VOLUME 2 ISSUE 11   November 2005
Four Individuals and 21 Groups Honored With Volunteer Awards
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Twenty-five different individuals and groups received much deserved recognition from the Penn State Alumni Association on Nov. 4 through the presentation of the 2005 Volunteer Awards The Volunteer Awards were presented during a banquet in the atrium of the new Business Building before the entire Penn State Alumni Council and guests.

The Volunteer Awards, part of the Alumni Association’s comprehensive recognition program, acknowledge outstanding individuals and groups for service to their communities, the University, and the Alumni Association. The awards program is under the guidance of the Awards Committee of Alumni Council, chaired by David Boyer ’73, ’82g and co-chaired by Jill Semmer ’88.

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Each affiliate group recognized for a group award received a certificate recognizing their organization’s achievement and a $500 grant to be used for future programming. Each individual award winner received a stunning crystal Nittany Lion.

For more information on all affiliate group and individual awards and the criteria used for selecting recipients, visit www.alumni.psu.edu/awards/. For questions about the awards program or the nomination process, please contact the Volunteer Services unit of the Alumni Association.

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2005 Volunteer Award Winners
Individual Awards

Philip Philip Mitchell Volunteer Service
Jack Beiter ’52 of Radnor, Pa.

Volunteer of the Year
Dan Kopen ’74 MD of Shaverton, Pa.

Diversity Award
Marguerite Sharp ’50 of Kettering, Ohio

Recent Alumna Award
Sally Hornick Anderson ’98 of Chicago

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Group Awards

Colorado Chapter
Centre County (Pennsylvania) Chapter

Fellowship and Networking
Hotel and Restaurant Society Affiliate Program Group
Montgomery County (Pennsylvania) Chapter
Greater Scranton (Pennsylvania) Chapter

Delaware County (Pennsylvania) Chapter

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National Service Project
College of Education Alumni Society
Emerald Coast (Florida) Chapter
Penn State McKeesport Alumni Society
Orange County (California) Chapter

New/Innovative Event or Program
Annapolis (Maryland) Chapter

Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group
Lion Ambassador Alumni Interest Group
Metro Washington (D.C.) Chapter

Professional Development Award
New York City Chapter

Penn State Hershey College of Medicine Alumni Society
Parmi Nous Alumni Interest Group

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Student Interaction
Penn State Altoona Alumni Society
Crime, Law and Justice Affiliate Program Group
College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society

Web Site
Capital District (Albany, New York) Chapter

Additional information about the Penn State Alumni Association’s recognition program is available at www.alumni.psu.edu/awards.

Philip Philip Mitchell Volunteer Service Award

This year the Philip Philip Mitchell Volunteer Service Award recognizes Jack Beiter ’52. Six years ago, Jack formed a cycle team to help raise funds to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. Jack’s team of 35 cyclists rides 160 miles from Cherry Hill to Ocean City, N.J. and back in this annual fund-raising ride. Together, the team has raised more than $100,000 with Jack personally raising more than half of that. Jack is also involved in other charitable endeavors such as arranging funding for polio immunizations for all children in Madagascar and helping to establish numerous scholarships to Penn State. He is a member of the Nittany Lion Club and a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Dr. Dan Kopen ’74 has contributed greatly to the Penn State College of Medicine. Not only did he serve as an integral part of the Grand Destiny campaign, but he has also been instrumental in reconnecting alumni to the campus. These alumni, who before had never been involved with Hershey, have now become mentors, Career Day participants, and donors. Dan is a member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Red Cross Board of Directors, the AIDS Awareness Committee of Luzerne County, and the Physicians Division of the United Way of Wyoming Valley.

Diversity Award

Marguerite Sharp ’50 has generously supported local philanthropic initiatives within the greater Dayton area, including Habitat for Humanity, Kettering YMCA, and the Dayton Woman's Club. Within each of these organizations, Marguerite has taken the lead to identify new ways to help and gone above and beyond the role of "just a volunteer." She has also created new connections between the Dayton Chapter and the greater community, leading to increased publicity for the group and a greater awareness of Penn State in the area. Marguerite approaches each project as a way to serve those less fortunate and to show others that outreach and community service know no boundaries.

