cover Penn Stater Magazine January/February 2023
Jan / Feb 2023

Calvin Booth Aims High • Gen. Gary Brito Makes History


Tall Order

Calvin Booth used height, hard work, and quiet ambition to set records in college and carve out a 10-year playing career in the pros. His latest challenge: bringing an NBA title to Denver.
Ryan Jones '95 Com

Embracing the Mission

A career born of curiosity and a thirst for adventure during his college years has taken Gen. Gary Brito to one of the highest commands in the United States Army.
Erin Strout ’97 Com

Form & Function

Created to bring together two expanding departments, the Millennium Science Complex fosters collaborative research opportunities in the materials and life sciences.
Jeff Rice '03 Com

Campus Life

Equitable Goals

President Neeli Bendapudi lays out her administration's approach to DEIB challenges at Penn State.
Robyn Rydzy '95 Com

Freeze Frame

Powerful (and rare) electron microscopes keep Penn State researchers on the cutting edge.
Jeff Rice '03 Com

Quantum Leap

In Penn State's 2D Crystal Consortium, scientists are creating material for NextGen electronics.
Savita Iyer

Squid Game

Penn State researchers are using an unlikely source to create stronger, more sustainable composite fibers.
Jeff Rice '03 Com

Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass

On February 14, the day the once-enslaved reformer, orator, and statesman Frederick Douglass chose to mark his birthday, thousands of people from across the globe will livestream Douglass Day, a global transcribe-a-thon hosted by Penn State’s Center for Black Digital Research/#DigBlk, to honor Douglass’s legacy and celebrate Black History.
Savita Iyer


Q&A: Kara and Regan Nealon

Backyard lacrosse rivals as children, the Penn State seniors and twin sisters prefer playing for the same side.
Jeff Rice '03 Com

Down Goes Sparty

The Nittany Lions men's basketball team pulled off a stunning 85-76 victory of Michigan State in 2008.
Jeff Rice '03 Com

Hoops History

Former Nittany Lion "Whitey" Von Nieda is the oldest living former NBA player.
Jeff Rice '03 Com

A Positive Influence

Linebacker Bani Gbadyu was remembered by teammates for his joyful outlook on life and football.
Jeff Rice '03 Com

Got That Dawg In Him

Undrafted after one of the greatest careers in Nittany Lion basketball history, Lamar Stevens relied on familiar traits—hustle, toughness, and hard work—to earn an NBA roster spot. Now, he’s solidifying himself as a vital contributor on one of the best young teams in the league.
Ryan Jones '95 Com


Crafting Chaos

Lisa Harpster and John Schaffer tap into the craft beer market with a new downtown brewery.
Jeff Rice '03 Com

Doctor, Doctor

The COVID-19 pandemic provided twin sisters and Penn State College of Medicine alums Elana McDonald and Delana Wardlaw a platform to expand their reach in improving health care access and outcomes in their Philadelphia community, and beyond.
Savita Iyer

Faculty Expertise

Teaching Turmoil

Education should be seen as an investment, says Javier Lopez, director of strategic partnerships in the College of Education.
Savita Iyer

From the Archives

After These Messages

In our March/April 2003 issue, renowned ad critic Bob Garfield shared his take on the good, the bad, and the never-should-have-aired when it comes to TV ads. 
Chuck Salter

From the Editor

My Thoughts Exactly

Association News

Many Happy Returns

Black Alumni Reunion attendees came back to campus in October to strengthen their ties to Penn State and one another.
Robyn Rydzy '95 Com