VOLUME 1 ISSUE 3   March 2004
Spanier addresses state legislature as funding woes continue
Alumni Association, DMAIG continue tradition of THON support
Funds available to groups through Special Project Grants
L.A. Chapter, Communications Society sponsor successful networking event
Alumni Center is ideal venue for alumni group meetings and events
Traditional powwow offers special volunteer opportunities
Staff member Dan Genard leaves Association ranks for Development position
RealLife program offers revenue source for alumni groups
How many American elms are on the University Park campus?
We want to hear from you
Dear Alumni Volunteers:

Here at our beautiful Hintz Family Alumni Center, spring is in the air. Construction has begun on two of our new Alumni Gardens—the Rainbow Garden, financed by a $100,000 gift from alumna Cathy Rein '65 Lib, and the Water Garden, financed by a $275,000 interest-free loan from the University which the Alumni Association will repay over three years. These gardens are to be completed by mid-May, when we will be well on our way toward creating the gorgeous "campus-within-a-campus" our grounds will offer for the enjoyment of our returning alumni.

On the membership front, the "spring offensive" has begun as we strive to enroll 5,000 new members by June 30. We are planning direct mail appeals to 135,000 prospective Alumni Association members and 16,000 Penn State faculty and staff. In addition, we will be telemarketing to more than 50,000 prospective members in our largest such effort to date.

One of the main reasons for our membership campaign is to increase and enhance the diversity of our Alumni Association. Toward that end, your Alumni Association continues to support, financially and otherwise, various diversity initiatives across the University that demonstrate our commitment. Recent highlights include the February 4 appearance of Maya Angelou, the upcoming American Indian Powwow you can read more about inside, and the "We Are..." campaign being spearheaded by Undergraduate Student Government President Ian Rosenberger to promote greater civility and respect among members of our campus community.

For the future,

Roger L. Williams '73, '75g, '88g

Spanier addresses state legislature as funding woes continue
Penn State, Pennsylvania’s only land-grant institution, has suffered nearly $50 million in state budget cuts and rescissions over the past three years. The 2003-04 state budget, which was approved by the legislature in late December, dealt the University a $14.7 million cut from last year’s initial funding level. And in his 2004-05 proposed budget, Governor Edward Rendell calls for only a 2.25% increase in funding for Penn State—which is below the proposed increase for the other public colleges in the Commonwealth, and well below Penn State’s request.

Alumni Association, DMAIG continue tradition of THON support
Few events at Penn State generate as much excitement and spirit as the annual IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. Of course, the name “Dance Marathon” has always seemed a bit too formal for this event. Instead, it’s known simply and affectionately as THON. And while the name might be simple, putting on the nation’s largest student-run philanthropy is anything but.
tips & best practices
Funds available to groups through Special Project Grants
Each year the Alumni Association sets aside a sum of money for the special projects of our alumni groups. AIGs, APGs, chapters, and societies have the opportunity to apply for Special Project Grants (SPG) for financial assistance with new and innovative programs and events.
in the spotlight
L.A. Chapter, Communications Society sponsor successful networking event
The Los Angeles Chapter and the College of Communications Alumni Society teamed up on Feb. 28 to provide a casual evening of fun and networking for alumni in the Los Angeles area. The event continues to grow in popularity, with this year’s program attracting more than 150 attendees.
association highlights
Alumni Center is ideal venue for alumni group meetings and events
Since its dedication in April 2001, the Hintz Family Alumni Center has played a central role in the activities of alumni and the University. During its brief history, the Center has hosted thousands of events, including more than 800 last year. From alumni group meetings to presentations by foreign dignitaries, the entire Penn State family is finding the Center to be an ideal venue for a wide variety of events.

Traditional powwow offers special volunteer opportunities
With the support of the Penn State Alumni Association, Penn State and the State College Area School District will again be sponsoring a traditional American Indian powwow. This year’s event, entitled “New Faces of an Ancient People,” will be held April 3-4 at the Mount Nittany Middle School (656 Brandywine Dr.) in State College, and volunteer opportunities are still available.

Staff member Dan Genard leaves Association ranks for Development position
Associate Director of Volunteer Management Dan Genard ’93 Lib has left the Alumni Association to accept a position in the Office of University Development. Effective March 1, Dan assumed his new role as Smeal College’s associate director of development.
member center
RealLife program offers revenue source for alumni groups
Affiliate groups of the Penn State Alumni Association now have another option in generating funds for group events and activities. The RealLife program, in its second year, rewards groups for their efforts in recruiting new life members to the Alumni Association.
ask us
How many American elms are on the University Park campus?
This month, we’re pleased to introduce a new section to our e-newsletter, entitled “Ask Us.” It’s our hope that this will be a fun and interactive component of this publication. Please submit any questions—from the significant to the trivial—and our staff will do its best to chase down the answer. Please submit all questions to mjm347@psu.edu, and be sure to include “Ask Us” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Upcoming events
Bringing alumni together is the heart of our mission and our identity. The Alumni Association’s annual events and programs such as reunions, homecoming activities, and pep rallies promote feelings of nostalgia and connection to the University and to each other among alumni.
03.19.04 :: Executive Board
03.31.04 :: Penn State Live at Lincoln Center
04.22.04 :: Alumni Council Meeting
04.23.04 :: Blue White Weekend
06.03.04 :: Traditional Reunion Weekend
07.07.04 :: Arts Festival Alumni Weekend
03.13.04 :: Annual Dinner (Potomac Valley Chapter)
03.19.04 :: 50th Anniversary of Penn State Radio (Radio AIG)
03.24.04 :: Hot Topics (Professional Women's Network of New York)
04.02.04 :: Collegian AIG Alumni Weekend (Collegian AIG)
04.21.04 :: 20th Anniversay (Centre County Chapter)
04.24.04 :: Movin' On 30th Anniversary (Resident Assistants AIG)
05.10.04 :: THON Golf Outing (THON AIG & New Jersey Chapter)
06.05.04 :: Golf Tournament (Boxing AIG)
We want to hear from you
Please tell us about an event your group has hosted, or one that's upcoming. Share with us your successful group initiatives, or tell us about things you'd like us to include in future issues of this e-newsletter. Of course, we don't just want to hear about it, we'd love to see it, too. So if you have pictures to go along with story ideas, please include those as well. Submit all information to alumni-relations@psu.edu. And of course, if you have questions feel free to contact us at alumni-relations@psu.edu or 800-548-LION.
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