Spikes game, golf outing and blood drive cap Penn State IT’s summer of events

collage of pictures from Spikes game and golf tournament
Photo credit: Brian Reed
August 16, 2019

IT Night at the Spikes

The second IT Night at the Spikes was a huge success, with a total of 859 people (including 362 staff) registered for the August 8 Spikes game. Along with a great view of Mount Nittany and a Spikes win, those attending enjoyed a picnic buffet, great conversations, and a lot of laughs.

Check out the gallery of photos from the picture-perfect evening that was also a winner on the weather front – no rain, despite downpours earlier in the week.

Thanks to the Senior Leadership Team for distributing tickets and helping to direct everyone to the seating and picnic area, and to the IT Marketing & Communications team for planning and organizing the event.

United Way golf tournament

A total of 126 golfers participated in the Penn State IT and Centre County United Way Golf Tournament August 9 at the Penn State Golf Courses. This event is a major contributor to the Penn State United Way campaign. This year's tournament raised more than $44,000 for the local United Way partner agencies, an increase of more than $12,000 over last year.

Steve Selfe, who works in Penn State Human Resources Information Technology, and Ken Korbich of Penn State HR, were members of the third-place team. Other members of the foursome were from TEKsystems Inc.

Special thanks to the hard-working planning team led by Sandy Balboni, Hope Fletemake, Ellen Rodgers and Susan Taylor.

Penn State IT volunteers included the following: Dean Blackstock, Kristie Bundro, Robin Dickson, Chris Johnston, Audrey McDonough, Melissa Meyer, Traci Richards, Peggy Snyder, Carly Sunseri, Debbie Thompson, Aaron Tippett, and Hailee Wingard. Other volunteers from outside the organization were Collin Kerfoot, Macy Kerfoot, Mary Beth Schmidhamer, and Johnny Sutilla.

See if you can spot your favorite golfer in the gallery of photos.

Red Cross blood challenge

Kudos to the Penn State IT community for winning the departmental competition in the Mid-Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross Summer Blood Donor Challenge at the University Park campus this year.

Various colleges and departments held 22 drives between June 1 and July 31, collecting a total of 610 units. Penn State IT topped the departmental challenge with 50 donors. Health and Human Development won the college challenge with 40 donors.

A trophy purchased by the Penn State Student Red Cross Club will be engraved with "Penn State IT" and displayed later in the year in the Technology Support Building and University Support Building II, which hosted drives.

Special thanks to Julie Waite and Brenda Miller for coordinating the blood drives for IT and all donors who gave the gift of life.

Blood donations throughout the year count toward the nationwide collegiate blood program, and Penn State is currently in second place.