October 2009  
Stories this Issue
Pep Rallies to Fire Up Football Faithful
Decathlon in D.C.—Let the Sun Shine
24 Remarkable Penn Staters
The Inside Scoop on Ben & Jerry’s
Will the Real JoePa Please Stand Up?
Grape Jelly, Streaking and Ma Bell
Alumni Embrace Directory Connection
Sam & Kate + Eight and Penn State?
Show Tunes in Chicago
Kentucky Derby, Masters Tours Added
Short-Term Medical Insurance
Penn State News
State of the University Address now online
Student journalists covering G-20 summit
Researchers study thunderstorm-stressed dogs
Expert says could be awesome year for fall foliage
Libraries give away Paterno bookmarks
Still Life: Company creating digital image of shrine
Engineers measure crowd noise at Iowa-Penn State game
Sports News
Penn State vs. Illinois Game Notes
Wilson, Dorton Earn Weekly Volleyball Honors
Hertzog Honored as Big Ten Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week
DeChellis joins ACS in calling for action on Capitol Hill
Washington's Whoopsters Kids Club Applications Available
Video: Go behind the scenes with Beaver Stadium's scoreboard crew
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Pep Rallies to Fire Up Football Faithful
It’s tough to be blue and white in a sea of orange Illini, maize-clad Wolverines, or green Spartans. So when the Nittany Lions are on the road, Penn State fans can gather together at game-day pep rallies sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association.
Decathlon in D.C.—Let the Sun Shine
A Penn State decathlon team is preparing for international competition against schools from Germany, Spain and Canada. No, it’s not the 2012 Olympic trials, but a contest for designing and building solar-powered homes.
24 Remarkable Penn Staters
From overseeing the publication of Cosmopolitan magazine to directing the Federal Reserve Board’s Monetary Affairs Division, Penn State’s 2009 Alumni Fellows have demonstrated outstanding professional accomplishments in their varied careers.
The Inside Scoop on Ben & Jerry’s
Yep, the Penn State folklore is true. Ben & Jerry’s got its start at Penn State through a $5 correspondence course on ice cream making. Founder Jerry Greenfield gave the inside scoop on the business during a recent lecture at Penn State Altoona.
History and Traditions
Will the Real JoePa Please Stand Up?
Penn State’s beloved football coach might be turning 83 this December but another JoePa is celebrating his 25th birthday this year. What’s the story behind the life-size cardboard cutouts that have become the tailgate and party accessory of choice?
Grape Jelly, Streaking and Ma Bell
Last month’s story, “Back to the Future with Phones,” detailing changes in phone service at Penn State over the years, inspired some AlumnInsider readers to write in with phone memories of their own. How does grape jelly and streaking figure into the story? We’ll let them explain.
Executive Director’s Insights
Alumni Embrace Directory Connection
Penn Staters love to be connected to each other and to the University—increasingly so if our forthcoming 2010 Alumni Directory is any indication.
Spotlight on Groups
Sam & Kate + Eight and Penn State?
Why did Penn Staters take to the streets of Manhattan in search of clues, elusive landmarks and required “pit stops” for liquid refreshment? For a good cause.
Alumni Association News
Show Tunes in Chicago
Catch tomorrow’s rising Broadway stars today. Students from Penn State’s renowned musical theatre program will perform popular Broadway show tunes the night before the gridiron clash between the Nittany Lions and Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. Penn State President Graham Spanier will emcee this night of musical theatre magic for Penn State alumni and fans.
Kentucky Derby, Masters Tours Added
Two exciting tours to two of the most tradition-soaked venues in sports are now available to Penn Staters through the Alumni Association’s 2010 travel program: The Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia and the 136th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
Short-Term Medical Insurance
Looking for affordable short-term major medical insurance? The Penn State Alumni Association offers the GradMed® program. GradMed helps to provide health insurance when it’s needed the most—after graduation, between jobs or whenever someone’s out of work.
