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January / February 2021

Making it Work, Jesse Arnelle's Life and Legacy, Leading the Search for E.T.


Feet on the Ground, Eyes on the Stars

It was supposed to be a who’s who gathering of star-gazing researchers, but like so much else last summer, the first Penn State Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence symposium scheduled last July at University Park was postponed due to the pandemic.
Amanda Loudin

Leading With Joy

Gene Woods never gave up on music, even as he rose to the level of CEO at a major health care system. Now, the former State College bar band staple is using his talent to spread a message of positivity that aligns perfectly with his approach to work and life.
Théoden Janes

An Autumn Like No Other

The just-completed fall semester brought unprecedented challenges for students, faculty, and staff across the university. We asked some of them to share their stories of life on (and off) campus in the time of remote learning, social distancing, and anxiety around the ongoing pandemic.
B.J. Reyes ’95 Com

"A Great Man on Any Stage"

When Jesse Arnelle arrived at Penn State in 1951, he already possessed the build of a world-class athlete. Arnelle was 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds when he came to University Park from New Rochelle, N.Y., to play both basketball and football.
Michael Weinreb '94 Com

Campus Life


Running with Purpose

Lending a voice on social justice issues helps drive track standout Brooke-Lynn Williams.
Mark Wogenrich '90 Com

Traveling Call

The 4,000-mile trip to Happy Valley hasn’t kept freshman Tova Sabel from feeling right at home.
Michael Weinreb '94 Com

First of Many

The current Penn State wrestling dynasty officially began in 2011, when coach Cael Sanderson clinched the first of his eight NCAA team titles.

Faculty Expertise

Practical Advice: Pam Hubbard

If you’re an active gardener, go for plants that need regular care, like a windowsill herb garden. Otherwise, easy-to-grow, stress-reducing plants such as Chinese evergreen and dracaena corn plant will do.

From the Editor

A Fall Apart

Living in a college town, you tend to mark time by seasonal changes in the local population. Summer starts when the students leave in early May, and ends around the third week of August, when the students come back.

My Thoughts Exactly

Building Memories

Burrowes Building in the late 1970s and early ’80s was an amusement park for a child’s imagination. For adults, it might have raised architectural questions about inelegant additions and split-level floors. But from the eyes of 8- and 10-year-olds, Burrowes was ripe with possibilities.
Anne Danahy '05 MA Com

Association News

On Call for Career Help

The Alumni Association’s Career Services team has been busier than ever during the ongoing pandemic—and the numbers tell us it’s not particularly close.

New Members