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Graduate School Alumni Society Board of Directors Committees

Awards Committee

The purpose of the Awards Committee is to plan and implement the Graduate School Alumni Society’s (GSAS) alumni recognition program. The goal of the program is to annually recognize outstanding Penn State graduate alumni for professional achievement and to establish more concrete connections between these alumni and the University.

Each year, the committee solicits nominations for the GSAS Lifetime Achievement Award, GSAS Early Career Award, and GSAS Humanitarian Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes graduate alumni who have achieved exceptional success in their profession and demonstrated loyalty to the University and Alumni Association. The Early Career Award is presented to alumni who have demonstrated exceptional success in their chosen field within the first ten years after obtaining their graduate degree. The Humanitarian Award recognizes an alumnus/alumna holding a graduate degree from Penn State who has made a positive societal impact on the welfare of humankind beyond the responsibilities of one's profession. This includes a significant contribution benefiting one's community, state, and/or nation, or people of other nations. Awards are presented to the honorees at the GSAS Recognition Dinner held in the spring.

Awards Committee Members

  • Martha Carothers (Chair)
  • Lynne Casper
  • Theresa Schuler Huston
  • David Kraft
  • H. Duane Norman

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is responsible for working with the Graduate School to improve overall communication between the GSAS and the larger Penn State community. The committee seeks ways to increase membership of graduate alumni in the Alumni Association while developing strategies to facilitate effective ongoing communication between the various academic units and the graduate alumni base. The Communications Committee also works to increase participation in GSAS events though formal and informal communication with academic departments and graduate degree programs.

Communications Committee Members

  • Murali Balaji (Chair)
  • W. Howard Cyr
  • Eric Hall, II
  • Kathleen Hume
  • Cynthia Mable

Global Outreach Committee

The mission of the Global Outreach Committee is to connect international Penn State graduate students with the larger Penn State community throughout their years of enrollment and after graduation. The committee engages international Penn State graduate students through group/panel discussions, student forums and formal presentations. These interactions establish open lines of communication, enhance the student experience, and foster a sense of community among our graduate alumni.

Global Outreach Committee Members

  • M. Lynn Pritchard
  • Rachel Sayre
  • Dan West

Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee plans and executes events that provide enhanced opportunities for alumni to interact with and serve as role models for current Penn State graduate students. The committee partners with the Global Outreach Committee and the Graduate School to facilitate and enhance the transition our graduate students experience upon graduation. 

Penn State’s Graduate School and the GSAS have developed the Doctoral Career Exploration Workshop to offer doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars insights into career opportunities through presentations by alumni who have literally traversed the paths our graduate students are walking today.

Professional Development Committee Members

  • Jay Kovacs (Chair)
  • Erik Connors
  • Kayla Hales
  • Stephen Korzeniowski
  • Anne Ray
  • Lisa Ruch
  • Susan Schall
  • Roy Schuyler
  • Jorge Trevino
  • Peggy Shipley

Executive Board and Nominating Committee

The Executive Board and Nominating Committee are standing committees of the GSAS. The Executive Board includes the officers and committee chairs, and is responsible for the development and implementation of the GSAS’s strategic plan. The Nominating Committee is responsible for ensuring the future leadership of the organization, establishing priorities for board composition, and verifying that nominations to the Board adhere to the recruitment standards and selection criteria established by the organization.

Executive Board Members

  • Krishna Nadella
  • Cynthia Mable
  • Dan West
  • Murali Balaji
  • Martha Carothers
  • Jay Kovacs

Nominating Committee Members

  • Krishna Nadella
  • Dan West

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