The Penn State Alumni Association in September granted The Collegian Alumni Interest Group (AIG) Group of Distinction status at the Lion Level.

The association’s Volunteer Services Team noted, “In reaching this level of excellence, your group is placed in the upper tier of our affiliate groups.”

The Alumni Association will recognize the AIG in the November-December edition of Penn Stater magazine and provide the AIG with a special logo that can be used on the AIG website and in its publication.

In addition, the AIG will be entered into a lottery drawing for access to the Alumni Association suite during the 2022 THON weekend, and the Alumni Association will cover the registration fee for the AIG for the 2022 Homecoming Parade.

Affiliate groups named as a “Group of Distinction” have served in several different programmatic categories, including career networking, social interaction and fellowship, supporting students, and leading THON-related activities.


Barbara Stack

I started my journalism career at The Daily Collegian, where I covered cops, "radicals and minorities," and served as editorial page editor. After graduation, I worked as a reporter and feature writer for two community papers, The Tribune-Review and the Beaver County Times, before being hired by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I worked for the Post-Gazette for 27 years as a reporter, assistant city editor and editorial page writer. For a decade I covered issues regarding children and families, and a series of stories I wrote, along with a court case I persuaded the Post-Gazette to pursue, led to an order opening to the press and public dependency hearings in Pennsylvania juvenile court. In 2007, I began working as a blog writer for the United Steelworkers Union, composing blogs and op-eds that were published in the name of the union's international president. I am now retired and working as a consultant for The Pittsburgh Foundation's communications department.