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Third Monday, 6:30 p.m.

NEXT MEETING:
6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 16
Elks Lodge, Tarentum, Pa.

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Alumni Events

Hoops and pizza to bring alumni and friends to campus

5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, Athletics Center
New Kensington Lions vs. Penn State DuBois
Free to the public

The Alle-Kiski Society of the Penn State Alumni Association, in conjunction with a Penn State New Kensington men's basketball home game, is sponsoring a "Pizza Social" on Saturday, Feb. 7, following the conference contest. Penn State alumni and friends are invited to join fellow Penn Staters to cheer on the New Kensington Lions and to enjoy free pizza during post-game festivities in the lobby of the center. Second-year coach Art McGray’s team takes on Penn State DuBois at 5 p.m. in a Penn State University Athletic Conference match in the campus' Athletics Center. Postgame festivities will continue at an off-campus venue that will be determined.
For more information or to RSVP for the social, contact Bill Woodard at uxw1@psu.edu

 

Alumni Bowl-a-thon benefits society scholarship

Alle-Kiski Society’s 13th annual spring fundraiser to push endowment over $100,000
1-4 p.m., Sunday, March 22, Wildlife Lanes, Lower Burrell, Pa.

The Alle-Kiski Society's 13th annual Bowl-a-thon is set for 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 22, at Wildlife Lanes in Lower Burrell, Pa. Hosted by the local society of the Penn State Alumni Association, the tournament is open to alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends of Penn State. The entry fee is $20 and includes three games and shoe rental. Four- or five-person teams may sign up, or individuals may sign up and be assigned to a short-handed team. The Bowl-a-thon is the alumni group's major fundraiser in the spring, and the proceeds support campus projects. Lane sponsorships are available for $50 and $100.
For information, call John Spadaro at 724-337-8536.

 

AKS News

Alle-Kiski Alumni Society awards $4,400 in scholarships to campus students

Nathan Piluso, Nathan Schartner, Justine Rojeski, Jay Eiler

UPPER BURRELL, Pa. -- The Alle-Kiski Society of the Penn State Alumni Association awarded $4,400 in scholarships recently to four Penn State New Kensington students: Nathan Piluso of Kittanning, Nathan Schartner of Pittsburgh, Justine Rojeski of Apollo, and Jay Eiler of Brackenridge. Piluso and Schartner earned $1,500 each, and Rojeski and Eiler received $700 apiece. 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 three years, the tournament has raised $32,000. Since 1998, the society has awarded $45,000 to 52 campus students. The amount awarded is expected to rise dramatically in the next few years as the alumni group increased its endowment level by nearly 70 percent over the past four years, from $51,000 to $92,000. The society's scholarship was established in 1992 with an initial principal of $15,000. Six years later, it was fully endowed at $25,000. The first campus recipient, Pat Neil, earned a $500 scholarship. 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 Feb. 16 at the Elks Lodge in Tarentum. For more about the scholarship and recipients, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Information/News/46028.htm#NEWS46028

Alle-Kiski Society's "For the Future" campaign donations hit $50,000

Alumni group nearly doubles scholarship endowment in past four years

The Alle-Kiski Society of the Penn State Alumni Association (PSAA), closed its books on the "For the Future" campaign with an additional $7,000 gift.

The latest donation to its scholarship fund at Penn State New Kensington raised the total endowment to $92,000. Four years ago, the book value of the fund was $51,000.

“We are pleased to continue our support of the students at Penn State New Kensington,” said Vera Spina, vice president of the society. "With the increase in the endowment, we will help even more local students achieve academic success.”

In 2010, Roger Williams, executive director of the PSAA, sent a clarion call to campus societies and alumni chapters throughout the Penn State system to add 50 percent to their current scholarship endowment by June 2014, the end of the seven-year fundraising effort, "For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students."

The Alle-Kiski Society answered the call and fulfilled its $26,000 pledge a year ahead of schedule, increasing its scholarship from $51,000 to $77,000. At its February meeting, the society donated $7,500 more to the endowment. The latest donation effectively ups the principal by 78 percent.

