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Alle-Kiski Alumni Society hosts reception for student award winners

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Deanna Mazur, right, 2010 winner of the Penn State Spirit award, gets a hug from Alle-Kiski Society president Lorri Wildi.
4/26/2011 —


Academic and student Achievement Awards Ceremony
7:00 p.m., Friday, April 29, Forum Theatre

 The Alle-Kiski Society of the Penn State Alumni Association approved a motion at its regular monthly meeting April 18 to co-sponsor the reception for student honorees at Penn State New Kensington's annual Academic and Student Achievement awards ceremony.

The society, based at Penn State New Kensington, donated $500 to help recognize more than 100 students for their accomplishments during the fall and spring semesters. The "Celebration of Excellence" awards ceremony is set for 7 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the campus' Forum Theatre.

In addition to students, faculty and staff will be honored for their achievements. One of the highlights of the evening is the awarding of the Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award to the student whose outstanding qualities of character, scholarship and leadership contribute to the prestige of the campus. In addition, faculty will be recognized for excellence in teaching.

The Alle-Kiski Society engages in various campus projects throughout the year, interacting with former and current students by social and fundraising events and other networking activities. Recently, the society sponsored the Business Club's Etiquette Dinner, and hosted an alumni social after a New Kensington Lions men's basketball game.

In the past year, the alumni society has pledged $10,000 to the campus Athletic Department to renovate a weight room for free weights and heavy equipment, awarded $7,000 in scholarships to campus students; and pledged $25,000 to increase its endowed scholarship from $51,000 to $76,000. The society plans to fund the endowed scholarship commitment with proceeds from its annual alumni golf scramble. The 12th edition is set for 12:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at the Links at Spring Church.

In addition, the alumni group co-sponsors off-campus events including the biannual Alumni Breakfast socials in the spring and fall for local alumni. The next one is set for 8 a.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Allegheny Township office of the Century 21 American Heritage Realty.

Penn State alumni, students, parents, and friends from the Penn State New Kensington service area -- Westmoreland, Allegheny, Butler, Armstrong and Indiana counties -- are encouraged to re-connect with the University and campus by attending Alle-Kiski Society monthly meetings at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at Dingbats Restaurant/Royal Gatherings in the Pittsburgh Mills mall. The next meeting is May 16.

For more information on the society and its events, call 724-334-6049, or send an e-mail to uxw1@psu.edu or visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Alumni/alumorg.htm online.

For more on awards at Penn State New Kensington, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/StudentLife/stulifeawards.htm online.

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