December 2009  
Stories this Issue
Official Bowl Tour: Capital One Fun in Orlando
Penn State by the Numbers: 50 Fun Facts
THON Spawns Related Events
Expert Opinion Returns
Working Hard: Students' Part-time Jobs on Campus
Legends Linger and More Stand Up Joe
Penn State Athletics Beyond Bowl Fever
Affiliate Groups, Outstanding Alumni Honored
Musical Theatre Students to Tour 4 Cities
Penn State News
Penn State Dance Marathon releases 2009 fundraising summary
New Web site provides data about research aimed at economic recovery
Cell phones to provide picture of human interaction
Video: Behind the scenes with stadium police
Marcellus shale webinar series continues on Dec. 19
Children's Hospital receives additional $3 million from Lebanon couple
Probing Question: Is forensic science on TV accurate?
Sports News
Penn State-LSU Clash Set for 64th Capital One Bowl
Six Lions named All-Big Ten first team; Odrick tabbed Defensive POY
Molinaro, Sanderson and Erwin Claim Titles at Nittany Lion Open
Women's Soccer Lands Four NSCAA First Team All-Region Selections
No. 1 Penn State women's volleyball advances to NCAA Regionals
Clark Named MVP at Nittany Lion Football Banquet
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Official Bowl Tour: Capital One Fun in Orlando
Enjoy the many attractions of sunny Orlando, Fla., and watch the Nittany Lions tangle with the LSU Tigers in the Capital One Bowl on New Year’s Day as part of the Official Penn State Bowl Tour. Four packages—from game-day only to “Blue-and-White Deluxe”—are available. Book early for what’s sure to be a memorable trip.
Penn State by the Numbers: 50 Fun Facts
Penn Staters are known for loving the number one, especially when it’s where the Nittany Lions land in the polls at season’s end. But a University that stretches from Erie to Philadelphia and from 1855 to 2009 has many other interesting numbers. Here are 50 fun facts.
THON Spawns Related Events
Looking to capture the spirit of Penn State’s THON 2010? In addition to the Feb. 19-21 event at University Park, Penn State Alumni Association chapters from Atlanta to New York are hosting galas to benefit THON and The Four Diamonds Fund. Help the kids by attending these glittery galas and events.
Expert Opinion Returns
“Expert Opinion with Graham Spanier” returns to the airwaves this month with Penn State’s president and host and his guests tackling three controversies in sports: gambling, college football rankings and the crisis in men’s basketball. The shows air at various times this month on the Big Ten Network.
History and Traditions
Working Hard: Students' Part-time Jobs on Campus
“Our son takes his clothes off for a living and my wife and I think that’s fine,” wrote New York Times national reporter John Schwartz of his son Sam’s part-time job modeling for Penn State art classes. What other unusual jobs have Penn State students done to earn money? AlumnInsider investigates.
Legends Linger and More Stand Up Joe
AlumnInsider’s story on “Campus Legends: Fact or Fiction?” prompted some readers to write in about Creamery ice cream and legends about a certain stone polylith, more commonly known as “The Obelisk.” There are also more stories about Stand Up Joe.
Executive Director’s Insights
Penn State Athletics Beyond Bowl Fever
Everybody’s thrilled that the Nittany Lions are going to the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on New Year's Day—our fifth bowl game in five years—but that triumph is only the latest in a series of remarkable successes that Penn State teams have been enjoying this fall.
Alumni Association News
Affiliate Groups, Outstanding Alumni Honored
Alumni from around the country gathered at The Nittany Lion Inn in early November to honor their own with the Penn State Alumni Association’s version of the Oscars, Emmys and Grammys. Who were the winners?
Musical Theatre Students to Tour 4 Cities
Catch tomorrow’s stars of stage and screen today. Some of Penn State’s best musical theatre students are taking their show on the road in early January 2010. Find out where these talented seniors will perform and how to get tickets to these popular events.
Calendar of Events
Alumni Association Events
1.6.10 :: Musical Theatre in Pittsburgh
1.8.10 :: Musical Theatre in Washington, D.C.
1.9.10 :: Musical Theatre in Philadelphia
1.10.10 :: Musical Theatre in Harrisburg, Pa.
Affiliate Group Events
12.09.2009 :: 6th Annual Boston Big Ten Martinis and Toys Holiday Party (Greater Boston Chapter)
12.10.2009 :: Happy Hour for a Cause (Central NJ Alumni Chapter)
12.11.2009 :: Holiday Social (Penn State DuBois Alumni Society)
12.13.2009 :: A Christmas Carol (Metro Washington Chapter)
12.17.2009 :: Lion Thursday (Greater Scranton Chapter)
1.8.2010 :: Penn State Night at the Sixers (All Alumni Chapters)
1.12.2010 :: January Naples Chapter Luncheon (Naples Chapter)
1.12.2010 :: Chapter Meeting (Greater Scranton Chapter)
1.21.2010 :: Lion Thursday (Greater Scranton Chapter)
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