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Tuesday, October 15, 2019


Alumni Association Student Leaders

Meet two of the Alumni Association's 2019-20 student organization presidents

Neither Blue & White Society President Melany Mazaleski, a senior biology major, nor Lion Ambassadors President Alex Moon, a senior studying political science and psychology, ever expected to hold their current positions when they first joined their respective organizations. Now, four years into their college experience, neither could possibly think about Penn State without being involved with their groups.   Full story

Bilas and McMillan

ESPN's Jay Bilas, former U.S. Rep. Tom McMillen highlight sports conference

A two-day conference focused on intercollegiate athletics — featuring an opening keynote address by ESPN’s Jay Bilas and closing remarks by former U.S. Rep. and NBA player Tom McMillen, president and CEO of the LEAD1 Association — will be conducted Oct. 17-18 on Penn State's University Park campus. The conference is coordinated by Penn State's interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Sports in Society.   Full story

Louis A. Martarano

University names Louis A. Martarano 2019 Fundraising Volunteer of the Year

Penn State has named alumnus and longtime volunteer and philanthropist Louis A. Martarano as its 2019 Fundraising Volunteer of the Year. The award, which recognizes an individual, couple or group who has demonstrated exceptional commitment and leadership in building philanthropic support for the University, was presented to Martarano at a ceremony held at The Nittany Lion Inn on Oct. 4.  Full story

Muhammad Nawaz

Well cited: Engineering alumnus' decades-old work has stood the test of time

Muhammad Nawaz, an industrial engineering alumnus who graduated from Penn State in 1980 with a master of engineering degree, has accumulated nearly 2,400 citations for his thesis on how to organize an order of tasks, or jobs, for maximum efficiency. His work led to the creation of a widely used research algorithm that continues to earn him recognition nearly four decades later.   Full story

Points per shot map

For the love of maps and hoops: Geography alumnus excels in basketball analytics

Penn State geography alumnus Kirk Goldsberry has found professional success combining his passions. He is a leader in basketball analytics, having worked as an NBA front office executive and a writer for ESPN. In his most recent work, The New York Times best-selling book “SprawBall: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA,” Goldsberry examines how the proliferation of the 3-point shot, and other trends, have helped transform the league, perhaps in unexpected ways.   Full story