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More on Speed Skater (and Model) Allison Baver


Olympic speed skater Allison Baver ’03 Berks, whom Ryan Jones talked about last week, didn’t get a chance to compete on Saturday night—she got bumped from the semifinals of 3,000-meter relay. I’m a little fuzzy on how this works, but her hometown paper, the Reading Eagle, tries to explain. I get the sense that she might still compete in the finals, which aren’t until Feb. 24.

This morning I came across a cool interview with Baver in Philadelphia Magazine. Rich Rys, who always does a lively interview on the magazine’s last page (and who has written for The Penn Stater on occasion), talked to Baver for the magazine’s current issue.

One quote that stood out was Baver talking about the nasty broken leg she suffered just a year ago: “The physician said, ‘We see this type of injury when people get run over by garbage trucks. You may never be able to walk again, never mind skate the Olympic trials.’”

Needless to say, she proved that doctor wrong. Watch for Baver in the 1,000 and the 5,000 this week.

Tina Hay, editor

February 15, 2010 at 10:21 am Leave a comment

Penn State Honors Vicki Glembocki

vgWe were happy to learn today that the English department at Penn State has named Vicki Glembocki ’93, ’02g its Outstanding Young Alumna for 2010. She’ll be back to campus in April to be presented with the award.

Vicki was senior editor at The Penn Stater from 1997–2001; she left here to become articles editor at Philadelphia Magazine. Nowadays she’s a contributing editor for that magazine and a full-time freelance writer, and along the way she also wrote a book: The Second Nine Months: One Woman Tells the Real Truth About Becoming a Mom. Finally.

We’re very happy that she continues to write for us as well: Most recently she wrote “Who Killed Betsy Aardsma?” for our Sept-Oct 2009 issue; a profile of physicist Ronald Mallett ’69, ’70g, ’73g called “One Moment in Time” for our July-Aug 2009 issue; a profile of winery owner Doug Moorhead ’56 called “A Wine’s Time” for Jan-Feb 2009; and a story about the film No. 4 Street of Our Lady for our Nov-Dec 2008 issue.

Just last week she was out in Los Angeles on assignment for us, interviewing Ty Burrell ’97g, star of the ABC-TV hit series Modern Family. Look for her story on him to appear in our Jan-Feb 2010 issue.

Tina Hay, editor

November 13, 2009 at 2:49 pm Leave a comment

Our Hard-Working Photographer

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Look for Clair Poletti on our Everyday People page, probably in the Nov-Dec issue.

One of our favorite photographers for the magazine is Bill Cardoni, who lives in the Poconos, or maybe New York City—I’ve never been clear which—and who doesn’t mind traveling here to do shoots for us. We usually try to come up with two different shoots on the same day to make the trip worth his while. Once in a while—like yesterday—he actually has three assignments in a day. Which is a lot, considering not only the travel time but also how much setup and teardown is involved with each shoot.

DSC_0740 sm Bill + ClairRyan Jones, one of our senior editors, thought it would be fun to show up at yesterday’s shoots and take pictures of Bill taking pictures. So here are a couple of shots for you of Bill in action. The one above is from the first shoot of the day—it’s Clair Poletti, who is in charge of Penn State’s film office and who will be profiled on our Everyday People page in an upcoming issue (most likely November-December). Clair basically is the liaison to anyone who wants to film on campus, whether for a Hollywood movie, a Discovery Channel documentary, or whatever.

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Nikki Greene will probably lead off our Sports section in Nov-Dec.

The second photo above is also from the Clair Poletti shoot.

Bill’s next assignment was across campus at the Jordan Center—the subject was Nikki Greene, a highly touted freshman on the Lady Lion basketball team. She’ll be the athlete profile that leads off our Sports section, most likely in the November-December issue.

(The Nikki Greene shoot was taking place at almost exactly the same time that Lady Lion head coach Coquese Washington was giving birth to her new daughter, Rhaiyna.)

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Nikki checking Bill's work.

And the third shoot was back here at the alumni center and involved Sascha Skucek ’99, ’07g, whom you’ve probably never heard of, but who is a very interesting guy. He’s a lecturer in the English department who has spent quite a bit of time and energy in the past 10 years or so trying to help solve the murder of Betsy Aardsma, the grad student who was stabbed to death in the stacks in Pattee in November 1969. With the 40th anniversary of Aardsma’s death approaching, we’ve got a feature article in the September-October issue on the subject, and Sascha’s efforts play a big role in that story. He’s in the final photo, below.

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Sascha Skucek plays a role in a feature in Sept-Oct, on the ongoing attempts to solve the murder of Betsy Aardsma.

By the way, if you visit Cardoni’s Web site and click on some of the links—like Portrait I, Portrait II, and Print—you’ll see quite a few photos you recognize, from past issues of The Penn Stater, as well as shoots he’s done for Philadelphia Magazine and others.

As always, if you click on any of these photos, you can see a bigger version.

Tina Hay, editor

July 24, 2009 at 1:34 pm 1 comment

More Kudos for Vince and Vance Moss

vince-vance-mossI was flipping through the latest Philadelphia Magazine over a Caesar salad at Chili’s at lunch today and saw that Vince Moss ’94 and Vance Moss ’94 are getting well-deserved praise—again—for their humanitarian work in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The identical twins, who are physicians in southeast Pennsylvania, are in the Army Reserves and have volunteered for tours of duty in both countries, where they treat people with war injuries, among others. Philly Mag recognized them in its annual “Top Doctors” issue as among the region’s rising stars under age 40.

We ran a short profile—shown here—of the Moss brothers in our Class Notes section last May-June. (Click on it if you’d like to see it big enough to actually read!) You also can read more about them in this profile posted April 10 on the Web site of Philadelphia’s Channel 3 TV.

Tina Hay, editor

April 16, 2009 at 2:22 pm 2 comments

Ah, We Knew Her When

vickiFormer Penn Stater senior editor Vicki Glembocki ’93, ’02g is really seeing her freelance-writing career take off. In addition to the book she released last year and the stories she does for Philadelphia Magazine (and The Penn Stater), she’s got two new articles in major magazines this month.

The April 2009 issue of Reader’s Digest includes a story by Vicki called “You Be the Judge: Should This Soccer Mom Go to Jail?” The subtitle reads: “A woman escaped from prison at 20 and led a law-abiding life for the next 32 years. Should she be required to serve out her sentence?” Vicki tells me that “You Be the Judge” will be a regular feature in the magazine, in which she finds court cases that could go either way, and then present them without bias, letting readers “be the judge.”

Vicki also has an article in the new issue of Parents magazine, called “Should We Have One More?”

Oh, and she’ll be on the Oprah show on April 6! More on that when we get more details.

Tina Hay, editor

March 22, 2009 at 6:40 pm 1 comment

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