Letters to the Editor

I wanted to pass along a great experience I had recently, working as a volunteer with a wonderful young Penguin football player, Todd Brothers, at a Mahoning Valley Historical Society fundraiser. Todd is a Criminal Justice major from Connellsville, Pa.

We talked about the Penguins’ winning football season in 2016, and I explained the efforts and excitement that Alumni Engagement staff, Alumni Society Board members and other alumni shared during the week of play-offs, culminating with a send-off event for the team on campus. Todd said he and his fellow team members were overwhelmed by the show of fan support that day. He talked about how important it is to have the fans motivate them to play hard. This passionate young man was a total delight!

Since that meeting, I’ve made it my mission to support and encourage Todd and all our students and student athletes throughout the year. I’m hoping that all of us, as YSU alumni, will do the same!

Maureen A. Drummond, ’85
Boardman, Ohio

YSU Magazine Staff

I just completed reading the Spring 2017 edition of your magazine and want to compliment you on its excellence.

After reading the Alumni Spotlight article about exceptional grads, I suggest you consider an article about Chaouki T. Abdallah, who is acting president of the University of New Mexico. I read an article about him in the Albuquerque Journal and learned that he is a YSU graduate.

Thank you for your consideration.

Gary D. Swanson, ’62
Albuquerque, N.M.

Editor’s Note: Thanks for the great suggestion! You can read about alumnus Chaouki Abdallah and UNM head football coach Bob Davie, also a YSU grad, in Alumni Spotlight, Page 28.

I recently received and read the Spring 2017, Youngstown State University, A Magazine for Alumni and Friends. I attended YSU many years ago and then left Youngstown to embark on a career with the federal government in Washington, DC. I visit Youngstown every few years and always take a drive past the campus.

Reading of the events going on within YSU and the surrounding area was heartwarming. The hometown heroes still stand strong and continue to revitalize Youngstown. Your magazine is amazing and the stories are powerful. Please keep up the great work and support for YSU.

Marcia Eck
Louden County, Va.

I just read the Spring 2017 magazine and learned about all the good things happening at YSU. Congratulations on your awards!

But also saw there is nothing worth noting about alumni from the 50’s or before, when we cheered for Youngstown College. Perhaps nothing wonderful happened to any of us from those decades? Sad to think that’s true. (Thankfully I went on to attend Carnegie Mellon University, and do have Class Notes listings from an earlier age.)

Mary Weichsel Ake, ’52
Highland Ranch, Colo.

Editor’s Note: Thanks for the reminder, Mary. We welcome YSU grads from every decade to send career updates for Class Notes – we also scour news reports and press releases nationwide, looking for YSU graduates we can feature in the magazine. Visit “Tell Us Your Story” and complete the form online.