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July-August Issue On Its Way


Alumni Association members should be getting their copy of the July-August issue soon—our office copies arrived yesterday, which is always a sign that the magazine is in the mail.

Our cover story is a photo essay made up of shots of University Park taken by Andy Colwell (a student who shoots for Penn State Live) and me from the air. This past April, I hired a helicopter from a company called Cherokee Helicopter in Ford City, Pa., invited Andy to join me, and up we went. Quite possibly the most fun assignment that either of us has ever done!

Click on the opening spread above to see it bigger. That’s one of Andy’s photos, and it’s great.

You can see some of the same photos we used in the story, as well as quite a few that we weren’t able to include, by going to the magazine’s Facebook page and clicking on the Photos tab. (If you click the “Like” button at the top of our Facebook page, you can become our fan and get regular updates from us.) And you can see about a dozen of Andy’s shots at Penn State Live.

We hope to follow up with some aerial photos of other Penn State campuses in a future issue—possibly next spring.

Tina Hay, editor

June 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm 2 comments

Here Comes State Patty’s Day

A week from tomorrow, thousands of Penn State students (and more than a few alumni) will celebrate what has become the University’s newest — and most controversial — tradition: State Patty’s Day. Started by students a few years ago as a sort of replacement holiday after St. Patrick’s Day fell during Penn State’s spring break, “State” Patty’s Day has quickly evolved into a raucous and popular holiday of its own. But its popularity is hardly universal.

As a Penn State alum, I can understand the sense of pride in an event that’s exclusive to your school — in that, State Patty’s Day is similar to THON or the Beaver Stadium student section, something students at other colleges can envy. Where State Patty’s Day differs, of course, is the impact it has on the community, and as a taxpayer and father of young children, I’m not a fan of the costs — in terms of property crimes and extra police and emergency workers — or the spike in arrests and ER trips associated with what is, for many, nothing more than an excuse for a green-clad, day-long drinking binge.

Lately, the controversy has generated a lot of discussion — and maybe even some action. The University Park Undergraduate Association has joined other student groups in promoting a “Safe and Responsible Actions” pledge to encourage safer, smarter partying on State Patty’s Day. Some are going further: Dennis Shea, the head of the health policy and administration department in the College of Health & Human Development, is calling on fellow faculty to work toward stopping the event altogether. He told the Daily Collegian about one local resident whose church postponed a fundraising event scheduled for State Patty’s Day because its members were afraid to go downtown.

Inevitably, the conversation is active online — there are competing Facebook groups for and against State Patty’s Day. If nothing else, I hope the discussion helps temper the worst aspects of what is, for better or worse, a very visible part of Penn State student life.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

February 19, 2010 at 9:59 am 6 comments

Your Helpful Alumni Association Staff is Ready to Greet You….

Uh Bob, can you get some touch-up paint on that goal post before Thursday?

Uh, Bob, can you get some touch-up paint on that goalpost before Thursday?

This week is a big deal around the Alumni Association. No, not because it’s Magazine Deadline Week (which, alas, it is), but because it’s time for Traditional Reunion Weekend.

Starting Thursday, we’ll be welcoming back 800-plus grads from 1959 and assorted other years for four days of reunion activities. It’s kind of an all-hands-on-deck thing for Association staff; we all help in some way, whether it’s staffing the registration tables or coordinating library tours or helping load the buses to Saturday’s All-Class Luncheon.

Among the most popular of the activities are the tours of Beaver Stadium, and this morning a bunch of staff headed up to the stadium for a run-through and a briefing. Apparently Bob Barlock from our Membership unit must have been one of them, as you can see here from the picture he immediately posted on his Facebook page.

Tina Hay, editor

June 2, 2009 at 2:02 pm Leave a comment

Dr. Jay Parkinson Runs With Fast Company

feature-65-doctor-of-fut2_0You might remember the feature in our March/April issue on Jay Parkinson ’02 Hershey, the innovative Brooklyn doctor who is taking a high-tech, consumer-friendly approach to revolutionizing health care. We weren’t the first to notice what Dr. Jay was doing, and it looks like we won’t be the last: Parkinson is featured prominently in the new issue of Fast Company, which looks at how advances in both technology and philosophy are changing the way people get (and stay) healthy.

The feature is written by occasional Penn Stater contributor Chuck Salter, who also blogs about the “Facebook-like medical platform” that Parkinson and his partners at Hello Health and Myca (click here to see video of Parkinson and colleagues talking about the inspiration behind their work) are using to handle records and appointments and communicate with their patients. It all sounds like very promising stuff.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

May 8, 2009 at 11:15 am Leave a comment

Dancing All The Way to L.A.

Last week, Becky Farmer ’03 A&A posted a note on the Alumni Association’s Facebook page asking fellow Penn Staters for help. She was designing costumes for the “Design A Dance” contest on the ABC hit Dancing With The Stars, and she needed online votes to help her cause. Based on the email Becky sent in over the weekend, it looks like she got the votes she needed:

“With your help I won the Dancing with the Stars Costume Design competition and I’m going to HOLLYWOOD!!!”

Becky tells us she’ll be flying out to Los Angeles soon for a taping, where she’ll see a couple outfitted in her designs dancing on a show scheduled to air May 18.

Ryan Jones, senior editor 

April 27, 2009 at 12:10 pm Leave a comment

A Little Face Time with Meredith Vieira

farnooshOn the one hand, Farnoosh Torabi ’02 lost her job last month. On the other hand, she got to talk to Meredith Vieira about it on the Today show yesterday.

We first learned about Farnoosh last year when she wrote a book called You’re So Money: Live Rich, Even When You’re Not (Three Rivers Press) and was working as a correspondent for I picked her to be the moderator for our roundtable on the economy, which ran in the July-August issue of our magazine. I hadn’t been in touch with her after that, until yesterday, when a friend on Facebook posted a link to her interview on the Today show. Turns out Farnoosh was laid off from about a month ago. She talked with Meredith Vieira as part of the show’s “Get a Job” series, offering some good suggestions for her peers—younger workers—about how to make use of things like Twitter and Facebook to network your way back into a job.

Here’s the video clip of the Today interview.

Tina Hay, editor

April 22, 2009 at 9:32 am Leave a comment

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