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Don’t Miss Coaches Caravan
3 Football Kick Times Set
Alumni Council Elections—Vote in May
Senior Sendoff in Photos
Mission Possible: Lion to the Moon
Traveling with the Coaches Caravan
The Blue Band: Marching Through History
4 New Alumni Groups Join the Family
2 Penn State Family Days in June
Penn State News
U.S. Secretary of Energy to speak at May 5 commencement ceremony
Penn State career fairs saw significant growth in 2011-12
Alumna earns Pulitzer Prize for reporting
Penn State donates more than $2.6 million to abuse prevention efforts
College captures national crown in writing competition
South Africa honors Penn State Law Professor Randall Robinson
Stress may trigger more heart problems in women than men
Sports News
No. 4 Penn State Faces No. 1 UC Irvine in NCAA Volleyball Semis
Penn State Trace & Field Does Well at Penn Relays
Women’s Lacrosse Open ALC Championship Play Thursday
Men's Lacrosse Falls to Drexel, 13-11, in CAA Semifinals
Deegan's Walk-Off Blast Downs Buckeyes, 8-7
Pegulas increase Penn State commitment to $102 million
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Don’t Miss Coaches Caravan
Twelve Coaches Caravan stops are coming up in the next two weeks, May 8–10 and May 14–16, and registration is still open. Each breakfast, lunch or evening event will feature football Coach Bill O’Brien, who will be joined by women’s basketball Coach Coquese Washington, women’s volleyball Coach Russ Rose, men's volleyball Coach Mark Pavlik, hockey coaches Guy Gadowsky (men) and Josh Brandwene (women) and men’s golf Coach Greg Nye.
3 Football Kick Times Set
Kick times for three of this season’s 12 Nittany Lion games have been announced. A pair of Big Ten Conference clashes against Iowa and Ohio State will be played in prime time, and the Nittany Lions’ 2012 Homecoming game against Northwestern will kick at noon.
Alumni Council Elections—Vote in May
Alumni members of the Penn State Alumni Association will soon be able to vote in the Alumni Association’s Alumni Council elections. Ballot instructions will be e-mailed soon and online voting runs May 8–31. Elected alumni will represent the more than 557,000 Penn Staters by giving them a voice in Alumni Association governance.
Senior Sendoff in Photos
Graduation is this weekend for the class of 2012, and to help celebrate, seniors gathered at the 10th annual Penn State Senior Sendoff, a University-wide event organized by the Lion Ambassadors and held at the Hintz Family Alumni Center. Check out the fun that was had by more than 1,500 seniors!
Mission Possible: Lion to the Moon
The countdown is on, and Penn State is vying for a place in history by being the first in the world to safely land a privately-funded spacecraft on the moon, as part of a competition for $20 million organized by Google. By pursuing the prize, Penn State has already advanced its position in the industry. Learn about the team’s amazing journey, from an inspired idea to a rocketing reality.
Executive Director's Insights
Traveling with the Coaches Caravan
I’m a believer, now more than ever. Having spent three days on the Coaches Caravan with new head football coach Bill O’Brien, first-year men’s basketball coach Patrick Chambers, and veteran coaches Char Morett (field hockey), Beth Alford-Sullivan (men’s and women’s cross-country, indoor track, and outdoor track & field) and Denise St. Pierre (women’s golf), I’m incredibly excited about the future of Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics.
History and Traditions
The Blue Band: Marching Through History
For many alums, halftime at Beaver Stadium is not the time to go to the concession stand or run to the restroom. They are glued in their seats watching the halftime show put on by one of the iconic symbols of Penn State and “the best band in the land”—the Penn State Blue Band.
Alumni Association News
4 New Alumni Groups Join the Family
Did you play club baseball at Penn State? Do you live near Myrtle Beach, S.C.? Or the Southern Finger Lakes region of New York? Or how about in Badger country? Four new alumni groups were chartered in April and are seeking members: the Baseball Club Alumni Interest Group; the Greater Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Chapter; the Southern Finger Lakes (N.Y.) Chapter; and the Greater Madison (Wis.) Chapter.
2 Penn State Family Days in June
Railroading and a beautiful, stately ship. Two of Pennsylvania’s treasures will be the sites for family-oriented City Lights events this June—one in Altoona, Pa., and one in Erie, Pa. Both are daylong outings for the whole family, and there’s still time to get on board.
Calendar of Events
Alumni Association Events
05/08/2012 :: Coaches Caravan - Penn State Hazleton
05/08/2012 :: Coaches Caravan - Lehigh Valley, Pa.
05/09/2012 :: Coaches Caravan - Woodbridge, N.J.
05/09/2012 :: Coaches Caravan - New York City
05/10/2012 :: Coaches Caravan - Hartford, Conn.
05/10/2012 :: Coaches Caravan - Scranton, Pa.
05/14/2012 :: Coaches Caravan - Penn State Altoona
05/14/2012 :: Coaches Caravan - Pittsburgh
05/15/2012 :: Coaches Caravan - Youngstown, Ohio
05/15/2012 :: Coaches Caravan - Cleveland, Ohio
05/16/2012 :: Coaches Caravan - Penn State Erie/The Behrend College
05/16/2012 :: Coaches Caravan - Buffalo, N.Y.
05/19/2012 :: City Lights - "The State of National Security 10 Years after 9/11" **SOLD OUT**
05/31/2012 :: Traditional Reunion Weekend
Affiliate Group Events
05/05/2012 :: Kentucky Derby Day Party (Daytona-Palm Coast Chapter)
05/05/2012 :: 6th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter)
05/10/2012 :: Research on the Road—An Evening with Prof. Eric Plutzer (Metro Washington/D.C. Chapter)
05/11/2012 :: 25th Annual Alumni & Friends Golf Outing (Berks County Chapter)
05/12/2012 :: LOVE Your Park Day (Philadelphia Chapter)
05/12/2012 :: 5th Annual Membership Meeting (Central Maryland Chapter)
05/16/2012 :: Annual Meeting (Professional Women's Network of Metro Wasthington, D.C.)
05/16/2012 :: Socials/Happy Hours (Penn State York Alumni Society and York County Chapter)
05/17/2012 :: Happy Hour (Orange County, Calif. Chapter)
05/19/2012 :: "At the Theatre"—with the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers Concert
05/20/2012 :: Afternoon Tea and Garden Party (Alle-Kiski Society)
05/22/2012 :: Monthly Chapter Board Meeting (Orange County, Calif. Chapter)
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