Spring Greetings from the Director
School spirit and pride in one’s alma mater are demonstrated in many forms. I am indeed fortunate that my leadership role at Penn State Altoona continually brings me into contact with alumni who express their affinity for our college and University through word and deed, service and philanthropy.
Recently, Jean Kelley, a member of our Alumni Society Board of Directors, once again devoted part of her day to preparing pins and cards for presentation to graduates at Penn State Altoona’s commencement ceremony. The care she took to ensure that every single pin was attached perfectly to a card most certainly reflected fond memories of her own undergraduate experience and joy in the academic achievements of our new graduates.
Alumnus Joe Keller’s pride in his relationship with Penn State Altoona and our University was quite evident when he announced that the engineering firm he founded in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, was making a major gift commitment to support our college’s Rail Transportation Engineering program. In discussing his desire to provide funds for the purchase of essential lab equipment and for the creation of a program endowment, Joe, a former Penn State Altoona student, proudly noted that twenty-six of his firm’s sixty employees are Penn State graduates.
As benefactors, alumni and friends alike share our vision of providing educational opportunity to talented students and sustaining an environment of outstanding quality. Jack Sparks, who earned his master’s degree from Penn State, and his wife, Carolyn, recently honored the lives of their two late sons by creating a Trustee Scholarship at Penn State Altoona. On behalf of our entire campus community, I express gratitude to Jack and Carolyn for a gift in memory of their loved ones that will benefit our students in perpetuity.
Of course, one need not be an alumnus to appreciate our University’s mission and value higher education. In the same week in April, the partners of Blue Knob Auto in Duncansville, Pennsylvania, and the Board of Directors of Reliance Bank, made commitments to establish Trustee Scholarships at Penn State Altoona. The success Penn State Altoona has enjoyed throughout its seventy-five-year history is inextricably tied to support from friends in the community like Blue Knob Auto and Reliance Bank.
Whether serving as volunteer leaders, making donations, cheering at sporting events, donning trademark blue and white apparel, or talking up our University around the water cooler at work, our alumni and friends continue to inspire one another and those around us with their dedication to and passion for all things Penn State.
Our IvyLink team would greatly appreciate receiving a message or photo from you that reflects your own Penn State spirit and commitment. Forward your item for publication consideration to IvyLink@psu.edu and we’ll send a token of our thanks to you. Please include your mailing address.
As always, I offer heartfelt thanks to you for taking time to read IvyLink. Now that we no longer have to Think Spring, please enjoy this wonderful month of May!
N. Susan Woodring
Director of Development and Alumni Relations