The Penn Stater Daily — Jan. 21, 2014
Small steps: Since appearing on our Nov./Dec. 2013 cover, the Lunar Lion mission has gained some major attention — but the team still needs help. Through a page on crowdfunding site RocketHub.com, the Lunar Lion team is hoping to drum up financial support for their mission to moon, as part of the Google LunarXPRIZE competition. According to the page, even a $10 donation will earn you a mention on the Lunar Lion’s “Digital Mission Roster” and, you know, a place in history.
Meaningful gift: An engineering alum from Newtown, Conn. is honoring the victims of the tragic Sandy Hook shooting with a scholarship. Phil Clark ’87, who owns Claris Construction in Newtown, has established a $62,500 endowment to support graduates of Newtown Public High School who enroll at Penn State’s College of Engineering. Said Clark: “I always intended to do something like this — the tragedy just accelerated it.” Clark, an architect, is currently working with the architectural firm that’s designing the new Sandy Hook Elementary.
Fun fact: The staffers over at Onward State have a knack for uncovering fascinating tidbits from Penn State history, and thier latest story is no exception. Have you heard of John Montgomery Ward? OS‘s Jessica Tully tells the story of Penn State’s only Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, who was also the only Nittany Lion baseball player to ever pitch a perfect game. Ward was also a bit of a firebrand, Tully writes, “leading a revolt against the unfair treatment from baseball’s board of directors. His forward thinking prompted others to change the way the sport was regarded, as both a pastime and a business.” Read more here.
Mary Murphy, associate editor