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Wilson College president attends Pa. Society Dinner

December 29, 2007

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Wilson College was one of 43 of the state's private colleges and universities to co-sponsor a reception hosted in conjunction with the 109th annual Pennsylvania Society Dinner, which was held Saturday, Dec. 8, in the famed Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City.

Wilson President Lorna D. Edmundson represented Wilson College at the event, during which presidents of Pennsylvania's institutions of higher learning mingled with political figures and other members of the Pennsylvania Society, a nonprofit, charitable organization with nearly 2,000 members around the world.

The reception was coordinated by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP).

"It afforded the perfect opportunity for my fellow college presidents and I to thank the many legislators, college trustees, donors and business people who support our institutions, and to discuss how we can work together even more effectively in Pennsylvania to ensure that students of all ages and cultures have access to high-quality private colleges in every region in the state," Edmundson said.

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The Pennsylvania Society, founded in 1899, says its purpose is "to honor achievement, reward excellence, promote good will and understanding, and celebrate service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and to humanity in general." The oldest organization of its kind in the United States, the group is not affiliated with any political party, business or profession.

U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter was given the society's 2007 Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement.

Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women.

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