Using the proceeds from the alumni golf tournament and bowl-a-thon, the society, which is based at Penn State New Kensington, was able to give the New Kensington campus a total of $41,000 for student upperclassmen scholarships.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the students of Penn State New Kensington and the individuals that give so much of themselves to our organization,” said Spina, who attended the campus before earning a journalism degree at Penn State University Park.

The “Alle-Kiski Society Endowed Scholarship” was established in 1992 with an initial principal of $15,000. Six years later, it was fully endowed at $25,000. 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 first campus recipient, Pat Neil, received a $500 scholarship. This past year, the society awarded $3,600 in scholarships to three New Kensington campus students -- Joshua Swinehart of Spring Church; Jennifer Phillips of Vandergrift; and Caitlyn Cody of Leechburg. For the upcoming academic year, the amount awarded jumps to $4,500.

commencement 2014
Tim Oberlin, left, president of the Alle-Kiski Society, inducts Penn State New Kensington graduates into the
Penn State Alumni Association at spring 2014 commencement ceremonies.

Since 1998, the Alle-Kiski Society has given $40,000 to 48 students. In addition to fundraising, the Alle-Kiski Society engages in various campus projects throughout the year, interacting with former and current students by sponsoring social events and other networking activities.

During the "For the Future" campaign, the University-wide effort to raise $2.1 billion, the society donated $51,000 to the campus. In addition to its scholarship largesse, the alumni organization, which comprises Penn State graduates from the New Kensington and University Park campuses, made a $10,000 gift to campus athletics for equipment for the cardiovascular fitness room. The society also sponsors a reception for more than 100 campus students and their families for their accomplishments at the annual Academic and Student Achievement Awards ceremony.

The alumni society was not the only Penn State entity to surpass its goal, The New Kensington campus raised $3.86 million, nearly 130 percent of the original goal of $3 million. Students were the main beneficiaries of campus donors’ largesse, as they garnered $1.2 million in scholarship support. Twenty new scholarships -- 16 $50,000 trustee matching scholarships; three general scholarships and an educational endowment -- and three program awards were created during the campaign.

Alumni are encouraged to connect with fellow Penn Staters at society events and monthly meetings, which are held 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at the campus or at an off-campus venue. The next meeting is set for Aug. 18 at the Elks Club on Sixth Avenue in Tarentum, Pa.

 

Alle-Kiski Society Officers 2015

 

 Officer List  Name, grad year  Email address
 President  Tim Oberlin '00  tsoberlin@yahoo.com
 Vice President  Vera Spina '03  veras03@yahoo.com
 Secretary  Kristi Stiegler '99  ladylion122@yahoo.com
 Treasurer  Ashley Traini '05  Amazur828@hotmail.com

 Campus Liaison

 Bill Woodard  uxw1@psu.edu

 

 Name, grad year  Email address
Alle-Kiski Society Board of Directors 2015
 Barb Arnold '82, '85, '89  bja@nb.net

 Laura Kelly '99

 lauralynnkelly@yahoo.com

 Kerry Kelly '99 (Immediate Past President)  kerryakellyjr@yahoo.com
 Linda Petitta  lpetitta@worldnet.att.net
 Michelle Polimadei '89  michellepolimadei@email.com

 Michael Sawhook '82

 msawhook@yahoo.com

 Katie Shoemaker '11

 kshoemaker511@yahoo.com
 John Spadaro '82  jspad@verizon.net
 Kristin Swierczewski ‘91  celinedion5@comcast.net
 Janet Valasek '93  janetvalasek@verizon.net

 Gretchen Toy '11

 gretchen.toy@gmail.com

 Lorri Wildi '85

 lswildi@comcast.net

 

 

 

 

Office of Alumni and Public Relations
Bill Woodard, Alumni and Public Relations Specialist
724-334-6049
uxw1@psu.edu
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