My Fifth Year
A Column by Rebecca Harshbarger
Cliché or not, the start of a new year presents a chance for opportunity and change, and it is something to be excited about. I experienced my first return from break as a non-student this January. Gone are the days of breaks until mid-January.
I am not complaining though, because I came back to the Development and Alumni Relations Office eager to work on upcoming projects. For one, our Speaker Series event featuring Nate Berkus will be in April, and our office is preparing for the campaign closing and its appropriate activities.
One of my favorite things about working in this department is witnessing firsthand our community’s strength of commitment to Penn State Altoona. The people who give truly care about the progress of our college and the success of our students and programs.
As part of a new year and new additions to IvyLink, we wanted to reach out to alumni in a new column that will be featured in our issue later this month. We are calling on alumni and friends to write about how Penn State Altoona has inspired them in their work and/or personal endeavors. If you have any ideas for potential columnists, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Penn State Altoona Alumni Society is busy planning a weekend of festivities for this year’s Winter Plunge. Not only are you encouraged to plunge at Canoe Creek on January 26 or support a friend who is, you are invited to celebrate at Wintervention, a night of entertainment and good food at The Casino at Lakemont Park the night before. More details can be found at www.altoona.psu.edu/winterplunge. This event offers a wonderful way for alumni and the community to come together for two great philanthropic causes.
I could not be happier to be given the chance to work on so many different projects and to have the opportunity to be exposed to so many different people. New opportunities call for adjustments, but I have been more than happy to adjust to this position, shorter holiday break and all.