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January / February 2022

THON at 50


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 Rydzy '95 Com

Campus Life

Essential Listening

Essence of Joy celebrates three decades of sharing African and African American traditions through music.
Robyn Passante '95 Com

Research With Impact

THON helps support the Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Research Center’s efforts to produce cutting-edge research and treatments for childhood cancers.
Savita Iyer

A Big Assist

A new $26 million gift places Peter and Ann Tombros among the university's top five all-time donors.
Robyn Passante '95 Com


Ahead of Her Time

Kahadeejah Herbert helped lift Lady Lion basketball to national prominence.
Jeff Rice '03 Com

Ice Cold Moves

World Campus student Kaitlin Hawayek is competing for a spot in the Beijing Olympics.
Mark Wogenrich '90 Com

Glory Days: Redemption in the desert

The swaggering Miami Hurricanes posed a massive challenge for the 1986 Penn State football team, but the Lions were already motivated for the all-time bowl classic.
Jeff Rice '03 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

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

Faculty Expertise

From the Editor

My Thoughts Exactly

Association News

New Members