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Freshmen Sendoff Party 1998 @ the Shore
From left, Seth Cooper, Ocean View; Michael Jones, Millville; Mary Broomell,
N. Wildwood; Penn State mystery guest; Annmari Cirrinicione, Cape May;
Uriah McClain, Absecon; and Jason Petrella, Ocean View.  Over 60 students from
Freshman to Seniors will be attending Penn State this year from South Jersey.

Freshmen Sendoff Party @ the Shore
Members of the Penn State class of 2002 and their families were invited to the Chapter’s annual summer party for new Freshmen.

This year’s sendoff was held  Wednesday, Aug. 12th, at the home of Gary and Donna Thomas, in
Ocean View.  The Chapter has a supportive tradition for all our South Jersey Shore students and strives to keep in touch with them through their years at Penn State.

Parents of Freshmen and upperclassmen are encouraged to keep the club updated on any news about their students and all are invited to Chapter Tail Gate gatherings on Game Saturdays at University Park.

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Scholarship recipients Seth Cooper, left, of Ocean City High School and Michael Jones of Millville High School were honored at the South Jersey Shore Chapter Dinner in Vineland June 7th.

'98 Scholarship Presentations

Two Penn State scholarships were awarded by the South Jersey Shore Chapter during the group’s annual Dinner in June.

Michael Jones of Millville High School was the winner of the Ray Willett Scholarship and Seth Cooper of Ocean City High School received the 1998 Jon Beattie Scholarship. This marks the 14th year for scholarships by our South Jersey Shore Chapter.

Michael Jones graduated this year from Millville High School with GPA of 4.0 and plans to major in meteorology. His parents are Michalina and William Jones of Millville. His Penn State connections include an uncle that graduated in 75 and a cousin in the Class of 2000.

Seth Cooper graduated in June from Ocean City High School and plans to major in Computer Science. His parents are Ginny and Ralph Cooper of Ocean View. Penn State has been a common thread in his life with both his mother and father graduating from PSU in 72 and 71. Seth’s grandfathers also were affiliated with Penn State. Ginny’s father was head of the Landscape Architecture Dept. and Ralph’s dad was an undergraduate at Penn State. Seth attended his cousin’s graduation from the Smeal Business School at Penn State in May. And as one final link, Seth’s guidance counselor at OCHS was Denise Dalton, a Penn State grad and member of our Chapter.

Up-Dates on Prior Scholarship Winners
Bruce Engle, chairman of the scholarship committee, provided up-dates on previous South Jersey Shore Scholarship winners. Members of the committee included John McKee, Gary Thomas, Maria Martini
and Ed Nicolanco.

Dennis Heenan (97) Soph. Fall 98 Ed Major, GPA 3.3

Peter Lin (97) Soph Fall 98 Comp. Eng.

Jodi Thomas (96) Junior Fall 98 Special Ed, GPA 4.0
   Jodi will be Student Coordinator for ‘98 Freshman Orientation.

Julia Knisel (96) Junior Fall 98 Biology, Dean’s List

Jason Szotak (95) Senior Fall 98 Arch. Eng. GPA3.2
   Jason works @ Corner Room Rest.on Allen St. during school.

Amanda Flynn (95) Senior Fall 98 Special Ed.

Holly Ann Green (94) Graduates August 98
   Holly Ann has majored in Admin. of Justice and is taking the LSAT   this summer for PSU/Dickinson Law  School.

(Dates) note the year of the South Jersey Shore Scholarship.



Chapter Officers, ‘98-‘99
President - Pat Nicholanco, Vineland
Vice President - Julie Engle, Ocean City
Treasurer - Bruce Engle, Ocean View
Recording Secretary - John McKee, Ocean City
Corresponding Secretary - Donna Thomas, Ocean View

Penn State Regional
Jersey Shore "Beach"
Gathering Held July 25th in Avalon

The 4th annual Jersey Shore "Beach" gathering was held Saturday, July 25th at the Princeton Bar and Grill in Avalon, NJ. More than one hundred chapter members and friends of Penn State attended. The event was sponsored by  the PSU Tri-State Committee of local Chapters from the South Jersey Shore, South Jersey and southern Pennsylvania Counties *.  (*Montgomery, Chester, Bucks and Philadelphia)
                                                            Click here for details

Annual Dinner for South Jersey Shore
Alumni Chapter held June 7th
Guest speaker:       Dr. Richard Nelson

nelson.jpg (23697 bytes)Richard C. Nelson, founding director of the internationally known Biomechanics Laboratory at Penn State, was the guest speaker. His facility's  research and educational programs have focused on improving performance and reducing injury in sports and everyday activities. Since 1967, a total of thirty-nine doctoral students and sixty-two master’s degree students have completed their work in this pioneering program at Penn State..

Nelson was appointed to the Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee in 1984 and has conducted biomechanical studies of Olympic athletes during the last six Olympic Games.

