Posts tagged ‘Paul West’

Inside Our January/February 2016 Issue

JF16Cover.jpgIt’s a busy time of year for the mailing industry, and we are contributing to all of the special packages being delivered this week with our Jan./Feb. issue.

On the cover is a rich illustration of one of Penn State’s most treasured traditions, the Dance Marathon. We asked readers to send us their THON memories and we weren’t disappointed. Starting on page 32, “My THON” is a collection of those funny, magical, meaningful, and just plain personal stories.

Also in this issue, senior editor Ryan Jones profiles Richard Trumka ’71. In his rise from coal miner to president of the AFL-CIO, Trumka is focused on the future of American labor.

Mere months after a freak injury cost him the use of his legs, former Nittany Lion soccer standout Brett Gravatt has moved from the field to the track, where he is excelling in unprecedented ways. Read about his incredible story, “In No Time Flat,” on page 26.

Plus, best-selling author David Morrell ’67, ’70 pens a remembrance of longtime professor Paul West; we celebrate a national championship with the women’s soccer team; and we’re excited to introduce our new Penn State Alumni Association CEO, Paul Clifford.

Send us your thoughts about the new issue by commenting below or emailing us at heypennstater@psu.edu. And, from all of us at The Penn Stater, best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.

Amy Downey, senior editor

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December 22, 2015 at 1:39 pm 3 comments

Check Your Mailboxes: July/August Issue Is En Route

If you’ve not received your July/August issue yet, rest assured it’s going to be in your mailbox soon, just in time for the summer reading season. And there’s a little something for everyone in this issue, including references to the Jonas Brothers and to zombie ants.

I’d like to call attention to an excerpt from the new book by Diane Ackerman ’70, One Hundred Names for Love. It’s a chronicle of how her husband, novelist and former Penn State professor Paul West, recovered from a stroke, but it’s also a beautiful, compelling love story.

If you’ve read any of Ackerman’s previous work, (I recommend A Brief History of the Senses), you’ll know her lyrical, poetic style. I read the entire book while deciding what we’d like to excerpt in the magazine, and it was not a easy decision to make. Plus, I teared up several times.

In this interview with Ackerman, who spoke to Katty Kay on The Diane Rehm Show, lots of speech language pathologists and relatives of stroke victims call in; it’s a fascinating hour.

In this issue, you’ll also find:

—Beautiful photos that Tina Hay took during the Alumni Association’s trip to Turkey.

—An incredibly entertaining profile of Rosey Grier ’56 by Michael Weinreb ’94. I bet my LP of Free To Be … You and Me, featuring his iconic rendition of “It’s All Right to Cry” is still in my dad’s basement, and this story made me want to go home and see if I could dig it up. It can’t be hard to find, not with the hot pink cover.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

June 24, 2011 at 11:39 am 2 comments


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