Town and Gown founder to present about niche publication

October 04, 2011

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Mimi Coppersmith, founder of Town & Gown magazine, will be the featured speaker for the next Penn State Lehigh Valley Faculty Lecture Series event at 12:45 p.m. on Oct. 25, in room 218 at the campus in Center Valley. Coppersmith will present "Follow Your Dream: The Evolution of Town & Gown." The event is free and open to the public.

During the presentation, Coppersmith will share the evolution of her idea for the publication, the ups and downs of publishing it and the current state of Town & Gown. In addition, she will offer inspiration to follow one's own dream.

Nearly 45 years ago, Mimi Ungar Barash Coppersmith convinced her late husband Sy to start Town & Gown. The monthly magazine of local and regional interest focuses on Centre County and Penn State and can be found in nearly 400 Centre County locations, including The HUB, The Corner Room, The Nittany Lion Inn and the Visitor’s Bureau across from Beaver Statium. It serves as a bridge between the community and the campus. The magazine, which is free to the public, was launched by Coppersmith in 1966 and today flourishes as a well-read publication both by residents and the many visitors to the Centre County region.

Each month, the eponymous "Lunch with Mimi" column features an interview with a notable person from Penn State or State College. Coppersmith, who ran the Barash Group advertising business for nearly 50 years, describes Town & Gown as her "legacy to Happy Valley." A 1953 Penn State graduate with a degree in journalism, who calls herself a "frustrated journalist," Coppersmith served as the first woman chair of the Penn State Board of Trustees.

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