In recent years, Nelson has become increasingly involved as an expert witness in personal injury and product-liability cases. His slide presentation, which has been given to over forty clubs/chapters, begins with a campus update followed by the topic "Biomechanics at Penn State, the Olympic Games, and in the Courtroom."


Shore Alumni Chapter Targets
Habitat for Volunteer Week '98

Members of the Penn State South Jersey Shore Chapter gathered Saturday, April 18th, in support of Habitat for Humanity Cape May County as part of the PSU National Volunteer Week.

This year's project was be held at the Habitat house on Swainton-Goshen Road in Central Cape May County. Three decks were constructed.

Visit the Cape May County Habitat home page at http://habitat.jerseycape.net for information on the group's projects and the opportunities to get involve in HFH on an on-going basis.

Watch this site for more details and contact information.

For information on the national efforts of HFH check their web site @:


Photos of Chapter's Habitat Work Day - May 1998

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Membership Sign-Up

Watch your mail for our annual Chapter membership information.


Yield Reception For Shore Area Students
The Penn State Chapter South Jersey Shore held the Offer Reception on Wednesday March 11th at the Vineland Adult Education Center. High school students with offers to attend Penn State, their parents, current students and Alumni, all were welcome to attend. (See Photo Page.)

Gary and Donna Thomas coordinated this annual event for our Chapter.


Keep In Touch @ PSU
If you are a Penn State student or parent of a student, we need his/her current address at PSU so we can send cards and info from our SJS chapter. We have maintained this tradition over the years and wouldn't want anyone's son or daughter to miss out on this personal touch.

Penn State Briefs

Undergraduate Applications
As of January 28th, undergraduate applications stood at 31,713. That is an increase of 12 percent above applications at this time last year. This is the highest number of applications ever.

PSU Faculty In Space
James Pawelczyk, the University's first faculty astronaut was a crew member on the Space Shuttle Columbia's April flight. James is an assistant professor of physiology and kinesiology. He carried a PSU flag and grass seed with him on the shuttle. Pawelczyk is the fourth University graduate to fly into space. Does anyone out there know who the other Penn State Astronauts are?


Web Sites

Try these  Penn State related web sites:

Lion Link  www.lionlink.psu.edu

Daily Collegian www.collegian.psu.edu/

PSU Alumni Ass. Southern New Jersey Chapter http://members.aol.com/PSUAlumSJ/home.html

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Locator tool for meeting and event addresses:   http://www.worldpages.com/mapmaker.html

Atlantic City Online

Jersey Shore Area Media

Philadelphia Inquirer

The Press of Atlantic City

Jersey Shore Weather

Shore Events


TV Parties

Board Meets


'99 Penn State Football Schedule

Sept. 4        Akron
Sept. 11       Pittsburgh
Sept. 18       @ Miami (Fla.)
Sept. 25       Indiana (All-University Day)
Oct. 9        @ Iowa
Oct. 16       Ohio State
Oct. 23       @ Purdue
Oct. 30       @ Illinois
Nov. 6        Minnesota (Homecoming)
Nov. 13       Michigan
Nov. 20       @ Michigan State

1998-99 Chapter Calendar

Month DATE Time


January 15th 7 p.m. Cooper's
February 19th 7 p.m. Engle's
March 10th 7 p.m. Freshman Offering
April 23rd 7 p.m. TBA
May 23rd 3 p.m. Annual Dinner

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  Last Up-Date 03 February 2008  

For web site information contact Ralph Cooper

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Archive Material

Thinking about applying to Penn State?
ome visit with us in the annual College Fair this Sunday, Oct 18th from 1 to 3 p.m. on the Campus of Atlantic Community College in Mays Landing.

Our South Jersey Penn State Club staffs an information table for this event every year. It is a great opportunity for high school students and their families
to pick up college material and visit with alumni from Penn State and
over one hundred of other colleges and universities.

This regional College Fair is sponsored annual by the
Kiwanis Club of Atlantic City

To find out more about Penn State University visit the Penn State web site; www.psu.edu/dept/admissions/

Fall 1998 Shore Chapter TV-TailGate Gatherings
Held @ Hard Shell Cafe on Bay Ave., Somers Point
Easy access by boat...or car

Possible Additional

Nov.21   Wisconsin TV Party
May be added - check here again
and watch for Chapter Mailer

Prior Gatherings:
Sept. 19    PITT        TV Party
Oct. 3      OHIO         TV Party
Nov. 7   MICHIGAN TV Party  

Every year our South Jersey Shore Chapter holds several TV gatherings.
In recent years gatherings have been held at Hard Shell Cafe in Somers Point.

'98 Penn State Football Schedule

Nov. 14        Northwestern
Nov. 21        @ Wisconsin
Nov. 28        Michigan State

Sept.5          Southern Mississippi
Sept. 12       Bowling Green
Sept. 19       @ Pittsburgh
Oct. 3           @ Ohio State
Oct. 10         @ Minnesota
Oct. 17         Purdue      (Homecoming)
Oct. 31         Illinois      (All - University Day)
Nov. 7          @ Michigan