Alumni

Safely Satisfying the Need for Speed

The successful launch this season of NASCAR’s revolutionary Next Gen car marked a great leap forward for the sport—and a huge success for the two Penn Staters charged with ensuring the new car is fun, fast, and safer than ever.
Matt Crossman

The Best of Friends

From dorm assignments to teammates to physical and virtual classrooms, readers share the many ways their college friendships began—and how they've endured well beyond their days at Dear Old State.
Robyn Passante '95 Com

A Practice of Human Kindness

When the AIDS crisis erupted in Utah in the early 1980s, Kristen Ries was the only doctor in the state willing to care for HIV-positive patients. Four decades later, her efforts resonate in the lives she saved, and in the stories of people she cared for when no one else would.
Savita Iyer

No Stone Unturned

Haunted by memories of life under the Taliban regime, World Campus alum Anisa Sadat is doing all she can to get her family out of Kabul and to the U.S.
Savita Iyer

Sisters in Song

Their careers have barely started, but Penn State musical theatre alums Talia and Becca Suskauer are already making their marks with big roles in national Broadway touring companies.
Cristina Rouvalis

Earned Perspective

We brought together four Penn Staters who served in Afghanistan to discuss their military experience, their thoughts on the U.S. withdrawal, and the lessons learned from America’s longest war.
Robyn Passante '95 Com

Facilitating Freedom

Faculty, staff, and alumni of Penn State’s World in Conversation center scrambled last August to help their Afghan partners escape the country. Their efforts likely saved dozens of lives.
Ryan Jones '95 Com

Keep 'Em Dancing

BJC mainstays Go Go Gadjet balance a host of considerations as they strive for the perfect THON set.
Robyn Passante '95 Com

50 Years of THON

From humble beginnings in the HUB Ballroom to the multimillion-dollar phenomenon it has become, THON alums take us through the evolution of the world’s largest student-run philanthropy.
Robyn Passante '95 Com

'A Magical Place'

For the Carruthers family, Four Diamonds and THON were beacons of light during the dark years of battling pediatric cancer.
Robyn Passante '95 Com

Remembering Our Own

From our January/February 2002 issue: A special In Memoriam feature dedicated to the 10 Penn Staters who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Michele Marchetti '95 Com

‘The Light of the Room’

At 81, Sue Paterno is still adding new chapters to her life’s story, defined by the same themes—dedication to family, a rare resilience, and an unceasing desire to serve—that have carried her all along.
Robyn Passante '95 Com

A Category All Her Own

Ali Krieger's career has been defined by daunting setbacks and incredible success. As she nears the end of her playing days, the two-time World Cup champion isn't sure what's next—only that, as ever, she'll be ready. 
Ryan Jones '95 Com

Favorite Road Trips

From day trips to cross-country treks, readers recall the joy, surprises, risks, and rewards of the college road trips they'll never forget.
B.J. Reyes ’95 Com

Favorite Road Trips: Bonus Letters

From day trips to cross-country treks, readers recall the joy, surprises, risks, and rewards of the college road trips they'll never forget.
B.J. Reyes ’95 Com

Turning a Corner

The new alumni owners of Hotel State College and Co. knew they’d have their hands full balancing respect for tradition and long-overdue updates to the iconic downtown business. They didn’t know they’d have to cope with a pandemic, too.
Robyn Passante '95 Com