A NOTE FROM YOUR CHAPTER PRESIDENT
Thank you, Penn State Alumni of Greater Binghamton, for an outstanding 2013! Our chapter has seen a year of growth and change. I would like to reflect on everything our chapter has accomplished in 2013.
- Both our Facebook group and page were in their infancy stages.
- Our chapter also hosted a Penn State night at a Binghamton Senators game. It was our first event of 2013 and drew in a crowd of approximately 20 alumni.
- We attempted to create a video our chapter members perform the THON â€œDance with Usâ€ dance but the weather did not cooperate and the event was cancelled. I hope that we can try to do it again in 2014. Our chapter submitted a donation to THON from donations collected at TV tailgates held in 2012.
- March brought about a great change for the chapter. We introduced the chapter website: http://psualum.com/chapter/binghamton. Thank you to our web developer, Sarah Dyer, for kindly setting up the page and putting up with all the updates that are sent her way.
- We also began offering the capability to pay for membership and events online through our new chapter PayPal account.
- March also brought about the chapter blog www.gbapsu.blogspot.comwritten by Kate Miller-Corcoran. Kate also began sending out monthly newsletters, which you all should be receiving. I hope you have all noticed and enjoyed the increased communication and ease to register for events. We are fortunate to have so many volunteers willing to keep the membership informed and current.
- We hosted a tailgate at the Blue and White game. Thank you to the Beautz Family for providing all of the chicken spiedies. We had a great turn out with over 50 alumni, friends, family and students attending. It certainly was a cold and snowy day but being with friends, it was worth every minute. The following day our 12 member Great Binghamton Spiedies team ran in the Beaver Stadium 5K. The team did wonderful with every member completing the race in less than 30 minutes. The team raised almost $1,000 for The Special Olympics. Thank you to everyone that donated.
- Much planning was going on behind the scenes for all of our summer events. The student scholarship list was received and all qualified local students received letters to apply for the annual chapter scholarship.
- Our Spring Mixer was held at the Railhouse Taproom in Waverly, NY. It was a small event but a great kickoff for future events to be held at this venue in the fall.
- Myself and Kate Miller-Corcoran traveled to NYC to attend the annual Leadership Conference held by PSAA. It was an extremely informative day since both Kate and I were new chapter leaders. We were able to meet and connect with Charlene Gaus, our chapter regional director, along with many other support people from the university. We also met with so many other chapter leaders from all over the country. We are looking forward to attending again this year.
- Toward the end of the month we traveled to Troy, PA, to attend the Summer Speaker Series which was coordinated by Penn State student, Sam Antes. The guest speaker was Jay Paterno but the highlight of our evening was meeting so many Penn State alumni that would soon become chapter members. It was a very enjoyable evening.
- We ended June with the selection of the three chapter scholarship winners. Congratulations to Cara Boothroyd, Claudia Kotchick and Colleen Whitaker.
- The hot summer months started out with a week at Arts Festival. Chapter members met up at the annual PSAA ice cream social to taste test which flavors we would be bringing back for the summer picnic. A few members also attended Lift for Life and truly inspiring event run solely by the PSU Football players with proceeds going to the Kidney Foundation. My daughters were fortunate to pair up with their friend, Kayla, who is a former Lionette. Kayla helped the girls acquire signatures and photographs with the players for two 2013 football posters. Both of the posters were later framed and raffled at the summer picnic and final TV tailgate of the season. Over $800 was raised for our chapter student scholarship fund from the sale of the raffle tickets.
- July ended with our summer family picnic at Round Top Park in Endicott. We even had a visit from the Nittany Lion himself! Creamery ice cream was also available. Even though it rained it was a wonderful time meeting and greeting over 100 alumni, friends, current students and their families.
- The month began with myself, Kate Miller-Corcoran and Peggi Munkittrick hosting a chapter booth at the Riverfest in Towanda. Our chapter booth was beautiful with balloons, a stand up Joe and even a visit from the Lion. It was a long and busy day and many people joined the chapter.