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Recent Alumna Award

Sally Hornick Anderson ’98 currently serves as president of the Greater Chicago Chapter. Prior to this position, Sally served in a variety of roles with the chapter including vice president and social chair—a position she also held with the Metro Washington Chapter before relocating to Chicago. Sally serves as the Chicago Chairperson of the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days and plans monthly professional development events for the Chicago chapter of the Society of Human Resource Managers. She is involved with Step-Up For Kids, City of Hope Breast Cancer Walk, the American Heart Association, and the Ron Santo Walk for juvenile diabetes. Sally is always working to identify and welcome new Penn Staters to Chicago and participates in high school information sessions. Sally is a member of the alumni interest groups for the Blue Band, Skull and Bones, Lion’s Paw, and Theta Kappa Pi. She is also a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association.

Group Awards

Communications Award
Centre County (Pennsylvania) Chapter
The Centre County Chapter compiled a historical scrapbook of its many activities, with the intended goal of making it a permanent addition to the University archives. By compiling this scrapbook, the chapter has created a historical record for future leaders of the organization. In addition, the Centre County Chapter hopes to share this scrapbook with other groups who are looking for new ideas and events. Accepting this award on behalf of the Centre County Chapter was chapter Past President Richard Weiler ’61.

Colorado Chapter
The Colorado Chapter made it a priority to reach as many alumni in their area as possible with an emphasis on repeat contact. E-mails about football kickoffs, University information, and updates on chapter events are sent to 1,500 Colorado-area alumni. This has resulted in increased attendance at events, a more diverse audience, and increased chapter membership. The structure established to create this communications program could be easily continued by future boards and adapted to changes in demographics, funding, and technology. Accepting this award on behalf of the Colorado Chapter was Alumni Association Executive Director Roger Williams.

Fellowship and Networking Award
The Hotel and Restaurant Society Affiliate Program Group
The Hotel and Restaurant Society Affiliate Program Group hosted two important awards receptions in New York City at the largest annual event in the hospitality industry. The first of these was the presentation of the “Alumnus of the Year Award” to Jim Purdum ’77, general manager of Penn State Hospitality Services. The second was the annual “Hospitality Executive of the Year Award” dinner honoring Robert F. Cotter, president and chief operating officer for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. By honoring these captains of industry, the group received significant recognition and offered its alumni and students an excellent networking opportunity at the same time. Accepting this award on behalf of the Hotel and Restaurant Society Affiliate Program Group was Board Member Debbie Ulrich ’77.

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The Scranton (Pennsylvania) Chapter
The Scranton Chapter hosts an annual Penn State night featuring athletic notables. This year’s event featured Coach Joe Paterno and Coach Rene Portland and attracted more than 1,000 alumni and friends for an evening of fellowship and fun. Event proceeds fund two cash scholarships for students at University Park and three endowed scholarships that support students at the Penn State Worthington-Scranton campus. This event also brought together a variety of groups for networking purposes, including the Worthington-Scranton Society, the Wayne-Pike Chapter, the Binghamton Chapter, and the Central Virginia Chapter. Accepting this award for the Scranton Chapter was President Chris Depew.

The Montgomery County (Pennsylvania) Chapter
While the Montgomery County Chapter has always offered its members a variety of opportunities to get together, chapter leaders found that many alumni wanted to network with each other while giving back to the community. So the chapter developed a schedule of monthly community service projects. By making the service projects a monthly activity, the chapter was not only able to help more agencies in the area, but also allow smaller groups of alumni a chance to interact while doing something good for the community. Families were encouraged to volunteer together, and the events were attended by members of all demographic groups. Accepting this award was chapter President Sandy Edling ’96.

Membership Award
Delaware County (Pennsylvania) Chapter
The Delaware County Chapter increased its membership from 67 in 2004 to 162 in 2005, nearly tripling the group’s size in one year. This remarkable increase can be attributed to the chapter’s focus on increasing the value of membership and on marketing the importance of membership in both the local group and the Penn State Alumni Association. They strengthened their chapter offerings by adding networking events, community service, and educational opportunities in conjunction with the Alumni Association. This increase in membership has had other benefits including more interest in serving on the Chapter’s Board of Directors, greater awareness of the Delaware County Campus and its activities, and the completion of a $20,000 endowment two years ahead of schedule. Accepting this award was chapter President Jeff Nicholas ’90.

