staff who gathered earlier this month for the announcement of the slogan and unveiling of a banner from the roof of Adler Athletic Complex. I feel very proud to have graduated from Penn State Altoona and to have been given the opportunity to work for my alma mater.

Alumni Weekend came and went, and I really think that the Pioneers enjoyed their time on campus. Dr. Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry, Chancellor and Dean, spoke at the Pioneer Induction Ceremony and expressed that she is always trying to imagine how the Pioneers view everything on campus. It is an interesting thought. So much has changed on campus, but a feeling of home still remains for these alumni. We are all joined together by this beautiful campus and our memories here.

Planning continues in the Development and Alumni Relations Office for our November 6 Speaker Series event featuring Ina Garten. I am personally extremely excited, as I have watched her show on the Food Network since elementary school. This highly anticipated event will raise money for our Future Fund. I look forward to helping behind the scenes.

As always, the fall semester seems to be ticking away, but I am very eager to be part of the planning for future Penn State Altoona alumni events. Please feel free to contact me at rlh5235@psu.edu with ideas and requests for events and activities. As an alumna, I can identify with any approach to get us all together. After all, We Are ...!