Coming Soon: The March/April Issue
State College may have dumped another five inches of snow on us last night, but we’re totally thinking spring here at The Penn Stater—just take a look at the sunny cover of our March/April issue. Don’t you feel better already?
The illustration by James Taylor (no, not that James Taylor) uses a mix of images from our all-time favorite warm-weather traditions at Penn State for the cover story, “Rites of Spring.” But look closely at the image: The British artist actually hand-cut these images and built them into a set, making it a 3-D collage of sorts. You can actually see the white floor—and a shadow or two—at the bottom of the page. Pretty cool.
Also in this issue is an exclusive Q&A with athletic director Sandy Barbour. Less than a year into her time here at Penn State, she sat down with senior editor Ryan Jones ’95 Com and opened up about Franklin, Paterno, and the NCAA, among other things.
Ryan was busy this issue, as he also penned a piece on alum, poet, and Penn State Brandywine prof Cameron Conaway ’07 Alt. Conaway’s poems on malaria, and mindfulness, are catching the attention of literature critics around the world.
Another highlight is a two-page story on the late Grace Holderman ’34 Edu by Vicki Glembocki ’93, ’03 MFA Lib. “Amazing Grace” was just that—and this performer spent a lifetime captivating audiences on and off the stage.
And if you haven’t already heard, Roger Williams ’73 Lib, ’75 MA Com, ’88 DEd Edu will soon retire from his longtime post as executive director of our alumni association. We get some parting words from him on page 23.
You’ll also find stories on the new Primanti’s in town, plus a recap of when State College resident Sarah Koenig spoke on campus about her smash hit podcast, Serial.
Look for it in your mailboxes soon!
Oh, and by the way—I’m a new senior editor here at The Penn Stater. Would love to hear from you, and especially if you have anything to say about the new issue. Drop us a line at email@example.com or comment below.
—Amy Downey, senior editor
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