The year in review, in news and images: A look back at 2018 at Penn State

December 12, 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, we review a small, representative selection of achievements and visual reflections on the year at Penn State, from among the many University-wide accomplishments in academics, research, athletics, student life and entrepreneurship.

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Penn State research expenditures rise to record $927 million


Penn State’s research expenditures reached a record high for the second consecutive year in fiscal year 2017-2018, according to Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey. The $927 million total represents a $64 million increase over last year’s figure, and includes a record $562 million in federal funds and $365 million from a combination of private funders, the Commonwealth, and University sources.

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Shaver’s Creek to re-open Labor Day weekend after two-year expansion project


Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center will re-open Labor Day weekend following a two-year expansion project that included major renovations to Penn State’s outdoor education field lab and nature center for the first time.

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Penn State’s Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center underwent an extensive renovation through the spring and summer of 2018 including the construction of new enclosures for the popular ‘Birds of Prey’ area.

IMAGE: Patrick Mansell

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Penn State Military Appreciation Game to celebrate women in the Armed Forces


Penn State will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of women in the U.S. Armed Forces at the University's seventh annual Military Appreciation Game on Oct. 27. As the largest military appreciation event of its kind in the Big Ten, the game will feature special presentations to active and veteran service members, halftime performances by the Penn State Blue Band, color guard and more.


Cadets from Penn State Air Force ROTC saluted during the playing of The Star Spangled Banner at the start of a Veterans Day ceremony hosted by Penn State’s Office of Veterans Programs outside Old Main on the morning of Nov. 12.

IMAGE: Patrick Mansell

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Nittany Lion wrestlers repeat as NCAA champions


The Penn State Nittany Lions rode a superb performance in the 2018 NCAA Wrestling Championships national finals to claim yet another NCAA title. Head coach Cael Sanderson's team was nearly perfect in the finals and clinched its seventh NCAA title in the last eight years on a pin from junior Bo Nickal.


Nittany Lions Nazeer Bostick left, and Tony Carr prepare for the opening tip in the NIT Championship game. Penn State defeated Utah 82-66 in the NIT Championship game at New York’s Madison Square Garden on March 20. It was the second NIT title in school history.

IMAGE: Maddy Pryor

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University awards $200,000 in Invent Penn State seed grants to four campuses


Penn State announced $200,000 in new seed grant funding as part of the University's Invent Penn State Initiative. The four campuses receiving grants — Beaver, DuBois, Greater Allegheny and Hazleton — bring to 21 the number of Innovation Hubs across the Commonwealth.


Jim Hoehn, regional president of PNC Bank, with Penn State President Eric Barron, unveiled the new "Happy Valley Launchbox-Powered by PNC Bank" logo during an event held at the Happy Valley Launchbox headquarters in downtown State College, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 22. The event celebrated PNC Bank’s commitment of a $1 million dollar grant to support the Invent Penn State initiative.

IMAGE: Patrick Mansell


Last Updated January 09, 2019