Homecoming features students, faculty from College of Communications

October 15, 2007

Three College of Communications students -- two of them scholarship recipients -- played prominent roles during Penn State's Homecoming festivities this past weekend.

Senior Kimberly Carapucci of Punxsutawney was crowned Homecoming queen. A journalism major, Carapucci recently earned the Winifred Imhoff Cook Journalism Scholarship.

In addition, sophomore P.J. Maierhofer of Altoona, was front and center again during a football Saturday at Beaver Stadium. An advertising/public relations major, Maierhofer recently earned the Donald P. Bellisario Trustee Scholarship.

She's more well known to many Penn Staters as "Blue Sapphire," the featured twirler for the Penn State Blue Band.

Still, perhaps the most recognized student from the College of Communications during Homecoming was James Sheep, a senior broadcast journalism major who serves as the Nittany Lion mascot.

Along with those students, nearly two dozen more from the College of Communications were behind the scenes producing the Webcast of the Homecoming parade. Students have produced Webcasts of the parade for three years in a row and they have produced online coverage of the Penn State Dance Marathon each February for the past three years.

In addition to students, two faculty members from the College of Communications earned special recognition during Homecoming. Both Colleen Connelly-Ahern, an assistant professor in the Department of Advertising/Public Relations, and Steve Manuel, a senior lecturer who splits an appointment in the Department of Advertising/Public Relations and the Department of Journalism, were voted into the Faculty Homecoming Court.

Their presence gave the College of Communications two representatives among six from across the University on the court. The faculty court provides another aspect to weeklong Homecoming activities and allows faculty members to engage with students during special events during the week.

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