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Nearly 5,000 degrees to be conferred at fall commencement
Obama to honor Penn State professor as “Champion of Change”
Penn State Law recognized for public service preparation
Re-analysis shows jawbone to be from earliest modern human
Researcher improves needle-tip geometry for better biopsies
PSU4PA: Penn State provides testing to help ensure water safety
Sports News
Penn State and Houston To Clash in Dallas on January 2
Still Selected All-American; Penn State’s 96th
No. 8 Penn State Set to Face No. 9 UCLA in NCAA Regional Semifinal
No. 5 Wrestlers trek to Lehigh; host WVU Sunday
No. 17/18 Lady Lions Sprint Past Virginia Tech, 66-28
Penn State Falls to Lafayette, 61-57
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Penn State Crisis
Executive Director's Insights

With apologies to our country’s founding father Thomas Paine, I suggest “These are the times that try alumni souls.” Never before have we seen anything like it, and we certainly hope that we will never again. But while a few alumni have abandoned our alma mater, the vast majority of alumni are standing strong—and that is what will see Penn State through to the other side of this crisis.

Message from Alumni Association President Smarilli

When I was elected vice president of the Penn State Alumni Association more than two years, I knew I had to begin preparing for the presidency. I had benefit of the example set by four outstanding presidents before me—Marianne Alexander, Lewis Gold, David Han, and Barry Simpson. Last year, I began shadowing Barry to many of the events over which he presided or spoke. This past July, I assumed the presidency with enthusiasm, ambition, and great humility. I thought I was well prepared for what lay ahead.

Alumni Town Hall Meetings with President Erickson

Alumni will have a chance to have their questions answered and share their concerns in person at three town hall-style meetings with Penn State President Rodney Erickson on Jan. 11, 12 and 13 in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York City.

Moving Forward ...

Penn State alumni everywhere are most likely aware of the details of the Penn State crisis. While the negative news is difficult, there are some positives that have occurred as an outgrowth of this unprecedented crisis. The Penn State community—students, faculty, staff and alumni—has drawn together giving rise to events and efforts that are good, both on campus and across the country. Read more.

WE ARE … Going to the TicketCity Bowl

It’s official—the Nittany Lions will be playing the University of Houston in the TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 2 in Dallas. Penn State alumni, students and fans can plan on joining in the fun by traveling with the “Official Penn State Bowl Tour,” sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association.

Alumni Stars of 2011

Innovative milk bottles printed with the THON message, leaps in membership enrollment and workshops aimed at career building were just a few of the endeavors that led to awards honoring this year’s Penn State alumni groups and individuals.

California Dreamin’: Musical Theatre 2012

Catch tomorrow’s stars of stage and screen today. Some of Penn State’s best musical theatre students are taking their show on the road in early January 2012. Find out which California cities they will perform in and how to get tickets to these popular events.

Calendar of Events
Alumni Association Events
01.04.2012 :: Musical Theatre - San Diego
01.05.2012 :: Musical Theatre - Los Angeles
01.06.2012 :: Musical Theatre - Anaheim
01.07.2012 :: Musical Theatre - San Francisco
01.11.2012 :: Penn State Town Hall Meeting - Pittsburgh
01.12.2012 :: Penn State Town Hall Meeting - Philadelphia
01.13.2012 :: Penn State Town Hall Meeting - New York City
Affiliate Group Events
12.10.2011 :: New York City Free-Time Bus Trip (Berks County Chapter)
12.14.2011 :: December Social (Penn State York Alumni Society/ York County Chapter)
01.28.2012 :: Scholarship Luncheon (Daytona/Palm Coast Chapter)
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