Human Development and Family Studies APG: News

A message from the HDFS APG

Dear Fellow HDFS Alumni,

The HDFS APG alumni group is in transition and we need your help. After having served over a year beyond our bylaw’s tenure as president, I have transitioned to the HHD Alumni Board and, as a result, we are in need of a new president. The APG also needs a vice president and secretary as well as two new board members. This is your opportunity to take the lead and move the APG to the next level. Since restarting the APG a few short years ago, we have revised and re-established the administrative requirements for the APG, helped coordinate two career panel discussions, designed a post card that is sent to all new HDFS graduates that congratulates them and invites them to join the APG, began to establish networking through our new LinkedIn group that now has over 200 members, and held our first ice cream social during last year’s Arts Fest.

More information and job descriptions about these volunteer positions are available from the Alumni Relations Office. We invite you to forward your letter of interest that outlines your qualifications to: Kristi Stoehr, Director of Alumni Relations, College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University, 201 Henderson Building, University Park, PA 16802. Her phone and e-mail are: 814-863-2207;

I am available to speak with you directly to answer any questions, and I will be available and happy to provide guidance to the selected candidates. I can be reached at I hope you consider and act on this invitation. Thank you and all the best in the new year.

John A. Soubik '85 IFS
Past HDFS APG President


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2010 Distinguished Alumni Award

One of our graduates, Karen B. Peetz (’77, B.S.) received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Board of Trustees at the ceremony on June 4. Ms. Peetz is chief executive officer of financial markets and treasury services, and senior vice president of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation.

At an award luncheon, President Spanier, who taught Ms. Peetz when she was an undergraduate student at Penn State, described her as the best student he ever had. Ms. Peetz said that the knowledge and skills she acquired as an Individual and Family Studies major (the forerunner of HDFS) contributed every day to her work, including understanding people and families, knowing how to run a group meeting, and being able to motivate a team.