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A Night for Celebrating

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I had a chance to attend the official closing ceremony on Saturday evening for the university’s $2 billion fundraising campaign, “For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students,” and it was such a happy occasion. There was a lot to celebrate—raising more than $2 billion is huge under any circumstances, much less the fact that the campaign spanned the economic recession of 2007-09 and the Sandusky scandal. To have raised that kind of money in the face of those challenges is pretty amazing.

Below is a gallery of some photos I took at the finale in Eisenhower Auditorium.

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Tina Hay, editor

April 14, 2014 at 3:04 pm Leave a comment

Joe Paterno Plays the Role of the Closer

A crowd of more than 1,000 at the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday night heard a parade of speakers (and videos) making the case for private financial support for the University. Students, faculty, administrators, and campaign leaders all took their turn on stage, helping kickoff Penn State’s new $2 billion fund-raising campaign.

While most of the speakers relied heavily on the teleprompter to make their prepared remarks, probably the best speaker of the evening was the one who spoke last—and spoke completely off the cuff. Joe Paterno just walked out onto the stage and talked. He talked about telling his father 60 years ago that he was giving up a law career to be an assistant football coach at Penn State. He talked about what the school has meant to him. And, of course, he talked about the need to support Penn State students.

Paterno ended with a line that he’s used before, but that’s still funny: “The good news,” he told those in attendance, “is that we’ve got the money we need. The bad news is, it’s in your pockets!”

I was shooting photos of the evening along with Annemarie Mountz ’84 of Penn State Live, and I have to say, her photos are better. You can see hers here, and read her story about the campaign here.

Tina Hay, editor

April 25, 2010 at 9:47 pm 1 comment


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