University Park, Pa. -- Penn State alumni can now connect with former friends and flames through the new and improved online alumni directory, called Penn State's Pride, which was launched recently by the Penn State Alumni Association.
Penn State's Pride replaces the former online alumni directory and boasts a number of new features: securely hidden e-mail addresses to prevent address harvesting; the choice to hide individual bytes of personal information, such as home address and phone numbers; and the ability to post a self-photo.
"We are truly excited about Penn State's Pride online directory," said Roger L. Williams '73, '75g, '88g, executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association. "Nearly all 463,220 Penn State alumni are as close as your computer, but in a safe and controlled environment that offers more tools and options than the previous alumni directory. This ability to connect online with fellow alumni is another benefit of being an Alumni Association member."
While the online alumni directory features listings on nearly all Penn Staters, it is searchable and usable only by members of the Alumni Association. Non-members can view and make changes to their personal listing only. Members can update their own listing and also look up other Penn Staters through the search engine that will search by name variations such as last name or maiden name; majors or degrees; class year; city, state, or country; job title or other business-related info.
To begin searching, Alumni Association members need their User ID, which is their Alumni Association 10-digit ID number (located on membership cards or on the mailing label of The Penn Stater magazine); and a password -- which is the same as their password on the previous alumni directory -- or one can easily be created during their first visit to the online directory.
For help with User ID numbers or passwords, members can e-mail their full current name, full name at graduation, class year and college or campus to email@example.com and a customer service representative will provide this information. Help is also available by calling (800) 548-LION (5466), option 2. To log on to Penn State's Pride, go to the Alumni Association Web site at http://www.alumni.psu.edu and click on the Penn State's Pride icon at the top of the page. All alumni information on Penn State's Pride is pulled from Penn State's official alumni database.
With more than 159,000 members, the Penn State Alumni Association is the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world. 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. The Penn State Alumni Association organizes hundreds of annual events and programs designed to inform, involve and inspire Penn State alumni. For more information on the Alumni Association, go to http://www.alumni.psu.edu.