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Alumni Fellow Award Winners
Jam-Packed Homecoming Weekend
Hemingway’s Life Through His Letters
Ralston Speaks at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Penn State’s Helping Hands
Teaching Fellows: Sharing Inspiration
Sweet Home, Penn State
Alum Creating Positive Change for Penn State LGBTA
Penn State News
Lasse Jensen named a Presidential Early Career Award winner
Gift to create advanced turbine lab at Penn State
Virus kills breast cancer cells in laboratory
Information technologies can foster freedom or reinforce repression
Foliage expert: La Nina may dampen fall leaf colors
Fruits and vegetables submerged by flood water are not safe to eat
Sports News
Sanderson Takes Fifth at World Championship, Varner Wins Bronze
Alumni Association holds pep rallies at away games
Penn State’s 1986 National Champ team to be honored Oct. 8
No. 5 Women’s Volleyball Sweeps Iowa, 3-0
Defense Leading the Men’s Soccer Charge
The Tao of Joe Paterno: Coach influences life and literature
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Features
Alumni Fellow Award Winners
From a world-renowned bee researcher to the first African American district attorney in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Penn State’s 2011 Alumni Fellows remain on the cutting edge with substantial professional achievements.
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Jam-Packed Homecoming Weekend
There’s no better way to usher in the curl-your-toes excitement that fall brings than by joining a timeless tradition: Homecoming Weekend at Penn State. The 2011 Homecoming Committee and the Penn State Alumni Association have planned a fun-filled, jam-packed weekend for returning alumni around the theme Forever Lions, Endless Pride.
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Hemingway’s Life Through His Letters
Remember reading A Farewell to Arms or The Sun Also Rises in high school? Equal to Ernest Hemingway’s legacy of influential writing is a dramatic life that includes four marriages, journalism stints across Europe, numerous friendships with well-known writers and surviving two plane crashes. For the first time, glimpses of his life come alive with Penn State English Professor Sandra Spanier’s first volume of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway.
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Ralston Speaks at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Aron Ralston, famed for surviving the horrific ordeal of being trapped by a boulder while on a solitary hike, is the subject of the recent movie “127 Hours” and author of Between a Rock and a Hard Place. In late September, Ralston shared his inspirational story with a standing-room-only crowd at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.
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Penn State’s Helping Hands
Penn State’s faculty, staff and students sow seeds of assistance and empowerment every day for communities and small businesses across Pennsylvania, from grocery bag pricing at the local food bank to enabling military children to attend summer camp. Find out through PSU4PA—Penn State for PA—how Penn State people are making a difference in every corner of the Commonwealth.
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History and Traditions
Teaching Fellows: Sharing Inspiration
Perhaps everyone harbors a fondness for that special college professor who taught valuable life skills or helped shape ideas during arguably the most formative of years. At Penn State, the Teaching Fellow program provides an opportunity to recognize faculty members who make a difference in the lives of their students.
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Executive Director’s Insights
Sweet Home, Penn State
One of my proudest-ever Penn State moments was picking up the Arizona Republic on January 3, 1987, and seeing the big, bold headline: “Class Beats Crass.” It referred to the way the Penn State football team comported itself during the “Duel in the Desert” in which we defeated Miami 14-10 for our second national championship. That Penn State class was once again on full display a few weeks ago when the Nittany Nation welcomed Alabama fans to Happy Valley.
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Alumni Association News
Alum Creating Positive Change for Penn State LGBTA
David Weidner ’96g has spent the past two years rejuvenating the LGBTA alumni interest group and now serves as its president. His recent endowment to the Penn State Alumni Association to help fund the Diversity Award—now named the K. David Weidner Diversity Award in his honor—is a remarkable milestone in the story of his journey back to a connection with Penn State.
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Calendar of Events
Alumni Association Events
09.30.2011 :: Indiana Game Friday Night Mixer
10.01.2011 :: Indiana Game Pep Rally
10.08.2011 :: Huddle: "Climate Change: Is Pennsylvania Becoming Alabama?"
10.14.2011 :; Student-Alumni Ice Cream Social
10.14.2011 :: Homecoming Parade
10.15.2011 :: Huddle: "The Brain: The Final Frontier. Neural Engineering at Penn State"
10.15.2011 :: Homecoming Spirit Tent
10.15.2011 :: Alumni Zone Homecoming Tailgate
10.21.2011 :: Northwestern Game Friday Night Mixer
10.22.2011 :: Northwestern Game Pep Rally
10.29.2011 :: Huddle: "Where Have all the Mammoths Gone? A Look at the Role of Humans in Extinction" [Available Online]
Affiliate Group Events
10.01.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Indiana (Triangle North Carolina Chapter)
10.01.2011 :: PSNK Fall Festival feature free concert by The Clarks (Alle-Kiski Society)
10.01.2011 :: "Alumni Central" tent and Football TV Tailgate: Indiana (Alle-Kiski Society)
10.01.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Indiana (Central Texas Chapter)
10.01.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Indiana (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter)
10.01.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Indiana (Daytona/Palm Coast Chapter)
10.01.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Indiana (Central Maryland Chapter)
10.01.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Indiana (North Texas Chapter)
10.02.2011 :: Michigan State/Penn State Golf Tournament (Tri County of Central Florida)
10.03.2011 :: Ohio State and Wisconsin Tickets Available! (Metro Washington Chapter)
10.08.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Iowa (Triangle NC Chapter)
10.08.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Iowa (Central Texas Chapter)
10.08.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Iowa (Central New Jersey Chapter)
10.08.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Iowa (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter)
10.08.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Iowa (Daytona/Palm Coast Chapter)
10.08.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Iowa (Central Maryland Chapter)
10.08.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Iowa (North Texas Chapter)
10.08.2011 :: Iowa Football Bus Trip (Chester County Chapter)
10.10.2011 :: Insight Forum: Terry Madonna (Alle-Kiski Society)
10.15.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Purdue (Triangle Chapter, North Carolina)
10.15.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Purdue (Greater Cleveland Chapter)
10.15.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Purdue (Central Texas Chapter)
10.15.2011 :: Homecoming Game Bus Trip (Lake Erie Chapter)
10.15.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Purdue (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter)
10.15.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Purdue (Daytona/Palm Coast Chapter)
10.15.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Purdue (Central Maryland Chapter)
10.15.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Purdue (North Texas Chapter)
10.15.2011 :: Purdue Football Bus Trip (Chester County Chapter)
10.16.2011 :: Big Ten Golf Tournament (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter)
10.21.2011 :: Penn State York Homecoming (Penn State York Alumni Society)
10.22.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Northwestern (Triangle North Carolina Chapter)
10.22.2011 :: Scholarship FundTalgate and Cart parade (Tri-County Chapter of Central Florida)
10.22.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Northwestern (Central Texas Chapter)
10.22.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Northwestern (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter)
10.22.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Northwestern (Daytona/Palm Coast Chapter)
10.22.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Northwestern (Central Maryland Chapter)
10.22.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Northwestern (North Texas Chapter)
10.22.2011 :: Velveeta in York! (Penn State York Alumni Society)
10.29.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Illinois (North Carolina Chapter)
10.29.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Illinois (Greater Cleveland Chapter)
10.29.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Illinois (Central Texas Chapter)
10.29.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Illinois (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter)
10.29.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Illinois (Daytona/Palm Coast Chapter)
10.29.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Illinois (Central Maryland Chapter)
10.29.2011 :: Football TV Tailgate: Illinois (North Texas Chapter)
10.29.2011 :: Illinois Football Bus Trip (Chester County Chapter)
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