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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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.


Homecoming 2019

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.   Full story

Penn State Tailgates

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).  Full story

Penn State President Eric J. Barron signs a solar panel at the groundbreaking for a utility-scale solar project in Franklin County on Sept. 6, 2019.

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.  Full story

Collaboration Commons

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.  Full story

Spotted lanternfly specimen collected at research site

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.  Full story

fossil, designated MRD-VP-1/1

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.  Full story

Westgate Building

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.  Full story