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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Story: Alumni Association launches Alumni Plaza

STORIES:
-- Make plans to return for Penn State's 2019 Homecoming Weekend
-- Registration ongoing for Penn State Tailgates at away football games
-- Huddle with the Faculty series continues on home football Saturdays
-- Subscribe to The Football Letter blog and stay updated
-- Campus Rec offers football-weekend memberships to Alumni Association members
-- Lion Ambassadors to host 2019 Campus Showcase
-- Penn State, Lightsource BP break ground on largest solar project in Pennsylvania
-- University Libraries expansion now open
-- Eating cheese may offset blood vessel damage from salt
-- Penn State asks visitors to help 'stop the spread' of spotted lanternfly
-- Organic control of spotted lanternfly is focus of study by Penn State, Cornell
-- Ash tree species likely will survive emerald ash borer beetles, but just barely
-- 3.8-million-year-old fossil cranium unveils more about human ancestry
-- Then & now: A look at the first 20 years of the College of IST

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FEATURED ITEM:

Story: Alumni Association launches Alumni Plaza
Following the popularity and success of the Alumni Walk and Alumni Courtyard campaigns, the Penn State Alumni Association has launched the Alumni Plaza campaign, giving members of the Penn State family the opportunity to celebrate a milestone such as graduation, remember a cherished period in their lives, showcase their pride in Penn State, or honor a loved one with a commemorative paver.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/MzB4k9WG

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STORIES:

Make plans to return for Penn State's 2019 Homecoming Weekend
Homecoming 2019 will be one of the most memorable weekends of the year in Happy Valley, and the Penn State Alumni Association is hosting a number of free events that are available for alumni and friends on Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 4-5. Additionally, Alumni Association members can purchase discounted tickets for the Homecoming football game against Purdue.

https://news.psu.edu/link/y9BTLHmZ
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Registration ongoing for Penn State Tailgates at away football games
There's still time for Penn State alumni and fans to cheer on Penn State football at this season's Penn State Tailgates, the premier pregame event for away games, hosted by the Penn State Alumni Association. Registration is available for the tailgates at Iowa (Oct. 12), Michigan State (Oct. 26), Minnesota (Nov. 9), and Ohio State (Nov. 23).




https://news.psu.edu/link/BbyyzcNQ
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Huddle with the Faculty series continues on home football Saturdays
The Penn State Alumni Association's Huddle with the Faculty series continues with presentations that will enlighten and inform attendees on home football Saturdays at the Nittany Lion Inn.

https://news.psu.edu/link/BNrpG69q
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Subscribe to The Football Letter blog and stay updated
The Penn State football team is off to a 3-0 start, and fans can stay updated all season long by subscribing to The Football Letter blog, which will feature exclusive stories, Q&As, and a look at their extensive archives.

https://news.psu.edu/link/HMv_WpGt
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Campus Rec offers football-weekend memberships to Alumni Association members
Penn State Alumni Association members will once again have the option to purchase Campus Recreation memberships for Penn State football weekends on the University Park campus.

https://news.psu.edu/link/zdkhWGgv
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Lion Ambassadors to host 2019 Campus Showcase
Experience carnival games, finger foods, and a grand prize winner of AirPods. All University Park students are welcome to join in on the fun from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 19.

https://news.psu.edu/link/SP1r1PfC
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Penn State, Lightsource BP break ground on largest solar project in Pennsylvania
On Sept. 6, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf joined Penn State President Eric J. Barron at the groundbreaking ceremony for a 70-megawatt, utility-scale solar project that will provide 25% of Penn State's purchased electricity over the next 25 years. The project, a partnership between Penn State and Lightsource BP, will advance energy security and sustainability goals for the University and commonwealth.

https://news.psu.edu/link/zHZcN7Ds
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University Libraries expansion now open
The University Libraries' newest space, the Collaboration Commons and Central Atrium, is a four-story expansion and ground-floor renovation. It is the culmination of Libraries 2020, a 14-month, two-phase construction project incorporating the features students said they needed most.

https://news.psu.edu/link/T5sPv6f2
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Eating cheese may offset blood vessel damage from salt
Antioxidants found in cheese may help protect blood vessels from damage from high levels of salt in the diet, according to a new Penn State study.

https://news.psu.edu/link/mBkffCK6
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Penn State asks visitors to help 'stop the spread' of spotted lanternfly
This is the time of year when thousands of students, families and football fans are coming to University Park, and Penn State officials want to make sure those visitors are not transporting the spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect that is threatening the northeastern U.S., especially southeastern Pennsylvania.


https://news.psu.edu/link/pLxqxN_4
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Organic control of spotted lanternfly is focus of study by Penn State, Cornell
Could soilborne fungi found nearly everywhere in North America be the kryptonite that can help control the spotted lanternfly? Studies underway in the Philadelphia region — carried out by scientists from Penn State and Cornell University — aim to answer that question, with early findings showing promise against what has been described as the worst invasive pest to hit the U.S. since the gypsy moth.


https://news.psu.edu/link/sZhd5VGZ
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Ash tree species likely will survive emerald ash borer beetles, but just barely
"Lingering ash." That's what the U.S. Forest Service calls the relatively few green and white ash trees that survive the emerald ash borer onslaught. Those trees do not survive by accident, and that may save the species, according to Penn State researchers, who conducted a six-year study of ash decline and mortality.

https://news.psu.edu/link/_5Mtc1vy
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3.8-million-year-old fossil cranium unveils more about human ancestry
In 2016, researchers in the Afar region of Ethiopia discovered a nearly complete cranium of an early human ancestor, Australopithecus anamensis, that dates to 3.8 million years ago. According to the international team of researchers, that fossil revealed that A. anamensis and Australopithecus afarensis coexisted for about 100,000 years rather than at separate time periods as previously thought. The digital reconstruction of the fossil that facilitated its analysis was initiated at Penn State.

https://news.psu.edu/link/CQNRqwXP
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Then & now: A look at the first 20 years of the College of IST
It had been only 14 months from when Information Sciences and Technology's conceptual plan was approved to when the School of IST opened its doors in the fall of 1999. In this Q&A, Jim Thomas, IST's first dean, and Andrew Sears, IST's current dean, talk about what has changed — and what hasn't — for the college in the 20 years since.

https://news.psu.edu/link/dtbMdbRH

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