Letters: May / June 2024
cover of March/April 2024 issue of Penn Stater Magazine featuring Aria Mia Loberti photo by Gregg Segal


Star Power

two-page spread of feature on Aria Mia Loberti from the March/April '24 issue, main photo by Gregg Segal


I continue to be impressed with the writing and overall aesthetic appeal of the Penn Stater. The cover story on Aria Mia Loberti [“Shining Like a Star,” March/April, p. 50] was particularly well done.

Charley Mitchell ’78 Lib
Parkton, Md.


Hosler’s Legacy

black and white photo of Charles Hosler outdoors with weather equipment by Penn State ArchivesThanks for the article about Charlie Hosler [“The Power of Projection,” March/April, p. 58]. The man was amazingly impactful on students, research, leadership, outreach, and Penn State at large. Dr. Hosler had a brief yet lifetime impact on my Penn State and career journeys. You did a superb job of bringing forth many dimensions of a life so well lived for others. Living in suburban Chicago, I get to University Park once a semester to spend nearly two weeks meeting with student groups, guest speaking in classes, doing staff development sessions, and serving on boards for the Presidential Leadership Academy, Penn State Global, and the Graduate School Alumni Society. Stories like this in the latest issue continue to inspire my engagement with Penn State and its amazing strengths. Please keep the Penn Stater coming.

Ken Graham ’67, ’68 MS, ’79, PhD Bus
Romeoville, Ill.


The article about Dr. Charles Hosler, “Charlie” as we knew him, brought back wonderful memories of my childhood growing up across the street from the Hoslers on Pugh Street. Growing up, Charlie was the local weatherman broadcasting from Altoona. That was the celebrity that we attributed to Charles Hosler. I didn’t realize his vast contributions to Penn State until after we left State College in 1969. To me and my family, he was a really fun and cool neighbor. Charlie flooded his front lawn in winter for a neighborhood ice skating rink, and brought home an iguana from South America for his son; all the neighborhood kids adopted “Iggy.” It was so good to see the whole family in the picture on page 59, looking just like they did when we lived across Pugh Street from them. I’m so glad that Charles Hosler lived a long and rewarding life, and we are all fortunate to have his legacy thrive at Penn State. 

Wanda Hoover Taylor ’76 Agr, ’83 MBA Hbg
Palmyra, Pa.


Bench Beginnings

photo of Delta Kappa Epsilon in front of frat house, courtesy


three people sitting on large brightly colored lifeguard chair in front of DKE houseI read about the origins of the giant chairs in front of the fraternities [Whats Up With That, March/April, p. 18]. I would assert that my fraternity originated this around 2016, and that my fraternity brother started this trend. I was a brother of Delta Kappa Epsilon; the “frat benches” weren’t his idea, I believe, but he was the first to bring them to Penn State. I attached two photos, one from 2016 with the unpainted bench, and one from 2017. Construction took place out on the lawn, so the progress was on full display. He was commissioned by a couple other fraternities as well, so most of the benches would be his handiwork or inspired by it. Happy to share a little slice of life from my time at Penn State! I always knew the frat benches would get the recognition they deserve.

Charlie Burrows ’18 Bus, ’18 Lib


I was a member of the Delta Chi winter ’90 pledge class. We were told that our pledge master’s girlfriend’s sorority was coming over for a social and we’d better make it a good one. Over the next few days, we filled the party room (basement) with sand and built a giant lifeguard chair. About an hour before the party, we were lined up in the basement, and told the DGs had canceled on us. We were then berated for building a lifeguard chair that was way too big to be removed from the room! There was a silver lining: We were instructed to have a pledge-only party that night, so the brothers were not allowed to interfere with us. The chair was fixed and rebuilt over the next 10 to 15 years, and then one year they moved it to the front porch. So you can thank the DGs!

Ted McFadden ’93 Lib
Larchmont, N.Y.


An Eye for Memories

two-page spread from July/Aug '97 feature with photo of the band Cartoon by Pat Little


Kudos for acknowledging Pat Little’s photography skills [“The Way He Saw It,” March/April, p. 34]. When Tina Hay did an article on our band, Cartoon, for the July/August 1997 issue, Pat took my all-time favorite picture of the band, capturing our collective silliness and lightheartedness, as shown above.

Glenn Kidder ’73 H&HD
Gainesville, Va.


Common Ground

two-page spread of Can We Agree to Disagree feature from March/April '24 issue with illustration by James Steinberg

“Can We Agree to Disagree?” [March/April, p. 44] was the best explanation of how different people operate politically (or at least policy wise) I’ve seen, and might qualify for “should be required reading.” How people go to extremes is beyond the scope of the article, but how they perceive the world to start with helps explain so much, and allows for a level of empathy for someone with a differing perspective—and even where we do agree on things, but the agreeing gets lost behind the hyperbole. Kudos to the faculty for their work, and to the Penn Stater and the profs doing such a good job exploring and explaining in the piece. More like this, please!

Beverly Redler ’85 Lib
Fairfax, Va.


Due Credit

William Rothwell served as executive director of the Alumni Association at the time the historical markers around campus were conceived and implemented [History in the Marking,” March/April, p. 64]. I feel the article neglected to rightly attribute credit in mentioning Dr. Rothwell’s primary influence on conceiving the project.

Richard Dorman ’80 MEd, ’90 DEd Edu
Westerville, Ohio


Freshman Memories

two-page spread of freshman memories feature from Jan/Feb '24 issue with illustration by Jonathan Carlson

This is a response to a letter in the Jan./Feb. issue from the story “First Impressions” [p. 36]. The letter is called “The Balcony,” by Patricia Mattson Forrester. During my freshman year, I lived in the room that she describes, 221 Thompson Hall. My best memories of Penn State. Unbelievable to have this restoked! We sang “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” over and over. Also, she mentions Dave Robinson. I remember his loud voice in the Waring Hall cafeteria holding court. Thank you, Patricia.

Bob Wychulis ’64 Lib
Canton, Mich.


I enjoyed reading the “first” (and many) impressions of new arrivals to Penn State and could relate to ever so many of the memories! My first time away from home for any significant period of time (I had never even been to a summer camp) and the first I’d ever had to share a room. (I had an older brother, “Skip” Parks ’78, and younger brother, Steve Parks ’81.) I, too, maintain friendships with my freshman buds—we meet at the Arts Festival every other year. What I was surprised was not included in the memories was Gentle Thursday: birthed in 1971 as a quiet protest to the Vietnam War, morphed into a day of live entertainment on the HUB lawn.

Suzanne Parks ’80 Bus


College Bar

piece of Beaver Stadium goal post, courtesy


I just opened my March/April edition and was surprised and pleased to see this picture. It was a special night. We carried that post all over town and ended up at the Lion Shrine, where we cut the goal post into pieces. It’s not pretty, but is authentic and in its original form. A material memory from an incredible time in my life. Thank you!

Dominic “Nick” DiFrancesco ’86 Lib
Middletown, Pa.


Lovely Tribute

illustration of arched bookcase framing a table with multiple sets of hands preparing a meal by Marcos ChinJust got the most recent edition. The article on Dr. G [“Dr. G & Me,” March/April, p. 96] brought tears, as I loved him and his wife, patients yes but friends forever. Lauren Young’s beautiful story was so special to capture the once-in-a-lifetime experience. Arthur was beyond kind, passionate, and just flat-out fun. The article made a retired dentist in South Carolina so happy.

Jeff Senior ’76 MS H&HD
Bluffton, S.C.



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