On Its Way: The Nov./Dec. Issue

October 24, 2013 at 3:07 pm 4 comments

ND_COVERThe Nov./Dec. 2013 issue of The Penn Stater should hit your mailbox any day now, and I think you’ll find that there’s a little something in it for everyone.

The cover story, “Blue Moon,” is about a Penn State team’s quest to win the Google Lunar XPRIZE — and land a spacecraft on the moon. If Penn State’s craft, dubbed Lunar Lion, is successful, Penn State will be the first university to complete a mission to the moon. The team is making major progress, and the details of how it’s all coming together are fascinating.

In “Puzzle Pieces,” you’ll see excerpts from two photo essays by photojournalist Jill Knight ’13. The brand-new alum’s work is generating some buzz online, and one of her essays was featured in The New York Times. She talked to senior editor Lori Shontz ’91 about telling stories through photos — and how, most of the time, she takes thousands of images before the narrative begins to take shape. (You can see more of her work on her website, jillianknight.com.)

“Labor Pains” is a profile of Zeynep Ton ’96, a former Penn State volleyball player who now teaches operations managments at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Her research is all about making the retail world better — how companies can change their practices to not only increase their profits, but to make life more enjoyable and fulfilling for the millions of low-level retail employees in America. Zeynep’s personal story is an interesting one, too. She grew up in Turkey, and was the first international student coach Russ Rose ever recruited.

Some other highlights from this issue: A profile of late women’s sports pioneer Della Durant ’57g, a look at senior guard Tim Frazier’s recovery (read more on that here), details on the NCAA’s decision to reduce Penn State sanctions, and the story behind Mooofins, the student-created breakfast item that nabbed national honors.

Have you received the Nov./Dec. issue yet? What do you think? Tell us in the comments below, or drop us a line at heypennstater@psu.edu.

Mary Murphy, associate editor 

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