PS4RS "Top Six" Town Hall Video
The 2014 Top Six Candidates
Alumni Trustee Endorsement Process
PS4RS will be endorsing candidates for the Alumni Board of Trustees Election. Candidates interested in a PS4RS endorsement are required to complete the PS4RS Alumni Trustee Candidate Application Packet. The PS4RS Endorsement Selection Committee will review the submissions after the official ballot is announced in late February. Candidates seeking PS4RS endorsement should contact us to request an application.
Since it is logistically impossible for the PS4RS selection committee to meet individually with all candidates who are seeking the PS4RS endorsement, we have included an additional evaluation component this year. Along with written responses, we require that all candidates submit a video not to exceed four minutes in length. The link to this video (to be created using imovie or similar application) will be posted on the ps4rs.org website. The candidate should be prominently featured in his/her video, should state his/her name, graduation year and major, and must contain content that answers the following questions on camera:
- Why do you want to be a Penn State trustee?
- What makes you uniquely qualified?
- What are the three biggest challenges you think Penn State faces in the next three years?
Videos that do not meet the above specifications will not be posted and will be returned to the candidates to revise in compliance with the above guidelines.
If you are selected as one of the Top Six candidates, you must be available to participate in a two-hour live Town Hall, moderated by PS4RS board member Spencer Niles, to be held in either State College or Harrisburg on either March 7 or 8, 2014 (details are pending). Participation in this Town Hall is a requisite for inclusion in the Top Six.
Finally, if you are selected as one of the three PS4RS endorsed candidates, you will be required to participate in the organization's annual "Matching Funds Week," where members donate funds for the candidate campaign. At the end of the specified week, the three PS4RS endorsed candidates will be asked to match the contributions of PS4RS members collected during that week. All funds will be used to support the candidates in this 2014 election cycle.
Competed application packets and candidate videos will be accepted and posted on the PS4RS.org website on a rolling basis through February 25, 2014. Please address specific questions by using this form to contact us.
View the 2014 Candidates
Candidate information will be uploaded as it's received by PS4RS.
PS4RS Trustee Endorsement Selection Committee
The Committee will be responsible for creating and evaluating the PS4RS Alumni Trustee Candidate Application Packet required for all candidates who wish to be considered for a PS4RS endorsement.
The Endorsement Selection Committee will be made up of the following:
- • Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship Leadership
- • Penn State Lettermen
- • Penn State Faculty
- • PS4RS Members At-Large
- • 1 PS4RS Student Member
The PS4RS Endorsement Selection Committee will select the Top Six (6) candidates. The PS4RS Membership At-Large will then vote on the Top Six (6) candidates in an Online Primary Election to be held in March. The top three elected candidates will receive the PS4RS endorsement and will be announced following the primary.
2014 Alumni Endorsement Timeline
- January 15 – Nominating ballots sent to alumni by PSU.
- January 24 – PS4RS announces Endorsement Selection Committee, process and alumni candidate applications. Completed application packets – including written responses, and the new requirement of a 4-minute video (which answers the questions: Why do you want to be a Penn State trustee? What makes you uniquely qualified? What are the three biggest challenges you think Penn State faces in the next three years?) will be accepted and posted on the PS4RS.org website on a rolling basis through February 25, 2014.
- February 25 at 5 PM EST – Deadline for candidates to complete PS4RS alumni candidate applications. There is also a 5 PM EST deadline for alumni to return nomination ballots to PSU.
- March 1 – PS4RS Endorsement Selection Committee Announces Top 6 candidates.
- March 7 or 8 (TBS) – PS4RS will host and record a Town Hall meeting with the Top 6 candidates, moderated by PS4RS board member Spencer Niles. A video link will be posted and shared for candidate evaluation.
- March 10 at 9 AM EST - March 15 at 5 PM EST – PS4RS members vote in the PS4RS Online Primary Election.
- March 17 – PS4RS announces its three endorsed candidates.
- April 10 – Official ballots sent to alumni for voting by PSU.
- May 8 at 9 AM EST – Voting for alumni trustees closes.
- May 9 – Alumni trustee election results announced at Board of Trustees meeting.
PS4RS Primary Election
The PS4RS primary election allows the membership at-large to vote on the Top Six (6) applications received to determine the three (3) candidates who will receive PS4RS endorsement. All members of PS4RS will be able to view the complete applications and 4-minute video submissions for the six (6) candidates.
