A message from Paul W. Weibel Jr., M.D., F.A.C.P, Alumni Society President

Dear Fellow Alumni,

I write to you as the newest president of the Penn State College of Medicine Alumni Society Board. It was with great pleasure that I assumed this role in September and I look forward to serving our College of Medicine in this capacity.

Since the last issue of the Alumni Update, many exciting things have been happening at Hershey. The move to the new Children's Hospital is complete and renovations on the former seventh floor Children's Hospital have begun; the Institute for Personalized Medicine was dedicated on January 16; the College of Medicine hosted the inaugural Graduate Alumni Reunion in early March, which featured a mentoring brunch for alumni and graduate students; and the fourth-year medical students celebrated a successful Match Day on March 15 at the Hershey Country Club.

There are many opportunities to stay connected to the College of Medicine and the Medical Center and I encourage you to take advantage of those opportunities. Alumni Weekend (September 20-21, 2013) offers alumni the chance to return to campus and visit with friends and past mentors and I hope to see you there. In addition, the Alumni Society works in conjunction with the Alumni Relations Office to provide quality engagement points for current students and alumni. For example, our annual Career Night is April 4, and more information on the evening can be found in this newsletter. Other events include the Mentoring Breakfast during Alumni Weekend and the Graduate Alumni Mentoring Brunch (March 2014).

One of the most meaningful ways to show your support is through your annual gifts to the College of Medicine. Scholarship support for students is also vital as the average medical student graduates from Penn State College of Medicine with more than $187,000 of debt. Whether you give of your time or your treasure, or both, your support is greatly needed as it broadens the educational opportunities of these future doctors, researchers, and scientists while they're enrolled at the College of Medicine.

I thank you for all you have done for the College of Medicine and I look forward to working with you as the president of the Alumni Society.

Warm regards,
Paul W. Weibel Jr., M.D., F.A.C.P '80
President, Penn State College of Medicine Alumni Society