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November / December 2021

Time to Reflect: Eric Barron Looks Back on an Eventful Presidency • Nittany Lion Olympians Shine in Tokyo


Eyes on the Road

For nearly eight years, Eric Barron has led the university through a period of growth and tumult, setbacks and success. We spoke with the outgoing president as he and his wife, Molly, prepare for retirement, and found him still focused on the challenges that remain.
Ryan Jones '95 Com

David Taylor Isn’t Done

He once envisioned winning Olympic gold and “moving on” from the sport. Now, after realizing his lifelong dream in Tokyo, the Penn State wrestling legend says he’s just getting started.
Ryan Jones '95 Com

The Case For Equal Access

Dedicated to “restoring and empowering incarcerated individuals through education and meaningful engagement in civic life,” Penn State’s Restorative Justice Initiative is working to change the conversation around who deserves access to a college education.
Savita Iyer

World Beaters

Led by gold medalist David Taylor, more than two dozen Penn State alumni, students, and coaches combined for a historic showing at the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
Ryan Jones '95 Com

Campus Life

Continental Style

With Crust & Crumb Cafe, an engineer-turned-chef brings European fare to downtown State College.
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Still Teammates, Still Champs

Former Nittany Lion All-Americans Haleigh Washington and Micha Hancock helped the U.S. women’s volleyball team clinch its first Olympic gold.
Ryan Jones '95 Com

New Heights

Former Nittany Lion hoops standout Tom Hovasse led the Japanese women to an unprecedented Olympic final.
Ryan Jones '95 Com

Toughing It Out

Alums Shawn Morelli and Jake Schrom rose to the occasion at the Tokyo Paralympics.
Ryan Jones '95 Com

Precious Medals

Erin McLeod, Joe Kovacs, Alyssa Naeher, and Erica Dambach added to the Penn State hardware haul from Tokyo.
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Long Distance Legend

Curt Stone leaves a legacy as one of Penn State’s most decorated track athletes.
Robyn Passante '95 Com

All Downhill From There

Professor Pete Allison is sharing the story of the Penn Staters who helped popularize winter sports in the U.S.
Mark Wogenrich '90 Com

Faculty Expertise

Love of the Game

Education professor Scott Metzger’s fascination with Dungeons & Dragons began in elementary school and has never waned.
Savita Iyer

Help Wanted

Staffing shortages have exposed weaknesses in the unemployment system, says sociology professor Sarah Damaske.
Savita Iyer

From the Editor

My Thoughts Exactly

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