The Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association (PGAA) presented one of its highest awards to Mary Lynn Yothers ’80 DC, of Greensburg, PA, as part of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg’s Commencement activities. Yothers received the 2014 PGAA Volunteer Excellence Award in recognition of her commitment to and activity with the PGAA.
Her activity includes serving as PGAA president from 2009 through 2011, and then returning as interim PGAA president to complete the 2012-2013 term. She regularly participates in Admissions events, Pitt Day in Harrisburg, National Pitt Networking Day, as well as Student Alumni Association (SAA) events and activities.
“Yothers' enthusiasm and warm welcome help keep alumni connected to Pitt–Greensburg,” said Seán O’Donnell, president of the PGAA. “Her warmth and passion also help recruit PGAA board members, diversifying the organization's skill set and increasing its ability to support our alma mater.”
As president of the PGAA, Yothers identified her main priority as connecting the PGAA to students in a positive way in order to encourage their participation after graduation. Her frequent participation in campus events as a representative of the PGAA firmly established her as “the face of the PGAA” with many Pitt-Greensburg undergraduates.
“A profound thank you to the PGAA,” said Yothers upon acceptance of the award. “It’s a humbling thing to receive an award for something that I love doing.”
Yothers also worked to identify ways that alumni could support the admissions process. Additionally, she sought to continue the projects put in place by her predecessors, including the PGAA Incoming Freshman Award and the PGAA Student Emergency Fund.
Her contributions to the PGAA include assisting in expanding alumni communications through the use of social media, initiating conversations that resulted in an annual alumni weekend tradition being established, and proposing that the Alumnus of Distinction award presentation become part of the annual alumni weekend. These changes in when and how the award is presented helped to establish an Alumni Dinner, which allows more focus to be placed on the recipient and his or her family, as well as providing an event that brings alumni together to celebrate.
Yothers earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at Pitt-Greensburg before going on to earn a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree.