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ALLE-KISKI ALUMNI SOCIETY MEETING

6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 17, Elks Lodge, Tarentum, Pa.

 

All students, alumni and friends, especially recent Penn State graduates living in the Alle-Kiski Valley, are encouraged to attend the meeting and become involved in society activities. For more information, call 724-334-6049. For more about AKS, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Alumni/alumorg.htm online.

 

Alle-Kiski Society awards record $5,500 in
scholarships to campus students

Lynsie Headley, Alissa Dolensky,
Adis Juklo, Carley Carnahan

UPPER BURRELL, Pa. -- The Alle-Kiski Society of the Penn State Alumni Association awarded a record $5,500 in scholarships recently to four Penn State New Kensington students: Lynsie Headley of Ford City; Alissa Dolensky of Lower Burrell; Adis Juklo of Pittsburgh; and Carley Carnahan of Lower Burrell.

The students earned awards of $1,375 each. The total bested the $4,400 that was distributed a year ago. The society's scholarship is funded through the proceeds of the annual alumni golf scramble, held in August at the Links at Spring Church in Apollo. In the past four years, the tournament has raised $32,000.

The students were chosen for the scholarships based on their academic status (sophomore, junior or senior), cumulative GPAs (3.0 minimum), county of residency (Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler or Westmoreland) and an essay question ("Why do you feel alumni are willing to give back to the New Kensington campus, and how do you feel you will give back after graduation?"). In their essays, they portrayed the New Kensington campus as a positive learning experience that would encourage them to stay connected to the campus after graduation.

Lynsie Headley
Headley, a sophomore electro-mechanical engineering technology major, carries a 3.33 grade-point average. She is a member of the campus' GREAT (Growing Regional Engineering through Academics and Training) program, which matches promising engineering students with opportunities to build professional experience with local companies. Outside the classroom, the Lenape Technical School graduate is an orientation leader and chair of the Campus Activities Board. In the community, she is a volunteer at Burrell Township Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the township’s Historical Society.

Headley wrote in her essay: “Penn State New Kensington staff and students work like a well-oiled machine to create an experience that helps students thrive. I believe that is why so many campus alumni decide to give back to not only the school, but the students. They know how hard it is to be a student that worries about finances, but they also know how the New Kensington campus lets everyone feel the sense of unity, pride, and community.

Alissa Dolensky
A sophomore in the Early Adolescent Childhood Education program, Dolensky is a member of the Dean’s List with a 3.78 GPA. A product of Burrell High School, Dolensky was a member of the campus THON team and nominated to be an orientation leader, which she could not fully commit to because of her studies and employment schedule. She is active in her church, St. Margaret Mary.

Dolensky wrote in her essay: “Pride Day at orientation was the day that I felt like a real Penn State student, not because I had my official ID card, but because I developed my Penn State pride. I believe that this is why alumni want to give back to Penn State New Kensington. It is not because they feel that they must just because they graduated, but it is because they will always have Penn State pride.”

Adis Juklo
Juklo, a sophomore meteorology major, boasts a 3.69 grade-point average. The Fox Chapel Area High School graduate is treasurer of the Student Government Association, president of the Meteorology Club, and a member of the THON team.

Juklo wrote in his essay: “Giving back to Penn State doesn’t have to be in the form of money. In my opinion, the best kind of giving-back is in the form of advice, or just being a resource for current students. When I started my college career at Penn State, I was rather overwhelmed at first. I had many questions about finances, academics, and student life. Being there for students at orientation as not just a resource but as a friend, is what I think would make students a lot more comfortable on day one. Interacting with students, staying in touch with professors, and advocating Penn State everywhere I go is what I would do to spread the Lion spirit.”

Carley Carnahan
Carnahan, a Burrell High School graduate, is a senior psychology major with a 3.56 GPA. She is active on campus as a member of the Psychology Club, and in the community as a Girl Scout leader. She wants to remain connected to the campus after he graduates next year.

Carnahan wrote in her essay: “After graduation, I anticipate that my primary means by which to give back to the Penn State New Kensington campus will be through promotion. My experience on the campus has been a very positive one, and I believe that I will be able to secure a rewarding career as a result of my education. If I am able to successfully pursue my career goal of working with at risk teens in the local high schools, I will be able to promote within the primary candidate pool. My ultimate goal to give back to the campus is to set up a scholarship in honor of my late cousin and former Penn State New Kensington student, Clay Dananay. Clay Dananay was a freshman at the Penn State New Kensington when he passed as a result of mental illness. A scholarship in his honor would be put in place with the intention of raising awareness of mental illness and the side effects of suicide.”

Alle-Kiski Society Endowment
The “Alle-Kiski Society Endowed Scholarship” was established in 1992 and fully endowed at $15,000 six years later. Former society president Bill Salem founded the Alumni Golf Scramble in 2000 to nourish the scholarship fund. Proceeds from the tournament were earmarked exclusively for the endowment. Endowed gifts are held by the University in perpetuity. The initial gift is invested, and only a portion of the average annual investment return is spent. The remaining income is added to the principal as protection against inflation.