- On August 31st, thanks to Bob and Linda Malecki, we were able to offer a bus trip to opening game of the football season PSU vs Syracuse at Metlife Stadium. The chapter provided all of the meats and buns for tailgating while everyone in attendance brought many delicious sides and deserts. It may have been sweltering but we brought home a win and had a happy bus load to return to Binghamton.
- The chapter hosted its first TV tailgate of the season at the Railhouse in Waverly, NY. Although it was a home game we were fortunate to have about 24 people in attendance. I must say the Railhouse was most accommodating. It has one of the largest screens in the area and I felt like I was sitting in Beaver Stadium.
- On a small but important note, our chapter was issued business cards from PSAA. We were now able to easily hand out our chapter contact information when out and about town.
- September also brought about chapter elelctions. I would like to thank our outgoing officers Carl Bugaiski, Lynne Beautz, Dennis Byerly and Mary Lou Byerly for their many years of service and commitment to the chapter. I would also like to welcome and thank our newly elected officers for stepping up to volunteer: Kate Miller-Corcoran, Vice President; Bob Malecki, Teasurer; Elizabeth Fabian, Secretary; Peggi Munkittrick, Membership; and Harolyn Pasquale, Alumni Admissions Committee.
- This seemed to be one of our busiest months. We hosted our second TV tailgate at the Blind Tiger Pub in Johnson City, NY. It was a grand crowd taking over a section of the bar and the small room with the wide screen TV.
- Not long after the TV tailgate we were headed to Happy Valley for Homecoming. For the first time in many years our chapter walked in the Homecoming Parade. Since the theme was tying the past and the present we carried the old/original club and new chapter banner. With over 300 entries in the parade, it was the most surreal thing I have participated in on campus. The following morning our chapter hosted a Homecoming tailgate in RV overnight lot 19 thanks to Rich and Kay Fassold and their family. Throughout the day over 100 people stopped by the tailgate to enjoy the festivities. Our chapter was entered in the tailgate competition. Even thought we did not win, it was fun participating. The highlight of the day was attending the PSU vs Michigan game and what a game it was! We ended the evening at the candlight vigil for Joe Paterno. I was fortunate to see many of you there and it was truly beautiful and inspirational.
- We started out with another TV tailgate at the Railhouse in Waverly, NY. I missed this one due to work but was told over 50 people attended. It is encouraging to see our events growing as the year progressed.
- Throughout the month we collected cards and well wishes for Johnson Cityâ€™s own DaQuan Jones #91. Prior to starting the card collection the PSU NCAA compliance office cleared the project and received a contact that I was to send the package to. We received many cards from school children in both Pennsylvania and New York. Thank you to everyone who sent a card. Three days after mailing the package, I received an email from my PSU contact stating that the package was given to DaQuan and he was appreciative. I scanned down to the name/title of who I sent the package to and realized that she was the administrative assistant to Bill Oâ€™Brien. Here I had thought I was sending the package to a student intern. It was good to know that we could put a smile on DaQuanâ€™s face for his final home game.
- We ended the month with a TV tailgate at the Blind Tiger Pub. The Blind Tiger also placed a sign on their marquee with well wishes for DaQuan. We took a picture and Kate tweeted it to DaQuan. Needless to say we were more than pleased to wake up the next morning to find he had selelcted the tweet as a favorite and it was retweeted out to many across the nation. WE AREâ€¦everywhere!
- Finally, a winner was drawn for the signed football poster. I was honored to take the poster to the home of Mark and Kathleen Lorenc who already had a place designated for the poster. Thank you for everyone who purchased a chance.
- I am ending 2013 giving thanks for each and every one of you. We started the year out with 120 paying chapter members and end it with 147. I cannot thank you enough for all of your continued support and encouragement. I look forward to seeing you at events in 2014.
Your Greater Binghamton Chapter President, Michele Steinhauser