Calendar of Events
Alumni Association Events
10.02.2009 :: Parents & Families Weekend
10.03.2009 :: Penn State vs. Illinois Pep Rally in Champaign, Ill.
10.10.2009 :: Huddle: "Urban Poverty: Old Problems and New Solutions"
10.16-18.2009 :: Homecoming Weekend
10.17.2009 :: Huddle: "The Mystery of Sports Mastery"
10.24.2009 :: Penn State vs. Michigan Pep Rally in Ann Arbor, Mich.
10.30.2009 :: Musical Theatre in Evanston, Ill.
10.31.2009 :: Penn State vs. Northwestern Pep Rally in Evanston, Ill.
Affiliate Group Events
10.02.2009 :: October Happy Hour (Orange County California Chapter)
10.03.2009 :: Football Viewing Party (Annapolis Chapter)
10.03.2009 :: Lions vs. Illini TV Party (Orange County California Chapter)
10.03.2009 :: Football TV Watching Party (North Texas)
10.03.2009 :: Game Watching: Penn State at Illinois (Michigan Chapter)
10.03.2009 :: Illinois Football Viewing Party (Central Maryland)
10.03.2009 :: Football Party (Annapolis Chapter)
10.03.2009 :: Football Viewing: Penn State vs. Illinois (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter)
10.04.2009 :: Hazleton Campus Alumni Reunion (Hazleton Alumni Society)
10.07.2009 :: PSHRS Alumni in the Classroom (Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society)
10.07.2009 :: PSHRS Alumni Awards Reception (Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society)
10.10.2009 :: Football Viewing Party (Annapolis Chapter)
10.10.2009 :: Football TV Watching Party (North Texas Chapter)
10.10.2009 :: Eastern Illinois Football Viewing Party (Central Maryland)
10.10.2009 :: Football Viewing: Penn State vs. Eastern Illinois (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter)
10.15.2009 :: Lion Thursday (Greater Scranton Chapter)
10.17.2009 :: Football Viewing Party (Annapolis Chapter)
10.17.2009 :: Football TV Watching Party (North Texas Chapter)
10.17.2009 :: Minnesota Football Viewing Party (Central Maryland)
10.17.2009 :: Gamewatch: Penn State vs. Minnesota (St. Louis Chapter)
10.17.2009 :: Homecoming "PennStop" (Alumni Society of Penn State DuBois)
10.17.2009 :: Football Viewing: Penn State vs. Minnesota (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter)
10.17.2009 :: Minnesota Game Bus Trip (Greater Scranton Chapter)
10.17.2009 :: Minnesota Game Bus Trip (Chester County Chapter)
10.23.2009 :: Tailgate with the Lion in Michigan (Michigan Chapter)
10.24.2009 :: Football Viewing Party (Annapolis Chapter)
10.24.2009 :: Football TV Watching Party (North Texas Chapter)
10.24.2009 :: Michigan Football Viewing Party (Central Maryland)
10.24.2009 :: Football Viewing: Penn State vs. Michigan (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter)
10.24.2009 :: Michigan Game Watching (Greater Scranton Chapter)
10.24.2009 :: Children's Halloween Trail and Festival (Shaver's Creek AIG)
10.25.2009 :: Basket Bingo Fundraiser (Penn State Lehigh Valley Alumni Society)
10.31.2009 :: Football Viewing Party (Annapolis Chapter)
10.31.2009 :: Northwestern Tailgate and Cart Parade (Tri-County Chapter of Central Florida)
10.31.2009 :: Football TV Watching Party (North Texas Chapter)
10.31.2009 :: Northwestern Football Viewing Party (Central Maryland)
10.31.2009 :: Gamewatch: Penn State at Northwestern (St. Louis Chapter)
10.31.2009 :: Football Viewing: Penn State vs. Northwestern (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter)
10.31.2009 :: Penn State - Michigan State Blood Donor Challenge (Greater Boston Chapter)
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