Inside Our September/October 2016 Issue

August 25, 2016 at 10:31 am 6 comments

Squirrel with magazine (2)

Photo by Mary Krupa

Alumni Association members should keep an eye out for our Sept./Oct. 2016 issue, which should be arriving any day. From the photo on the right, it looks like Sneezy the Penn State squirrel already has her paws on one. Sneezy is featured on the cover, along with student Mary Krupa, who is widely known as “The Squirrel Whisperer.”

Krupa, who is set to graduate this December, befriended Sneezy on the Old Main lawn as a freshman; since then, the pair have made headlines around the world for their adorable photos. But what people don’t know about their friendship is that it’s also empowered Krupa to tackle her Asperger’s at a critical time. Read about her incredible college journey starting on p. 28.

In “Kelly Ayotte Makes Her Case,” Ryan Jones profiles one of the most prominent female Republicans in the country. Learn about how Ayotte ’90 is more than ready to fight for her place in the party starting on p. 36. Also in the magazine is a feature on student group World in Conversation, the Penn State program that’s bridging ethnic, religious, and national divides—all through meaningful dialogue.

More from this issue: a documentary on legendary fly fisherman Joe Humphreys ’58, ’63g; a chat with the 2016-17 Penn State Laureate; fun photography with volleyball superstar Haleigh Washington; and a lesson on playing Pokémon Go around campuses.

Have some thoughts about the new issue? Let us know by commenting below or emailing us at

Amy Downey, senior editor

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6 Comments Add your own

  • […] It’s a safe bet that nearly every student who has spent time at University Park in the past 20 years or so is at least somewhat familiar with the work of Sam Richards and Laurie Mulvey. Many thousands have taken the SOC 119: Race and Ethnic Relations course that Richards first began teaching in the early 1990s, and many more have been reached by the vision that he and Mulvey ’94g have expanded well beyond that one famous undergraduate class. It was a treat to be able to dive into their work for a feature in our September/October issue. […]

  • 2. Linda  |  August 26, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Could I have a copy of the Sept/Oct issue mailed to me? I’m a Sneezy-lover and would love to read that issue. If not, where should I look for a link to read it online?

  • 3. Inside the Ropes | The Penn Stater Magazine  |  August 29, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    […] story appears in the September/October 2016 issue of The Penn Stater, the official publication of the Penn State Alumni Association. Not a […]

  • 4. Damian Neuberger, PhD  |  August 29, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    I haven’t received my issue yet. However, I received a BS and MS degrees and a world class education at PSU so I am much more interested in articles on student academic accomplishments and research rather than sports which to me is way overemphasized. But then I do understand that sports bring in far more money that, I suspect, is mostly spent on more sports.

  • […] Our new issue includes a short feature on Joe Humphreys, Penn State’s legendary fly-fishing educator. For the story, writer Matt Sedensky caught up with Humphreys and with Lucas and Megan Bell, the husband-and-wife team wrapping up production on Live the Stream, a feature-length documentary on Humphreys due out this year. You can watch the trailer here. – B.J Reyes, associate editor […]

  • 6. Tina Hay  |  October 5, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Linda, did we ever answer you about this? If not, I apologize. We’d be happy to send you a copy of this issue if it’s not too late. Just send a note to me at tinahay(at)psu(dot)edu with your snail-mail address and we’ll get it taken care of. –Tina Hay

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