The Alumni Perspective
by Greg Brunnhuber ’83
Human Resources Professional
Member, Penn State Altoona Campaign Council
Like many of you, I have benefited greatly from my time and efforts spent at Penn State Altoona. The foundation that I gained there in the late 1970s has allowed me to pursue a career that has enabled me to live in nine states and meet and learn from thousands of people in my professional and private life.
As my life took me from my home in Altoona, I found a constant source of pride when answering inquiries about where I received my formal education. Truly these were moments of Penn State Pride. Accompany that with an Alumni Association with chapters in nearly every corner of the country where I landed, and I more fully understood that that being a “Penn Stater” is a lifelong status that gives at most every turn.
My most recent personal relocation landed me in nearby Pittsburgh where being a Penn State alumnus is not quite as unique as it was in say Little Rock, Arkansas, or Hibbing, Minnesota, but it did provide me with an opportunity to reacquaint myself with Penn State Altoona. What I found was surprising, and at the same time it inspired more pride in me for my alma mater.
The ever-increasing number of opportunities that are offered to students at Penn State Altoona is far beyond my expectations. Programs that support four-year degrees, world-wide study opportunities and unique offerings such as entrepreneurship await those who accept the academic challenge. But perhaps my largest surprise was Kids’ College, an educational enrichment program at Penn State Altoona that offers a structured and interactive environment in which children of varying ages learn through hands-on activities, explore their special interests in depth, and take the first steps along the exciting path of life-long learning.
The stories in this newsletter are only a sampling of what is the constantly improving Penn State Altoona experience. As a former student and beneficiary of what Penn State Altoona has to offer, I suggest that you visit the campus and appreciate what has become of “The Campus.”
And true to your own college experience, I invite you to become involved in a manner suitable to you, and continue your lifelong gift of being a Penn Stater.
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