GEMS Committees

GEMS members can serve on a variety of committees. If you would like to serve on a GEMS committee, please send an email to the committee chair. View the committee listing below.

Members include GEMS officers and chairs of the Outreach, Event, and Resource committees.  Members manage and strategically plan overall board objectives, goals, and related activities.

Chair: Rick Abegg

Members plan programs and events involving students, alumni, faculty, and staff from the college and its departments. The GEMS Seminar Series is one of the committee's major initiatives.

Chair: Dave Archacki

Members are responsible for most functions related to promoting attendance at Penn State and the pursuit of the Earth and Mineral Sciences. The commitee is also responsible for developing relations among the alumni, students, and faculty of EMS. The committee speecifically is the board focus for the Irvin Hall students and the EMS Student Council.

Chair: Eric Pytlak

The Resource Committee is responsible for a large part of the administrative and officially required functions of the Board of Directors. This commitee has accountability for maintaining contact with the entire Earth and Mineral Sciences alumni body, sustaining board membership, and selection of the GEMS Alumni Achievement Award recipients.

Chair: Chad Wallaesa

Constitution Amendments:

Award and Grant Writer:

Undergraduate Student Council Liaison:
Eric Pytlak

Graduate Student Council Liaison:
Barb Kinne

Past President's Council:
Ruth Ann Wood

More information

Colleen Swetland
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations