The year in review, in news and images: A look back at 2019 at Penn State

December 17, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As the door closes on 2019, we review a small, representative selection of achievements and visual reflections on the year that was at Penn State, from among the many University-wide accomplishments in academics, research, athletics, student life, sustainability and philanthropy. View a photo gallery and collection of news highlights at

drawing of a battery with nickel added for heatingIn and out with 10-minute electrical vehicle recharge

Electric vehicle owners may soon be able to pull into a fueling station, plug their car in, go to the restroom, get a cup of coffee and in 10 minutes, drive out with a fully charged battery, according to a team of engineers.  Full story


Protecting Pollinators Impact Campaign 2019Protecting pollinators: Penn Staters working to reverse bee population declines

Within the past decade, beekeepers across the globe have observed massive declines in managed honey bee populations. Given their critical role in the nation’s agricultural industry, Penn State’s Christina Grozinger and the Center for Pollinator Research are implementing creative approaches to protecting bee populations in Pennsylvania and beyond.  Full story

World in Conversation Day of Dialogue Jan. 21, 2019

Day of dialogue offers community chance to have conversations that matter


More than 600 campus community members came together on Jan. 21 for student-facilitated conversation, a "Day of Dialogue" pilot event hosted by World In Conversation: A Center for Public Diplomacy.  Full story



Architect's rendering of Student Veteran CenterPenn State set to open new Student Veteran Center

With the official ribbon cutting on Nov. 15, Penn State’s student veterans will have a new place to call home at the University Park campus. The 6,300-square-foot center, housed in Ritenour Building, will consolidate and expand services, support and activities for student veterans in a central location on campus.   Full story



Spotted lanternfly adults on ailanthus treePenn State receives $7.3 million grant to advance spotted lanternfly research

A $7.3 million grant awarded to Penn State will support an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional team of researchers as they conduct research and develop strategies to combat the spotted lanternfly.  Full story




Nittany Lion celebrates with other inducteesNittany Lion officially inducted into Mascot Hall of Fame

Penn State’s Nittany Lion was officially inducted in the Mascot Hall of Fame on June 16 in Whiting, Indiana.  Full story



Group shot of teamWrestling wins eighth NCAA title in last nine years

The Penn State Nittany Lions, under the guidance of head coach Cael Sanderson, entered the final session of the 2019 NCAA Championships having already clinched their eighth team title in the last nine years. Sanderson's squad left the National Finals and PPG Paints Arena with three individual national champions. Penn State won the 2019 crown by over 40 ponts.   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

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



Woman meditating on the beach

People with anxiety may strategically choose worrying over relaxing

Relaxing is supposed to be good for the body and soul, but people with anxiety may actively resist relaxation and continue worrying to avoid a large jump in anxiety if something bad does happen, according to Penn State research.  Full story


Penn State's Old Main building at sunset.

Study: Penn State contributes $11.6 billion to PA economy

Penn State is an economic powerhouse, contributing more than $11.6 billion to the state’s economy and supporting, directly and indirectly, more than 105,000 jobs across Pennsylvania in FY 2017, according to a newly released study. The study also found that for every $1 in state appropriations received by Penn State, the University returns $1.24 in tax payments to the commonwealth.  Full story


Nittany Lion Shrine illuminated by sunlightPenn State breaks fundraising record for the second year in a row

For the second year in a row, Penn State supporters have broken the University’s record for fundraising results, committing $372,555,732 to its current campaign, “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence” — an increase of 3.1% over last year.   Full story



Nanofabrication LabPenn State research expenditures again reach record high, topping $968 million


Penn State’s research expenditures reached $968 million in fiscal year 2018-19, a record high for the third year in a row.  Full story

Last Updated December 18, 2019