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Update from the Development and Alumni Relations Office, May 2008

Development and alumni relations update for May 2008

By Ellie Dietrich

The College of Education hosted a weekend full of events that celebrated our students’ academic success and honored the donors who have given so generously to the College.

The weekend kicked off on the afternoon of Friday, April 25, when the Dean’s Development Council convened for a meeting in Chambers Building. The Dean’s Development Council is a group of alumni and faculty volunteers who give of their time and resources to support Dean David Monk and the development staff in reaching out to make connections with our alumni. They will be an integral part of the College’s fund-raising initiatives in the Penn State campaign:  For the Future: The campaign for Penn State Students. The Council, led by co-chairs, Sue and Mark Breedlove, consists of Edgar Farmer, Tony Gordon, John Ikenberry, Joyce McLean, Robert Shute, Nancy Shemick, and Dorothea Stover. Their counsel and support over the next seven years of the campaign will be integral to the College’s fundraising efforts.

On Friday evening, Dean Monk hosted the annual Donor Appreciation Dinner at the Atherton Hotel for 111 guests. Faculty members Dr. Bill Carlsen, Dr. Orrin Murray, and Dr. David Lee, along with grad students Youjia Hua and Cheryl Ostryn, presented exhibits in the lobby prior to dinner. During dinner, guest speakers – students, faculty and donors – spoke of their personal experiences and how the College had touched their lives. It was a warm and inspiring evening.

To bring home the real impact our scholarship donors have on the students who receive their awards, Dean Monk welcomed more than 160 donors and students to a luncheon on Saturday in the HUB, Heritage Hall. During this time, donors had the chance to meet the students and learn of the impact their gift had on these individuals’ lives.

The third annual Cycle-thon concluded the College’s activities on Sunday morning followed by a family picnic at Sunset Park. More than 80 riders came together to raise awareness and funds for SCOPE, the Summer College Opportunity Program in Education, that each year invites high school students from urban areas to come to Penn State in the summer to learn about careers in education. In its third year, Cycle-thon continues to grow and the response from the participants is overwhelmingly positive. It is an event not to be missed next year!