The society surpassed the coveted $100,000 mark in May. The alumni group, which is based at Penn State New Kensington, presented the campus a $10,000 check for the scholarship fund. The endowment now stands at $109,000, more than double its number of $51,000 five years ago.

As the scholarship fund grows, so does the amount of the annual awards. A total of $1,300 in scholarships went to the first campus recipients -- Kelly Doyle, Tara Murrell and Nicholas Wichowski. This year, the four students each got more than the total of the inaugural recipients. Since 1998, the society has awarded $53,500 to 59 campus students.

Penn State alumni and friends are encouraged to reconnect with the University and campus by attending the Alle-Kiski Society meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. The next meeting is Aug. 17 at the Elks Lodge in Tarentum.

For more about the Alle-Kiski Society, visit http://nk.psu.edu/Information/News/46218.htm#NEWS46218

AKS Scholarship Recipients
1998-2015

1998: Kelly Doyle, Tara Murrell, Nicholas Wichowski
1999: Jillian Savko, Edward Lee, George Madalay
2000: Holly Bell, Karen Bridge, Kimberly Lowers, Theresa Smith, Toni Vokes
2001: Wendy Jarmul, Nicole Palucacos, Joseph Caliguri, James Dykes
2002: Ray Mastre, Matthew Marziale, Charlotte Caldwell, Dana Tolatta
2003: Pat Olstein, Kenneth Kocon, Charlene Barker, Shawn Vause
2004: Jeffrey Arvay, Krista Goch, Jamie Conrad, Crystal Gilliland, Kelly Mitchell
2005: Shirley Betush, Melissa Franklin, Danica Myers
2006: Jeffery Mangone, Marie Rosenberger, Julie Arvay
2007: Kristin Clyde, Danica Myers
2008: Julie Arvay
2009: Katie Shoemaker
2010: Melissa Gemballa, Ericka Watson, Jaclyn Burkett
2011: Gretchen Toy, Shanna Williams, Vanessa Peck, Justin Tinnemeyer, Corey Zell
2012: Lauren Richards, Brandi Ritenour
2013: Joshua Swinehart, Jennifer Phillips, Caitlyn Cody
2014: Nathan Piluso, Nathan Schartner, Justine Rojeski, Jay Eiler
2015: Lynsie Headley, Alissa Dolensky, Adis Juklo, Carley, Carnahan

Vera Spina Greenwald elected president of Alle-Kiski Society

Former campus student to head local alumni society;
upcoming fundraisers are horse racing and golf

UPPER BURRELL, Pa. -- Vera Spina Greenwald, a 2003 Penn State graduate, was elected president of the Alle-Kiski Society Board of Directors June 15 at the society’s end-of-the-year meeting.

Greenwald, chief clerk for Westmoreland County, will oversee a 20-member board and serve a two-year term, beginning July 1. She replaces Tim Oberlin whose term expires June 30. Ashley Traini, a 2005 alumna, takes over the vice presidency after four years as treasurer. Laura Kelly, a 1999 Penn State graduate, assumes the treasurer’s duties. Kristi Swierczewski, a 1991 alumna, was re-elected as secretary.

A former Penn State New Kensington student, Greenwald served as vice president under Oberlin. She joined the alumni society in 2007, and was elected secretary in 2011. She serves on the board’s scholarship committee, which recommends New Kensington students for the society’s annual scholarships. This year, $5,500 will be awarded to upperclassmen. In the past 23 years, the New Kensington-based society has awarded $48,000 to 55 campus students. The scholarship was first endowed in 1998 at $15,000 and now stands at $109,000.

Greenwald attended the campus for two years before moving to University Park to complete her bachelor’s degree studies in journalism with a minor in psychology. While at the campus, she was active in the Student Government Association, THON and the Lion Ambassadors. Greenwald was named Lion Ambassador of the year in 2001. A year later, as chair of the campus’ THON team, she spearheaded the drive that raised $9,300 in 2002, tripling the previous record of $3,000. The effort earned New Kensington the award as the Most Improved Campus in the Penn State system.

As chief clerk, Greenwald is responsible for preparing the county commissioners' meeting agendas, compiling meeting minutes, maintaining county records and overseeing bid openings and contracts. A lifelong resident of Vandergrift, Greenwald lives in her hometown with her husband Jason Greenwald. They enjoy traveling and Italy tops the list of favorite places. Disney World is second.

Upcoming Events

Golf
The Alle-Kiski Society's 16th annual Alumni Golf Scramble is set for 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 14, at the Links at Spring Church in Apollo, Pa. Co-hosted by Penn State New Kensington, the tournament is open to alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends of Penn State. The $110 entry fee includes dinner, refreshments and awards. Various golf packages are available, including tournament sponsorships, from ranging from $500 to $3,000 and tee sponsorships for $100. In the past four years, the tournament has raised $33,000.

For information, contact Bill Woodard at 724-334-6049 or uxw1@psu.edu

For registration and sponsorship forms, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Information/News/46218.htm#NEWS46218

 

 

 

 

 

Office of Alumni Relations


Kary Coleman, Director of Development
724-334-6057
kxc22@psu.edu
145 Conference Center

Bill Woodard, Alumni and Public Relations Specialist
724-334-604
uxw1@psu.edu
147 Conference Center