National Service Project Award
College of Education Alumni Society
The College of Education Alumni Society conducted a children’s book drive in 2004, which collected and distributed more than 17,000 books. Elementary and middle school children donated books that were then distributed to needy children and schools in the United States and in Africa, the West Indies, and India. By providing these educational materials, the society engaged alumni across the country and accomplished its goals of education and service while increasing the visibility of Penn State around the world. Accepting this award on behalf of the College of Education Alumni Society was board member Cameron Bausch ’68g.

Emerald Coast (Florida) Chapter
After Hurricane Ivan hit the Florida panhandle in September of 2004, the Emerald Coast Chapter collected clothing, supplies, and money for victims of the Hurricane. At a time when many of the chapter members were themselves displaced by the hurricane, alumni mobilized to insure that young children received needed basics. As a result, the chapter entered into a partnership with a local school to provide other volunteer services. That same school, in fact, still has a “Penn State Room” where clothing and other supplies are available for families that need them. The award was accepted by chapter past President Antoinette Allsopp ’82.

Penn State McKeesport Alumni Society
For the past 18 years, the Penn State McKeesport Society has sponsored “Breakfast with Santa,” an annual pancake breakfast and holiday celebration on campus. The Society partners with local non-profit organizations and the housing authority to invite 100 disadvantaged children to this special breakfast. In addition to breakfast, children received a photo with Santa, a stocking filled with goodies, and a toy purchased by the Society. The Society also meets two other goals through this project: young alumni help with the event, while current students provide entertainment through a theatrical performance. Accepting this award on behalf of the Penn State McKeesport Alumni Society was President John Daykon ’99.

Orange County (California) Chapter
The Orange County Chapter has made it service projects a priority year round. In 2004, chapter members have collected cell phones for a battered women’s shelter, soup labels for local schools, and eyeglasses for the Lion’s Club. This past winter, the chapter took on a larger service project by adopting a family for the Christmas holidays, providing them with carloads of presents and other holiday essentials. These efforts have raised the visibility of Penn State out West, drawn new members, and added to the chapter’s scholarship fund.

Accepting this award on behalf of the Orange County Chapter was President Holly Berecz ’97

New/Innovative Event or Program Award
Annapolis (Maryland) Chapter
The Annapolis Chapter’s care package program collected, packaged, and sent 600 items to the U.S. Army’s 335 Theatre Signal Command in Iraq. In September and October, the chapter collected items at numerous events, including cash donations to pay for the shipping charges. Chapter members also wrote personal notes to the service men and women on Nittany Lion Shrine postcards. For this program, the Chapter was recognized with a certificate of appreciation from Major General Lowell Detamore, and received coverage in the The Annapolis Capital. The greatest reward for the chapter, however, was the many letters and notes received from the soldiers who were deeply touched by the chapter’s care packages. Accepting this award was chapter President Jack Berezniak ’78g.

Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group
Lion Ambassadors Alumni Interest Group
Metro Washington, D.C. Chapter
These three groups joined forces for a fundraiser in the greater Washington D.C. area to benefit Thon. More than 250 people attended this event featuring live music and prizes donated by Penn State and the Washington Wizards professional basketball team. The event raised 7,000 dollars for Thon and the Four Diamonds Fund. Each of these alumni groups has committed to making this an annual event and continuing to grow this Thon fundraiser. Accepting the award were Dance Marathon AIG Board Member Jill Helmer ’92, Lion Ambassador AIG President Lori Master ’84, and Metro Washington Chapter President Kerri Laine Clark ’01.

Professional Development Award
New York City Chapter
The New York City Chapter developed a quarterly professional development series of events where members attended sessions on personal and professional goals, effective resumes, real estate, and a Big Ten business-card exchange. Each session, as well as the overall series, was designed to facilitate professional networking among alumni in the metropolitan area. The series was also an outreach and recruitment opportunity since information about both Alumni Association membership and chapter activities was distributed. Through this series, the chapter has seen an increase in membership and attendance at other social events. Accepting this award on behalf of the New York City Chapter was President Ken Pliska ’85.

