As I enter my last few months as dean, I have been reflecting on the many things that have made my time at Penn State fulfilling, both professionally and personally. At the top of that list are the volunteers—from our Alumni Society board representatives and advisory board members, to museum docents and the graduates who work hard in our unit-specific alumni groups. They organize networking events, promote our performances and other activities, assist with fundraising, serve as mentors, and much more. They are, quite simply, essential to our college’s operations. And they do the work because they value arts and design education and how our college’s programs enrich the community.
On Saturday, April 13, the Alumni Society will hold its annual tailgate before the Blue-White Game—a perfect opportunity to connect with fellow alumni and friends, as well as students. The tailgate will take place from noon until 2:30 p.m. at the Water Tower Terrace, adjacent to the Stuckeman Family Building. Guests are asked to consider a donation of $15/person (you may make your donation online in advance, but walk-ins are always welcome!). As in past years and in conjunction with the tailgate, the Alumni Society is holding an online auction, with all proceeds benefiting the Alumni Society Scholarship. From an insider tour of Beaver Stadium, to a set visit at NCIS: New Orleans, to tickets and a backstage tour of Le Rêvein Las Vegas (donated by Theatre grad and Penn State Alumni Fellow Rick Gray)—this is an auction you won’t want to miss. Take a peek at the items now at http://32auctions.com/psuarts, and start bidding on April 1!
The power of the alumni network is evident across the college. Also during Blue-White weekend is the Glee Club’s 130th and Hi-Lo’s 85th anniversary concert on April 13, part of several events celebrating these longstanding ensembles (learn more here). And on June 22, the Blue Band will hold its Fore the Blue Band Golf Tournament (details here; registration opens April 12). Alumni are integral to events like these, from planning and promoting, to participating. And they do it because their Penn State experiences in the arts were—and continue to be—meaningful.
In any job, it’s the people you encounter who shape the experience. College of Arts and Architecture alumni and friends—along with our outstanding faculty, staff, and students—have shaped this job into one very special experience. If you find yourself on campus in the coming months, please stop by Borland Building to say hello. Happy Spring!