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Brokloff donates $30,000 to endow Alumni Association affiliate groups that pursue innovation, creativity


By: Kendall Brodie, Alumni Association Strategic Communications Intern


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (Oct 17, 2016) — The Penn State Alumni Association has received a $30,000 donation from an alumnus to encourage and recognize Alumni Association affiliate groups that pursue new, innovative ways to keep their identities fresh and vibrant.


The Ned Brokloff Endowment for Alumni Association Affiliate Group Innovation—established by Ned Brokloff of Elliot City, Md.—will honor and aid an affiliate group that is generating “out-of-the-box” ideas to better connect and serve fellow alumni. The award, currently set at an infusion of $1,350 each year, will be directed toward the selected affiliate group’s activity or event.


"The affiliate groups of the Alumni Association extend the Penn State experience to alumni in their hometowns and through their special interests," Paul Clifford, Alumni Association CEO said. “Through his generosity, Ned Brokloff is helping the Alumni Association cultivate and foster innovation among our affiliate groups to help them better serve alumni."


Brokloff graduated from Penn State’s College of Engineering in 1982. Currently, he serves as the chief scientist for Strategic Deterrence at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory. He is also a founding board member of the Alumni Association’s Central Maryland Chapter and is heavily involved in giving back to the College of Engineering, THON (Penn State’s Dance Marathon), and the Alumni Association as a whole.


“It’s all about Penn State pride and feeling good about what you’re giving back to,” Brokloff said. “I want to be part of the new and exciting opportunities that these affiliate groups will be creating for all alumni.”


Previous groups awarded for their innovation have been Penn State Lehigh Valley Alumni Society for its “Bethlehem Day” that brought together members of the community and raised thousands of dollars for THON; Penn State Berks Alumni Society for connecting its members with the Blue & White Society; and the Alumni Association’s Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group for its work on the photo mosaic that raised tens of thousands of dollars for families fighting pediatric cancer.


The Alumni Association is comprised of more than 300 affiliate groups that serve more than 176,000 members.


"As more and more students become alumni every year, it is critical we ensure there are groups and programs to connect them back to the University and to each other," Clifford said. "Creativity and innovation will play a large role in how affiliate groups continue to best serve all generations of alumni."


About the Penn State Alumni Association

The Penn State Alumni Association is the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world with more than 176,000 members. Established in 1870, the Alumni Association strives to connect alumni to the University and to each other, provide valuable services to members and support the University’s mission of teaching, research and service. For more information, visit

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