A group of us traveled to our Alma Mater this past week to congratulate the 2016 graduating class and to provide support and information on our Chapter to those Penn Staters who will be relocating to our area after graduation.
Below is a preview of our recent post card mail-out to Penn Staters in our area. Save the dates! WE ARE...looking forward to seeing you at these events!
UPDATE! We were rained out for our scheduled pick-up on May 1. Please join us on May 15 for some spring cleaning!
On May 15, 2016 at 9:30 am a group of us will meet at the parking lot of Target in Big Flats to begin the sweep of our stretch of Route 64 (Big Flats Road).
If you're interested in pitching in or have questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2nd Annual Penn State WineOut celebration features a half-day tour of East Seneca Lake, with stops at three award-winning establishments. We will visit Hazlitt Vineyards, Chateau Lafayette Reneau and finish at Wagner Vineyards for a wine or beer tasting, followed by some downtime on their expansive lake-view deck with a pint of local beer or glass of wine available for purchase.
The tour will begin and conclude at the Watkins Glen Walmart (515 E 4th St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891). Proceeds benefit THON and scholarships for area natives.
Later that evening we will head to the Buffalo Wild Wings in Horseheads, NY for our PSU vs. Ohio State game viewing/tablegate party!
1P-6P - Guided wine tour by Experience! The Finger Lakes (tickets required)
8P-11P - Tailgate and viewing party for PSU at OSU at BWW (anyone can join!)
There will be a 50/50 Raffle, giveaways, prizes, and more PSU entertainment throughout the day!
On behalf of the Southern Finger Lakes Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, we look forward to hosting you!
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (Mar. 1, 2015) - Board Member Jerry Wilber ('75) of Elmira joined the Hogan family alongside 700+ dancers in dedication of more than 13 million dollars to support efforts related to combatting pediatric cancer. The Hogan Family, which has benefited from The Four Diamonds Fund, is supported by current students from the College of Architecture, as well as the Penn State Alumni Association - Southern Finger Lakes Chapter of New York.
For Kara Hogan (age 10), her brother Kyle (age 14) and her family, the weekend was a celebration of a number of positive milestones in 2015. Kara, who was first diagnosed with an extremely rare form of leukemia a few years ago, endured months of chemotherapy and related medicines and treatments. With the support of professionals at Hershey Medical Center, she has recently been able to return to the life of a normal 10 year old, and is excelling in school with high honors and at horseback riding.
For Jerry, the experience was surreal.
'One thing that I will never forget is that I was able to stay on my feet at all times while in the BJC. Painful? Absolutely. Challenging? Yes.' recalled Jerry. 'But when you realize the 706 students selected to carry the torch 'for the kids' over the course of 46 hours, you realize that your own discomfort and pain is meant to be a reminder of all the kids who fought, are still fighting, and those who may soon begin the fight to beat childhood cancer. My pain was worth it!'
Alongside a number of other VIP perks, the Hogan Family received an opportunity to meet members of the Penn State football team and coaches and to tour various facilities. Kara was even able to secure autographs for brother Kyle, who was unable to attend.
'The privilege to be part of the Hogan family over those hours at THON was one that I will cherish forever.' said Jerry.
The Southern Finger Lakes Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association serves students, alumni, and communities based in the southern region of upstate New York in ways such as networking, volunteering, philanthropy, and football-related initiatives.
THON (www.thon.org) is the largest student‐run philanthropy. It benefits the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. The Four Diamonds assists children being treated for cancer and their families through superior care, comprehensive support and innovative research. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $114 million for the Four Diamonds and the fight to conquer pediatric cancer.
4 Hours. 5 White Boards. 10 Coffees. 0 Windows. The board met last Sunday in Horseheads to recognize its successes in 2014, and to develop the objectives, timing and leads of its key 2015 initiatives to benefit Penn State students and alumni based in the Southern Finger Lakes region of New York. Some of the areas that were considered 'big wins' for us last year included our WINEOUT (a Penn State-themed Wine Tour), our Student Sendoff (a picnic to celebrate newly enrolled students from the area), and our scholarship fundraising efforts at Watkins Glen International Raceway. Some of the areas that we believe are key challenges for us in 2015 will be increasing membership among our installed base of alumni, improving our communications, and finding enough people to make our initiatives successful.
Check our events page and our official Facebook page for the early details. As we get underway with the year, we encourage all friends of Penn State to reach out to us and to their networks to make us successful this year.
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As alumni, we are called upon to demonstrate what it means to be a Penn Stater - not only to students past, present and future, but to the communities where we live. That's why our chapter works hard to arrange opportunities for networking, volunteering, philanthropy, football and fun!