Two engineering alumni groups to receive Penn State Alumni Association awards

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State Alumni Association (PSAA) has named two engineering alumni groups as recipients of awards for their events and programming for alumni and students.

The Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) will receive the 2014 PSAA Student Interaction Award. It is given to an affiliate group that has distinguished itself through outstanding student support and interaction.

PSEAS was cited for partnering with the engineering advising office and University's admissions office to host four regional receptions for students accepted to the College of Engineering.

Twenty-four alumni interacted with more than 500 incoming students and their families at the events.

Jennifer Theiss, director of alumni relations in the College of Engineering, said, "The next generation of engineering students witness the commitment and involvement of Penn State alumni by seeing them represent the university so positively at these receptions."

The Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) Affiliate Program Group (APG) will receive the 2014 PSAA Joint Activity Award. It is presented to groups that have distinguished themselves through exceptional program offerings and recognizes the collaborative efforts of affiliate groups that most effectively support the mission of the PSAA.

The MEP APG was honored for organizing an alumni networking reception in Washington, D.C., last November. The group partnered with the African American Alumni Organization, PSAA Metro Washington, D.C., chapter and the Penn State Latino Alumni Interest Group to promote the event. Attendees pledged $2,000 in support of a MEP endowment that supports students in multicultural engineering programs at Penn State.

Theiss explained, "This event raised awareness of the new MEP APG and showcased how alumni in the D.C. area can get involved with the alumni group. It was the APG's first reception and was so successful they are hosting a similar networking event in New York City this June."

As part of their award, PSEAS and the MEP APG will each receive $500 for future programming.

Both groups will be honored at the PSAA Annual Volunteer Awards Dinner during the fall Alumni Council meeting on Oct. 24.

Last Updated May 16, 2014