Back in February, Penn Staters Reforming the Board of Trustees (PSU-ReBoT) proposed an idea to hold a meet and greet during Blue-White Weekend so that the candidates running for the three open positions on the Board of Trustees would be able to meet the public and potential voters. This first idea was originally rejected, prompting Sandy Deveney, a 1970 Penn State graduate, to independently release a press release on March 13, expressing frustration that the University had apparently rejected the idea to hold a meet and greet. After corresponding with Annemarie Mountz, Associate Director of Public Information for the University, I found out that the University had not rejected the proposal, but rather was overwhelmed with requests from varying groups, and they were trying to establish which groups were sending out the requests. Logistics needed to be coordinated as well, to find a proper place to hold an event like this.
Sandy Deveney, who is also a member of PSU-ReBot, said that an event like this would be very helpful for people, especially for those who are voting.
The alumni need to go face-to-face with the people they want to represent, especially in a circumstance like this. The best voter is the educated voter.
In the one of the first emails sent out to the administration back in February, Deveney said that “the voters, for the first time, would be afforded access to candidates to ask questions. Providing a synopsis of a candidate’s plan in 250 words does not compare to answering questions face to face.”
Roughly a month after the idea came to fruition, Roger Williams, Executive Director of the Penn State Alumni Association, has finalized the details needed for a Meet and Greet with the Board of Trustees candidates. PSU-ReBoT released another press release announcing this meet and greet to allow candidates the maximum amount of time to make the proper travel arrangements.
This is the latest press release:
Anthony Lubrano, one of the BoT candidates, applauded the University to provide a venue for people to get to know candidates better during one of the biggest weekends, Blue-White Weekend.
When I corresponded with Mountz again, she stated,
The Alumni Association is facilitating this event for its members and others because they felt it was an event they could offer to help alumni with the election process on a weekend when a large number of alumni are returning to campus. We welcome all alumni and other members of the Penn State community to gather and express their views on any issues. We all have the same goal: the best interests of Penn State.
The meet and greet will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 in the morning on Saturday, April 21. It will be located in the Intramural Building. All 86 of the candidates will be given a space where they can talk to alumni, as well as talk about themselves and their bid for the three spots. This will be an informal event, without any prepared speeches, or even a formal program. This is just the first event out of two designed to help voters get a better understanding of each of the candidates. The Centre Daily Times has a small article online as well about the event.
The next event designed to help voters get a better understanding of the candidates will be a website, entitled Three Questions for the Candidates. The Alumni Association’s magazine, The Penn Stater, asked all of the candidates the same three questions regarding key issues surrounding the University. The answers will be posted here on, or even before, April 9.
For more information about these events, PSU Live has more details.
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Meghin is a senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in English. She transferred from the Harrisburg campus as a junior to finish out her schooling at University Park. She has a passion for all things music, fashion, art, and food. She's a Pennsylvania native (born outside of Pittsburgh, and lived in Lebanon for 11 years), but resides in Virginia when she's not in school, and has moved a total of ten times in her life, mostly thanks to the military.
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