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The Penn Stater is the best alumni magazine in the country. Well, OK, at least that’s what Newsweek and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education said in 2007 when they named us the Robert Sibley Magazine of the Year. (And we’ve won more than 180 other national awards in the past five years as well—awards for writing, design, and overall coolness.)

Published since 1910, we are a bimonthly magazine sent to dues-paying members of the Penn State Alumni Association. If you don’t get The Penn Stater, perhaps you need to join!

In between issues, we keep you up to date on Penn State via our blog—which is where you are right now. We’ve been blogging more or less daily since October 2008 and have amassed nearly half a million page views.

We encourage you to comment on our posts—we love active discussion and information-sharing. Please be civil, keep the language clean, and make sure your comments are relevant to the post in question. We reserve the right to delete any comments that contain personal attacks, use obscene or vulgar language, are off-topic, or are otherwise over the line.

Some of our most popular blog posts:

A Classroom Discussion on the Week’s Events. In the wake of the Sandusky scandal, senior editor Lori Shontz ’91 sat in on a SOC 119 class taught by Sam Richards and Laurie Mulvey ’94g, and shared some of the discussion on ethics and responsibility.

PJ Maierhofer: Blue Sapphire, Crown Jewel. In July 2009, the Blue Band’s featured twirler took the top prize in the USA and World Twirling Championship.

Fun with the Women’s Volleyball Team. When photographer Bill Cramer ’85 came up from Philadelphia to shoot our March-April 2009 cover, editor Tina Hay ’83 came along to shoot the shoot. She offers a short video clip of Bill in action.

A Snowy Penn State Wedding. On New Year’s Eve 2009, Kaitlin Infield ’07 and Nicholas Bevins ’07 got married in the Eisenhower Chapel. Tina Hay happened upon the happy couple as they were posing for photos outside the Alumni Center in the snow.

Buzzing the Stadium. During a football game in 2009, Tina hitched a helicopter ride with the state police—and brought back some fun aerial shots of campus.

They Played a Game, but the Score Barely Mattered. Lori Shontz recaps the somber, final home football game between Penn State and Nebraska in November 2011, just days after Joe Paterno’s firing.

Steve McCurry at the Palmer Museum. Faces of Asia, an exhibit by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry ’74, opened at the Palmer Museum of Art in the summer of 2009.

What Might Have Been. Senior Editor Ryan Jones ’95 highlights a 2009 New York Times interview with Mike Tranghese, commissioner of the Big East conference, who speculates how a move to the Big East would have changed Penn State sports history.


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