May 2009  
Stories this Issue
The Lion Sleeps Tonight: Sheep on 2 Years as Mascot
Voila! C’est La Vie Online
5 More Penn Staters in TV and Film
Penn State’s Fab 5: Professors on the Edge
More Concert Memories: Readers Respond
Class Gifts: The Beloved, Bizarre, and Bulldozed
For the Students: In Praise of our Affiliate Groups!
Use Your Alumni Voice: VOTE
First Day at Penn State Jitters?
Group Profile: Meet Us in St. Louis
Penn State News
Penn State generates more than $17 billion in impact
Lewis Katz Building Dedicated
Research: No evidence for 'too big to fail' policies
Origins of sulfur in rocks tells early oxygen story
Still Life: Lion Ambassadors host Old Main Open House
Sports News
Legend Cael Sanderson New Head Wrestling Coach
Record crowd turns out for Blue-White Game
Maybin picked No. 11, four other Lions taken in NFL Draft
Nittany Lions to host Iowa in prime time
Penn State squads get Award for high APR score
Sandy awarded collegiate gymnastics top honor
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The Lion Sleeps Tonight: Sheep on 2 Years as Mascot
For the past two years, James Sheep has donned the heavy fur suit more than 600 times, delighting football fans and first graders along the way. Come May 16, Sheep graduates and hangs up the suit. With his days as the Lion numbered, Sheep took some time to reflect on “life in the suit.”
Voila! C’est La Vie Online
Warning! Look at La Vie, 1890–2000, online at your own risk. Delving into Penn State history can be habit-forming. Who was the football team playing in 1930? It’s in there. Coeds had their own section called “The Girls?” Check out the 1922 La Vie. Like little time capsules, old La Vies reveal interesting information from bygone eras. Read on for more examples of what you can find.
5 More Penn Staters in TV and Film
Following last month’s story on the Top 10 Penn Staters on TV, AlumnInsider readers wrote with suggestions of other Penn State alums for our list. They include people in front of and behind the camera, and some whose award-winning work stretches from stage to screen.
Penn State’s Fab 5: Professors on the Edge
From a diet guru who’s figured out how to eat more and weigh less to a Nobel Prize-winning singing professor who explains earthquakes and tsunamis to the tune of Johnny Cash’s “Walk the Line,” Penn State’s professors are involved in some interesting stuff. CSI or apiaries more to your liking? They’ve got that covered too.
History and Traditions
More Concert Memories: Readers Respond
AlumnInsider readers continue to write in with their memories of campus concerts by Genesis, Ray Charles, The Kinks, Cyndi Lauper, Hootie and the Blowfish, and more. Keep reading for a sampling of what fellow alums remember about big concerts at Penn State!
Class Gifts: The Beloved, Bizarre, and Bulldozed
From ivy planted at specific corners of buildings to the armillary on Old Main terrace, class gifts often reflect the times in which they’re given. What did the Class of 1861 give in 1890? What did the Class of 2009—graduating in a few weeks—decide to give? What did your class give to Dear Old State?
Executive Director’s Insights
For the Students: In Praise of our Affiliate Groups!
You’ve no doubt been reading about the tough times students and their families are facing in affording college this year. Rising unemployment, tight credit and lending markets, and a crushing recession have fomented the perfect storm for anyone trying to finance a college education.
Alumni Association News
Use Your Alumni Voice: VOTE
The elections for the Penn State Alumni Association Alumni Council and the Penn State Board of Trustees are under way now. The elections are important in that these alumni will represent the more than 467,000 Penn Staters by giving them a voice in the running of the University and the Alumni Association.
First Day at Penn State Jitters?
Maybe you were cool as a cucumber, or maybe you were a nervous wreck when you arrived at Penn State. Maybe you met your boyfriend moving into the dorm or you found your lifelong best friend that day. Whatever your first-day-on-campus story is, The Penn Stater magazine wants to hear about it.
Group Profile: Meet Us in St. Louis
The guest of honor was busy preparing his team for the Rose Bowl but that didn’t stop a group of Midwesterners from throwing him a party. The JoePa Birthday Party is the latest brainchild of the Penn State Alumni Association’s St. Louis Chapter. Keep reading to find out what else the Gateway Nittany Lions are up to.
Calendar of Events
Alumni Association Events
05.05.2009 :: “Evening with Joe” Paterno in Arlington, Va.
05.08.2009 :: City Lights: “Cézanne and Rodin: The Fathers of Modern Art and Sculpture,” Philadelphia
05.11.2009 :: Alumni Career Services Alumni Expert Webinar “Developing a Strategic Approach to Networking”
05.14.2009 :: City Lights: “21st Century Challenges to the United Nations,” New York City
05.27.2009 :: “Evening with Joe” Paterno in Lehigh Valley, Pa.
06.04.2009 :: Traditional Reunion Weekend
Affiliate Group Events
05.01.2009 :: The Birding Cup (Shaver's Creek AIG)
05.02.2009 :: 2nd Annual Kickoff Meeting (Central Maryland Chapter)
05.02.2009 :: Penn State Football: A Player’s Perspective A Dinner Banquet with Former Players (Cleveland and Akron-Canton chapters)
05.02.2009 :: Annual Pennsylvania Dutch Dinner (Orange County California Chapter )
05.04.2009 :: A night of Football with Tom Bradley (Washington/Greene Counties Chapter)
05.06.2009 :: The First 30 Seconds: Make a Great First Impression (Professional Women's Network of Washigton, D.C.)
05.09.2009 :: Wine Country Cruise (Orange County California Chapter)
05.12.2009 :: Chapter Meeting (Greater Scranton)
05.13.2009 :: Spring Banquet : Mike McQueary Guest Speaker (Mid Hudson Valley Alumni Chapter)
05.16.2009 :: Ag Alumni Society Graduation Brunch (College of Ag Sciences Alumni Society)
05.19.2009 :: CT Valley annual banquet (CT Valley Chapter)
06.06.2009 :: Golf Scramble (Tri County Chapter of Central Florida)
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