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AKS president Lorri Wildi was featured speaker at Alumni Council meeting

4/18/2011 —


3:45 p.m., Friday, April 15, Hintz Alumni Center

Lorri Wildi, president of the Alle-Kiski Society, delivered the presidents report April 15, at Penn State's semiannual Alumni Council meeting at the Hintz Alumni Center at University Park.

Wildi recapped the minutes of the morning's Campus Alumni Society Presidents meeting and presented an overview of the Alle-Kiksi Society that is based at Penn State New Kensington. Her presentation followed President Graham Spanier, who gave the council an update on the University.

Alumni Council is an all-volunteer governing body that guides and directs policy for the Penn State Alumni Association, the largest dues-paying alumni organization in the nation. The council determines strategies and programs to be carried out by PSAA. The council's 85 members meet twice a year--April and October. The meetings bring together campus and college alumni groups and the PSAA executive board. Council members also serve on committees, task forces, and elect officers and others, who serve on the Executive Board.

A 1985 Penn State graduate from the College of Health and Human Development, Wildi concludes her two-year term as Alle-Kiski Society president in June. Under her leadership, the society has increased its philanthropic activities. Since 2009, the alumni society has pledged $25,000 to increase its endowed scholarship from $51,000 to $76,000; awarded $7,000 in scholarships to campus students; and donated $10,000 to the campus Athletic Department to renovate a weight room for free weights and heavy equipment.

Representing more than 7,000 alumni living in the Pittsburgh region, the society engages in various projects throughout the year, performing community service, and interacting with alumni and current students by social and fundraising events and other networking activities. Social events for alumni include: a bus trip to a Penn State football game; an Alumni Central tent at the campus' Fall Festival, where the Penn State –Temple game was on a big screen TV; a post-game pizza social after a campus basketball game; and an annual TV Football party at a local establishment.

Society meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at Dingbats/Royal Gatherings in Pittsburgh Mills mall. The next meeting is April 18.

Membership isn't limited to graduates from Penn State New Kensington. Parents of Penn State graduates or current students, grads from other Penn State campuses who live in the Alle-Kiski Valley, and friends of Penn State are welcome to join. New and recent Penn State graduates are encouraged to attend a board meeting and stay connected with the University.

Wildi is a district manager for Aramark, a multi-national corporation that provides food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. She resides in Tarentum, Pa. with her husband, Jerry Johns.

For more information about the society, call 724-334-6049 or visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Alumni/alumorg.htm

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