It was a lovely day to graduate! The sun was shining for the class of 2013 as they enjoyed their commencement ceremony, held Saturday, May 4 at the Jaffa Mosque in Altoona. About 230 of the 275 graduates attended the ceremony, at which Roger L. Williams, executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association and associate vice president, alumni relations, was the speaker.
The second class of Sheetz Fellows was inducted during a special ceremony in the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence on February 16, 2013. All six inductees share an academic focus on management and marketing. Five of the six are also pursuing a course of study in entrepreneurship.
A water temperature of 33.5 degrees could not deter approximately eight-five Penn State Altoona students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends from taking a Winter Plunge into the waters of Canoe Creek State Park on January 27, 2013.
Organized by the college's Alumni Society, the inaugural frosty fundraiser was all in good fun, with net proceeds benefitting the Society's scholarship program and Penn State Altoona Benefitting THON. Sheetz, Inc. was the title sponsor of the event.
C. David Kimmel, associate director of alumni relations and stewardship, said net proceeds from pledges and sponsorships totaled over $12,000.
It was a busy day full of excitement and energy as nearly 550 freshman moved onto the Penn State Altoona campus for the fall 2012 semester. Live entertainment, Creamery ice cream, and family activities took place while volunteers from the college helped move students in to their residence hall rooms. Following move-in, Penn State Altoona welcomed the class of 2016 with a weekend full of orientation events and activities from convocation to community service, tie-dying, and dancing.
Penn State Altoona held its spring commencement ceremony Saturday, May 5, 2012, at the Jaffa Shrine in Altoona. Mike Reid, Penn State graduate, former Cincinnati Bengal football player, and singer/songwriter gave the commencement address and also played the piano and sang "This Road," which he re-wrote for this specific occasion.
Students and faculty from the Environmental Studies and Honors programs joined about 150 other volunteers in the first of several tree planting phases at the Flight 93 Memorial Site. The area around the memorial is reclaimed mine lands, which make for a stark, windy landscape during much of the year. Led by the National Park Service and the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation, the volunteers covered about twenty acres with tree saplings to help protect other trees planted in nearby memorial groves in honor of the plane's forty passengers and crew.
Eventually, more than 120 acres will be reforested with about 150,000 saplings donated by both public and private partners.
Joe Pizarchik, director of the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and former Penn State Altoona student, was instrumental in helping organize the Penn State Altoona volunteers.