VOLUME 1 ISSUE 7   July 2004
A message from the Executive Director
Penn State Alumni Association surpasses 152,000-member mark
Penn State kicks off yearlong sesquicentennial celebration
Association members elect newcomers, incumbents to Alumni Council
Helpful hints for summer programs
Manchester Program Alumni Reunion: A semester abroad builds lifelong connections
Orange County (Calif.) Chapter holds Pennsylvania Dutch Dinner
Aiken-Augusta (S.C.) Chapter golf tournament raises scholarship funds
DAR Retreat 2004: Staying on top of your game
Your chance to win: Guess how many students we’ve signed up
Where did the name “Beaver Stadium” come from?
July 28, 1870: The first organized meeting of Penn State alumni
We want to hear from you
Dear Alumni Volunteers:

We did it! Your Penn State Alumni Association grew by 6,102 members to 152,721 for the year ending June 30. That’s a 4.2 percent gain, marking the strongest growth in nine years. With great support from our Executive Board and the membership committee of Alumni Council, our staff did some really heavy lifting to surpass our goal. The success of our membership campaign is emblematic of the success we’ve enjoyed on many other fronts this year, thanks in large part to a superb staff.
Penn State Alumni Association surpasses 152,000-member mark
The first year of the Alumni Association’s “For the Future” membership campaign is in the books. And what a year it has been. Total membership surged past 152,000 members—marking the greatest single-year gain in nearly a decade. The milestone achievement marks the kickoff of Penn State’s 150th anniversary.

Penn State kicks off yearlong sesquicentennial celebration
Resolutions in both houses of Congress, a message from the governor, the unveiling of a new historical marker, and the introduction of a new Creamery ice cream flavor all marked the kickoff of Penn State’s sesquicentennial celebration. University officials gathered with alumni, students, and friends on Thursday, July 8, to open a yearlong celebration marking the University’s 150th anniversary.

Association members elect newcomers, incumbents to Alumni Council
Votes have been counted and the results of the Alumni Council election are in. Eight new members and two incumbents have been elected to serve three-year terms on the Association’s governing board. Association President Marianne E. Alexander ’62 appointed three additional alumni to serve on Council.
tips & best practices
Helpful hints for summer programs
This summer allow two “new” populations be your inspiration in developing programming ideas. As newly graduated high school seniors prepare to leave for college, let those soon-to-be Penn Staters know just what it means to be part of the Penn State family by holding a student sendoff event. You can also hold a welcome event for recent Penn State grads that have moved to your area.
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Manchester Program Alumni Reunion: A semester abroad builds lifelong connections
Since 1971 hundreds of Penn State students have spent a semester studying mass communications in Manchester, England. This year the Manchester Program AIG offered a chance to reconnect with fellow program participants at a reunion in Manchester—complete with a Beatles Magical Mystery Tour and High Tea with the Lord Mayor of Manchester.
Orange County (Calif.) Chapter holds Pennsylvania Dutch Dinner
Bratwurst, spatzle, and cabbage rolls filled the menu at the Orange County (Calif.) Chapter’s annual Pennsylvania Dutch Dinner. The dinner, which is the group’s largest non-sports related event, raises funds for the chapter’s endowed scholarship fund.
Aiken-Augusta (S.C.) Chapter golf tournament raises scholarship funds
The Aiken-Augusta (S.C.) Chapter recently held its sixth annual Bill Arra Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament, which raises money for the chapter’s scholarship fund, is named in honor of the late Bill Arra ’76, a North Augusta resident who made community service a priority in his life.
association highlights
DAR Retreat 2004: Staying on top of your game
Nineteen directors of alumni relations (DAR) representing campuses and colleges, along with Penn State Alumni Association staff, came together for a professional retreat on June 15 and 16 to engage in a meaningful exchange of ideas and strategies and to learn from each other. The focus of this year’s retreat, “staying on top of your game,” motivated participants to make a personal commitment to meet the membership challenges for 2005.
member center
Your chance to win: Guess how many students we’ve signed up
Results from a recently completed research study indicate that student membership in the Alumni Association has incredible growth potential. To jump-start our efforts, we hired senior finance major Clint Mickel to recruit new members. Guess how many members he’ll sign up by the end of July, and you could win. Here’s a hint: He’s currently at 125.
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Where did the name “Beaver Stadium” come from?
Penn State’s Beaver Stadium—the nation’s second-largest college football facility—is named in honor of General James A. Beaver, a former Pennsylvania governor and University Trustee. Beaver also served as acting University President from 1906 to 1908.
this month in penn state history
July 28, 1870: The first organized meeting of Penn State alumni
On July 28, 1870, during the University’s second Harvest Home celebration, a small group of alumni gathered in a chemistry room in Old Main. That small gathering was the beginning of what has grown to be the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world—the Penn State Alumni Association.
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.
09.11.04 :: Pep Rally at Boston
09.25.04 :: Pep Rally at Wisconsin
10.02.04 :: Pep Rally at Minnesota
10.02.04 :: Parents and Families Day
10.08.04 :: Executive Board Meeting
10.14.04 :: Alumni Fellow Awards Dinner
10.22.04 :: Homecoming Parade
10.23.04 :: Homecoming
10.30.04 :: Pep Rally at Ohio State
07.16.04 :: Night at the Races (Scranton Chapter)
07.17.04 :: Penn State Beach BBQ and Student Sendoff (Orange County and Los Angeles Chapters)
07.23.04 :: PSHRS Benefield Bash—Alumni Summer Weekend (Hotel Restaurant Program Group)
07.31.04 :: 3rd Annual Family Picnic (Vermont Chapter)
07.31.04 :: Penn State Alumni Beach Happy Hour (East Coast chapters in Del., D.C., Md., Va., & Pa.)
07.31.04 :: Rockies vs. Diamondbacks (Colorado Chapter)
08.01.04 :: Freshman Sendoff Picnic (Chester County Chapter)
08.06.04 :: Reading Phillies Game and Picnic (The Dickinson School of Law Alumni Society; Berks County Chapter; Lebanon County Chapter; and Schuylkill County Chapter)
08.07.04 :: Summer Picnic/Freshman Sendoff (Colorado Chapter)
08.07.04 :: Freshman Sendoff (Philadelphia Chapter)
08.07.04 :: BBQ for Freshman Sendoff/Membership Drive (San Diego Chapter)
08.08.04 :: Freshman Sendoff (DelMarVa Chapter)
08.08.04 :: Central Park Freshman Sendoff (New York City Chapter)
08.10.04 :: Kids Peace/Red Barons (Scranton Chapter)
08.14.04 :: Annual Freshman Sendoff Picnic (Boston Chapter)
08.18.04 :: Annual Picnic & Freshmen Sendoff (Delaware Chapter)
08.24.04 :: Pizza Party (Scranton Chapter)
10.12.04 :: Happy Hour at Fresno's (Scranton Chapter)
10.23.04 :: Homecoming Game/Parade (Scranton Chapter)
10.29.04 :: Silent Auction/Pep Rally (Central Ohio Chapter)
11.20.04 :: Michigan State Bus Trip (Scranton Chapter)
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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