Pete’s Pride reaches, exceeds 1,000-member goal

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Pete’s Pride has hit the 1,000 mark.

The program was started a year ago by Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel as a way to get alumni, parents, faculty, staff, Penguin fans, community members and others more involved with the university.

Members volunteer for a variety of tasks and activities aimed at recruiting new students, mentoring current students and engaging recent graduates.

Earlier this summer, Joyce and Dick Dowell of Boardman became the 999th and 1000th members of Pete’s Pride, respectively. Mr. Dowell is retired from Chase Bank as a vice president in Commercial Banking, while Mrs. Dowell is a retired math teacher from Boardman Glenwood Middle School.

In all, there are now 1,056 Pete’s Pride members spanning in 28 states. Alumni Pete’s Pride members range in class year from Helen Wymer Manor of Bradenton, Fla., who graduated in 1948, to many 2015 graduates.

Pete’s Pride volunteers assist with enrollment, career development and outreach efforts at YSU. Activities include participation in Crash Day and Experience Y Day visit programs, representing YSU at community events and participating in community service projects. The Canfield Fair and United Way Day of Caring are examples of upcoming community events where Pete’s Pride will participate.

Volunteers also help YSU students with career development through a mock interview program called “Backpacks to Briefcases”, the Career Exploration Series, Career Fairs and Majors Fairs. Plans for a one-on-one mentoring program between YSU students and Pete’s Pride members in their career fields are underway.