Scholarship/Fundraising Award
Penn State College of Medicine Alumni Society
The Penn State College of Medicine Alumni Society Board of Directors established the Alumni Society Endowed Scholarship to provide assistance to medical and graduate students. After careful analysis of its alumni base, the board decided that each class should have its own scholarship, believing that more alumni would donate to a fund in their own class name. This strategy paid off, going from one general alumni scholarship to more than 34 class scholarships with its own a fund. This year the College of Medicine awarded more than $47,000 in scholarships—compared to the $1,000 awarded in 1995. In addition to relieving a financial burden, the scholarships can also be listed on a student’s residency application, making them more competitive when interviewing for residency and research positions. Accepting this award on behalf of the Penn State College of Medicine Alumni Society was President Marty Scheinholtz ’67, ’69g, ’77g.

Parmi Nous Alumni Interest Group
The Parmi Nous Alumni Interest Group made a pledge to construct the Obelisk Garden adjacent to the Hintz Family Alumni Center to honor the group’s 100th anniversary. This project allowed Parmi Nous alumni to give back to the University in a way that is immediately recognizable and long lasting. Additionally, current Parmi Nous student members see the importance that alumni place on the Alumni Association and are inspired to remain involved after graduation. Alumni members of Parmi Nous have been motivated to be involved with other Parmni Nous events, and new volunteers have emerged with ideas for future projects and fundraisers. Accepting the award on behalf of Parmi Nous Alumni Interest Group was Elizabeth Beckman ’00.

Student Interaction Award
Penn State Altoona Alumni Society
The Penn State Altoona Alumni Society for creating a new Student Award for Outstanding Service. This award recognizes a student who has significantly contributed to Penn State Altoona by volunteering his or her time on behalf of the University. This award is distributed at graduation so that all soon-to-be alumni learn of the importance the Society places on giving back to the campus. Realizing that there was a need to reach out to a larger population earlier, the Society also sponsored a Graduate Fair on campus and a Final Week social. These events gave graduating seniors an opportunity to meet alumni volunteers and learn about how they can remain connected to Penn State Altoona and the University. Accepting this award was President Amy McIntyre ’90.

Crime, Law and Justice Affiliate Program Group
The Crime, Law and Justice Affiliate Program Group has established a mentoring program which reaches 250 students each year; more than one-third of all those in the major. Participants are required to complete a special course that includes a professional development component not found elsewhere. Students meet individually or in small groups with mentors who provide information about their occupation and professional expertise. This practical information and realistic view of the work world is highly valuable to students who seek employment assistance and “insider information” to further their education. In addition, by volunteering their time, members of the group allow the College of the Liberal Arts to enhance its curriculum by rounding out a small number of faculty devoted to this area. Accepting this award on behalf of the Crime, Law and Justice Affiliate Program Group was Chair Jim Kates ’85g.

College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society
The HH&D Alumni Society created a mentoring program that pairs junior-year students with alumni working in the student’s field of interest. This pairing starts in the fall and the mentoring pairs last 15 months until the student’s graduation. Each pair must meet in person at the kick-off dinner and workshop where they collaborate on a goal-setting document outlining action steps and progress each student is expected to achieve with support from the mentor. In the past four years, this program has grown from 30 pairs to more than 450 student and alumni participants. Accepting this award on behalf of the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society was President-elect Kay Salvino ’69.

Web Site Award
The Capital District Chapter
The Capital District Chapter has designed its Web site to connect members, parents, current and potential students, and alumni to each other and to the University. On their Web site, users can learn about chapter events, join the chapter, sign up for the chapter’s student bus service, and more. By converting to an electronic-based method of outreach, the chapter has been able to use the money saved on printing and postage to sponsor more member events and increase its scholarship fund. In addition, the chapter has been able to more easily share information with media outlets to increase overall visibility for the chapter and the Alumni Association. Accepting this award on behalf of the New York Capital District Chapter was Board Member Linda Christensen.

Metro Washington D.C. Chapter
The Metro Washington Chapter revamped its entire Web site in 2004 to create a product that was fresher, easier to navigate, and more technically enhanced. Members can now update information online, download PDF versions of the newsletter and event fliers, and register for events. There is also a message board where members can connect with each other for social offerings, tickets sales and exchanges, and jobs. Other area organizations are able to post their events as well. This instant access to valuable information has led to increased membership and renewals, and demonstrates to alumni that their local Penn State connection is genuinely interested in meeting their needs. Accepting this award on behalf of the Metro Washington Chapter was President Kerri Laine Clark ’01.

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