September 2009  
Stories this Issue
Football Saturdays Feature Faculty Huddles
Tailgreat 2009
BWI/DC Express Added; Big Apple Express Resumes
Back to the Future with Phones
Alumni Rally Round Dear Old State
Fly to Away Games
Homecoming Activities Set for Oct. 16-17
Alumni Association Update Coming
Sendoff Picnics Promote Pride
Penn State News
Freshmen urged to “Be A Part From The Start”
Smithsonian names Pell Under Secretary for Science
Study finds higher pathogen loads in collapsed honeybee colonies
Still Life: Blue Band readies for '09 season
Probing Question: Are “superfoods” really nutritional powerhouses?
Become a fan of Penn State on Facebook
Sports News
Nittany Lions No. 9 In Associated Press Pre-Season Poll
"Penn State Football Eve" Celebration Set
New, existing policies aim to make game day safer, more enjoyable
Naeher, Marton Garner Big Ten Women's Soccer Weekly Accolades
U.S. Amateur Includes Four Nittany Lions in Field
Men's basketball to open Big Ten season at Minnesota on ESPN2
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Football Saturdays Feature Faculty Huddles
Are teenage girls pressured to grow up too fast? What is the key to successful aging? Is there an element of mystery to mastering a particular sport? These are some of the topics that will be explored during the popular “Huddle with the Faculty” lectures held before each 2009 home football game.
Tailgreat 2009
Penn State fans looking for a break from traditional tailgating can head to the Bryce Jordan Center two hours before kick off on home game Saturdays for The Blue Band Tailgreat Show presented by It’s free fun for families and fans of all ages.
BWI/DC Express Added; Big Apple Express Resumes
Getting to and from Penn State will be easier and greener starting Aug. 28 with the addition of the BWI/DC Express, departing from the bus station next to campus. This new route—with stops near Baltimore, BWI, and Washington, D.C.—joins the already-established Big Apple Express, serving northern New Jersey and New York City.
History and Traditions
Back to the Future with Phones
Imagine sharing one phone with up to 11 other students on your dorm floor. Penn State students who lived in the residence halls through 1977 don’t need to imagine it; they lived it. Now, with current students’ near-universal use of cell phones, Penn State’s residence halls will once again feature shared hallway phones. That’s just the latest change in campus phone service since the first telephone was installed in the 1880s.
Executive Director’s Insights
Alumni Rally Round Dear Old State
Times are tough. But Penn State alumni are tougher. Sure, we’re slogging through the worst recession since World War II. But Penn Staters stepped up this past year and supported their alma mater as never before.
Alumni Association News
Fly to Away Games
Do you want to watch the Nittany Lions tangle with the Fighting Illini on their home turf or be there in the Big House when Penn State beats Michigan—but don’t want to make the long drive and pay steep hotel bills? Fly on the game day charters with Penn State Alumni Tours.
Homecoming Activities Set for Oct. 16-17
With a pre-season Top 10 ranking, excitement is building for the start of Penn State’s football season on Sept. 5. And just six weeks later, the 2009 Homecoming Committee, along with the Penn State Alumni Association, have planned a weekend to help returning alumni Remember the Lion Within, this year’s Homecoming theme.
Alumni Association Update Coming
From membership info to financial data, from City Lights events to pep rallies, the Penn State Alumni Association’s “Report to Members” provides an overview of Alumni Association activities during the last two years. All members will receive a copy of the “Report to Members” with their Sept./Oct. issue of The Penn Stater magazine.
Sendoff Picnics Promote Pride
From Nashville to Northern New Jersey, Virginia to Vermont, Penn Staters gathered in an annual rite of summer: sending off new freshmen and returning Penn State students in style. Chapters also award scholarships to new and returning students. Check out the photos.
Calendar of Events
Alumni Association Events
9.5.09 :: Huddle with the Faculty: "The Paris of the Impressionists"
9.12.09 :: Huddle with the Faculty: "Teens Before Their Time: The Pressure on Young Girls to Grow Up Too Fast"
9.17.09 :: 17th Annual Civil War Battlefield Study Tour “Lee’s Masterpiece: The 1862 Battle of 2nd Manassas/Bull Run”
9.19.09 :: Huddle with the Faculty: "The Changing Roles of Women in Africa"
9.26.09 :: Huddle with the Faculty: "Russian Law and its Impact on the Global Economy"
Affiliate Group Events
9.02.09 :: LionFest Pregame Happy Hour (MWCPSAA)
9.05.09 :: Football Viewing Party (Annapolis Chapter)
9.05.09 :: Football Viewing Party (Greater Fort Lauderdale)
9.05.09 :: Football Fever Returns (Orange County, Calif. Chapter)
9.08.09 :: Chapter Meeting (Greater Scranton Chapter)
9.09.09 :: Penn State and the Nationals versus Phillies (Metro Washington, D.C. Chapter)
9.12.09 :: Football Viewing Party (Annapolis Chapter)
9.12.09 :: Football Viewing Party (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter)
9.17.09 :: GEMS/Geography Seminar (GEMS)
9.17.09 :: Lion Thursday (Greater Scranton Chapter)
9.19.09 :: Football Viewing Party (Annapolis Chapter)
9.19.09 :: Football Viewing Party (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter)
9.19.09 :: GEMS Annual Tailgate (College of Earth and Mineral Sciences GEMS)
9.22.09 :: Picnic (Gulf Coast Chapter)
9.26.09 :: Football Viewing Party (Annapolis Chapter)
9.26.09 :: Football Viewing Party (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter)
9.26.09 :: Iowa Game Bus Trip (Greater Scranton Chapter)
9.26.09 :: Iowa Game Bus Trip (Chester County Chapter)
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