Posts tagged ‘Steve Manuel’

Inside Our Latest Issue

JF_coverHad a chance to peek through our latest issue? The Jan./Feb. 2014 issue of The Penn Stater likely arrived in your mailbox sometime over the last week or so; our office copies were patiently awaiting us yesterday when we returned from the holiday break.

Some highlights from the new issue:

—The cover story, “Wired for Learning,” is a photo-filled virtual tour of the Paterno and Pattee Libraries. Especially if you haven’t been on campus in a while, you’ll be surprised by how much has changed. The library is not only outfitted with the latest technology, but, as senior editor Ryan Jones ’95 discovered firsthand, it’s becoming the place to “see and be seen” on campus. Thanks to group study rooms, TV lounges, and tons of computer workstations, the library now rivals the HUB as University Park’s most social spot.

—In November, when senior editor Lori Shontz ’91 came back from Discovery-U, a daylong event at which Penn State scientists and engineers gave brief presentations on their research, she raved about the fascinating talk by Khanjan Mehta ’03g. Mehta’s controversial concept: that even the most brilliant-seeming ideas can—and often do—fail to effect real change. As director of Penn State’s Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Program, Mehta helps students engineer ways to improve life for people in developing countries—and turn good ideas into workable solutions. An adapted version of his talk, “Why Ideas Fail,” is featured on page 26.

—”Shows of Support” is a behind-the-scenes look at USO tours as seen through the lens of Steve Manuel ’84, ’92g, who’s photographed dozens of USO tours all over the world. You’ll see some familiar faces in Manuel’s photos, as the tours often include big-name athletes and performers. And Manuel’s stories (like the one about comedian Dane Cook’s brush with heat stroke in Kuwait) are just as interesting as the images he’s captured.

What do you think of the new issue? Share your thoughts in the comments below, or send an email to

Mary Murphy, associate editor

January 3, 2014 at 4:53 pm Leave a comment

Same Touchdown, Different Angle

I just saw the new issue of John Black’s Football Letter (if you’re an Alumni Association member, you probably have it in your e-mail in-box by now) and noticed that it includes a shot by Steve Manuel ’84, ’92g of one of Graham Zug’s two third-quarter touchdowns against Michigan State. Steve shoots Penn State football games for us; 99 percent of the photos you see in The Football Letter are his.

The photo of Zug’s touchdown was taken at the same moment as the AP photo that I liked so much, just from a different angle. And if there was any doubt about whether the ball crossed the plane of the end zone, there isn’t after you see Steve’s photo.

Looks like Steve liked the photo well enough to include it on his blog.

Tina Hay, editor

P.S. If you don’t get The Football Letter—or The Penn Stater for that matter—you can get them by joining the Alumni Association.

November 23, 2009 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

Touring Baghdad with Stephen Colbert

Iraq_Colbert.sff.embedded.prod_affiliate.79Steve Manuel ’84 Lib ’92 MA Com, a senior photojournalism lecturer
in the College of Communications and a former Marine, has taken photos on USO tours before. Now he’s part of an especially high-profile tour with Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. You can see a lot of Steve’s photos on the Comedy Central blog.

This photo of Steve’s is getting a lot of play. It shows Colbert getting an Army buzz cut courtesy of General Raymond Odierno, commander of the multinational force in Iraq. You can read the accompanying Associated Press story here.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

June 9, 2009 at 2:49 pm 1 comment

Mike the Mailman Has a Bar Tour?

Judging from this photo posted by Penn State photojournalism instructor Steve Manuel ’84, ’92g on his blog, the demographic is a little older than most of the bar tours we see around here during Graduation Week.

Tina Hay, editor

May 16, 2009 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

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