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November 2021
Eve Chapel in the winter

Message from the Director

To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold. ~ Aristotle

Mary Ann AmatoThe air is chilled, and the days are shorter. We must be heading into December! This is the year’s most festive month where we gather with family and friends to celebrate! It is the time of year when we share a tenderness for the past, courage for the present, and hope for the future!
December provides us with the opportunity to share the “Magic of the Season” and regardless of your beliefs or practices, we can all share the magic with others through kindness, forgiveness, tolerance, charity, and excitement!
As we hang our lights, decorate our trees, wrap our gifts, and bake our cookies this year, let’s take time to remember that each one of us is a single light and that together we make everything beautiful. Let us fondly remember holiday seasons of the past and look forward with anticipation to future holiday seasons. Let us be thankful for the many blessings we each have and be willing to share what we have with those less fortunate.
As 2021 comes to an end, I look forward to a new opportunity in 2022 to be creative, kind, generous, and loving. We all have that choice and the more we practice focusing on the positive, the more positive there will be to focus on!
I sincerely wish everyone a very happy holiday season and a blessed New Year.
Mary Ann Amato
Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Penn State Altoona

In Memoriam

Charles H. Sickles, Jr.’ 57, died on October 31, 2021

Nicholas Hanna, ’57, died on October 25, 2021

Robert Hall, ‘54, died on October 26, 2021

Joseph Ianniello, ’51, died on November 2, 2021

LTC (R) Stumpf , Thomas, ’58, died on November 9, 2021 in California

John Kuzio, ’72, died on November 14, 2021

Arlene Burket, ‘ 49, died on November 11, 2021

Patrick Miller, ’74, died on November 10, 2021

Herbert Hostler, ’61, died on November 9, 2021

Giving Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Giving Tuesday
Are you ready to celebrate?

On Tuesday, November 30, Penn State will participate in GivingTuesday, a global celebration of generosity. For the seventh year, Penn Staters from across the Commonwealth will come together to invest in a brighter future—and Penn State Altoona is proud to be a part.

Once again, Penn State Altoona is getting in on the excitement by raising funds for the Future Fund. The Penn State Altoona Future Fund helps to expand our academic programs, provide research support, keep our Career Closet full and garments cleaned, provide scholarship support, and—most importantly—enhance our commitment to our students.

New this year, any gift to a GivingTuesday campaign of at least $25 from alumni who are first-time University supporters will be boosted with an additional $25 from the Peter Weiler Family Endowment in Advancement and Philanthropy.

And we’re also bringing back the opportunity for our Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) to make their generosity go even further. GOLD gifts of $5 or more to any #GivingTuesday campaign will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100 by Penn State. Visit the event website today for information and updates when the event goes live.

On GivingTuesday, you have the chance to remind our students that they are members of a community that believes in their potential, is committed to guiding them through challenges that lie ahead, and will always encourage them to chase their dreams. Celebrate the We Are spirit with us on #GivingTuesday.

Join our team as a champion and tell the world why you support us! With your help, our #GivingTuesday can be a success! Visit our fundraising page to sign up, follow the prompts and you’ll be all set to share why you think Penn State Altoona needs to be successful on GivingTuesday!

The Gift of Language

Haldan Jacobson
Penn State Altoona alumnus Haldan Jacobson used language study to unlock doors of discovery. Read More.
Penn State Altoona Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame
The Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction event held on October 16, 2021, was a tremendous success largely in part due to our overwhelming sponsors.
Penn State Altoona Athletics Hall of Fame
In recognition and grateful appreciation

Founder’s Circle

  • Jane and Lee Hite Family
  • Joe and Joan Keller
  • C. David Kimmel
  • Steve and Nancy Sheetz
  • Penn State Altoona Advisory Board
Their generous contributions have made the Hall of Fame possible.

