Posts tagged ‘Phil Clark’

The Penn Stater Daily — Jan. 22, 2014

Remembering Paterno: Joe Paterno died two years ago today, and there’s a lot of material to read and reflect on whether you’re heading to tonight’s vigil in his memory at the Suzanne Pohland Paterno Catholic Student Faith Center (if you’re going, dress warm!) or not. Matt Brown ’10 of Sports on Earth writes a smart piece about Paterno’s complicated legacy and the dividing line that is College Avenue. Charlie Thompson of The Patriot-News delves into the behind-the-scenes editing of Paterno’s Wikipedia page. Kevin Horne of Onward State reprints Paterno’s 1983 speech to the Board of Trustees. Have you found other good pieces? Let us know in the comments.

In Memory of Sandy Hook: Phil Clark ’87 had always intended, someday, to establish a scholarship. The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School accelerated his plans. The founder of Claris Construction, which is based in Newtown, Conn., site of the school, has established the Penn State Sandy Hook Scholarship to help graduates of Newtown’s high school enroll in Penn State’s College of Engineering. Clark helped to assess the site of the former elementary school, which was razed, and is consulting  with the architectural firm designing the new school.

Penn State’s connection to the Baseball Hall of Fame: That’s John Montgomery Ward, who didn’t let being thrown out of Penn State for helping a friend steal chickens derail his baseball career. This story by Onward State’s Jessica Tully details his life from a Penn State star who’s sometimes credited with inventing the curve ball—that’s erroneous, but he apparently did throw the first curve in Penn State history, on the Old Main lawn—to someone who was honored for helping to lead a revolt against baseball’s board of directors. After his death, his role in reforming labor practices got him elected to the Hall.

Hear a Genius pianist: Jeremy Denk, a classical pianist who received a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, better known as a “genius grant,” is performing as part of the Center for the Performing Arts’ series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Eisenhower Auditorium. But you can also catch him at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at a special “coffeehouse” performance at the Hintz Family Alumni Center. He’ll play a few pieces, and he’ll converse with guests, too. For more info, click on this news release and scroll down to the bottom.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

January 22, 2014 at 12:14 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Jan. 21, 2014

Small steps: Since appearing on our Nov./Dec. 2013 cover, the Lunar Lion mission has gained some major attention — but the team still needs help. Through a page on crowdfunding site RocketHub.com, the Lunar Lion team is hoping to drum up financial support for their mission to moon, as part of the Google LunarXPRIZE competition. According to the page, even a $10 donation will earn you a mention on the Lunar Lion’s “Digital Mission Roster” and, you know, a place in history.

Meaningful gift: An engineering alum from Newtown, Conn. is honoring the victims of the tragic Sandy Hook shooting with a scholarship. Phil Clark ’87, who owns Claris Construction in Newtown, has established a $62,500 endowment to support graduates of Newtown Public High School who enroll at Penn State’s College of Engineering. Said Clark: “I always intended to do something like this — the tragedy just accelerated it.” Clark, an architect, is currently working with the architectural firm that’s designing the new Sandy Hook Elementary.

Fun fact: The staffers over at Onward State have a knack for uncovering fascinating tidbits from Penn State history, and thier latest story is no exception. Have you heard of John Montgomery Ward? OS‘s Jessica Tully tells the story of Penn State’s only Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, who was also the only Nittany Lion baseball player to ever pitch a perfect game. Ward was also a bit of a firebrand, Tully writes, “leading a revolt against the unfair treatment from baseball’s board of directors. His forward thinking prompted others to change the way the sport was regarded, as both a pastime and a business.” Read more here.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

January 21, 2014 at 1:05 pm 1 comment


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