Additionally, a Town Hall will be conducted which will feature the Top Six (6) candidates. This will also be used as selection criteria for the endorsement. A weblink will be provided so that PS4RS members can view and evaluate the Town Hall.
The primary election will be held according to the dates on the published timeline. Members will use an online voting tool to cast their vote for three candidates. Only two votes will be permitted per IP address. PS4RS will announce the candidates after the vote was been verified at the conclusion of the voting process.
Vote in the PS4RS Primary Election: Coming Soon!
Alumni Web Pages
PS4RS will be providing web-space for the Alumni Trustee Candidates who make the official election ballot to educate all university stakeholders on individuals interested in serving on the BoT. Alumni BoT web-pages will be available at the end of March.
The web pages will share the following information:
- Professional Background
- Current Residence
- Contact Information: Email*
- Contact Information: Phone Number*
- Contact Information: Website*
- Contact Information: Linked In*
- Contact Information: Facebook*
- Contact Information: Twitter*
- Biographical Sketch
- Position Statement
- Video Link
*Candidate contact information will not be posted without candidate's permission
View the Candidates on the 2014 Election Ballot: Coming Soon!
Online Candidate Discussion
PS4RS is featuring candidate discussions at the online PS4RS discussion forum The ELMS. Join our site to participate in the discussions with candidates who will be running for office and learn more about the Board of Trustees.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will PS4RS be endorsing candidates for Alumni Trustee?
Yes, PS4RS will be endorsing candidates for Alumni Trustee. The three candidates receiving PS4RS endorsement will be officially announced in March.
2. Will PS4RS Members participate in the process again this year?
Yes, PS4RS members will have the opportunity to participate in the selection process. The membership at-large will vote in a primary election to determine the top three candidates from the Top Six selected by the Trustee Endorsement Selection Committee.
3. How do I vote in the Board of Trustees Alumni BoT Election?
To learn more about voting in the Pennsylvania State University official election
To learn more about voting in the PS4RS Primary Election
4. How can I help with the Alumni BoT Election?
PS4RS is featuring candidate discussions at the online PS4RS discussion forum the ELMS. Join our site to participate in the discussions with candidates who will be running for office.
PS4RS is currently accepting donations to support the campaigns of the Three (3) PS4RS Endorsed Candidates. Donate!
Register to receive PS4RS updates by email to ensure you receive critical information and announcements about the election, please contact us.
Follow the PS4RS Twitter Feed for updates: http://twitter.com/PS4RS
Follow the PS4RS Facebook Page for updates: Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship
5. How do I communicate to PS4RS that I am seeking a Trustee position and am interested in pursuing an endorsement?
Candidates seeking PS4RS endorsement should contact us to request an application.
6. Who is on the Endorsement Selection Committee? (2014)
Christian Marrone, Committee Chairman
Diane Acri, PSU Alumni for Reorganization of the BoT
Peter Bordi, PSU Faculty Member
Tom Donchez, PSU Letterman
RJ Fazio, Current PSU Student
Elizabeth Morgan, PS4RS Board Member
Ben Novak, Former PSU Trustee
David Paterno, PSU Alumnus At-Large
7. Which candidates are featured on the PS4RS Primary Election Ballot?
The Top Six candidates selected by the Election Committee are the only candidates that will be featured on the PS4RS Primary Ballot.
8. How are the three endorsed candidates selected?
The PS4RS Membership (Alumni, Students, Friends and Supporters of Penn State) votes in the primary election to determine the three candidates that will receive the PS4RS Endorsement. The three candidates that receive the most votes receive the 2014 PS4RS Endorsement.
9. Who is allowed to vote in the PS4RS Primary Election?
Any interested Penn Stater may vote in the PS4RS primary election. The PS4RS membership includes alumni, students, friends and supporters of Penn State. The largest percentage of membership is Penn State alumni.
10. How are the PS4RS Primary Election votes counted?
Multiple data collectors are being utilized to collect votes from multiple streams. The results are filtered so that two votes are counted per IP address. If multiple votes are submitted per IP address, only the first two votes submitted will be counted. All other votes will be void.
11. Where can I find information on previous alumni trustee election results?