CALENDAR OF EVENTS
02/21/2017 Monthly Chapter Meeting
Moe's (Weston Pkwy in Cary), 6:30pm
02/24-26/2017 PSU Baseball Event
03/21/2017 Monthly Chapter Meeting
04/01/2017 Wine & Design with TriPSU
05/20/2017 Durham Bulls Outing
06/10/2017 Annual Family Picnic
CHAPTER BOARD MEETINGS
Unless noted otherwise, all Chapter Board meeting are held on the THIRD TUESDAY of the month . Venues occasionally change, so check this website for details. Board meetings are open to all Triangle Chapter members - we'd love to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact our President, Don Torino at:
Next meeting: 2/21/2017 at 6:30pm at Moe's Southwestern Grill at 127 Weston Parkway in Cary.
We welcome Lions Pride as a 2016-2017 sponsor of the Triangle Chapter! For great Penn State merchandise from a family owned busniess operated by Penn State alumni, visit them at www.lions-pride.com!
The Triangle Penn State Alumni Association ONLINE STORE is NOW OPEN!
There is something for everyone- polos, hats, sweatshirts, tshirts, blankets, etc. Check it out today. https://tripsu.qbstores.com/
· Football TV Tailgates
· Scholarships for Local PSU Students
· Annual Picnic
· THON Events
· Charity Drives
· Networking/Social Opportunities
· Durham Bulls Games
· Carolina Hurricanes Games
· Wine Tastings
· High School Recruitment
· Updates on Happenings in Happy Valley
· Access to PSU Home and Away Football Tickets
· And Much, Much More
Annual dues remain at $15, which is amongst the lowest of any Chapter in the nation. If you are not a member yet, please consider joining right away. You can be as involved as you wish to be. The beauty of our Chapter is the variety of events and offerings, whether you want to cheer on the football team in a room with 80 other alumni or volunteer an hour of your time to gift wrap at a local Barnes and Noble to generate donations for THON, the largest student run philanthropy in the world and a Penn State tradition for decades. At the very least, a portion of membership fees goes towards supporting scholarships for local students attending Penn State. And as we are all alumni, we can all appreciate any financial aid students can receive to get them through the college experience.
The Chapter's membership year runs from July-June. However, we will accept membership any time off the year.
Membership is not limited to Penn State alumni living in the Triangle-area of North Carolina. If you have an interest in Penn State and a willingness to network and have fun, you're more the welcome to join us.
TRIANGLE CHAPTER RECOGNIZED AS A TOP ALUMNI GROUP - AGAIN!
As many of you may know, the Penn State Alumni Association created the Group of Distinction program many years ago to recognize those chapters, societies, and alumni interest groups (AIGs) which are excelling in their engagement with alumni. Our Chapter has won this award numerous times. A few years ago, they refined the program to include three tiers of awards: Lion, Laurel, and Elm. The Elm level is the highest level, and reflects that an alumni group has programs aimed at each of 15 categories that the Alumni Association has identified as goals. Among these are student interactions, social activities, communications, community service, participation in THON activities, contributions to endowments, etc. Last year, only 30 groups achieved the Elm level, which recognizes groups with activities in at least 14 of the 15 categories.
It is my great pleasure to inform you that the Triangle Chapter has, for the third consecutive year, achieved the Elm level Group of Distinction award. This is by no means a small feat, and it entitles our Chapter to certain recognition and privileges, most notably entry into a drawing for a $1000 award toward a program or initiative of our choice.
It’s a testament to the involvement our alumni, and to the wonderful dedication shown by your board of directors and the volunteers who help to organize these events that we were able to not only win this award, but do so in three consecutive years. The board members wish to thank you, the Chapter members, for coming out to participate in so many of our events, and we look forward to offering even more great events to bring Penn Staters together in the Research Triangle and surrounding areas. We are continuing our efforts to ensure that we will achieve this award for a fourth consecutive year, and be part of a fraternity of groups to achieve the Elm level award every year since its inception. We look forward to your continued participation as well, as we seek to maintain this Chapter as one of the best in the world!
Don Torino, President, Triangle Chapter Penn State Alumni Association
This year’s 2016-2017 scholarship award went to Shrinil Patel from Morrisville. The scholarship award was in the amount of $4,000.00, which is the highest scholarship award our Chapter has ever awarded! Thanks to all of our Chapter’s members generous donations throughout the years to our scholarship fund. It is an incredible opportunity that we have as a chapter to be able to help current students pay for the increasing cost in college tuition.
Our fiscal year begins on July 1, and as many of you know, we recently completed elections for your Executive Board. This year, we tried a new strategy for our elections – an online option. It was quite successful, as we received 54 online votes, far surpassing the voter turnout of any prior election in recent memory. Here are the results of the election, and your executive Board members for the next two years:
President – Don Torino
Vice President – Brian Shaunessy
Secretary – Alex Jackson
Treasurer – George Gillis
We thank everyone who participated in the election. At our July meeting, we filled the five standing committee chairperson positions:
Membership - Dan Stahlman
Philanthropy - Ashley Acornley
Social - Cassie Proper
Communications - Molly Mazich
Student Services - Jonathan Howells
Join me in welcoming these hard-working volunteers to the fold, especially the last three who start their first term with the Triangle Chapter Board!
If you have any questions or concerns, any ideas or suggestions, or any feedback or complaints, feel free to reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re here to serve our Penn State community!
For the glory,
President, Triangle Chapter
READ OUR LATEST
SUMMER 2016 NEWSLETTER
We are overjoyed to announce that the TriPSU Chapter's donation to THON for 2015-2016 is $6,461.12!!! This is well over double the total from our previous highest ever total! All of this money will help provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness and ensure funding for critical research ― all in pursuit of a cure. We are so thankful to each donation and for all of the support for our best THON fundraising year yet FOR THE KIDS!
Alex Jackson, THON coordinator
WE DID BEAT MICHIGAN!!
We did beat Michigan this year, and Illinois and PSU Peidmant - in the food drive of course! A BIG THANK YOU to every member that brought in food or gave a monetary donation this year. It’s because of you that the Urban Ministries of Wake County provided much needed food to the community this fall.
Our total weighed in at 2,068.6lbs of food!!
The Urban Ministries always needs our help with a food donation or just your time volunteering. Please visit their website for more information: http://www.urbanmin.org
Penn State License Plate Applications Have Been Submitted!!!
Let's celebrate a great milestone for Penn State in North Carolina!
In March 2015, we were finally able to submit to DMV the 300 applications for the official Penn State Collegiate Specialty License Plate in North Carolina!! This effort has been going on since 2008, when Adam Morris got us underway. Bob Gallagher took over the effort during the difficult years of the Sandusky scandal. Don Torino finished the effort in the final year and a half. Thanks to all three of these volunteers for their service!
According to DMV, applicants should expect their Penn State plate in 3-4 months, and you should continue to renew your regular registration as usual. After plates are mailed out, others will be able to order the collegiate license plate directly from DMV. Therefore, no more applications will be accepted through the Triangle Chapter.
Thanks to everyone who applied, who had the patience to wait several years for us to reach the minimum number of applications, and who helped us out with second (or third) applications!
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