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Student wins Blue & White Society contest and receives $500 to the bookstore

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Left to right - Penn State Greater Allegheny Chancellor Curtiss E. Porter, Penn State Greater Allegheny Bookstore Manager Jenn Coffini, student winner Ryan Balla and Penn State Regional Bookstore Manager Nancy Thompson
9/9/2011 —
When Ryan Balla hit the enter button on his computer last month, he had no idea that signing up to join the Blue & White Society would result in him winning a $500 gift card to the Penn State Bookstore at Penn State Greater Allegheny. The Blue & White Society is part of the Penn State Alumni Association and has been the keeper of Penn State pride and traditions for many years. They recently held a contest for new members that were signing up online, and their names would automatically be entered into a random drawing.

Ryan decided to join the Blue & White Society as a way to stay connected to Penn State when he graduates and to have access to the Alumni Association’s online directory, get a free t-shirt and, receive the 10 percent discount on particular items at the Penn State Bookstore. He never thought that he’d win the contest; after all, he joined on the last day of the contest. “It took me less than 3 minutes to join and I never gave (the contest) a second thought,” stated Balla. “Books are so expensive and as a chemical engineering student, I’ll need to buy a lot of very expensive books.”
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