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Penn State Car Takes Fourth
Alumni Association Honors Legislator
Penn State in the Limelight
Alumni Celebrate 45th, 50th Reunions
Penn State Legends: True Tales?
Career Help Available for Alumni
13 Alumni Elected, Appointed to Alumni Council
32 Trips in 2012
Woodlands Chapter Joins the Family
Penn State News
Commonwealth approves Penn State appropriation for 2011-12
Final shuttle mission includes College of Medicine experiment
Penn State Law case beats long odds to be heard by the Supreme Court
Gardeners can help keep pollinators healthy
Celebrate Social Media Day by joining in the Penn State conversation
Sports News
Loxsom to Represent U.S. at World University Games
Penn State Director of Athletics Curley Welcomes Nebraska
Penn State earns 13th Top 15 finish in Directors' Cup standings
Blair Brown nominated for ESPY
Famed "Original Nittany Lion" Lands at All-Sports Museum
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Penn State Car Takes Fourth
How would you like to drive a car that got 57 miles to the gallon, had a range of 600 miles on one tank of fuel and was Penn State proud? A team of Penn State students created that dream vehicle, transforming an ordinary Saturn Vue into an extraordinary car that took fourth place in the national EcoCAR competition.
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Alumni Association Honors Legislator
Pennsylvania State Representative Samuel H. Smith received the sixth annual “Friend of Penn State” award at a mid-June ceremony for the significant role he has played in the continued improvement of Penn State.
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Penn State in the Limelight
Remember the shot of the scoreboard in the film Rudy that showed Penn State in a fictionalized game against Notre Dame? Or how about the recent props from Penn Stater Ty Burrell, who stars in the hit ABC comedy Modern Family? A Penn State reference or campus image in movies or TV shows doesn’t just happen. Read about the magic behind these and other Penn State mentions.
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Alumni Celebrate 45th, 50th Reunions
More than 800 alumni returned to Penn State in early June for Traditional Reunion Weekend, the annual celebration for Penn State’s 45th and 50th reunion classes and for Pioneers, Penn State alums who graduated 50 or more years ago.
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History and Traditions
Penn State Legends: True Tales?
Creamery ice cream is too fatty for the FDA. A student will get free tuition for getting hit by a CATA bus. Hammond Building should have been a skyscraper. Ghosts haunt favorite campus spots. AlumnInsider takes a look at Penn State’s campus legends and myths, and tries to decipher fact or fiction.
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Executive Director’s Insights
Career Help Available for Alumni
The ever-present challenge for the Penn State Alumni Association is to prove our relevance to alumni every day and make a difference in their lives. No program demonstrates this better than Alumni Career Services, which helps alumni with career and job search guidance, as well as organizes networking opportunities. Last year, alumni and students interacted with Alumni Career Services to the tune of 27,352 times.
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Alumni Association News
13 Alumni Elected, Appointed to Alumni Council
From an Arizona-based neonatologist to a Second Mile executive from Boalsburg, Pa., to an advertising executive from Puerto Rico, 10 Penn State alumni have been elected and three appointed to Alumni Council, the governing body of the Penn State Alumni Association.
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32 Trips in 2012
Picture yourself sailing the dark blue waters of Norway’s fjords, walking a dazzling trail overlooking the Cinque Terre’s Riviera towns, or ringing in the New Year in decked-out London. If you’re looking to navigate a new corner of the world, why not spend a week with a friendly group of Penn State alums on a hassle-free getaway?
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Woodlands Chapter Joins the Family
Deep in the heart of Texas Longhorn country is the newest enclave of the Nittany Nation—the Woodlands Chapter, recently approved and chartered by the Penn State Alumni Association Alumni Council. Now Nittany Lions have another pride to call their own in the Lone Star State.
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Calendar of Events
Alumni Association Events
07.13.2011 :: Arts Festival Alumni Weekend
07.16.2011 :: Penn State Family Escape
Affiliate Group Events
07.08.2011 :: Phillies vs. Braves Bus Trip (Berks County Chaper)
07.10.2011 :: Angels Baseball: Take Me Out to the Ball Game! (Orange County, Calif. Chapter)
07.14.2011 :: 2nd Thursday Happy Hour at Viva (Berks County Chapter)
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