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Fighting Poverty, In Memory of Bill Cahir

Junior Natasha Bailey hopes to pursue a career with a non-profit organization in the future, but in the meantime her passion of helping others is being put to good use at Penn State. She’s one of eight students who’s part of Project Cahir (pronounced care): Penn State Students United Against Poverty, which was started in memory of Bill Cahir  ’90 Lib.

Cahir worked as a Washington based-journalist and congressional staffer. He joined the Marines after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to serve and protect his country. Cahir was killed in Afghanistan in 2009, leaving behind his wife, then pregnant with twins, his parents, and siblings. Last year, his brother, Bart ’94, with support from his parents, started a scholarship in their son’s memory to recognize the kind of man he was—a man who cared about others.

Bailey, a scholarship recipient, says the Cahir Corps hope to accomplish change that can last a while and not only help current students, but future students as well. “We’re dedicated to it and are trying to let kids in poverty know they’re not alone,” Bailey says.

No one is sure how many students live in poverty, but freshman Varghese Paul, another scholarship recipient, says, “We know it’s there.” He adds, “There are students here that aren’t getting the resources and things they need.”

That’s why the Cahir Corps chose to start by researching how poverty actually affects students. They are conducting surveys and contacting Penn State departments, such as University Health Services as well as downtown organiations that work with local residents living in poverty. Once they gather enough information, they plan to put their knowledge to action, but they need to know what students need first in order to prepare a proper plan.

Emil L. Cunningham, the club adviser, says, “Poverty is an issue that often goes unnoticed, but many of us will come across it.”

Sarah Olah, intern                                                             

January 27, 2014 at 3:49 pm Leave a comment

A Penn Stater Killed in Afghanistan

Our Sept/Oct issue carries a story about four people whose lives were changed forever on Sept. 11, 2011: an alumna whose husband, also a Penn Stater, died in the World Trade Center attacks; an alumna who was working in the World Trade Center and managed to escape with her life; and the parents of Bill Cahir ’90, who enlisted in the military as a result of the attacks and later was killed in Afghanistan.

In a sidebar to that story, we listed all 10 Penn Staters who were killed in the Sept. 11 attacks, as well as those who died in the resulting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Since then, my Penn State colleague Terri Buchignani has called my attention, sadly, to another Penn Stater who died in Afghanistan: John Kihm, a former student who was killed this past April 19 in Kandahar.

Kihm (pictured above) graduated from high school in 2009 and spent a semester at Penn State Abington before enlisting in the Army. At the time of his death, he was just 19 years old. I can’t imagine his family’s grief.

I thought you might be interested in seeing the entire list of Penn Staters (at least the ones we know of) who were killed in either Iraq (more…)

September 6, 2011 at 10:22 am 6 comments

Another Tribute to Sgt. Bill Cahir

Eight years ago today, the war in Afghanistan began. To mark the day, the Today show featured the story of Sgt. Bill Cahir ’90, who was killed Aug. 13 in Afghanistan. His pregnant wife, Rene Browne, tells how he called in early August for details about her doctor’s appointment, and his father, John ’61 ’71 PhD, recounts how he announced the Sunday after 9/11 that he was planning to join the military.

It’s gripping stuff, and a beautiful tribute not just to Cahir, but to all of the brave men and women in our armed forces. You can watch it here.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

October 7, 2009 at 6:50 pm 1 comment

Another Tribute to Bill Cahir

Yesterday’s Washington Post contains this lovely, touching account of Monday’s funeral for Bill Cahir ’90 at Arlington National Cemetery.

Tina Hay, editor

September 2, 2009 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

More on Bill Cahir

cahir_back_iraqBill Cahir ’90, who was killed Aug. 13 in Afghanistan, was buried yesterday at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Washington Post had a story yesterday and the Centre Daily Times has one today. In addition, you can hear an NPR piece on him here and see NBC’s Brian Williams pay tribute to him here. I was especially moved by the grief on the faces of his family in the NBC video; my heart just aches for them.

Anyone interested in making a memorial contribution can visit the Web site of the Bill Cahir Memorial Fund.

Tina Hay, editor

September 1, 2009 at 9:22 am Leave a comment

Dan Gerstein on Bill Cahir

Among the many tributes to Bill Cahir ’90 that have come in since his tragic death in Afghanistan last Thursday is this one from Forbes.com columnist Dan Gerstein. A very nice piece.

Tina Hay, editor

August 19, 2009 at 12:14 pm Leave a comment

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