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Ali Krieger on NPR

Ali Krieger ’07, who shot the winning penalty kick for the U.S. Sunday in a Women’s World Cup quarterfinal against Brazil, got some extended limelight when she was on National Public Radio the next day. You can hear the interview by NPR’s Michele Norris here.

The U.S. women play France in the semifinals today—coverage begins at 11:30 a.m. Eastern on ESPN TV, and there’s also live streaming on ESPN3. I know what I’ll be doing over my lunch hour….

Tina Hay, editor

July 13, 2011 at 8:44 am 1 comment

Another Adventure with Nuke Herder Andrew Bieniawski

You might remember Andrew Bieniawski ’89 from our feature in our Jan/Feb 2009 issue, and from previous mentions on this very blog. If not: He’s the guy from the National Nuclear Security Administration who leads special-ops teams into far-away places (mostly the old Eastern bloc nations) to secure loose nuclear material. He was back in the news this week, when England’s Telegraph newspaper and NPR both featured the latest mission by Bieniawski and his team: trucking a load of bomb-grade uranium—enough to build eight nuclear devices—from Poland to Russia, where it will be reprocessed and made safe. The Telegraph reports that this is the project’s biggest shipment yet.

Like comic book superheroes, Bieniawski and his team can go home when it’s over knowing they really did make the world a safer place. I imagine that must feel pretty cool.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

October 14, 2010 at 8:44 pm Leave a comment

Entertaining Interview with Alan Furst

I came late to Twitter, but I’ve come to rely on it and—dare I say?—enjoy it. Why? Because of days like Monday, when author Susan Orlean, whom I follow, alerted me to an NPR interview with Alan Furst ’67g, who has a new book, Spies of the Balkans, coming out today.

The original tweet came from a book critic at The New York Times, Dwight Garner, who wrote: “Alan Furst, charming as hell on Morning Edition. Made me want to pack a few of his novels for the weekend.” Orlean, who re-tweeted Garner’s post, agreed. I dug up the interview (which you can listen to here), and I, too, was charmed.

A couple of highlights from Furst, whom we profiled in our May/June 2008 issue:

—Agreeing with host Steve Inskeep that his favorite characters are the morally ambiguous ones: “Absolutely because those are the readers of the book; those are the people who are going to say, well, what would I do—and no kidding, what would I do? What would I really do? It’s always nice to think that you would be a hero. On the other hand, that might have something to do with what’s going to happen to your wife, what’s going to happen to your children, what’s going to happen to your parents. It’s not a clean business.”

—On why he continually returns to the early years of World War II and the period just before it: “You know, the human spirit was at its worst and at its best. Don’t ask me why. It just was. And this period, 1933 to 1942, I’ve begun to think of it as an enormous room with a thousand corners. There are so many stories and so many places, all of them so different. So it’s always up to me to find another great story.”

And this morning, I found this NPR review of the new book, which says Furst is “working at the top of his powers.”

Lori Shontz, senior editor

June 15, 2010 at 2:15 pm 1 comment

More on J.P. Jamous

If you missed the story about Jean-Pierre “J.P.” Jamous ’07 Behrend that was featured on NPR earlier this week, here’s a great way to catch up: this profile in the Erie Times-News. Jamous’ story—he grew up in Lebanon, was blinded in that country’s civil war at age 14 and now runs his own computer company—is an inspiring one.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

November 20, 2009 at 9:23 pm Leave a comment

Something for the Early Risers…

Depending on when you read this—sometime after I’m posting it on Tuesday afternoon, or not until after you get your daily email reminder on Wednesday morning—you might have a chance to catch Penn State alumnus Jean-Pierre “J.P.” Jamous ’07 Behrend on NPR. Jamous grew up in Lebanon and, at age 14, was a casualty of the country’s civil war. Blinded in an explosion, he came to the U.S.—alone—to have surgery on his eyes. The damage couldn’t be undone, but Jamous—who spoke no English—stayed in the States and eventually attended and graduated from Penn State Erie. He’s now an entrepreneur running his own computer business.

Last summer, Mary Connerty, an English instructor at Erie, interviewed Jamous for NPR’s StoryCorps project. Their interview is set to run at 6:08 a.m. Wednesday morning, and again at 8:06 a.m., on NPR’s “Morning Edition.” If you missed it, you should be able to find it soon on the StoryCorps Web site.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

November 17, 2009 at 5:41 pm 1 comment

Jim Zarroli Talks Shop in Texas

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Photo by Sarah Groman

National Public Radio’s Jim Zarroli ’79, who hosted a roundtable discussion for us last week on college affordability, was down in Texas on Tuesday to give a lecture at Baylor University on business ethics and corporate governance.

A Baylor publication called The Lariat carried a student-written account of his talk, as well as a short Q&A in which he talks a bit about his  career.

