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October 2013

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A Day on Campus with Alumni Fellow Anna Gomez

Since the Penn State Alumni Fellow Award was established in 1973, only 730 alumni—out of more than 616,000 living alumni—have received the most prestigious honor bestowed by the Alumni Association. Eleven of those recipients are Penn State Altoona alumni, including Anna M. Gomez, who was one of twenty-two Alumni Fellows recognized during the 2013 award ceremony at University Park on October 16.

A 1989 graduate, Gomez has joined a distinguished group of Penn State alumni who have been recognized as leaders in their fields and notable contributors to society and their communities. As part of the Alumni Fellow experience, Gomez was invited to lecture to classes and meet with student groups at Penn State Altoona.

Gomez is a partner with Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, D.C., with a practice specializing in communications. Before joining Wiley Rein in 2013, she was deputy assistant secretary for communications and information, and deputy administrator for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, for the U.S. Department of Commerce. A former vice president of government affairs at Sprint Nextel, Gomez served for twelve years in various management positions at the Federal Communications Commission. She was deputy chief of staff in the National Economic Council, and staff counsel in the U.S. Senate during the Clinton Administration. A resident of McLean, Virginia, Gomez earned her juris doctor from George Washington University.

The following is a timeline of Gomez’s day on the Ivyside Park campus.

8:45 a.m.
Anna Gomez is welcomed to Kazmaier Building in downtown Altoona by Development and Alumni Relations staff.

9:15 a.m.
Dave Kimmel, associate director of alumni relations and stewardship, accompanies Gomez and Kirk Burgee to breakfast in Port-Sky Café.

9:45 a.m.
Gomez, Burgee, and Kimmel embark on a walking tour of the Ivyside Park campus.

11:00 a.m.
Kimmel escorts his guests on a tour of Penn State Altoona’s downtown campus.

12:15 p.m.
Dr. Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry, Chancellor and Dean, hosts a luncheon in honor of Gomez in Castle Quarters in Aaron Building.

1:30 p.m.
Gomez spends forty-five minutes of free time preparing for a series of presentations to classes and student groups.

2:40 p.m.
Gomez is a guest presenter in Dr. Pamela Blackmon’s Political Science class: Global Political Economy.

3:15 p.m.
Sheetz Fellows engage Gomez in a lively conversation in the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

4:05 p.m.
Gomez offers her second class presentation. The forum is Dr. Shaheed Mohammed’s Convergent Media seminar.

4:45 p.m.
Shelly Beaver’s Introduction to Disability Culture class is the audience for Gomez’s third presentation.

6:00 p.m.
Gomez completes her day on campus by meeting with members of the Political Science Club in Hawthorn Building.

To view the video of Anna Gomez's acceptance speech, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiU-naOBFd8.