Alle-Kiski Society sponsors awards reception
"Celebration of Excellence"
recognizes student and faculty achievements
7:00 p.m., Friday, May 2, Forum Theatre
The Alle-Kiski Society of the Penn State Alumni Association will 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, May 2, in the campus' Forum Theatre. The event is co-sponsored by the campus’ Student Government Association.
The highlight 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, and the society will present its annual Penn State Spirit award to the campus student who exhibits integrity and character as a leader, demonstrates outstanding dedication to the campus, and exemplifies the meaning of Penn State pride. Tim Oberlin, a 2000 Penn State alumnus and president of the Alle-Kiski Society, will present the award.
The 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 held its 12th annual Alumni Bowl-a-thon that raised a record $7,100 for campus projects and scholarships.
Last year, the society fulfilled a four-year $26,000 pledge, 12 months ahead of schedule, to increase its scholarship endowment from $51,000 to $77,000. At its February meeting, the society donated an additional $7,500 to the endowment, effectively upping the principal by 66 percent. Using the proceeds from last August’s alumni golf tournament, the society, which is based at Penn State New Kensington, was able to give the New Kensington campus a total of $34,000 for upperclassmen scholarships, ballooning the scholarship principal to $85,000.
In the past four years, the society has donated more than $46,000 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.
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 the Alle-Kiski Society monthly meetings at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. The next meeting is May 20 in the campus' Conference Center.
The society's next major fundraiser is the alumni golf scramble that is set for Friday, Aug. 8, at the Links at Spring Church. For information on the golf outing, call 724-334-6049 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the society, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Alumni/alumorg.htm