Message from Sue Powell
It is with mixed, strong emotions that I announce that Colleen Swetland will be retiring from Penn State at the end of this month, Oct. 29, 2021. Colleen spent her entire career in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, beginning in 1983 as a wage payroll employee in the Department of Geosciences. She very quickly advanced to the Dean’s office team where she assisted with all aspects of the office from HR to the first development and alumni relations efforts, public relations, and faculty engagement. Her continued passion for alumni engagement allowed her to lead this effort for more than 20 years and serve the college for 35+ years.
For the hundreds of alumni, faculty and staff who have worked with Colleen, words alone cannot fully describe the incredible impact she has had in alumni relations. Known across the University as managing one of the very best alumni relations programs, her expertise and commitment have paved the way for continuing success.
We are incredibly grateful for all she has done to build what is truly an “EMS Family” among all constituents. Please join me in thanking her for her service to us and everyone she has touched (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Director of Development and Alumni Relations
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Message from Colleen Swetland
EMS Alumni and Friends,
Thank you all for your part in helping me enjoy an amazing career! After 35 years at Penn State, all in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, I am retiring on November 1, 2021.
I can’t accurately express how much I have enjoyed working with such wonderful EMS alumni over the years. You truly are a remarkable group. I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to meet so many of you during my tenure at professional society meetings, regional networking events, and, of course, through your volunteer and philanthropic activities. And those events are only the tip of the iceberg. I have corresponded with so many others and developed a rapport without ever having met face to face. The commitment of EMS alumni to Penn State, the College, and your respective departments is nothing short of amazing.
Together we have developed many successful, and I might add award-winning, programs and volunteer opportunities which are emulated by colleges and campuses alike. Thank you all for your part in helping me achieve a satisfying and impactful career in EMS (and some amazing bragging rights along the way!).
Please continue to volunteer and stay connected with our students and your fellow alums. Your commitment makes a difference and is what sets the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences head and shoulders above the crowd…
Thank you all,