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Vera Spina Greenwald elected president of Alle-Kiski Society

Former campus student to head local alumni society;
upcoming fundraisers are horse racing and golf

UPPER BURRELL, Pa. -- Vera Spina Greenwald, a 2003 Penn State graduate, was elected president of the Alle-Kiski Society Board of Directors June 15 at the society’s end-of-the-year meeting.

Greenwald, chief clerk for Westmoreland County, will oversee a 20-member board and serve a two-year term, beginning July 1. She replaces Tim Oberlin whose term expires June 30. Ashley Traini, a 2005 alumna, takes over the vice presidency after four years as treasurer. Laura Kelly, a 1999 Penn State graduate, assumes the treasurer’s duties. Kristi Swierczewski, a 1991 alumna, was re-elected as secretary.

A former Penn State New Kensington student, Greenwald served as vice president under Oberlin. She joined the alumni society in 2007, and was elected secretary in 2011. She serves on the board’s scholarship committee, which recommends New Kensington students for the society’s annual scholarships. This year, $5,500 will be awarded to upperclassmen. In the past 23 years, the New Kensington-based society has awarded $48,000 to 55 campus students. The scholarship was first endowed in 1998 at $15,000 and now stands at $109,000.

Greenwald attended the campus for two years before moving to University Park to complete her bachelor’s degree studies in journalism with a minor in psychology. While at the campus, she was active in the Student Government Association, THON and the Lion Ambassadors. Greenwald was named Lion Ambassador of the year in 2001. A year later, as chair of the campus’ THON team, she spearheaded the drive that raised $9,300 in 2002, tripling the previous record of $3,000. The effort earned New Kensington the award as the Most Improved Campus in the Penn State system.

As chief clerk, Greenwald is responsible for preparing the county commissioners' meeting agendas, compiling meeting minutes, maintaining county records and overseeing bid openings and contracts. A lifelong resident of Vandergrift, Greenwald lives in her hometown with her husband Jason Greenwald. They enjoy traveling and Italy tops the list of favorite places. Disney World is second.


The Office of Development at Penn State New Kensington works in partnership with alumni, students, faculty, staff, the advisory board, and the community to meet the fundraising goals set forth by the University while also working toward a greater awareness and appreciation for the New Kensington campus and its many economic and cultural contributions to the region. For more information, contact Kary Coleman, 724-334-6057 or kxc22@psu.edu

The Office of Alumni Relations at Penn State New Kensington is the liaison between the campus, the University, and the Alle-Kiski Society, the local organization of the Penn State Alumni Association. Our mission is to connect alumni to the University and to each other, to provide valued services to members, and to support the University's mission of teaching, research, and service. In addition, the office manages the campus' relationship with the news media across the region and produces news and information about events, people and activities at the campus.  The office focuses on achievement by students and research accomplishments and expertise of faculty. The department develops and markets news articles and story ideas to local media, assists with media interviews, and connects media with campus experts.

Based at the campus, the Alle-Kiski Society of the Penn State Alumni Association engages in various campus projects throughout the year, interacting with alumni and current students through social and fundraising events and other networking activities. In March, the society held its 13th annual Alumni Bowlathon that raised $6,600 for campus projects and scholarships. In the past four years, the society has increased its scholarship endowment from $51,000 to $109,000. In addition to its scholarship largesse, the alumni organization, which comprises Penn State graduates from the New Kensington and University Park campuses, made a $10,000 gift to campus athletics for equipment for the cardiovascular fitness room. Penn State alumni and friends are encouraged to reconnect with the University and campus by attending the Alle-Kiski Society meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. The next meeting is Aug. 17 at the Elks Lodge in Tarentum.

Upcoming Events

The Alle-Kiski Society's 16th annual Alumni Golf Scramble is set for 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 14, at the Links at Spring Church in Apollo, Pa. Co-hosted by Penn State New Kensington, the tournament is open to alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends of Penn State. The $110 entry fee includes dinner, refreshments and awards. Various golf packages are available, including tournament sponsorships, from ranging from $500 to $3,000 and tee sponsorships for $100. In the past four years, the tournament has raised $33,000.

For information, contact Bill Woodard at 724-334-6049 or uxw1@psu.edu

For registration and sponsorship forms, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Information/News/46218.htm#NEWS46218



Office of Alumni Relations

Kary Coleman, Director of Development
145 Conference Center

Bill Woodard, Alumni and Public Relations Specialist
147 Conference Center


Office of Development

Kary Coleman, Director of Development

146 Conference Center

Tina Sluss, Staff Assistant

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