State Rep. Jess M. Stairs, Republican chair of the House Education Committee, has been chosen by the Penn State Alumni Association to receive the annual "Friend of Penn State" legislative award in a ceremony scheduled for June 7. Stairs is the third legislator to receive the "Friend of Penn State" award, which recognizes current state legislators for the significant role they have played in the continued improvement of Penn State. The legislative award was presented for the first time last year to state Sen. Jake Corman, R-34th District, and former state Rep. Lynn Herman, R-77th District.
When you're a stem-cell researcher -- even a mild-mannered one like Kent Vrana -- you don't get to pick your battles. The battles come to you.
By Jason Fagone '01 A&A/Com
Looking at stem cells in a microscope is vaguely disappointing, like meeting a celebrity in person: There's no way for the reality to live up to the hype. I'm looking at a bunch of stem cells right now, and in the strictest visual sense, wow, are they not sexy. I'm in a lab room on the seventh floor of the Hershey Medical Center.
Students from Penn State's musical theatre program will take York and New York City by storm, singing and dancing a wide variety of popular Broadway musical numbers in a special show for alumni and friends of Penn State. Sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association, the Penn State Musical Theatre Tour will include a 6 p.m. performance March 6 at Penn State York's Pullo Performing Arts Center and a 7 p.m. performance March 28 at Manhattan Center Studios, 311 West 34th St. in New York City. The musical theatre show, hosted by Penn State President Graham B. Spanier, features 22 standout junior and senior students, selected from the musical theatre program in the College of Arts and Architecture. Reservation deadlines for each show are today (March 2), for York and Wednesday, March 21, for New York City.
Penn State Trustee George Henning and his wife, Sue, have taken personal collections to the next level. George started collecting Penn State memorabilia when he attended the University in the late 1950s and early 1960s ... and he never stopped collecting. These days their basement has become a treasure trove of Blue and White history. Watch an "In Motion" video highlighting many of their finds at http://live.psu.edu/video/27 online.
Alumni from Penn State's Schreyer Honors College have endowed three new scholarship funds for students in that college with gift commitments totaling $250,000. Richard and Ann Marie Whitney of Manhattan Beach, Calif., gave $100,000 to create a Trustee Scholarship that will bear their names. Ronald J. and Pratima Singh Gatehouse of State College committed $150,000 for two scholarships to be named in honor of their parents, J. Ronald and Patricia L. Gatehouse, and Ram and Shanti Singh. "These scholarships are the first to be endowed in our college by alumni who were themselves enrolled in the honors programs while they were Penn State students," said Schreyer Honors College Dean Chris Brady. "The gifts were made in the same spirit of philanthropy upon which our college was founded, and we look forward to the creation of additional alumni-endowed scholarships as our college matures and its graduates take positions of leadership in society."
The Nittany Lion football team will culminate spring drills with one of the highlights of the Penn State sports calendar, the Blue-White Game, on Saturday, April 21. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. in Beaver Stadium. As in previous years, there will be no admission or parking fee for the Blue-White Game, one of the nation's most popular spring football contests. More than 40,000 loyal and enthusiastic Penn State fans have attended the game in eight of the past 11 years, with rainy conditions during the other three contests.
On March 3, nearly 200 students from the School of Music will board buses and travel from University Park to Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, where they will perform in the City Lights President's Concert. The concert, hosted by Penn State President Graham B. Spanier and sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association and the School of Music, will feature some of the top student musicians in the School of Music, as identified by audition. Due to the competitive nature of the auditions, the amount of time that must be devoted to practice and performances for each group, and the wide variety of music styles covered by the different groups, most of these talented students perform in just one of these elite ensembles. However, three musicians -- graduate students Greg Garcia and James Maguire, and undergraduate Greg Kern -- perform in all three instrumental groups that will play at the President's Concert.
Penn State students raised a record $5,240,385.17 over the past year to benefit children with cancer as part of the Interfraternity Council/ Panhellenic Dance Marathon, THON overall chairman Michael Funk announced Sunday. This beat the record amount raised in last year's THON for the Four Diamonds Fund, an organization that helps the families of children with cancer pay for expenses related to treating the disease, by more than $1 million.
