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President Obama Visits Penn State
Classes of 1966, 1961, Earlier to Reunite
Painting the Capital Blue and White
Part 2: Students Making a Difference
“Houston … We have a City Lights Event”
THON 2011 in Photos, Video
Celebrating Penn State’s Land-Grant Heritage
Cutting Edge of History
Vacation Rentals for $299 a Week
Lehigh Valley Alumni Society: At Home, Abroad
Penn State News
President's Concert celebrates students' talent
Penn State alumni rank among leaders producing Peace Corps volunteers
Ice Campaign receives $1 million gift from Paul and Nancy Silvis
Alumni show how "American Treasures" illuminate country's past
Video shows enduring partnership between Commonwealth and Penn State
Multiple approaches necessary to tackle world's food problems
Sports News
Penn State Nabs Five No. 1 Pre-Seeds at 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships
Men’s Basketball Takes On No. 1 Ohio State
Big Ten Network to Air Women's Basketball and Wrestling Championships
Lady Lions Finish Second in Big Ten Standings
No. 4 Men’s Gymnastics Stay Strong Over No. 10 Ohio State
Women's Track Finishes Second at Big Ten Championships
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President Obama Visits Penn State
Penn State was in the national spotlight in early February with a visit to the University Park campus by President Barack Obama—the first visit from a sitting president since George W. Bush in 2005. Obama continued Penn State’s legacy of hosting almost every U.S. president since Dwight Eisenhower.
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Classes of 1966, 1961, Earlier to Reunite
Classes of 1966, 1961 and earlier will reunite during Traditional Reunion Weekend to relive memories of their college days, visit the Penn State campus and get together with classmates. This year’s reunion weekend, June 2–5, will celebrate the 45th reunion for the Class of 1966 and the 50th reunion for the Class of 1961. Pioneers—classes of 1960 and earlier—are also part of the fun.
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Painting the Capital Blue and White
It won’t be politics as usual come April 5 when Penn Staters descend on Pennsylvania’s state capital. Alumni, students and Penn State icons like the Blue Band trumpeters and the Nittany Lion will swarm the state Capitol Complex to advocate for Penn State’s future.
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Part 2: Students Making a Difference
Leading the largest student organization on campus. Joining leaders from all of Penn State’s campuses. Organizing an event for students and alumni alike. Tackling important student issues. Read more about these student leaders who are impacting the daily lives of Penn Staters and forging a path for Penn State’s future.
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“Houston … We have a City Lights Event”
Get a glimpse of Mission Control. Explore what it’s like to be in outer space. And meet one of four Penn State astronauts at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston during the March 26 City Lights program. This family-friendly event is a chance to feel the excitement of space exploration first hand.
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THON 2011 in Photos, Video
Together Without Limits. The THON 2011 theme said it all, without limits, and once again THON shattered previous fundraising records. This year THON raised $9,563,016.09 for The Four Diamonds Funds—exceeding last year’s record by nearly $2 million. Check out what makes THON so special in photos and video.
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Executive Director’s Insights
Celebrating Penn State’s Land-Grant Heritage
A noted expert on universities has called the 1862 Morrill Act one of the most seminal pieces of legislation ever—and it certainly was key to the early growth of The Farmers’ High School, as Penn State was initially named. With the act’s 150th anniversary looming next year, it’s time to take a look at the impact of the land-grant college movement on American universities.
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History and Traditions
Cutting Edge of History
On Feb. 22, Penn State celebrated its 156th birthday. Since then, Penn State has been on the cutting edge of history—from seeing the first atom to hosting a historic speech by Martin Luther King Jr. to developing the first birth control pill. Take a tour through time led by the blue historical markers that dot Penn State campuses.
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Alumni Association News
Vacation Rentals for $299 a Week
Really? $299 a week for a place to stay in San Francisco or a beach condo in the Cayman Islands or a cozy cottage in Tuscany? It’s true through the TravelBlue program—but only if you’re a member of the Penn State Alumni Association.
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Lehigh Valley Alumni Society: At Home, Abroad
What do a refrigerated truck driving across Pennsylvania, an ice-skating Nittany Lion and the City of Lights have in common? They are all part of the fun of belonging to the Penn State Lehigh Valley Alumni Society.
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Calendar of Events
Alumni Association Events
03.03.2011 :: City Lights "The Inside Scoop: A White House Reporter’s Story"
03.26.2011 :: City Lights "To Infinity and Beyond: Defining the Human Limits of Space Exploration"
04.05.2011 :: Penn State Capital Day
Affiliate Group Events
03.05.2011 :: Penn State Men's Volleyball vs. Springfield College (Connecticut Valley Chapter)
03.20.2011 :: A "WICKED" Night Out! (Orange County, Calif. Chapter)
03.26.2011 :: Splish Splash with State (Penn State Behrend Alumni Society)
03.31.2011 :: Chicago Charity Mixer (Greater Chicago Chapter)
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