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A First-Person Account of Surviving Harvey

Scrolling through my Twitter feed last night, I came across this first-person account of a family in the Houston suburbs that tried to ride out the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey, only to be forced out of—and rescued from—their half-submerged home. Turns out the piece was written by my old Daily Collegian colleague Ramit Plushnick-Masti ’95.

The attention to detail in Ramit’s account is no accident: She spent most of her career as a journalist, including more than a dozen years with the Associated Press, before relocating to Texas to work as communications director for the Houston Forensic Science Center. She hasn’t lost a bit of her reporting chops—it’s a compelling read. Great to hear that she, her husband, and their three sons made it out OK.

On the topic, the folks at the Alumni Association’s Houston Chapter have been posting throughout the storm on their Facebook page, including links for people looking to donate.

Ryan Jones, deputy editor

August 30, 2017 at 2:47 pm Leave a comment

Meet Our New Intern, Mindy Szkaradnik

Before I became a Penn State student, for as long as I can remember, I came to State College with my family for just about every home football game.

That sounds really cooland it was—but it came with some challenges, especially when I was in high school. I remember getting in the car after school dances on Friday nights and driving 180 miles straight to State College. One time, I even had to take the PSAT at State College High School on a Saturday morning before a game. As you can tell, we were really dedicated.

When we would visit Penn State, my parents, both Penn State graduates, would  tell my sister Amber and me stories about when they were students. They loved to tell us about the late nights they spent studying at the library. As we got older, the real stories came out and we realized they really meant dancing at the Shandygaff.

The Penn State stories didn’t just come from my parents. I’m the 12th member of my extended family to attend this university, and my sister is now the 13th. Of course, that means there was never a shortage of people to tell me all about Penn State, from classes to roommates to intramural sports. I loved hearing about it as a kid.

Mindy - penn state blog picture

Finally, as a Penn State student, I’ve been able to start making my own stories.

three years that I’ve spent here have exceeded my expectations, and I promise you they were high. As a student, I’ve gotten the chance to work for The Daily Collegian, study abroad in Granada, Spain, meet the best friends I could ask for and, now, go to school with my sister.

This summer is a special time for my Penn State career and the Szkaradnik family (especially for my parents, who seem a little too excited to be empty nesters). Amber started in the Learning Edge Academic Program (LEAP) a couple of weeks ago. Actually being at school with my sister making our own memories is a really fun opportunity.

Now that I’ve spent three years here, I’m starting to get chances to tell my own Penn State stories. This summer I’m giving campus tours to prospective students. Though it’s an awesome job, it can be challenging. If you’ve ever taken a tour at Penn State, you know the guides walk backward the whole time. In typical me fashion, I fell while giving my first tour.

But I think this is one of the best jobs a Penn Stater could have. I get paid to walk around campus all day and tell potential students why I love Penn State. I really enjoy talking about Ritner Hall, my freshman dorm,and taking the students into the Thomas Building, where I had my first class as a student. My favorite thing to talk about on tours, though, is my family. I love getting to tell people that my parents met here and that they still love Penn State just as much as I do.

Now as The Penn Stater’s intern, I get to tell more Penn State stories. I know how much Penn State alumni love stories about their alma mater, so that’s why I hope I can keep you all up to date even if you’re miles away.

I’ve seen this university go through waves of changes. There have been ups and downs, but its finally starting to seem like Penn State is in a new era. We have a new president, a new football coach and even a plan for a new general education system. I’m excited to see where Penn State is going now that it seems like we’ve gotten through a few tough years.

I hope that you’ll follow along with me this summer as I keep you updated about our ever-changing university.

Mindy Szkaradnik, intern

July 18, 2014 at 11:15 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Nov. 13, 2013

Jordan Lucas makes good: When we profiled Jordan Lucas in our Nov./Dec. 2012 issue, he was best known as the first recruit to commit to Bill O’Brien. He played sparingly as a true freshman last fall, and it was hard to say how much he’d be able to contribute to the Nittany Lions this season, or beyond. Happily—even as the Lions’ defense has struggled this fall—Lucas has been one of the bright spots. He’s the subject of an feature that shows a kid with lots of personality, a terrific work ethic, and a “competitive toughness” that has made him one of O’Brien’s favorite players.


100 Days ’til THON: As THON has grown, so has the significance of hitting the century mark in the annual countdown to THON weekend. This year, that’s today. Onward State is all over it, from a busy schedule of events to a list of “100 Reasons Why We Dance.”

Internationally known: A survey by the Institute of International Education lists Penn State 10th among all U.S universities in international student enrollment. A record 6,693 international students were enrolled at University Park in 2012–13.

You look like a guy I know…: Tommy Olczyk gets that a lot. The Daily Collegian profiles the ice hockey team captain, the son of former NHL standout and NBC hockey analyst Ed Olczyk, whose face appears prominently on the hockey schedule posters that are in storefront windows all over town. Of course, it’s possible that alumni who’ve seen our Sept./Oct. issue also recognize him from our cover.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

November 13, 2013 at 1:14 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 19, 2013

From news to features, your daily dose of everything Penn State.

A healthy decision: Penn State has reversed course on its plans to fine faculty and staff who don’t provide personal health information and submit to screenings as part of the university’s new wellness plan. The story had become national news in recent weeks as faculty members and outside health care experts weighed in; the university’s decision to suspend a $100 monthly fine for noncompliance with the plan made the front page of the Business section of Thursday’s New York Times.

Shining light on dark matter: A Penn State research team believes it has discovered the origins of genomic dark matter. The findings, (more…)

September 19, 2013 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

My Friend, the Bionic Reporter

1240246_10151878891834664_1073070009_nI first knew BJ Reyes ’95 as a fellow sportswriter at The Daily Collegian. A diminutive Filipino by way of Cleveland, he was a few years older than the rest of us due to the health problems—namely, cancer—that had forced him to postpone college (he’s battled diabetes most of his life, as well). He was also smart, funny, and a great guy to hang out with—the sort of friend around whom many of our most memorable college stories revolved.

Years ago, he moved to Honolulu and established himself as a pillar of Aloha State journalism—he’s currently a political reporter for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser—but we’ve managed to stay in pretty good contact, so I knew that he’d never completely shaken the myriad health problems, repeat surgeries, and related complications that he’d dealt with most of his life.

So it wasn’t a complete shock when (more…)

September 12, 2013 at 2:41 pm Leave a comment

What’s New? Meet Our Intern, Sarah Olah

An introductory post from our fall intern, senior Sarah Olah.

My family and I traveled to Aruba a few weeks ago because I’m graduating in the spring and my mom wanted to have “our last family vacation.” During our seven-day trip, we met four Penn State families, had “WE ARE” chanted at us at the pool, and saw lots of Penn State merchandise—from people wearing it to seeing souvenir shops selling T-shirts saying “Penn State Aruba.”  Yes, we bought one.


Here’s the T-shirt our intern bought on vacation.

In Aruba—thousands of miles away from our home in the Poconos—we met two Penn State incoming freshmen, both majoring in engineering. And my brother was getting ready to move into his freshman dorm in East Halls—and major in engineering.

Can you say small world? Or incredible?


September 9, 2013 at 4:04 pm 3 comments

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