Plan a Class Reunion
If you would like to plan a class reunion at Mont Alto, the Alumni Relations Department can help! Let us know what classes you want to include, and we'll pull a list of your classmates and help you contact them. We'll also help you plan the details of the reunion, including dinner and lodging. If you want to schedule a reunion, call the Alumni Office at 717-749-6110 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attend a Class Reunion
May 31 - June 2, 2013—Class Reunions for Mont Alto alumni who attended the campus in the years 1959-1961,
1963-1965, 1967-1969, and 1979-1981. The multi-class reunion is being held in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Forest Technology program. All forestry alumni are invited.
For information, please contact Deb Creager in the Alumni Office at 717-749-6110 or email us at email@example.com.
Class of 1961
“Where Our Careers Began”
A group of alumni who attended Penn State Mont Alto from 1957-1958 returned to campus in June 2011 to celebrate their fifty-year Penn State reunion. Each alumnus was presented 50th year Pioneer Medallions and certificates.
Reunion activities were combined with a group of Mont Alto alumni from 1954-55. As part of the reunion, the alumni toured the campus’ new baseball filed and arboretum and were entertained with a dendrology quiz. They also took a trip to Gettysburg where they visited President Eisenhower’s farm and enjoyed the documentary, A New Birth of Freedom, while touring Gettysburg’s new visitor center.
At the welcome dinner and arboretum ceremony, two arboretum commemorative trees ($1,000 each) were dedicated in honor of:
John I. Zerbe '51– donated by his classmate Oscar Tissue
Ralph T. Peace '58– donated by his family, classmates, and friends.
Also, Wendell R. Alcorn was named the 2011 Penn State Mont Alto Distinguished Fellow. This award exemplifies the success of alumnus' university education (which began at Penn State Mont Alto) and their professional accomplishments, and/or their commitment to their communities.
Alcorn joined the U.S. Navy after his graduation from Penn State. He became a pilot and flew the A-4 Skyhawk for the Attack Squadron 36 at NAS Cecil Field, Florida. He began flying combat missions in Southeast Asia in early December 1965. After being forced to eject over North Vietnam, Alcorn was taken captive on December 22, 1965. He spent 2,609 days in captivity as a prisoner of war before his release on February 12, 1973. Alcorn continued to serve in the U.S. Navy in multiple assignments until his retirement in 1992 from his final assignment as Dean of Students at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Ralph and Gisela Peace with the Commemorative Tree Plaque.