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Penn State Commencement: 2011 Scrapbook
13 Raise Penn State’s Fame
Penn State Hero: Michael Murphy’s Enduring Legacy
Two Kick Times Announced for 125th Season
Elms Holding Their Own Against Disease
Fallen Penn Stater Honored in Normandy
Readers Respond: Memories of Walnut Building
Growing a New Tradition: Penn State's Arboretum
Two Chapters Establish Trustee Matching Scholarships
Penn State News
For the Bay: Precision feeding now extends to beef cattle in Pa.
$1 million gift will fund scholarships for Penn State adult learners
New online education program aimed at curbing dangerous drinking
Center for the Performing Arts announces 2011-12 lineup
Antibiotics often the wrong prescription for pediatric asthma
Sports News
Big Ten Network celebrates Penn State Day on Thursday
Football season tickets available for 2011 home schedule
14 track and field athletes earn NCAA berths
New NCAA data shows Penn State student-athletes' success in classroom
Franco Harris to be inducted into New Jersey Hall of Fame
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Penn State Commencement: 2011 Scrapbook
More than 12,000 Penn State students became alumni at May commencement ceremonies across the Commonwealth. From proud parents snapping photos of their graduates to the traditional turning of the tassels, it’s the end of the academic year at Penn State. Check out photos from Penn State’s 2011 commencement.
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13 Raise Penn State’s Fame
From a Holocaust survivor to the current under secretary of science at the Smithsonian Institution to an internationally renowned leader in stem cell research, this year’s Distinguished Alumni, Honorary Alumni and Philanthropist of the Year are swelling Penn State’s fame in diverse arenas around the globe.
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Penn State Hero: Michael Murphy’s Enduring Legacy
While Penn State alumnus and Navy SEAL Michael Murphy died tragically and too young in a firefight in Afghanistan, his name now lives on with the May christening of the USS Michael Murphy, one of the Navy's most advanced, state-of-the-art warships. Read more about the latest honor for this American hero and Medal of Honor recipient.
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Two Kick Times Announced for 125th Season
With three months to go until the Nittany Lions kick off their 125th season of football on Sept. 3 against Indiana State, two kick times have been announced, as well as a White Out and Jersey Day.
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Elms Holding Their Own Against Disease
While Penn State continues to battle the two primary diseases threatening the landmark American elm trees on its University Park campus, crews have begun planting new varieties of trees on the Allen Street Mall to replace the elms lost during the past several years.
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Executive Director’s Insights
Fallen Penn Stater Honored in Normandy
Ed Wagner loved Penn State and Penn State loved Ed Wagner. During his time on campus from 1937 to 1941, Ed involved himself in almost everything campus life offered, from serving as president of the Interfraternity Council to managing the football team. Then World War II happened, and Ed’s life—like tens of thousands of other young American lives—was cut short in Normandy, France.
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Letters
Readers Respond: Memories of Walnut Building
Last month, AlumnInsider included a story about the former Walnut Building and its commemoration with a Penn State historical marker. Two alumni reminisce about their time in Walnut Building.
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History and Traditions
Growing a New Tradition: Penn State's Arboretum
At the northernmost edge of the Penn State University Park campus, one of the newest traditions is blooming into reality. Since construction began in earnest on The H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens in 2008, tens of thousands of plants, flowers, and trees have blossomed at The Arboretum at Penn State transforming the former test gardens and surrounding area off of Park Avenue into a tranquil oasis and place of learning. But the Arboretum’s growth is nowhere near complete.
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Alumni Association News
Two Chapters Establish Trustee Matching Scholarships
Two Penn State Alumni Association affiliate groups made history recently by being the first chapters to establish Trustee Matching Scholarships. The Chester County (Pa.) Chapter followed by the Metro Washington, D.C. Chapter each raised the $50,000 minimum needed to establish this type of scholarship fund, which is matched dollar for dollar by the University. Penn State undergraduate students from each area will be the recipients.
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Calendar of Events
Alumni Association Events
06.02.2011 :: Traditional Reunion Weekend
07.13.2011 :: Arts Festival Alumni Weekend
07.16.2011 :: Penn State Family Escape
Affiliate Group Events
06.01.2011 :: Annual Dinner (Hazleton Chapter)
06.04.2011 :: Cradles to Crayons Community Service Event (Montgomery County Chapter)
06.04.2011 :: Martini Tasting (Orange County, Calif. Chapter)
07.10.2011 :: Angels Baseball: Take Me Out to the Ball Game! (Orange County, Calif. Chapter)
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