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Penn State's football fans ranked second in NCAA Division I-A football attendance during the 2006 season for the fourth time this decade, according to figures recently released by the NCAA. The Nittany Lions have finished among the top four in Division I-A attendance for 16 consecutive years. Penn State's loyal and enthusiastic fans totaled 752,972 for seven home games last season for an average of 107,567 per game, second-highest in the nation and in program history.
An alarming die-off of honeybees has beekeepers fighting for commercial survival and crop growers wondering whether bees will be available to pollinate their crops this spring and summer. Researchers are scrambling to find answers to what's causing an affliction recently named Colony Collapse Disorder, which has decimated commercial beekeeping operations in Pennsylvania and across the country. "During the last three months of 2006, we began to receive reports from commercial beekeepers of an alarming number of honey bee colonies dying in the eastern United States," said Maryann Frazier, agriculture extension associate in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. "Since the beginning of the year, beekeepers from all over the country have been reporting unprecedented losses."
When the Miss America 2007 competition is broadcast at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, on the CMT (Country Music Television) network, Penn State graduate Emily Wills will be representing Pennsylvania as well as her alma mater. Wills, also Miss Penn State 2002, holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Penn State, and was a Schreyer Honors College student and a four-year member of the Penn State Dance Team.
James S. Broadhurst, chairman and chief executive officer of Eat'n Park Hospitality Group Inc., was elected chair of Penn State's Board of Trustees today (Jan. 19). Steve A. Garban was elected vice-chair. Broadhurst was first appointed to the Board of Trustees in 1998 to fill an unexpired term as a business and industry trustee, and was elected for successive terms. He was elected vice chair of the board in 2004 and re-elected in 2005 and 2006. Garban is the senior vice president of finance and operations/treasurer emeritus of Penn State. He currently serves as a director of Metropolitan Life Series Fund in New York; State Street Research and Management Mutual Funds in Boston; and on The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Board of Directors. Garban was elected to the Board of Trustees by the alumni for a three-year term beginning July 1998, and has been re-elected for succeeding terms.
Penn State's presence in the Pittsburgh suburb of McKeesport will be taking on a new name: Penn State Greater Allegheny. Approved Jan. 19 by the University's Board of Trustees, the name change is intended to support the campus' regional presence, facilitate an expanded vision and evolving mission for the campus and raise general awareness of the campus. The new name also is expected to give campus alumni and Penn Staters living in the Greater Allegheny County region an understanding of the campus' position as the only Penn State campus in the county. More than 22,000 Penn State alumni live in Allegheny County -- the largest concentration of alumni residing in any one county in the nation -- and approximately 4,000 Penn State students hail from the county.
Several of the School of Music's top performing ensembles will hit the road for a special performance March 3 at Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall. The Penn State President's Concert, hosted by President Graham B. Spanier, is part of the Penn State Alumni Association's City Lights program. The evening will showcase students in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Centre Dimensions jazz ensemble and Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Bach to Stravinsky, lively jazz to grand opera overtures. Prior to the concert, attendees can join the Penn State Alumni Association for a pre-concert reception and short presentation on the highlights of the evening's program. Also prior to the concert, the School of Music and Penn State Admissions will hold informational sessions in Heinz Hall for students interested in attending Penn State. The President's Concert is one in a series of City Lights events organized by the Alumni Association.
From a favorite dorm food to a romance that blossomed over lunch, The Penn Stater magazine is looking for memorable dining hall stories. The editors of The Penn Stater want to hear about foods Penn Staters still crave after all these years or about the meals former dining hall patrons hope to never see again, about friendships formed or about the time someone accidentally dumped a tray in the middle of a packed commons -- or any other memorable moment. Alumni should describe in detail their dining hall experience and what it meant to them. Editors will select the most interesting tales for publication in a future edition of The Penn Stater.