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May / June 2022

Kristen Ries: A Legacy of Compassion • Dropping in with Penn State Cavers


Down We Go

Penn Staters with a thirst for adventure—and with no apparent fear of deep holes or tight spaces—spend their weekends exploring and surveying underground worlds.
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

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

Campus Life

Changing of the Guard

President Neeli Bendapudi takes the helm after a transition that completes Eric Barron’s eight-year tenure.
Robyn Passante '95 Com

A Grown-Up Venue

A renovated restaurant and bar in Pine Grove Mills offers locals an upscale alternative to the downtown live music scene.
Robyn Passante '95 Com


Make It 10

Penn State rolled to a convincing team victory at the NCAA wrestling championships.
Jeff Rice '03 Com

First Class

Gail Ramsay’s playing and coaching prowess earned her a place in the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame.
Jeff Rice '03 Com

Room to Grow

Penn State Shenango athletic director Amanda Howett leads the expansion of campus sports.
Jeff Rice '03 Com

Faculty Expertise

Puppy Love

Children with disabilities adore Penn State Behrend marketing professor Mary Beth Pinto’s therapy dog, Jessie.
Savita Iyer

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My Thoughts Exactly

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