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Penn State Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall
“More is More” in Complicated Contest
THON: Four Ways to Get Involved
Purchase a Piece of JoePa
The Nittany Lion Inn Nears 80
Protests to Preppies: The 1970s at Penn State
Readers Respond to 1960s, Jobs
THON: It’s What Alumni Do, Too
Chapter Buzz: A Sampling of Upcoming Events
Penn State News
President Spanier's remarks to Board of Trustees
Six named to receive Distinguished Alumni Awards
Penn State researchers work to develop optical communications system
Google Maps' Street View captures University Park, including stadium
Alumni couple gives $1 million to support Liberal Arts initiatives
Studying zinc increases understanding of obesity, breast cancer
Sports News
Lady Lions No. 23 in AP Poll for first ranking since '05
Hodge nominated for AAU Sullivan Award
No. 13 Nittany Lion Wrestlers Win at No. 12 Wisconsin
Baseball Tickets Now on Sale
Football ticket prices set for 2010
Paterno graces Sporting News cover
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Penn State Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice. Practice. Practice. The 90 students of the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra have been practicing prodigiously for the fourth annual Penn State President’s Concert—this year on March 24 at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. The program will feature the music of Respighi, Ginastera and Rachmaninov.
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“More is More” in Complicated Contest
The challenge? Take a very simple task and design a complicated machine that will do it in 20 steps or more. That's the premise of the 2010 Penn State Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, and teams of Penn State engineering students are testing and tweaking their twisted creations, which will be on display at the HUB-Robeson Center later this month. This year’s simple task made unbelievably complicated?
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THON: Four Ways to Get Involved
THON 2010 is just a few weeks away. Whether you’re in Seattle or South Beach, Scranton or Shadyside, staying connected to THON and Penn State is easier than ever. AlumnInsider suggests four easy ways you can support THON and The Four Diamonds Fund, which—in the end—is all “For the Kids.”
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Purchase a Piece of JoePa
Nittany Lion coach Joe Paterno is known for his trademark style: khaki pants, white socks, black sneakers and those glasses. Now Penn State fans nationwide can bid on an autographed pair of Paterno’s specs through an online auction. And it’s all for a good cause: WPSU Public Broadcasting.
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History and Traditions
The Nittany Lion Inn Nears 80
When it opened in 1931 in the midst of the Great Depression, The Nittany Lion Inn’s rooms rented for $3.50 per night and included, among other things, a “completely equipped pin cushion.” During the past 79 years the Inn’s offerings—and size—have grown considerably, and the hotel has played host to some famous guests.
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Protests to Preppies: The 1970s at Penn State
The 1970s at Penn State started with campus unrest and a new University president and ended with a Beaver Stadium expansion that boosted capacity to 76,639 and student football tickets to $4 per game. In the middle were the gas lines of the first energy crisis, disco at Mr. C’s and chinos with Dock Siders.
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Readers Respond to 1960s, Jobs
Last month’s stories on the 1960s at Penn State and student jobs from tending cows to tending injuries inspired some AlumnInsider readers to write us about their own memories.
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Executive Director’s Insights
THON: It’s What Alumni Do, Too
If it’s February and you’re a Penn Stater, the first thing that comes to mind is THON™, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. While many know that there are more than 700 dancers on the BJC floor for THON, many are unaware that more than 15,000 students volunteer for the various committees that organize and support the 46-hour maraTHON. But it’s not just the pediatric patients who benefit. It’s the entire University community, and particularly the Penn State Alumni Association.
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Alumni Association News
Chapter Buzz: A Sampling of Upcoming Events
From bowling to salsa dancing, Penn State Alumni Association chapters across the country are planning events to keep members engaged during the winter and spring. Check out a sampling of chapter events, and look for chapters in your area.
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Calendar of Events
Alumni Association Events
2.28.2010 :: City Lights: “Famous African American Penn Staters” in Pittsburgh
3.24.2010 :: President's Concert at Carnegie Hall
3.27.2010 :: City Lights: “American Indian Leadership at Penn State” in New York City
Affiliate Group Events
2.05.2010 :: Phil Grosz Night (Greater Scranton Chapter)
2.06.2010 :: Second Annual THON Night Out in Boston (Greater Boston Chapter)
2.12.2010 :: Monthly Happy Hour (Orange County, Calif. Chapter)
2.18.2010 :: Lion Thursday (Greater Scranton Chapter)
2.21.2010 :: Salsa & Latino for Beginners (Greater Boston Chapter)
2.21.2010 :: 3rd Annual Bowl-over-Cancer Event for THON (Central New Jersey Chapter)
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