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5 Penn Staters Named Icons
2010 Homecoming in Photos
Let the Games Begin
We’re Mobile Ready
A Shrine in its Own Time: Beaver Stadium
Reader Insight on Blue Band Traditions
How Fares our Alma Mater?
Who’s Your Daddy’s Daddy?
Alumni Groups Add Local Touch to Homecoming Parade
Penn State News
University-wide Enrollment Up Slightly for 2010
Water Management for Marcellus Shale Gas Production a Growing Issue
Online Posts Fuel Bullying, Domestic Violence
Smeal Prof Leads Push for New Financial Oversight
How does the brain work? The 100-billion neuron question
THON's First Canning Weekend
Sports News
“Rally in the Valley” set for Friday in Rec Hall
Indiana Game In D.C. Helps THON
Men’s Soccer Claims Key Victory Over No. 14 Penn
This Week in Women's Volleyball Video
Wisniewski: Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalist
Student-Athletes Continue Record Grad Rates
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5 Penn Staters Named Icons
The countdown of the top 50 student-athletes in Big Ten history by the Big Ten Network began in September at No. 50 with an Iowa Hawkeye. Five Penn State greats have already been named as a Big Ten Icons. Will a Penn State Nittany Lion be No.1?
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2010 Homecoming in Photos
Photo by Annemarie Mountz From a Berkey Creamery ice cream social to an Alumni Zone tailgate to the famed Homecoming Parade, visiting alumni and friends enjoyed many events on a picture-perfect weekend—despite the game’s outcome. Couldn’t make it? Take a look at memories from Homecoming Weekend … and mark your calendar for 2011 Homecoming on Oct. 15, when Penn State will take on Purdue.
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Let the Games Begin
The Penn State men’s and women’s basketball teams start their season with exhibition games on Sun., Nov. 7 during a doubleheader at the Bryce Jordan Center. The Nittany Lions will take on East Stroudsburg, and the Lady Lions will challenge Gannon. It’s just the first of a 30+ game season, with Big Ten Conference play starting in December.
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We’re Mobile Ready
If you’re one of the hundreds of millions of iPhone, Droid, or Blackberry users in the United States, then it might interest you to know that AlumnInsider is now mobile ready. Simply touch the “Click here to view the mobile version” link at the upper left side of the front page of AlumnInsider and it will render a more mobile-friendly version for viewing.
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Executive Director’s Insights
How Fares our Alma Mater?
Rankings and ratings are now everywhere in American life, and nowhere more ubiquitous than in college football—the Associated Press, ESPN/Coaches’ Poll, and the omnipotent BCS ranking that will determine the national championship. But it’s enlightening every now and then to pull back the curtain and look at how Penn State stacks up in national academic rankings. As the cliché would put it, “It’s all good.”
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History and Traditions
A Shrine in its Own Time: Beaver Stadium
Dwight Eisenhower was president. The Cold War was blazing. And Coach Joe Paterno’s head coaching career was still six years from inception when the Nittany Lions first took the field on a Saturday in September to christen the new Beaver Stadium. Now 50 years later and more than doubled in size, Beaver Stadium is home to “the greatest show in college sports.”
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Reader Insight on Blue Band Traditions
Former Blue Band Director Ned C. Deihl shares his insight on the band’s traditions after reading last month’s story, “The Penn State Blue Band: Marching Through History.” Learn more about the origins of the Floating Lions and the drum major’s flip by reading on.
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Alumni Association News
Who’s Your Daddy’s Daddy?
Have you ever wondered where you came from or who your ancestors were? Genealogy, the study of family ancestory, is not just for academics; it’s for anyone interested in tracing their family’s history. That search will be made a whole lot easier by beginning at Alumni Library online.
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Alumni Groups Add Local Touch to Homecoming Parade
Colonel Sanders led the group from Kentucky. Maine and New Hampshire chapter members marched with lobsters. There were cheeseheads from Wisconsin and “beach babes” from Florida. It was the 2010 Homecoming Parade featuring more than 30 Penn State alumni groups.
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Calendar of Events
Alumni Association Events
11.06.2010 :: Huddle with the Faculty: "A Whirlwind Tour of the Universe: Astronomy 101"
11.12.2010 :: Ohio State Friday Night Tailgate
11.13.2010 :: Penn State–Ohio State Pep Rally
11.19.2010 :: Indiana Friday Night Alumni Mixer
11.20.2010 :: Penn State–Indiana Pep Rally
11.27.2010 :: Huddle with the Faculty: "A Lark in the Parks: Communicating the Joy of Science in a YouTube World"
Affiliate Group Events
11.06.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Northwestern (St. Louis Chapter)
11.06.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Northwestern (Central Florida Chapter)
11.06.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Northwestern (Daytona Beach/Palm Coast Chapter)
11.06.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Northwestern (Central Maryland Chapter)
11.06.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Northwestern (Annapolis Chapter)
11.06.2010 :: Bus Trip to Penn State–Northwestern Game (Chester County Chapter)
11.06.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Northwestern (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter)
11.11.2010 :: Berks Thursday Happy Hour: The Works (Berks County Chapter)
11.13.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Ohio (St. Louis Chapter)
11.13.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Ohio (Central Florida Chapter)
11.13.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Ohio (Daytona Beach/Palm Coast Chapter)
11.13.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Ohio (Berks County Chapter)
11.13.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Ohio (Central Maryland Chapter)
11.13.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Ohio (Annapolis Chapter)
11.13.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Ohio (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter)
11.19.2010 :: Indiana Friday Night Pre-Game Party (Central Maryland Chapter)
11.19.2010 :: D.C. Reception (Ag Alumni Society)
11.20.2010 :: Indiana Game Bus Trip (Penn State Berks Alumni Society)
11.20.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Indiana (St. Louis Chapter)
11.20.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Indiana (Central Florida Chapter)
11.20.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Indiana (Daytona Beach/Palm Coast Chapter)
11.20.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Indiana (Central Maryland Chapter)
11.20.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Indiana (Annapolis Chapter)
11.20.2010 :: Foodbank Sort-a-Thon (Vermont Chapter)
11.20.2010 :: Bust Trip to Penn State–Indiana Game (Chester County Chapter)
11.20.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Indiana (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter)
11.21.2010 :: Essence of Joy Alumni Singers Performance in Philadelphia (Essence of Joy Alumni Singers AIG)
11.27.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Michigan State (St. Louis Chapter)
11.27.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Michigan State (Central Florida Chapter)
11.27.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Michigan State (Daytona Beach/Palm Coast Chapter)
11.27.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Michigan State (Central Maryland Chapter)
11.27.2010 :: Football TV Tailgate: Michigan State (Annapolis Chapter)
11.27.2010 :: Bus Trip to Penn State–Michigan State Game (Berks County Chapter)
11.27.2010 :: Bus Trip to Penn State–Michigan State Game (Chester County Chapter)
11.27.2010 Football TV Tailgate: Michigan State (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter)
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