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Dear Penn State College of Medicine Alumni and Friends,

Many things have transpired over the last three months,  
but one thing has remained consistent:  
the future is bright for Penn State Hershey Medical  
Center and Penn State College of Medicine...
Read more from your College of Medicine  
Alumni Society President, Paul Weibel.

ISSUE NO. 16 | SPRING 2014
Inspire It Forward
to support
academic departments,
innovative research,
and first-class 
patient care.
Curious about campus happenings? Let Kevin Moser, MSII, fill you in. 

Nicholas Nelson, M.D. Obituary


For the Future Campaign Exceeds $2 Billion Goal


Inaugural Class of New Physician Assistant Program


Innovation Key to Penn State Hershey's Future


College of Medicine Helps Launch Residency Program in State College


Penn State Hershey IT Team Helps Prevent Child Abuse


Distinguished Educator Award Winners 


Dr. Raymond Hohl Named Cancer Institute Director  


Dr. Jeffrey Miller Named Dermatology Chair  


Dr. Timothy Mosher Named Radiology Chair


Kelly Altland Named AVP of Development

Are you an alum of the Gastroenterology, Orthopaedic, or OB/GYN programs and want to stay current on the latest research, care practices, and clinical trials happening in your specialty at Penn State Hershey?

Check out the links below for more information. On the report homepage, enter your email to receive notifications.

PSH Ortho Report  

PSH GI Report  

PSH OB/GYN Report   

The Mental Health Association of the Capital Region celebrated Francis Sparrow, M.D. '80, during their 2014 Festival of Hope, for his work as Medical Director at the Philhaven Mental and Behavioral Hospital.

Zainul Hasanali, a third-year M.D./Ph.D. graduate student, was selected to attend the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. Only 600 doctoral students are selected worldwide.

Sindura Ganapathi, Ph.D. '10, received one of the inaugural Graduate School Alumni Society (GSAS) Early Career Awards for his ability to leverage scientific knowledge and leadership. He currently works for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Sindura Ganapathi
(third from left)


Alumni Awards Nomination Form - Due June 1  

Help us recognize deserving alumni in five different categories!


Penn State Hershey Newsroom


Penn State Medicine Blog


Penn State News

Alumni Features & Event Highlights
Boston Marathon 2014:
Charlotte Palmer Roy on Mass-Casualty Planning

Read about how Roy, MPS-HS '12, responded to the unthinkable last year and learned how to prepare for the 

possibility again at her hospital. 


A Vision for Excellence: Bennett Chotiner Pioneers Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery

Read about
Chotiner's, M.D. '72, experiences as part of the second medical class, his work today, and his continued philanthropic involvement. 
Graduate Alumni Reunion

Early in March, Penn State Hershey graduate alumni attended the Second Annual Graduate Alumni Reunion in conjunction with the 26th Annual Graduate Student Research Forum. A mix of students and alumni presented oral and poster presentations on Friday, and alumni had the chance to serve as evaluators.
Saturday kicked off with a mentoring brunch, and alumni celebrating their 30th commencement anniversary were inducted into the Lois W. Forney Society
Spring Society Cup

Throughout the year, the Penn State College of Medicine (PSCOM) Wellness Program at Penn State Hershey Medical Center plans student activities to help promote a healthy work-life balance.

On May 3, the program hosted the inaugural Spring Society Cup where medical students in the Bond, Mortel, Waldhausen, and Vastyan Societies competed in various physical fitness and scholastic events. The Bond Society came out on top.

Read more about the Societies from blogger Kevin Moser!  
Upcoming Events

For more events and programs, click here.


Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 18, 1 - 3 p.m. 

Founders Hall, Milton Hershey School

Physician Assistant White Coat Ceremony

Tuesday, May 20, 4:30 p.m. 

University Conference Center Event Tent
Friday, May 30, 9:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
University Conference Center

Friday, August 1, 4:00 p.m.

Great American Hall, Hershey Lodge


Graduate Student Oath Ceremony  

Friday, August 22, 3:30 p.m. 

University Conference Center

September 19-20
  • Fri 9/19: Welcome Back Dinner 
  • Sat 9/20: Family events and faculty-led educational sessions; individual class reunion dinners 
We will also welcome the Class of 1984 into the Crescent Society, in honor of their 30th class reunion.  

If your m
edical school class year ends in a 4 or 9, we encourage you to consider serving on a reunion committee.
Committee members work closely with
alumni relations staff to encourage reunion attendance and giving, and are integral to making each class reunion a success. Contact our office for more information!

Contact Alumni Relations