Penn State College of Medicine
Alumni Update
Issue #3

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A Message from the Alumni Society President

Goodman Med'99 Works the Ice as an AHL Official

Passing of
Mrs. Samuel Hinkle

College of Medicine Alumni Weekend 2011

Annual Career Night set for January 6th

Medical Center & College of Medicine and Penn State News

Master of Public Health Degree Offered in Fall '11
Mets named President of two Anesthesia Associations

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A Message from the Alumni Society PresidentAlumni Society President Wendy Braund, M.D. '01

Dear Fellow Alumni,
It is with great pleasure and excitement that I write to you. The pleasure comes from the honor I have of serving as President of your Alumni Society, and the excitement stems from all of the wonderful programs and opportunities that are currently in place and calling your name to help advance the mission of the College of Medicine.

As an active member of the Alumni Society, I have found the gift of giving my time to be very rewarding. There are many ways in which you, too, can volunteer your time. Please consider the following opportunities: serve as a mentor during the annual Career Night event (January 6th); attend Alumni Weekend (September 16-17); become a reunion committee volunteer for your class; host a student traveling to your area for residency or job interviews; attend a Penn State event in your area; nominate a fellow alum for an award (click here to view the alumni association nomination forms and award descriptions); share your College of Medicine experience with prospective medical students; or submit a nomination to join the Alumni Society Board of Directors.

In addition, you can also support the College of Medicine by making a gift. You can contribute to the numerous scholarships, funds, or programs that mean the most to you. To see all of the areas you can impact with your financial support, click here.

In closing, I offer thanks to all of you who help advance the Penn State College of Medicine and encourage you to keep up the great work. It is appreciated more than you will ever know.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year, and I look forward to seeing you at Alumni Weekend 2011 on September 16-17.

Wendy Braund, M.D. '01
President, College of Medicine Alumni Society

Making The Best Calls: Life on the Ice

Bob Goodman AHL Official
Courtesy of Just Sports Photography

By day, Robert A. Goodman, M.D., '99, is an anesthesiologist who works in the sterile, controlled atmosphere of an operating room. By night he's on ice, dealing with passionate players, irate coaches and raucous crowds as a linesman for the American Hockey League.

Dr. Goodman first strapped on ice skates at age eight, and by 15 was officiating squirts on outdoor rinks for in-house leagues, eventually moving to the junior level. He continued to play hockey, but reached a critical decision point in college when he realized that "I wasn't going to have a hockey career."

Dear Friend of the Medical Center and Hershey Resident Passes Away

Margaret Joseph "Peggy" Hinkle, a dear friend to the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and long time resident of Hershey, PA, died on November 9, 2010 at the age of 102 in Atlanta, GA.
Mrs. Hinkle was the widow of Samuel F. Hinkle, former President and Chairman of Hershey Chocolate Corporation. Mr. Hinkle made the "$50 Million Phone Call" in 1963 to then Penn State President Eric Walker, which established the Penn State College of Medicine.

A memorial service for Mrs. Hinkle was held on Saturday, December 11, 2010, at 4:30 PM in the chapel of Derry Presbyterian Church in Hershey.

Memorial contributions may be made to "Penn State University" (designated for Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital), Penn State Hershey Medical Center, P.O. Box 852, Hershey, PA  17033, or to Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 East Derry Road, Hershey, PA  17033.
College of Medicine Alumni Weekend 2011
Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence

Alumni Weekend

The year 2011 - marks the 40th anniversary of the first medical class to graduate from Penn State College of Medicine. To celebrate the milestone that has been four decades in the making, special activities are being planned to coincide with Alumni Weekend, slated for September 16-17, 2011.

One of the events that will take place will be a celebratory dinner on Friday, September 16 where alumni, faculty representatives from the past and present, and current students will come together for a memorable evening. It will be an occasion that you do not want to miss, so please mark your calendars.

During this special weekend, the classes of 1971 - the first class to reach the 40th reunion milestone - 1976, 1981 - Crescent Society inductees - 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006 will be gathering to recognize their respective reunion years. If you are a member of one of these classes, please consider getting involved with planning your reunion.

If you have any questions or you are willing to be a part of your reunion committee, please contact Alumni Relations at 717-531-7063 or

We hope to see you next year at our special 40th Anniversary celebration during Alumni Weekend, September 16-17, 2011.
Annual Career Night set for January 6th

You are invited to join fellow Penn State College of Medicine alumni, emeritus faculty members, and current medical students, on January 6, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. for Career Night. The event will take place in the University Conference Center on the Penn State Hershey Medical Center campus.

As you know, students face many choices as they approach graduation. Through Career Night, the College seeks to help students explore career options by interacting with alumni who have already lived the experience. During the dinner, students are seated with alumni and emeritus faculty members who have
Career Nightchosen a career path that interests them.


Following dinner, students have the opportunity to circulate to other tables for small roundtable discussions focused on specific medical specialties and professions. There are no formal presentations; just come prepared to discuss your career choices.


We anticipate more than 75 third-year medical students taking part in the evening, and your participation is vital to make this program a success.

Please contact Alumni Relations at or 717-531-6247 to volunteer to participate no later than Monday, January 3rd.