New Kensington

Alle-Kiski Alumni Society to meet at New Kensington campus

Alumni group planning upcoming events

The Alle-Kiski Society's annual bowlathon is a family event complete with entertainment from the Nittany Lion. Credit: Bill Woodard / Penn StateCreative Commons

UPPER BURRELL, Pa. -- The Alle-Kiski Society of the Penn State Alumni Association will hold its first meeting of 2016 at Penn State New Kensington. The campus gathering is set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15, in the Conference Center.

The executive board, headed by president Vera Spina Greenwald, a former campus student and 2003 Penn State graduate, plans events that benefit the society’s endowed scholarship at the New Kensington campus. In the past five years, the society has donated nearly $60,000 to its campus scholarship, increasing the endowment from $51,000 to $109,000. For the 2015-16 academic year, the society awarded a record $5,500 in scholarships to four New Kensington students: Lynsie Headley, of Ford City; Alissa Dolensky, of Lower Burrell; Adis Juklo, of Pittsburgh; and Carley Carnahan, of Lower Burrell. Since 1998, the society has awarded $53,500 to 59 campus students.

The alumni group holds three annual fundraisers that are geared to the endowment — Alumni Bowlathon (March 13), Night at the Races (April 30), and Alumni Golf Scramble (Aug. 1). The bowlathon is open to alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends of Penn State. The entry fee is $20 and includes three games and shoe rental. Four- or five-person teams may sign up or individuals may sign up and be assigned to a short-handed team. Event sponsorships are available for $250 and $500, and lane sponsorships are $50 and $100. For information, call John Spadaro at 724-337-8536.

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The Alle-Kiski Society also engages in various campus and alumni projects throughout the year. It interacts with former and current students by sponsoring social events and other networking activities. The society recently donated $750 to the campus THON committee. In the spring, it sponsors a reception for the Academic and Student Achievement Awards ceremony. In the fall, the society will hold a TV football viewing party and food drive during the Penn State-Michigan game on Sept. 24.

In addition to raising money, board members are active on campus. They serve as a resource at many student functions, including admissions events, where they talk with prospective students, and career events, where they discuss job opportunities with soon-to-be graduates.

All alumni, parents of Penn State students and friends of Penn State are encouraged to attend the meeting. Based on the New Kensington campus, the society represents more than 7,000 alumni living in the Alle-Kiski Valley.

The meeting venue rotates among the campus, Tarentum Elks Lodge and JG’s Tarentum Station in Tarentum.

For more information, contact Bill Woodard at 724-334-6049 or 

For more on the Alle-Kiski Society, visit

Spring 2016 Alle-Kiski Society meeting schedule

Feb. 15: Penn State New Kensington, Upper Burrell, 6:30 p.m.April 18: Elks Lodge, Tarentum, 6:30 p.m.May 16: Elks Lodge, Tarentum, 6:30 p.m.June 20: JG’s Tarentum Station, Tarentum, 6:30 p.m.

Last Updated February 11, 2016