Then and now: How philanthropy has shaped Penn State traditions

University Park, Pa. -- A picture-and-word exhibit in the HUB-Robeson Center this week aims to show how philanthropy has shaped such Penn State traditions as THON, the Blue Band, and the Nittany Lion Shrine.

The exhibit, sponsored by the Student Philanthropy Council (SPC), will be on display through Friday, Feb. 27, on the first floor of the HUB. In addition, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, members of the SPC will be on hand as part of this month’s Philanthropy Phriday event to discuss with students the impact of philanthropy to Penn State.

“This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn more about how philanthropy has added so much to the University over the years,” said council member and junior Michael Rolli. “Plus, our event is extra special this month since the displays will be set up for four days instead of just on Philanthropy Phriday, giving more students an opportunity to take a look.”

Formed in 2005, the SPC aims to raise awareness of the essential role that philanthropy plays at Penn State. The student members hope, through events like the monthly Philanthropy Phridays, to demonstrate to their peers the effects of giving back to the University after graduation.

The Student Philanthropy Council will be accepting applications for new members online at http://www.SPC.psu.edu starting March 2. An information session will be held in the HUB on March 17 for anyone who is interested in getting involved.

Last Updated November 18, 2010