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Jordan Norwood’s Super Journey

It’s cliché to say that an athlete’s career seems like it was ripped from a movie, but in the case of Jordan Norwood ’08, his career has followed a very Hollywood-esque path.

Norwood was a lightly-recruited kid out of high school who went to his local college and eventually turned into one of the best receivers in school history. He then went unselected in the NFL Draft, and for his career, Norwood has been cut/waived more times (5) than he has found the end zone (once in 2011).

But Norwood kept persevering, and on Sunday night, we were all reminded of the dynamic player who suited up for the Nittany Lions from 2005 to 2008. Norwood set the Super Bowl record for the longest punt return with his 61-yard effort against Carolina. And of course, when the game was over, Norwood won his first Lombardi Trophy.

So from all of us at The Penn Stater, congratulations, Jordan. Here’s to hoping there are many more Super Bowls in your future.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

February 8, 2016 at 3:27 pm 1 comment

Rick Santorum Ends Another White House Run

Rick_Santorum_at_Southern_Republican_Leadership_Conference,_Oklahoma_City,_OK_May_2015_by_Michael_Vadon_13

CNN reported today that former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum ’80, ’86, who we profiled in our Nov./Dec. 2005 issue, has decided to end his most recent run at the presidency. This comes two days after Santorum polled at one percent during the Iowa Caucus, an event that he won when he ran back in 2012.

Santorum will officially announce that his campaign is suspended sometime tonight, likely during an appearance on Fox News at 7 p.m. It’s also expected that Santorum will throw his support behind a candidate at that time.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

February 3, 2016 at 3:48 pm 2 comments

Neha Gupta Lives B1G

You might remember Neha Gupta from our July/August ’15 issue. Now, her story is going beyond the pages of our magazine. Gupta is featured in a new advertisement for the Big Ten Network’s LiveB1G campaign, which “shines a light on the community of Big Ten students, faculty and alumni who are making a difference in the world through innovations in research, education and community service.” It touches on Gupta winning the 2014 International Children’s Peace Prize and the non-profit she founded, Empower Orphans. Eric Barron also appears in the video to praise Gupta’s work.

If you’re interested in reading about some of the other Nittany Lions who have been featured in this series, click here.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

January 28, 2016 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

Jerry Zolten is Heading to the Grammys

Photo via Penn State Altoona

Photo via Penn State Altoona

While most of us will watch the Grammy Awards next month from our living rooms, Penn State Altoona professor Jerry Zolten will be at the ceremony in Los Angeles. That is because Zolten ’69 will act as the liaison and assist in a pre-show performance for The Fairfield Four, a Nashville-based vocal group that is up for the Best Roots Gospel Album award.

According to a release, Zolten has strong ties to the group, as he produced one of its albums and produced one member’s solo album. He also played a role in the record that’s up for a Grammy, Still Rockin’ My Soul – Zolten was a repertoire consultant and wrote the album’s liner notes.

This will mark the second year in a row that Zolten is involved with a Grammy-nominated project. In 2015, Zolten was a writer and researcher for The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records Volume I (1917-27), a series of vinyl records which took home the Grammy for Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

January 20, 2016 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

Leah Still Chalks up a Victory Against Cancer

By now, you know everything there is to know about Leah Still, the five-year-old daughter of former Nittany Lion defensive tackle Devon Still whose battle with cancer has captured the hearts of just about everyone.  Today, Devon announced that Leah got the best news possible: she is cancer free. He posted the announcement on his Instagram account, which you can read right here (be warned, you may tear up a little):

With Leah finishing her last treatment last night, I can really say my daughter BEAT CANCER! Words can't describe how proud I am of this girl. No matter how hard it got or how painful the treatments were (and it was pretty bad a lot of the times) she never gave up! I want to thank everyone who followed us as I documented her fight on social media. The amount of support we received was beyond amazing! I can honestly say that you all made a big difference. Every time we received bad news or felt like it was coming to a point were we couldn't fight anymore, I would go to the comments you all wrote cheering us on and it would make us fight so much harder. I ask that since Leah's fight is at the end that you follow other families journeys and cheer them on just as you did us! My advice to any family going through this battle: no matter how hard it gets, no matter what the doctors tell you, always remain positive! Speak victory into existence. Give your child's fight with cancer a purpose. Use it to raise awareness so that you can help all kids fighting this disease. No matter how big or small your platform/following is, you will reach that one family that just needs to know they're not alone in the fight so they don't give up. drop to your knees everyday and pray. I was never a big spiritual person but I always believed in God and knew who to turn to in the time of need. Keeping faith that God will see you through doesn't make the battle easier but it makes winning possible! It gives you back the hope that is stripped away from you every time you watch your kid endure the pain from the treatments and the bad news you often receive from the doctors. #LEAHSTRONG #STILLSTRONG

A photo posted by Devon Still (@man_of_still75) on

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

January 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

Eric Barron to Start ‘Digging Deeper’ Into the Blogosphere

President-Barron

On Monday, Eric Barron announced that he will start a personal blog in an attempt to “better tell the Penn State story.”

“As the means for communication expand, leaders need to seize the opportunity to build connections,” Barron said. “I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts with students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public.”

Barron said in a release that he wants people to hear and see what he hears and sees as the university’s president, saying that he is “witnessing thrilling examples of our research prowess, witnessing inspiring efforts by our students in the classroom and beyond, and hearing touching stories about what this University means to so many people.”

The blog is called “Digging Deeper,” which works on several levels – it pays homage to Barron’s roots as a geologist and expresses his desire to deeply examine topics that impact Penn State and beyond.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

January 5, 2016 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment

Ryan McGarry Is Heading To CBS This Fall

via CBS.com

McGarry (center) is joined by cast members Melanie Chandra and Harry Ford (via CBS.com)

Back in our July/August 2014 issue, we told you about ER doctor-turned-filmmaker Ryan McGarry ’05, who directed the acclaimed documentary Code Black. In our last update, it looked like a dramatic adaptation of Code Black was headed for a prime-time TV run. Now, it’s confirmed: Code Black will debut on Wednesday, Sept. 30 on CBS, and will feature a loaded cast, including Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden.

Code Black made a cameo at Monday’s annual Television Critics Association event, where several of the show’s stars gave a brief overview of what we can expect. Harden called the medical drama “real” and “gritty,” while co-star Luis Guzman said “I’ve been doing this for a long time, but this show is different in that … you’re showing up to do a real shift,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Per The Reporter, the show “is set in the busiest and most notorious ER in the nation, where the staff confronts a broken system in order to protect their ideals and the patients who need them the most.” You can check out a preview right here.

Code Black

Oh, and McGarry was on his way to the TCA event Monday when he sent us this shot of a downtown L.A. billboard promoting the show. Pretty cool.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

August 11, 2015 at 10:52 am Leave a comment

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