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Single-Game Football Tickets Go On Sale July 31
iHear Penn State: Cell Phone Tours
3 TV Shows Tackle College Sports
Legislator Recognized for Supporting Penn State
Reunited and it Feels So Good
Readers Respond to “Gone but Not Forgotten”
3 Penn Staters in Top 100
Welcome to New Prez, VP, 13 AC Members
Pittsburgh Chapter Celebrates Amy’s Army
Go to Bat for THON
Penn State News
Palmer Museum showcases work of Steve McCurry
First Leadership Academy students to develop critical thinking skills
New clues to evolution of mammals found in woolly-mammoth genome
Still Life: Faculty member photographs Colbert visit to troops
Probing question: What is 'Talk and Die' Syndrome?
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Fawcett, Sandy named Penn State Athletes of the Year
Nittany Lion football's first three games on Big Ten Network
Battle earns spot on USA World University Games team
Field Hockey's Scola Named to USA Development Team
Penn State leads with four winners at Big Ten Network Awards Show
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Single-Game Football Tickets Go On Sale July 31
Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics will sell a very limited number of single-game football tickets for the Nittany Lions’ 2009 season on Friday, July 31. The online ticket sale, open to alumni and the general public, will begin at 10:00 a.m. at www.gopsusports.com.
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iHear Penn State: Cell Phone Tours
Just how many stones are stacked up in the Obelisk and why? Who designed Old Main? Why do the Nittany Lions play in Beaver Stadium? Answers to those questions and more are but a cell phone call away for visitors to Penn State’s University Park campus.
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3 TV Shows Tackle College Sports
The Big Ten Network goes beyond broadcasting sporting events with its upcoming series, “Expert Opinion with Graham Spanier.” The shows, airing in July and featuring prominent panelists, tackle such controversial topics as escalating coaching salaries, the increasing commercialization of college sports, and the conflicting demands placed on student-athletes.
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Legislator Recognized for Supporting Penn State
A ninth-term state legislator representing Tioga and western Bradford County received the fourth annual “Friend of Penn State” legislative award from the Penn State Alumni Association for the significant role he has played in the continued improvement of Penn State.
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Executive Director’s Insights
3 Penn Staters in Top 100
The hallmark of an outstanding university is its people—students, faculty, administrators, and alumni—and the impact they make on the nation and the world. And for Penn State, that impact gets bigger and bigger with each passing year. Especially this year.
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History and Traditions
Reunited and it Feels So Good
It’s not only Peaches and Herb who enjoy a good reunion. Penn Staters have been getting back together since 1870, just 15 years after Penn State first opened its doors as the Farmer’s High School. This year, 139 years later, more than 850 people attended Traditional Reunion Weekend for the classes of 1964, 1959, and Pioneers.
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Readers Respond to “Gone but Not Forgotten”
Last month’s story “Gone but Not Forgotten” recalled campus places and traditions that survive only in memories: Nittany Barracks, on-campus bowling alleys, panty raids, and the infamous swimming test. This month, AlumnInsider readers write in with memories of naked swimming, the Witch Doctor’s “Pick up the Pieces” theme song, and more.
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Alumni Association News
Welcome to New Prez, VP, 13 AC Members
As of July 1, the Penn State Alumni Association will have a new president, vice president and 13 Alumni Council members as David Han ’88, ’05g ends his two-year term as the 75th president of the Alumni Association.
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Pittsburgh Chapter Celebrates Amy’s Army
They gathered for baseball but also talked football, celebrated a birthday, and honored a remarkable Penn State alum with a new award they hope to take national. Learn more about the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter’s recent night out at the ballpark.
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Go to Bat for THON
Pittsburgh-area Penn Staters can benefit THON just by enjoying their own Pirates baseball. Head out to PNC ballpark July 31 “For the Kids” and for some peanuts, hot dogs and cracker jacks.
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Calendar of Events
Alumni Association Events
07.08.2009 :: Arts Festival Alumni Weekend
Affiliate Group Events
07.14.2009 :: Greater Hazleton Chapter Annual Dinner
07.14.2009 :: Greater Scranton Chapter Meeting
07.19.2009 :: Cruise Down the Hudson River on the "River Rose" (Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter)
07.25.2009 :: Penn State Day at Frederick Keys (Central Maryland Chapter)
08.01.2009 :: Bar Tour 2009 (Orange County Chapter)
08.02.2009 :: Summer Picnic and Freshmen Sendoff (Hampton Roads Chapter)
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