As a land-grant institution, Penn State has always been committed to serving the greater good, and that mission has never been more urgent than it is today. Through research in fields ranging from human health to water, food, and energy security, our faculty and students are helping to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. To sustain economic prosperity for our nation, Penn State is bringing together expertise and entrepreneurship to create the ideas, products, and industries that will drive growth in the decades to come. The University’s most important contributions to the future, however, are the ambitions and abilities of our graduates, who will carry the Penn State can-do spirit into their careers and communities. By supporting this spirit, alumni and friends can help our institution and our students to fulfill the University’s land-grant mission in the twenty-first century and make a lasting impact on the world.
Impacting the World at Penn State Altoona
Penn State Altoona has a rich history in the Blair County region. We are proud to have educated many of the leaders who influence policies and industries at the local, national, and international levels. To continue meeting the healthcare, business, and other needs of our community, we must provide cutting-edge instruction and promote creativity and innovation on our campuses. With the support of alumni and friends, we will enhance our curriculum; expand students’ career potential; enrich our local and regional economies; apply our teaching, research, and service mission across the globe; and continue graduating individuals who will create a bright future for our region and our world.
Our Campaign Priorities
Through the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, we are developing business leaders and fostering successful ventures within the Altoona community and beyond. From the Pechter Business Plan Competition, where students build a business from concept to reality, to the Trading Club, which introduces students to managing an investment portfolio, to our Launch Box, assisting our students and community members in starting new businesses, our undergraduates are developing the skills necessary to excel in the twenty-first-century workforce. Private gifts can help secure additional opportunities for projects with local businesses, initiate collaborations with industry leaders, and facilitate travel to conferences and competitions.
Endowed professorship in biomechanics
Penn State Altoona’s new kinesiology degree program provides avenues for ambitious careers in the movement and exercise sciences, and our proposed mechanical engineering degree will position students to excel in a range of engineering industries. But the ultimate success of our aspiring students is defined by the quality of leadership and instruction they receive on our campuses. An endowment to support an interdisciplinary professorship in biomechanics, an area at the nexus of kinesiology and mechanical engineering, will help us attract top faculty who inspire our students, define our burgeoning programs, and shape the next generation of professionals.
Penn State Altoona’s nursing program is one of our most highly enrolled degree programs. It is also renowned in our region and beyond, as we continue to graduate exceptional nurses, ready to serve the health needs of society. To build on this success, we plan to construct a new facility to house state-of-the-art, high-fidelity labs and equipment to prepare students for the increasingly complex health challenges faced by society. With the enhanced space and the support of alumni and friends, Penn State Altoona’s nursing graduates will continue to create a bright and healthy future for all.
Your Support, Our Future
From our founding in 1939, Penn State Altoona has remained committed to improving our region, the Commonwealth, and the world. Through the Greater Penn State campaign and with the support of alumni and friends, we will challenge our students to think creatively, entrepreneurially, and innovatively as they graduate and pursue their passions. We will endow an interdisciplinary professorship in biomechanics to recruit leading faculty who will advance our college to new levels of excellence. We will provide our highly esteemed nursing students with improved labs, learning spaces, and technology to ensure that the next generation of healthcare providers is equipped with the technical skills the industry demands. By supporting the success of Penn State Altoona, alumni and friends can have a lasting impact on our campus and the larger world by engaging, inspiring, and preparing our students for success.