Penn Stater magazine completes long journey to online availability

June 09, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A mere 111 years after the Penn State Alumni Association debuted its first official publication, the University’s alumni magazine — now known as the Penn Stater — is now available online at pennstatermag.com.

“We’ve been fortunate to have the resources to put out a well-regarded print magazine that generations of alumni have gotten attached to,” says Paul Clifford, CEO of the Alumni Association. “Today we are thrilled to be giving our members online access to the Penn Stater stories they love, delivered with the quality and care they’ve come to expect from the print version.”

Penn Stater Editor Ryan Jones said, “We know that more and more people prefer to do their reading online, and we often hear from members who'd like to share articles with family or friends. We also know that many of our youngest alumni have never been print readers, and we want to make sure they don't miss out on the qualities that make the Penn Stater special.”

The magazine team partnered with Brunello, a Boston-based design firm, to build a site that fulfills their vision for an online version of the Penn Stater. The site includes the contents of the print editions of the magazine as well as bonus content, including extended Q&As, features that couldn’t fit in the print version, and more.

Because the magazine is an exclusive benefit for members of the Penn State Alumni Association, the Penn Stater site will give association members full access to the current issue, as well as to the magazine’s archives. Non-members will be able to access select content, but will not have full access. 

Alumni Association members can access the the site by logging in with their email address and their Alumni Association ID number, which appears in the footer of emails they receive from the association.

The Penn Stater magazine’s journey began with the 1910 debut of the Alumni Quarterly, which was renamed Penn State Alumni News and started publishing bimonthly by 1914. By 1961, it had grown into a black-and-white magazine format of 32 pages with numerous photos. Then as now, it was filled with features on Penn State students and alumni and campus news.

Since being renamed the Penn Stater in 1972, the publication has evolved into a colorful 80- to 96–page magazine with award-winning feature writing, photography, and design. With its debut on the web, the magazine team is looking forward to the continued evolution of this venerable vehicle for keeping readers informed about the most compelling stories from the worldwide community of Penn Staters.

The Penn Stater welcomes news of weddings, births, career updates, and other significant milestones for use in the "Class Notes" section. To submit a Class Note item, e-mail pennstater@psu.edu. Letters to the Editor can also be submitted by e-mailing heypennstater@psu.edu.  

The Penn Stater magazine is a benefit of membership in the Penn State Alumni Association, which connects alumni to the University and to each other; provides valuable benefits to members; and supports the University’s mission of teaching, research and service. For more information about becoming a member of the Alumni Association visit alumni.psu.edu/join.

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Last Updated June 10, 2021