Zarroli, who majored in journalism at Penn State, covers business and the economy for NPR; in recent years he has reported on the Enron debacle, Martha Stewart’s legal problems, and the Bernie Madoff scandal, among other stories.

The roundtable he hosted for us last week will appear in the January-February issue of The Penn Stater.

Tina Hay, editor

October 30, 2009 at 9:08 am Leave a comment

Jim Zarroli Leads a Roundtable for Us

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We held the roundtable in Robb Hall of the Hintz Family Alumni Center. (Click to see bigger version.)

A project I’ve been working on for the last several months finally came to fruition today, when a group of key campus leaders came to the alumni center to talk about college costs and affordability.

Penn State has long prided itself on providing an affordable education to the sons and daughters of the working class—that’s what a land-grant school is supposed to do, after all—but that mission is a tough one to uphold in the face of shrinking state appropriations, a nationwide recession, and other challenges.

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NPR's Jim Zarroli ’79 moderated the discussion.

So we brought together some major players to discuss these issues in Robb Hall at the Hintz Family Alumni Center, and we were especially happy to have NPR business correspondent Jim Zarroli ’79 drive in from New York to moderate the discussion.

The panelists were Anna Griswold, executive director of student aid at Penn State; Don Heller, a faculty member in the College of Education and director of Penn State’s Center for the Study of Higher Education; Gavin Keirans, president of the University Park Undergraduate Association; Rod Kirsch, senior vice president for development and alumni relations; and Rob Pangborn, vice president for undergraduate education.

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Don Heller and Anna Griswold were among the five panelists.

What did they talk about? I don’t know—I was too busy running around with a camera and periodically stopping back to make sure the audio recorder was working. I did catch some bits of conversation about how facilities construction and upgrades at Penn State are funded … about the role of the University’s capital campaign in raising money for more scholarships … and about the latest news out of Harrisburg about Penn State’s appropriation and how it may hinge on casinos adding table games.

I’ve already shipped the recording off to a transcriptionist, who will return it to us as a text document; from there we’ll edit it down and print it as a feature in our January-February issue.

Tina Hay, editor

October 19, 2009 at 5:07 pm Leave a comment

More on Bill Cahir

cahir_back_iraqBill Cahir ’90, who was killed Aug. 13 in Afghanistan, was buried yesterday at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Washington Post had a story yesterday and the Centre Daily Times has one today. In addition, you can hear an NPR piece on him here and see NBC’s Brian Williams pay tribute to him here. I was especially moved by the grief on the faces of his family in the NBC video; my heart just aches for them.

Anyone interested in making a memorial contribution can visit the Web site of the Bill Cahir Memorial Fund.

Tina Hay, editor

September 1, 2009 at 9:22 am Leave a comment

A Penn Stater in Charge of AFRICOM

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Gen. William Ward ’79g, AFRICOM commander

I heard an interesting piece on NPR as I was waking up this morning—Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne was interviewing Gen. William Ward, the guy in charge of the U.S. Africa Command, also known as AFRICOM. In my sleepy haze, I thought I remembered that Ward is a Penn Stater, and upon checking later, I found out that indeed he is.

We last profiled Ward ’79g in 2005, when he was the U.S. security envoy to the Middle East. Ward, who earned his master’s degree in political science from Penn State, is a four-star general in the Army. In 2007, he was named the first-ever commander of AFRICOM, an effort to coordinate U.S. military operations on the African continent.

The U.S. doesn’t actually have much military presence in Africa, but it’s a continent of immense strategic importance, with new terrorism threats emerging in countries that have (as Montagne put it) “weak or chaotic governments.” And there are plenty of hot spots on the continent—Darfur and Somalia, to name just two. Ward’s thoughts on the U.S. role in Africa are worth a listen. You can hear the five-minute piece here.

Tina Hay, editor

June 24, 2009 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

Mystery Donor Strikes Again

Penn State Harrisburg, one of the beneficiaries of the mystery donor

Penn State Harrisburg, one of the beneficiaries of the mystery donor

Last Friday, the University of Alaska Anchorage became the latest school to announce a mega-gift from a donor whose main wish is that no one—not even the university—find out who he or she is.

NPR carried a piece on this growing mystery this morning. The tally of colleges getting these huge, anonymous gifts is now up to 15, and so far they all have one thing in common: Each school is headed by a woman.

Whoever is giving this money has so far doled out $81.5 million; the gifts have ranged in size from $1 million to $10 million. Penn State Harrisburg—whose chancellor is Madlyn Hanes—received $3 million last month.

In the NPR piece, Melissa Berman, CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, speculates that the donor is a woman, probably an older one: “The fact that this is so completely anonymous suggests someone who lived in a period of time in which for a woman to be so public about her wealth was not the standard way of operating.”

She adds, “I think we will eventually know who this person is.”

Tina Hay, editor

May 4, 2009 at 1:49 pm Leave a comment

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