cover of Jan/feb '24 issue of Penn Stater Magazine featuring illustration of a student with suitcase arriving to campus by bus by Jonathan Carlson
January / February 2024

Health Equity Champion Ala Stanford • Conserving History at the Library


The Power to Create Change

With vision, determination, and help from family and some high-profile friends, Philadelphia physician Ala Stanford is taking an innovative approach to bridging the health care gap in her hometown.
Savita Iyer

First Impressions

From impactful classes and time-honored traditions to dorm-room hijinks and lasting friendships, our readers agree that freshman-year memories stand the test of time.
Ryan Jones '95 Com

Her Final Bow

As generations of Penn State alumni can attest, Helen Manfull was never happier than when she was introducing students to the magic of live theater.
Vicki Glembocki ’93, ’02 MFA Lib

Preserving the Past, for the Future

At the Penn State Libraries’ Preservation, Conservation & Digitization Centre, experts lovingly care for old and rare books, photos, maps, and other items, ensuring they’ll be available to future generations.
Savita Iyer

Campus Life


Q&A: Leilani Kapinus

The Lady Lions’ senior guard learned how to compete—and how to bounce back—at an early age.
Jeff Rice '03 Com

Eye on the Ball

Amanda Gifford Lockwood keeps the big picture in mind as a leader of ESPN’s college football coverage. 
Jeff Rice '03 Com

Orange Juiced

Looking back at the Citrus Bowl win that ended the '93 season.
Jeff Rice '03 Com

Faculty Expertise

Web Exclusive

Rocking to Her Own Beat

Allison Hagendorf considered a medical career after college, but her love of music won out. More than two decades later, she’s got one of the coolest gigs in the industry.
Cristina Rouvalis

From the Editor

My Thoughts Exactly

Association News

Team Work

Alumni Career Services has been boosting Penn Staters’ skills, confidence, and networking opportunities for more than 20 years.
Robyn Rydzy '95 Com