As expected because no one challenged the slate of candidates recommended by The Collegian Alumni Interest Group Board of Directors, the board now has a new member, and three sitting members were re-elected to three-year terms in balloting that ended Aug. 26.

The new board member is Christopher Wightman, a 1985 journalism graduate of Penn State who worked as a sports reporter and assistant editor for The Daily Collegian. Wightman is the owner and publisher of Wightman Media LLC in New York.

The three sitting board members who were elected to second terms are Barbara White Stack, who serves as board secretary and newsletter editor; R.J. Hufnagel, who handles social media for the board, and Nicole Miao, who aided with the mentoring program and is helping organize the 135th Collegian Reunion events.

The board is always searching for volunteers to serve on committees and to become candidates to serve on the board. To join a committee, just send an email to [email protected]. The board welcomes new ideas to help Collegian staff members and to keep Collegian alums connected.

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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.