The Collegian Alumni Interest Group (AIG) has earned the Laurel Level in the Penn State Alumni Association’s Groups of Distinction.

The Alumni Association designated the Collegian AIG as a Lion Level Group of Distinction last year. This year, the AIG received the higher status Laurel Level for its work providing mentors to Collegian students, sponsoring Zoom roundtables for Collegian students featuring Collegian alums with expertise in journalism and advertising, distributing a monthly newsletter, raising money for the Collegian, sponsoring a 135th anniversary reunion and other services to students and alums.

In announcing the designation, the Alumni Association wrote to the AIG: “In reaching this level of excellence, your alumni group is hereby placed in the upper echelon of our affiliate groups.”

Among the benefits of reaching the second level of the three-tiered designation are recognition in the November-December edition of Penn Stater magazine, free admission to some trainings for alumni groups and participation in the 2023 Homecoming Parade with the fee covered by the Alumni Association.

In notifying the Collegian AIG about the designation, Charlene M. Gaus, the Alumni Association’s regional director for volunteer engagement, wrote, “We are very proud of your accomplishments and as always, thank you for what you do!”

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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.