Alumni Library takes viewer to China

July 29, 2008

The latest "edition" of Penn State's Alumni Library at, features Penn State at the Olympics, including the exhibit "Faster, Higher and Stronger: the Modern Olympic Games" and entries about past Olympics and athletes featured in the Historical Digital Collegian.

Beyond the Beijing Olympics, the University's China connection, dates back 100 years, with G. Weidman Groff, '07, who was the representative of the Penn State-in-China mission and longtime dean of the School of Agriculture at Lingnan. In 1929, Chinese furniture was sent to Penn State to honor Groff. It was on display in the Chinese Room in Old Main for many years, and today some of the furniture is part of the permanent collection in The Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library. Recently visiting Chinese scholars were able to use Penn State's University Archives and Groff's historical records to fill gaps in the history of their university.

The site also includes photos taken by Librarian Joseph Fennewald who spent five months this past year at Tianjin University of Technology (TUT) to discover how Chinese students use academic libraries, information that will benefit the many international students on Penn State campuses. 

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Last Updated March 19, 2009