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Getting to know the Abington Alumni Society Board: Trish Lawlor ’78

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Trish (Patricia A.) Lawlor – 1978 B.S. in Accounting

Who am I and what do I do?

Since August 2001, I have been employed by the U.S. Government in the Department of Housing and Urban Development as a Senior Single Family Housing Specialist. My work entails the management and monitoring of a multi-million dollar contract which aids in the re-sale of federally-insured foreclosure properties. Secondarily, I am involved in minimizing fraud involved in the appraisals of foreclosed properties. When not travelling for work, I often am travelling for fun with the Penn State Alumni Tour Group. So far I have been to China, Peru, Greece and Turkey with the most wonderful PSU grads!

What position do you hold on the Alumni Board and why did you want to be part of it?

I was recently elected to the Abington Society Board after having spent two, three-year terms on the PSU Alumni Council in State College. My work with Council centered on advancing diversity initiatives to engage all alumni regardless of age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, physical ability, etc. to enable all alumni to find others like themselves at Penn State. WE ARE means all of us! My hope is that this valuable message can be brought to all campuses, chapters, societies and interest groups in the Penn State network.

What are some of your favorite PSU Abington or PSU memories?

I actually only attended Abington – Ogontz, then – for one summer session. The majority of my time was spent at Hazleton campus and U Park. However, I have fond memories of playing against Ogontz in Intramural Volleyball, spending time in my summer session sitting by the Abington duck pond, and losing my voice shouting at every PSU football game.


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