VOLUME 1 ISSUE 4   April 2004
[ CONTENTS ]
A message from the Executive Director
New gardens dramatically enhance Alumni Center grounds
Funding changes put University at a crossroads
The legend of the lion turns 100 this month
Does your group—or one of its members—deserve to be recognized?
Professional Women’s Network of New York: “Hot Topics” forum tackles burning issues for professional women
N.Y.C. and Long Island chapters receive special art exhibit tour
Annual spring football game to highlight Blue-White weekend
Penn State’s Trustee Scholarship program provides need-based aid
Association members receive discount on non-credit classes at Penn State
So what’s the real origin of the word “Nittany"?
We want to hear from you
[A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ]

Dear Alumni Volunteers:

In my 11th month as your executive director, nothing has so vividly demonstrated to me the difference the Penn State Alumni Association is making than the events of March 26–April 4. In the span of just 10 days, your Alumni Association:

  • Helped to honor doctoral alumni at their first-ever reunion;
  • Welcomed legislators to a reception in Harrisburg celebrating Penn State’s status as the Commonwealth’s singular land-grant university;
  • Put Penn State on Broadway by co-sponsoring a musical event at Lincoln Center; and
  • Co-sponsored the first full-length American Indian powwow in the State College area.

In the coming weeks, I’m looking forward to traveling and speaking to a number of our affiliate groups throughout the country.

More information about these wonderful events, along with pictures, is available by clicking on the “full story” link below.


[FULL STORY]
 
features
New gardens dramatically enhance Alumni Center grounds
Completed in spring 2003, the Secret Garden of the Hintz Family Alumni Center has quickly become a popular respite for alumni and students alike. From class lectures to informal gatherings, the garden location has taken its place among the favorite green spaces on the University Park campus. The Secret Garden, however, is just one part of a major renovation to the Alumni Center grounds. Two more gardens—the Water and Rainbow gardens—are currently under construction.
[FULL STORY]
 

Funding changes put University at a crossroads
The face of higher education is changing, with the distinction between public and private universities blurring, according to President Graham B. Spanier. Pennsylvania's support of higher education has for decades lagged behind other states, staying near the bottom of the 50 states in financial commitment to higher education. The last time such data were collected, Pennsylvania ranked third in the nation for its support of private colleges and universities for revenue it provided per full-time student. By contrast, when the same measures are applied to public universities in the state, Pennsylvania ranks near the bottom in its support.
[FULL STORY]
 

The legend of the lion turns 100 this month
On Tuesday, April 20, the legend of one of the most recognized college mascots in the country—the Nittany Lion—turns 100. The tale of the Nittany Lion originated with Harrison D. "Joe" Mason ’07 EMS at a baseball game against Princeton on April 20, 1904. To mark this important occasion, Penn State will hold a ceremony at Mason’s gravesite in Monongahela, Pa., near Pittsburgh.
[FULL STORY]
 
tips & best practices
Does your group—or one of its members—deserve to be recognized?
The Recognition Program of the Penn State Alumni Association is our most visible way of showcasing those measures of personal quality that are Penn State’s hallmark. Nominations are now being accepted for the Alumni Association’s annual awards program, and we invite you to recommend a person or group that deserves acknowledgment.
[FULL STORY]
 
in the spotlight
Professional Women’s Network of New York: “Hot Topics” forum tackles burning issues for professional women
Its appeal to women is similar to that of Oprah or the Oxygen network. Through an atmosphere of support, understanding, and reciprocity, the Professional Women’s Network of New York highlights issues that are important to women. The organization—an Alumni Interest Group of the Penn State Alumni Association—serves as a network for women who work and live in the New York metropolitan area. Its latest event, “Hot Topics,” took an in-depth look at office politics and the difficulties sometimes faced by women in the workforce.
[FULL STORY]
 

N.Y.C. and Long Island chapters receive special art exhibit tour
Members of the New York City and Long Island chapters of the Penn State Alumni Association recently attended Penn State professor John Bowman's solo art exhibit at the Winston Wachter Mayer Fine Art gallery in New York City. Bowman took the chapter members on a personal tour of the exhibit. Members enjoyed a casual lunch following the gallery visit.
[FULL STORY]
 
association highlights
Annual spring football game to highlight Blue-White weekend
“Basking in the bright sunlight and 75 degree temperature, the fans—many of whom had already spent several hours practicing their tailgaiting skills—had a chance to talk with their favorite players and get their autographs before the…kickoff of the pseudo-game that each year gives the players a chance to have some fun after 14 days of grueling drills, while the fans get enough of a football fix to carry them through until the fall.” John Black’s Football Letter from April 2000 captures the essence of what makes Blue-White weekend one of the most popular spring events on the University Park campus.
[FULL STORY]
 

Penn State’s Trustee Scholarship program provides need-based aid
With state support decreasing and education costs on the rise, Penn State continues to develop innovative programs to help keep an education affordable for all qualified students. Unveiled in July 2002, the Trustee Scholarship program is a five-year, $100 million dollar matching scholarship initiative that partners donor support with general funds from the University. Continuing a level of philanthropy that is unparalleled in American higher education, the Penn State Alumni Association contributed $300,000 to the Trustee Scholarship program in 2003 from its Margin of Excellence fund. In the 2003-04 academic year, the Alumni Association’s gift supported 13 students, providing—through the University match—$30,080 in aid. The recipients are a diverse group—10 are women and nine are first-generation college students.
[FULL STORY]
 
member center
Association members receive discount on non-credit classes at Penn State
Thanks to a new program offered through Alumni Outreach, Penn State Alumni Association members are now eligible for a 10 percent discount on a wide variety of non-credit learning opportunities.
[FULL STORY]
 
ask us
So what’s the real origin of the word “Nittany"?
It’s our hope that “Ask Us” 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.
[GET THE ANSWER]
 
events

[ ALUMNI ASSOCIATION EVENTS ]
04.22.04 :: Alumni Council Meeting
04.24.04 :: Blue-White Game
05.07.04 :: An Evening with Joe, Valley Forge, PA
05.10.04 :: An Evening with Joe, Hershey, PA
06.07.04 :: An Evening with Joe, Lehigh Valley, PA
06.03.04 :: Traditional Reunion Weekend
07.07.04 :: Arts Festival Alumni Weekend
[ AFFILIATE GROUP EVENTS ]
04.21.04 :: 20th Anniversary (Centre County Chapter)
04.24.04 :: Movin’ On 30th Anniversary (Resident Assistants AIG)
04.24.04 :: N.Y.C. Blue-White Social (New York City Chapter)
04.25.04 :: N.Y.C. Earth Day Park Cleanup (New York City Chapter)
05.01.04 :: N.Y. Cares Spring Cleanup Day (New York City Chapter)
05.07.04 :: Dad Vail Regatta BBQ (Crew AIG)
05.08.04 :: Penn State Day at Kennywood (Allegheny County and Beaver Valley Area chapters, McKeesport Society)
05.10.04 :: THON Golf Outing (Northern N.J. Chapter)
05.22.04 :: PA Dutch Dinner (Orange County Chapter)
05.28.04 :: Manchester Program Alumni Reunion
06.05.04 :: Golf Tournament (Boxing AIG)
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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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