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February 2009  
 
Features
Hotties and Cool Videos Bag Bucks for Thon
Technically, Thon 2009—like all Thons before—does not have a specific fundraising goal. But the unwritten, unspoken wish of everyone involved is to exceed last year’s grand total of more than $6.6 million. To raise that kind of money, Penn State students are “thinking outside the can.”
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City Lights Shine on Metro Alums
City Lights 2009 kicks off its 5th season of exciting programs starting Feb. 12 at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia with a presentation by one of the foremost experts on the Underground Railroad, Charles L. Blockson ’56. Also in the line up are events at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg, Pa.; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the United Nations in New York City; Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh; and the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
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Alum Brings Afghanistan, Africa to Brandywine
Since 1990, Aldo Magazzeni ’72 has dedicated much of his life to bringing clean water, shelter, and hope to those in need around the world through his charitable organization, Traveling Mercies. Photographs of his journey helping poor and neglected people in Afghanistan and Africa are currently on display until March 6 in the Penn State Brandywine John D. Vairo Library.
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Exhibit and Lectures Mark Black History Month
Penn State’s first black female student Mildred Bunton ’32, Space Shuttle astronaut Guion Bluford ’64, and Pro Football Hall of Famer Franco Harris ’72 are just three of the 54 black alumni who have received Penn State’s top awards. A new exhibit, “Penn State’s Award-Winning Black Alumni” is one of a number of ways Penn State is marking Black History Month.
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Executive Director's Letter
Celebrating Penn State’s Two Founding Presidents
President Barack Obama’s inauguration and his enormous respect for Abraham Lincoln prompted me to think about our alma mater’s own outstanding presidents, especially two of our most historically important presidents—a timely thought as Penn State will celebrate its 154th birthday on Feb. 22. Our first president Evan Pugh (1859-64) and our seventh president George Atherton (1882-1906) are to Penn State what George Washington and Lincoln are to the United States. Like Washington, Pugh was our great founding president, while like Lincoln, Atherton was the great reconciliator.
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Alumni Association News
Classes of 1959, 1964 to Reunite in June
Traditional Reunion Weekend is a great time for alumni to get together with classmates and relive memories of their college days. This year’s reunion weekend, June 4-7, will celebrate the 45th reunion for the Class of 1964 and the 50th reunion for the Class of 1959. Pioneers—classes of 1958 and earlier—are also invited to attend.
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And the Winners Are…
Three lucky Penn State students recently parlayed a $15 investment in the Blue & White Society into $500 worth of books from the Penn State Bookstore. The three were randomly chosen from more than 350 students who now enjoy the benefits of membership in the Blue & White Society.
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Spotlight on Groups
Group Profile: Central Iowa Chapter
In the heart of the Midwest, where the black and yellow of the Iowa Hawkeyes and the red and gold of the Iowa State Cyclones dominate the flat landscape, a group of Penn Staters sees only blue and white. They are the self-described “small but mighty” Central Iowa Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, located in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Calling All Thon Alums!
Thon creates lasting memories and intense loyalty for Penn State alumni who organized, danced in, and cheered on participants in this tradition dating to 1973. Once again, the Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group (DMAIG) has planned a special Dance Marathon Alumni Weekend for this year’s Thon.
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History and Traditions
February 2, 1973: First Dance Marathon
With “Jumping Jack Flash” by The Rolling Stones rocking the HUB Ballroom, 39 couples took to the dance floor at 6:00 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2, 1973, launching what was to become the most successful student-run philanthropy in the country.
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Calendar of Events
Alumni Association Events
02.12.2009 :: City Lights: “Philadelphia’s African American History: Above Ground and Underground,” Philadelphia
02.17.2009 :: Penn State President’s Concert in Philadelphia
03.21.2009 :: City Lights: “Forces of Nature,” Harrisburg, Pa.
Affiliate Group Events
02.04.2009 :: Chapter Blood Drive (Chester County)
02.06.2009 :: Phil Grosz Night (Greater Scranton Chapter)
02.07.2009 :: Liberty Ball, A Knight For the Kids 2009 (Philadelphia Chapter)
02.12.2009 :: THON Express Fund Raiser Happy Hours (Central Maryland)
02.21.2009 :: THON Chicago (Chicago Chapter)
02.26.2009 :: Six Steps to Financial Success Seminar (Philadelphia Chapter)
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Stories this Issue
Hotties and Cool Videos Bag Bucks for Thon
City Lights Shine on Metro Alums
Alum Brings Afghanistan, Africa to Brandywine
Exhibit and Lectures Mark Black History Month
Celebrating Penn State’s Two Founding Presidents
Classes of 1959, 1964 to Reunite in June
And the Winners Are…
Group Profile: Central Iowa Chapter
Calling All Thon Alums!
February 2, 1973: First Dance Marathon
Penn State News
Eight To Receive Distinguished Alum Awards
Researchers Propose Communication Policy in D.C.
Dispatches from Ghana
Heart Failure Therapies Improving Life
Video: Groundhogs More Than Forecasting
Sports News
Nittany Lions on Super Bowl XLII Teams
Fawcett Voted Top Volleyball Player
Nittany Lions' 2009 Football Schedule
Phillies World Series Trophy To Visit BJC Feb. 8
Nittany Lion Wrestlers Ranked No. 16
Sandy Ties Record with Seventh Gymnast of the Week Honor
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