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  • July 13, 2016 7:52 AM | Teresa (Administrator)


    "Today, information is being released by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas related to a lawsuit between Penn State and its insurer, Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association. For its part, the University does not plan to provide additional comment on these matters, as this information has largely already been covered by media.

    Penn State's overriding concern has been, and remains, for the victims of Jerry Sandusky. While individuals hold different opinions, and may draw different inferences from the testimony about former Penn State employees, speculation by Penn State is not useful. We must be sensitive to all individuals involved, and especially to those who may be victims of child sexual abuse. It also makes it much more difficult for Penn State to create an environment where victims of sexual abuse feel comfortable coming forward and where students, faculty and staff feel protected in reporting wrongdoing.

    Although settlements have been reached, it also is important to reiterate that the alleged knowledge of former Penn State employees is not proven, and should not be treated as such. Some individuals deny the claims, and others are unable to defend themselves.

    Speculation also serves to drive a wedge within the Penn State community. I would ask that we remember our University's primary mission is to focus on research, education and service. Let's be respectful of other viewpoints and focus on our mission. The University is committed to ensuring our campuses are safe for children, and to ongoing prevention and education programs and research that contribute to a better society.

    I want to thank our Penn State community for caring so deeply about not only our university during these difficult times, but also for the victims of child abuse."

    Eric J. Barron
    Penn State President

    Penn State efforts focused on fighting child abuse, instituting best practices

    Penn State efforts focused on fighting child abuse, instituting best practices In the past five years, Penn State has enacted a multitude of reforms focused on fighting child abuse, sexual misconduct, and unethical actions, and has introduced best practices in governance, management and compliance. For more information about our continued efforts, visit this list.


  • June 28, 2016 7:31 AM | Teresa (Administrator)

    We say farewell to one of our Nashville Pennstaters this summer. Kelly Wolgast, PSU Class of 1985 and a board member for the past year, is transitioning from Nashville to State College!! Kelly is going to be the Assistant Dean for Distance Learning and Outreach for the Penn State College of Nursing. Her plans are to reside as close to campus as possible and she is really looking forward to life in Happy Valley. Kelly's daughter, Marley, is PSU class of 2017. 

    Congratulations on the new job, Kelly!  We will miss you.

  • June 28, 2016 7:28 AM | Teresa (Administrator)

    Tickets for the Penn State at Rutgers football game will go on sale July 25 through the Rutgers Tickets Office. For tickets and more information, contact them at 866-445-4678 Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00 Eastern time or purchase online through the Rutgers website at www.scarletknights.com.  Please share this with other fans.

  • June 20, 2016 1:26 AM | Teresa (Administrator)

    "We Are," a new ESPN 30 for 30 Short documentary, is now available to watch on ESPN’s website. "We Are" chronicles the development of the design and installation of the "We Are" sculpture, the gift of Penn State's class of 2013, installed on the University Park campus in 2015.  Full story

  • June 20, 2016 1:25 AM | Teresa (Administrator)

    Sam Rudy and Mike Karns

    It’s hard to find someone today who has not heard of Broadway’s “Hamilton,” the white-hot hip-hop musical that captured the 2016 Tony Award for best musical. The buzz is due in part to the efforts of two Penn Staters: Mike Karns, a 2011 bachelor of fine arts graduate in stage management and social media manager for the show, and Sam Rudy, a 1976 bachelor of arts graduate in English and the show’s publicist.  Full story

  • June 20, 2016 1:21 AM | Teresa (Administrator)

    Matt Baranoski and Bobby Lea have more than one thing in common: They are the only two U.S. men to qualify for track cycling events at the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro and they are both former Penn State Lehigh Valley cyclists.   Full story

  • June 20, 2016 1:19 AM | Teresa (Administrator)

    Kevin Foley, a former member of the Penn State men's golf team, was added to the field for the 116th U.S. Open, to be held June 16-19 at Oakmont Country Club near Pittsburgh. He joins fellow Penn State alumnus T.J. Howe, who earned a spot in the field through qualifying play.  Full story

  • December 14, 2015 7:39 AM | Teresa (Administrator)
    Following an extensive national search, Padma Raghavan, a distinguished researcher in high-performance computing and computational science and engineering and a proven academic research enterprise leader, has been named as Vanderbilt University’s next vice provost for research, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan Wente announced today. Raghavan will begin her new role Feb. 1, 2016. Read More
  • October 30, 2015 12:05 AM | Teresa (Administrator)
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Many Penn State fans have become familiar with the annual Beaver Stadium "White Out," as well as the first ever "Stripe Out," which spectators pulled off for the Rutgers game last month. But for Saturday's noon game against Illinois, a group of Penn State alumni and students is gathering support for a "Purple Out' in honor of Penn State alumna Kayla Nakonechni. She died earlier this month at 24 after a two-year battle with brain cancer.

    Click here to read story.

  • October 15, 2014 11:16 PM | Teresa (Administrator)

    Dear Chapter Members and Penn State Fans,

    I’m writing to you concerning a very important matter concerning the chapter’s finances and fundraising.

    Our chapter’s primary financial philanthropic focus is an annual scholarship for a local student attending Penn State and a donation to the Nashville Sexual Assault Center. Last year you helped raise enough money to provide $1,000 to each of those causes. To fund our efforts the chapter typically holds a variety of sales and fundraisers throughout the year – the largest contributor is the half-time fundraiser at our football viewing parties. I believe the half-time prize drawing is one of our most popular chapter activities.

    This week the chapter Board became aware that past half-time fundraisers may not have been consistent with state law. Basically the prize drawing could be interpreted to be a “game of chance” and subject the chapter to harsh penalties. Knowing this, and fulfilling our fiduciary duty to our members, the Board has decided to rethink the manner we operate the prize drawing. 

    Here’s the plan for this weekend’s Michigan game (10/11 @ 6pm CT): every Penn State fan will be given a single door-prize ticket at no cost; at half-time we will draw some tickets; winners can claim a door prize from the stage. Most of this will be very similar to past prize drawings. As you can probably decipher there are costs incurred to buy the door prizes and this method raises no money for our philanthropic programs. Accounting majors may call this a net loss. The chapter will not be able to function long at a net loss.

    So...to continue our philanthropic efforts the chapter needs more of your VOLUNTARY financial support. Our chapter is a recognized tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization so any additional money you give to the chapter could be tax deductible. At all future football viewing and holiday parties there will be a “donation bucket” near the store merchandise. I’ll ask you to drop in whatever you can be it a few dollars, the amount you use to spend on prize tickets, or a big check payable to the chapter. If you would like a receipt for your taxes we have those too.  You can also support the chapter by clicking a link on our webpage.

    On Tuesday (10/14) your Board will be meeting to review the Michigan game finances and discuss future fundraising plans. Please know that we will be trying to find a way to maintain the half-time prize drawing but obviously can not continue if there is a net loss every week. I’ll let you know what the future plans are in the OSU game email.

    As always, if you have questions or constructive comments please contact me directly. For The Glory!

    Paul B. Anderson ‘87
    Middle Tennessee Chapter
    Penn State Alumni Association

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