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John Urschel Heads Back to School

John Urschel does the math for ESPN The Magazine. Photo by Gregg Segal/ESPN.

Photo by Gregg Segal/ESPN.

It’s been a while since we’ve written about John Urschel ’12, ’13g, the former Penn State offensive lineman who doubled as a standout student in mathematics. Urschel’s latest endeavor–when he’s not playing for the Baltimore Ravens–is pursuing his Ph.D. in mathematics from MIT.

Urschel explained his decision to continue his education in a piece for The Players’ Tribune. The truncated version is that his mother wanted him to go to MIT as an undergrad, but Urschel’s desire to attend Penn State won out.

As for managing to stay in shape while also making time for schoolwork, don’t worry: Urschel trains with the school’s football team, which he credits with helping him remember that football should feel like a game instead of a job.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

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May 26, 2016 at 10:12 am Leave a comment

Happy Valley Goes Broadway

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It’s not every day that you get to see Broadway performers do their thing outside of New York City. Fortunately for those of us in Happy Valley, we’re going to get that chance on Jan. 18, when the State Theatre hosts “We Are…On Broadway!”

Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture is putting on the event. It will feature four Nittany Lion alumni who perform all over the country, along with musical theatre students and local middle and high school students. The four alumni are Nathan Lucrezio ’09, Laurie Veldheer ’10, Alan Wiggins ’10, and Caroline Bowman ’10 – we featured Wiggins and Bowman in our Sept./Oct. 15 issue.

The performance will be directed by John Simpkins and Dan Riddle will direct the music. Simpkins is the head of Penn State’s musical theatre program, while Riddle is the school of theatre’s music director. If you’d like to attend and want to order tickets, click here for more information.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

January 12, 2016 at 4:51 pm Leave a comment

Eric Barron to Start ‘Digging Deeper’ Into the Blogosphere

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On Monday, Eric Barron announced that he will start a personal blog in an attempt to “better tell the Penn State story.”

“As the means for communication expand, leaders need to seize the opportunity to build connections,” Barron said. “I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts with students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public.”

Barron said in a release that he wants people to hear and see what he hears and sees as the university’s president, saying that he is “witnessing thrilling examples of our research prowess, witnessing inspiring efforts by our students in the classroom and beyond, and hearing touching stories about what this University means to so many people.”

The blog is called “Digging Deeper,” which works on several levels – it pays homage to Barron’s roots as a geologist and expresses his desire to deeply examine topics that impact Penn State and beyond.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

January 5, 2016 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment

Willing and Able

File_JordanWhen Penn State launched a program for disabled and physically challenged athletes at Penn State, she felt verbiage was important. “We came up with the idea to call it Ability Athletics,” says Teri Jordan, who started the program in 1999 with then-Athletic Director Tim Curley ’76. “Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, focus on what you do have. Ability Athletics is giving an opportunity for physically challenged Penn Staters to have an opportunity to participate in sport and competition and reach it to the highest level that they can possibly take themselves.”

Today the program offers opportunities in wheelchair basketball, track and field, swimming and weight lifting. Jordan also is looking to add triathlon to the mix. And, for the first time, the sports will also be featured in events sanctioned by the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

Although the program wasn’t launched at Penn State until Jordan was well into her professional career, the seed was planted back in her undergraduate days at San Jose State. As a volunteer with Special Olympics and other similar programs on campus, she often worked with disabled athletes and others with physical challenges.

She remembers teaching a young boy in a wheelchair how to swim. To this day she gets choked up recalling the day he was able to first move around in a pool without a wheelchair: “He was so excited about being able to move for the first time,” she says. “He looked up at the trophies and said, ‘Do you think I could win those?’ I tear up just thinking about it right now. I said yes, and at that point I knew that people like myself had to make those opportunities for them, and if I did that, of course yes would be the answer for him.”

Jordan displays a similar passion toward her current athletes, around 15 at the moment—a number she is always looking to increase, as more and more athletes find out about Penn State’s programs. We caught up with the coach late last fall, as she supervised a practice for Brett Gravatt, Baren Berg, a former wrestler who was injured during a deployment, and a handful of other athletes.

Penn Stater: How busy are you with the Ability Athletics program?
Teri Jordan: We are really busy. October was tremendously busy with the program with Diversity Awareness Month. Every weekend we were busy. (Also this year) the ECAC Conference is now putting in three events for disability into the conference: swimming, track and field, and wheelchair basketball, and we have all three programs. I have only one swimmer, but maybe Brett will be my second swimmer. … We have a lot of quality athletes and we have a lot that are just participating to be the very best they can be.

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December 23, 2015 at 11:09 am 1 comment

A Memorial Garden for Bryon Dickson

It’s been a little over a year since Pennsylvania State Trooper Bryon Dickson ’03 was killed in the line of duty at the Blooming Grove barracks. Now, according to The Pike County Courier, the Pike County Master Gardeners are going to put together a memorial garden to honor the fallen trooper at the barracks. The Master Gardeners’ program is part of Penn State Extension, which looks to give people all across Pennsylvania access to university resources.

The entire project is projected to cost $11,714, and it needs your help. Penn State Extension is soliciting donations for the memorial garden – you can send checks payable to PSC Program Account to Penn State Extension, 514 Broad St., Milford, PA 18337. Make sure you put “Memorial Garden” in the memo section.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

December 10, 2015 at 1:41 pm Leave a comment

Ryan McGarry Honored for Inspiring ‘Hope’

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via Weill Cornell Medical College

Ryan McGarry has done a lot over the last decade. Since graduating from Penn State, McGarry ’05 has become a physician, directed the critically acclaimed documentary Code Black, and became an executive producer for CBS’ television adaptation of the film. In addition to all of that, McGarry – who we featured in our July/August 2014 issue – is a cancer survivor, having battled a rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma while he was a student.

As someone who has “taken significant steps to raise awareness and has been personally impacted by childhood cancer,” McGarry will be the first-ever recipient of the Leah Still Award for Courage at The Hope Gala in March of 2016. The award is named after the daughter of former Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still ’11 who has battled cancer for more than a year.

“Surviving cancer has impacted my life in many ways, including my decision to pursue a medical degree, and my desire to support those who have also been affected by the disease,” McGarry said through a release.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

December 9, 2015 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

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