Alumni Association outlines strategic initiatives in support of alumni, Penn State

July 14, 2006

Philadelphia, Pa -- The Penn State Alumni Association reported on its strategic goals, accomplishments, membership growth and continued service to the University in a presentation to the Penn State Board of Trustees on July 14.

Alumni Association President Lewis H. Gold, a 1959 Penn State liberal arts graduate, outlined the Alumni Association's agenda and results of last year. Topping the list of accomplishments was the Alumni Association's new designation as the largest alumni association in the country in life members (currently 87,043, as of June 30).

"A year ago, we attained a long-sought goal to become the number one alumni association in life members. We learned in February that the 2005 life member total of 82,658 moved us ahead of Stanford and the University of Illinois into the number one spot," Gold said. "I'm thrilled to announce that we have completed another very good year on July 1, increasing our life member total by more than 4,000 to 87,043."

Another major accomplishment was the growth in student membership through the Blue & White Society. Blue & White Society membership has grown exponentially in the last year, up by more than 2,800 students to 7,547. This growth has been fueled in part by the expansion of active Blue & White Societies to four additional Penn State campuses -- Abington, Delaware County, Erie and Worthington Scranton -- bringing the total of active Blue & White Societies to eight.

"This is the second consecutive year that membership in the Blue & White Society has experienced explosive growth, more than doubling the membership from two years ago," Gold said in his report.

Among other Alumni Association initiatives and accomplishments highlighted by Gold were:

-- Total membership in the Alumni Association grew by nearly 3,000 members to an all-time high of 159,063, maintaining Penn State's status as the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world.

-- The rolling out of two significant new benefits for alumni and Alumni Association members: TravelBlue, a discounted vacation rental program, and the online Alumni Library, which directly connects alumni to the databases, resources and special collections of Penn State's University Libraries.

-- The success of the "City Lights" program, an ongoing series of intellectual and cultural events in metropolitan areas with the highest numbers of Penn Staters. This year, "City Lights" events were held in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., drawing more than 1,000 alumni. For pictures from the Washington, D.C., event, visit http://live.psu.edu/still_life/2006_06_15_city_lights/index.html online.

-- The Alumni Association's $300,000 gift to the First-Year Enrichment Program at Penn State's Morgan Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes.

-- The Alumni Association's joint events with Penn State campuses, including eight alumni networking events and career seminars attended by nearly 600 alumni.

-- The dedication of the Alumni Gardens at the Hintz Family Alumni Center on the University Park campus.

Established in 1870, the Alumni Association strives to connect alumni to the University and to each other, provide valuable benefits to members and support the University's mission of teaching, research and service. For more information about the Alumni Association, visit http://www.alumni.psu.edu online.

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