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Pay it Forward: Help Students in Crisis
What a Bright Idea: Earn Cash Back on Energy Bills
Battle Speaks Before Alumni Council
Walnut Building Commemorated
Nittany Lion Softball Park Opens to Rave Reviews
Capital Day Photo Album
FastStart Program Opens “Golden Door”
Class Gifts: The Beloved, Bizarre and Bulldozed
Deadline Approaching—Vote Now
10 Chapters Crossing Frenemy Lines
Penn State News
Penn State to award three honorary degrees
Decoding human genes is goal of new open-source encyclopedia
Couple creates $1 million endowment, scholarship in business
Radiation from Japan not damaging nation's food supply
The Poet's Perspective: 'Understory' reflects exotic travel memories
The Medical Minute: Head and neck cancer
Sports News
Gadowsky named Penn State Men's Ice Hockey coach
Eight Nittany Lion victories at Jesse Owens
Penn State Baseball takes down Ohio State, 10-9
Buie, Nestor leaving Basketball program
Penn State Football's 125th season features fan favorites
Penn State third in winter Directors' Cup standings
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Pay it Forward: Help Students in Crisis
Did you ever want to help a current Penn State student in a pay-it-forward kind of way but didn’t think you would be able to give enough to make a difference? Now you can help by giving any dollar amount from $1 to the sky is the limit through a novel microfinancing fund that will help students during a time of crisis.
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What a Bright Idea: Earn Cash Back on Energy Bills
Now Penn State alumni have the opportunity to choose an energy supplier, affiliated with the Alumni Association, that offers a sign-up bonus and rebates on something they use everyday—electricity. Learn more about this new program that pays for energy usage.
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Battle Speaks Before Alumni Council
On the short ride across campus from Nittany Apartments to the Hintz Family Alumni Center, Talor Battle said that didn’t have a speech prepared before talking in front of Alumni Council, the Penn State Alumni Association’s governing body. Penn State’s all-time leading scorer laughed and opted to take the same approach as he did during the 133 games of his storied Nittany Lion career...
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Walnut Building Commemorated
For nearly three decades, Walnut Building was the center of the social, cultural and political life at Penn State for minority students. Now its importance is commemorated with a blue-and-white historical marker, one of 76 on Penn State campuses across the Commonwealth.
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Nittany Lion Softball Park Opens to Rave Reviews
Photo by Mark Selders Penn State hit a home run with the opening of its new softball stadium, lauded as one of the best college softball venues in the country. Nittany Lion Softball Park, a state-of-the-art, $10.2 million facility, saw its first game on March 26 and was officially dedicated in early April.
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Capital Day Photo Album
Penn Staters painted Harrisburg, Pa., blue and white on April 5, while advocating for the University and an appropriate state appropriation. Co-hosted by the Penn State Grassroots Network and three student groups, Capital Day 2011 included meetings with legislators by more than 400 alumni and students and a noontime Rally in the Rotunda.
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History and Traditions
Class Gifts: The Beloved, Bizarre and Bulldozed
Photo by Sara Brennan From ivy planted at specific corners of buildings to the armillary on Old Main terrace, class gifts often reflect the times in which they’re given. What did the Class of 1861 give in 1890? What did the Class of 2011—graduating in a few weeks—decide to give?
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Executive Director’s Insights
FastStart Program Opens “Golden Door”
One of the great joys of working for the Penn State Alumni Association is the occasional epiphany about the good we do in the world. On April 19, in the Hintz Family Alumni Center, I had such a moment. There we held our annual spring reception to honor the graduating seniors who have benefited from our FastStart mentoring program.
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Alumni Association News
Deadline Approaching—Vote Now
There is still time to have your voice be heard! Remember to vote for the Penn State Alumni Association Alumni Council and the Penn State Board of Trustees. The voting deadline for the Board of Trustees is May 12 and the Alumni Council is May 31.
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10 Chapters Crossing Frenemy Lines
Mingling with our “enemy”? While Big Ten schools may be Penn State’s competitors on the field and court, off of the playing fields is another story. These 10 chapters have struck a balance between friendly competition and enjoying good times together. See how.
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Calendar of Events
Alumni Association Events
05.12.2011 :: City Lights "From Comic Books to Hollywood: Superheroes at the Box Office"
05.21.2011 :: City Lights "The Battle of Gettysburg’s Courage, Carnage, and Commemoration"
06.02.2011 :: Traditional Reunion Weekend
Affiliate Group Events
05.14.2011 :: National Day of Service Project (Chester County Chapter)
05.14.2011 :: National Day of Service Project at Valley Forge Park (Montgomery County Chapter)
05.23.2011 :: Montgomery County Alumni Host Scholarship Benefit (Montgomery County Chapter)
05.25.2011 :: Evening With NASA Chief Technologist Dr. Braun (Central Maryland Chapter)
06.01.2011 :: Hazleton Chapter Annual Dinner (Hazleton Chapter)
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