Posts tagged ‘Jenny Vrentas’

The Penn Stater Daily — April 16, 2014

Screen-Shot-2014-04-15-at-10.26.01-AM-580x348Herb Hand Pizza Crawl! I have no idea what kind of an offensive line coach Herb Hand is, although we’re soon going to find out, given that the Nittany Lions barely have enough linemen to fill a two-deep. But there’s no doubt that the guy is a social media genius. Hand tweeted in February about stopping at Canyon Pizza for lunch. This understandably shocked the Penn State corner of Twitter, many of whom had no idea Canyon served food before, oh, 11 p.m. or so. Soon everyone was tweeting their favorite pizza places at Hand, and then Onward State got involved, and now there’s a glorious result: the Herb Hand Pizza Crawl. For $20, on April 27 you can accompany Hand and, as Onward put it, “explore the State College pizza scene.”

You also get a limited edition T-shirt, which I very much hope looks like the logo (above) I borrowed from Onward State’s website, and the proceeds go to Uplifting Athletes and Bands 4 RAINN. I imagine this will fill up soon, so if you’re interested, sign up quickly.

Dare I hope that the next such charity event is a James Franklin Balloon Party?

Good writing alert: If I’ve got a “coaching tree,” consisting of the young journalists I’ve mentored when they were students, among the most excellent branches are Jenny Vrentas ’06 and former Penn Stater intern Emily Kaplan ’13, who are colleagues at Sports Illustrated‘s MMQB website. So when Jenny tweets a story written by Emily, I click. This morning’s offering is a piece that uses the upcoming film Draft Day as a look at female executives in the NFL. Spoiler: Real life isn’t quite as it’s portrayed in the movie.

Ready for prime time: The Nittany Lions are going to get significant exposure in prime time this fall: The Ohio State game on Oct. 25 will start at 8 p.m. That caps an odd October for the team, which has two off weeks (Oct. 4 and 18) and two prime-time games. The game at Michigan on Oct. 11, as previously announced, will begin at 7 p.m.

Lori Shontz, senior editor





April 16, 2014 at 10:54 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Jan. 28, 2014

Be my guest: Coach James Franklin is heading to Washington tonight for President Obama’s State of the Union Address. Franklin will attend as the guest of U.S. Representative Glenn Thompson ’81, who represents Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District. Said Franklin in a release: “I look forward to hearing the President’s vision for 2014 and beyond and what we, as citizens of the greatest union in the world, can do to help move our nation forward.”

Robinson at yesterday's press conference in Jersey City. Photo:  Jim O'Connor, USA TODAY

Robinson at yesterday’s press conference in Jersey City. Photo: Jim O’Connor, USA TODAY

Bowled over: It was a rough 2013 for Michael Robinson ’04, whose health struggles postponed his career with the Seattle Seahawks last summer. Now, a healthy Robinson is headed to the Super Bowl. The Morning Call talked to Robinson, his teammates, and Coach Pete Carroll about the running back’s recovery — and his emotional reaction to the Seahawks’ victory at the NFC Championship Game. Says Carroll: “You can see the emotion come out of Michael. He’s the guy that never thought, ‘maybe I’ll never get this chance again.’ Then he comes back to play and he gets to play in the Super Bowl.”

Key players: Robinson and teammate Jordan Hill ’13 won’t be the only Penn Staters at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2. Penn State News offers this handy roundup of all the alums, students, and faculty members headed to the Super Bowl on Sunday, most of them working behind the scenes. The list includes Emmy-winning director Rich Russo ’84, NFL’s vice president of football communications Michael Signora ’96, and sportswriters Jenny Vrentas ’06 and Emily Kaplan ’13.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

January 28, 2014 at 12:49 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Oct. 24, 2013

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

More than qualified: Penn State announced yesterday that Amr Salah Elnashai will serve as the new dean in the College of Engineering. Elnashai is currently head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where his list of accomplishments is impressive. “The breadth of his expertise and international reputation will further Penn State’s position at the forefront of engineering education,” said President Rodney Erickson. Elnashai will begin his tenure on Jan. 13.

Good sports: Head trauma in professional sports has been big news lately, and Sports Illustrated is devoting two weeks to the topic on their NFL-specific blog, MMQB. You might recognize the names of two writers who contributed to the special report: We told you about sportswriter Jenny Vrentas ’06 this summer, when she scored the gig with SI; in her piece, she explores the latest in helmet technology. And Emily Kaplan ’13, a fantastic writer who also happens to be a former Penn Stater intern, covers how head injuries have impacted one Georgia high-school team. Way to go, Jenny and Emily.

Raising the roof: The big news around here yesterday afternoon: the announcement of the senior class gift. The HUB Green Roof Terrace is described as an “open-air terrace,” which will provide additional seating and a scenic view of Mt. Nittany atop the HUB-Robeson Center. The roof will offer some environmentally friendly benefits, as well. Check out our intern Maggie McGlinchy’s post for more info.

Via Instagram @psbehrend

Via Instagram @psbehrend

Snow no: After growing up in upstate New York, I’m no stranger to snow in October (or any other month, really). But coming off the past week of unseasonably warm temperatures around here, seeing even a tiny bit of the white stuff is jarring. Snow hasn’t hit State College yet, but Penn State Behrend students woke up to light dusting this morning, as evidenced by this photo, from the @psbehrend Instagram account. Something tells me we ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

October 24, 2013 at 11:15 am Leave a comment

Jenny Vrentas Scores a Big Gig

Vrentas.jpgPeter King, the Sports Illustrated veteran who is arguably the most widely read NFL writer in the country, this week launched the SI spin-off site Monday Morning Quarterback. It’s a big deal in the sports media world, and for the handful of writers King tabbed to join him, one of the most coveted gigs in the business. So congrats to Jenny Vrentas ’06, a biochemistry and molecular biology major turned sportswriter who is one of three writers joining King at MMQB. Vrentas spent the past six years with the Newark, N.J. Star-Ledger before joining SI in May, and this week she was unveiled as part of the MMQB team. Nicely done, Jenny.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

July 23, 2013 at 5:29 pm 3 comments

NFL Draft: Ready for Prime Time

Let me state up front that although college football is my favorite sport and I love NFL football, I am not a fan of the NFL Draft. Put the players on the field, and I’m there. Watching teams decide who they’re going to pick? Just not going to watch that.

That said, I seem to be in the minority of NFL fans. The draft, a fixture of ESPN’s schedule for years and appointment viewing for some of my best friends, is so popular that it’s moving to prime time tonight. Jenny Vrentas ’06, a sports writer for the The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., has a nice piece on how the draft evolved into the production it is today.

If you watch, keep an eye out for defensive lineman Jared Odrick, a force for the Lions last season although he was generally fighting off double teams, who is among the possible first-round picks.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

April 22, 2010 at 8:54 am 1 comment

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