2021 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend Sponsors

Coach of the Year

  • Mark and Chris Bowser
  • Ronald and Vicki Hillegass
  • C. David Kimmel


  • Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry
  • Fredina M. Ingold
  • Guy Landolfi
  • Bobbi Miller
  • Carrie Shearer
  • Stephanie and Mike Zezzo
  • Penn State Altoona Alumni Society


  • Daniel and Lois Boyer
  • Dennis and Carol Clawson
  • John and Betsy Gallace
  • Constance Adler Engel and George Engel
  • William Hoy


  • Tom and Lisa Bradley
  • Jim Clark
  • Carl DeCaspers
  • Craig Foust
  • Patrick and Patricia Labriola
  • David Kling
  • Patrick Miller
  • Reilly, Creppage, and Company
  • Reliance Bank

Additional Gifts

  • Nate Conlinn
  • Ernest Holsopple
  • Larry and Anita Hankinson
  • Steve Moritz
  • Kenneth Snyder
Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry first came to Penn State Altoona in 1985 when she was working on her Ph.D. Originally from Martinsburg, Pa., she had never been to Penn State Altoona until she arrived to teach and fell in love with the campus immediately. In 1997, Bechtel-Wherry was one of the inaugural division heads when Penn State Altoona became a four-year, degree-granting institution. She later served as associate dean for academic affairs, before being named Chancellor and Dean in 2005.

Alumni Book Club

Our next book club meeting will be Tuesday, December 14 at 6:00 p.m. The book we will be discussing is The Lincoln Highway written by Amor Towles.

This is a 1950s set novel, shenanigans ensue when Emmet Watson hits the open road with two friends and a brother in tow.

Registration is available online.
Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity Corner

December is here and traditionally in the United States, that means it is time for all things merry and jolly. December can be a joyful time, as there is a convergence of festivities and traditions to celebrate this holiday season.
  • December 1: World Aids Day
  • December 3: International Day for People with Disabilities
  • December 10: International Human Rights Day
  • December 10–18: Hanukkah
  • December 21: Yule Winter Solstice (Pagan)
  • December 25: Christmas (Christian)
  • December 26: Kwanzaa begins – January 1
  • December 31: New Year’s Eve

Penn State Altoona Student Emergency Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a cumulative and burdensome effect in the lives of many Penn State students. Students who rely on scholarships, grants, and part-time income to sustain their day-to-day college experience are, in many cases, struggling to meet basic needs such as food, housing, and transportation.
The Penn State Altoona Student Emergency Fund provides short-term financial assistance to our students. The fund supports students who are living through crisis situations, such as illness, food or housing insecurity, or other unexpected events or challenges.

If you would like to contribute to our student’s health and well-being, visit the Raise Penn State site.

Students Are Saying ...

“Thank you so much for this! It is really appreciated, and I am so thankful for Penn State right now. You are helping more than you know.”
“You are my angel. You have made my life so much better in the last 24 hours.”
“Reading your email brought tears to my eyes...thank you so much for all of your help. Not only do I appreciate it, but my entire family does.”

Calling All Alumni

Our Penn State Altoona Alumni Society Historical Committee is asking for all alumni to see if they have any memorabilia they would like to donate to the Penn State Altoona archives housed in the Robert E. Eiche Library. Please contact Karen Helsley at or 814-949-5189 if you would like to donate an item to the Penn State Altoona archives.

Alumni Volunteers

If you are a Penn State Altoona alum and would like to participate in events and activities and interact with our students and alumni, please reach out to Karen Helsley, associate director of alumni relations at Let us know:
  • Your name, email address, year of graduation, and major
  • Which of the following you may be interested in:
    • Serve as a speaker in the classroom, virtual or in person
    • Serve as a panelist speaker
    • Serve as an internship or externship host, virtual or in person
    • Mentor a student
    • Host an alumni event in your geographic area or workplace
    • Host a development fundraising event
    • Recommend a unique venue for a future alumni event
    • Share an idea for an event or program
    • Recommend a Penn State Altoona alum for news coverage and/or award
    • Share your story in our alumni newsletter
    • Talk with a staff member about a gift to Penn State Altoona
    • Other – please provide your response
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