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  • September 12, 2013 8:42 PM | Teresa (Administrator)

    Update from Penn State

    In the past week, Penn State has received some good news from two distinct sources. On Sept. 10, U.S. News & World Report issued its annual college rankings, the most recognized and popular of all college rankings.

    Penn State now ranks No. 8 among all public national universities in the "2014 Best Colleges Rankings," up five places from last year.

    "Our university consistently delivers the highest-quality education to our students and helps prepare them to succeed in their careers and in life beyond the classroom," said University President Rodney Erickson. "We are proud of our students, faculty, staff and alumni, and their positive impact on the world speaks loudest and best for Penn State."

    But it's always nice to be recognized among the leading universities.

    In the overall "National Universities" category, which includes both public and private institutions, Penn State has risen to No. 37 overall, up nine places from last year. According to U.S. News' methodology, schools in the "National Universities" category emphasize faculty research and offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and Ph.D. programs.

    In the Big Ten, Penn State ranks No. 2 among public nationals, and No. 3 in the overall nationals.

    For more on this story, go to http://news.psu.edu/story/286949/2013/09/10/rankings/penn-state-rises-2014-us-news-best-colleges-rankings or visit http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/09/us-news-college-rankings-universities/2791069/

    The other positive news last week was the report by Sen. George Mitchell, the independent, third-party monitor assigned by the NCAA under its Athletics Integrity Agreement (AIA) with Penn State. On Sept. 6, Sen. Mitchell issued his first yearly report, which commended Penn State for accomplishments over the past 12 months in the areas of safety, risk management, human resources, youth programming and athletics, among others.

    Sen. Mitchell commended the University for the amount of resources, time and energy devoted to implementing virtually all of the 119 recommendations from the Freeh Report, fulfilling all of the annual requirements of the AIA that was signed by the NCAA, the Big Ten and Penn State.

    In a recent interview on the topic, University President Rodney Erickson noted that the reforms that have been put in place have not only made Penn State a safer institution, but also have resulted in the University being a leader in the nation in terms of security, governance, human resources policies and more.

    "What we’re really trying to accomplish as an institution is to weave what we’ve done into the fabric of the institution," Erickson said, "so that long after any individual or individuals have left the university, we’ll continue to operate under what I believe is a set of best practices for governance, for administration, for policies and for operations."

    Erickson said that Penn State has become the university that others look to for advice on reform and change.

    "While this is a significant milestone, there is still more to be done," Erickson said. "This does not represent the conclusion of our efforts. We are keeping our teams in place and will be embarking with a sustained sense of urgency on the next phase of our plan to continuously improve our governance, policies and procedures and operations."

    For more information about the report, go to http://news.psu.edu/story/286607/2013/09/06/athletics/penn-state-officials-vow-continued-focus-positive-change

    As always, University Relations hopes these communications provide timely and important information to you about Penn State. Thank you for being a part of our University.

  • July 17, 2013 10:16 PM | Teresa (Administrator)

    Plans are set for the Croke Park Classic in historic Dublin, Ireland, where the Nittany Lions will meet the University of Central Florida Knights for their season opener on August 30, 2014. Bring your blue and white, and be there to cheer them on!

    Join the Official Penn State Tour, presented by the Penn State Alumni Association and the Nittany Lion Club. The tour provides alumni, members, students, fans, and friends with a unique opportunity to discover Ireland’s rich history, traditions, and scenic beautyundefinedas well as attend the Nittany Lions’ first international game. The contest versus UCF will kick at 1:30 p.m. at Croke Park. Game tickets are currently only available through the Official Penn State Tour.  

    About the Official Penn State Tour
    Alumni and fans can select from a variety of experiences and city tours ranging in length from four to eight days. Tour packages include:

    • accommodations at three-, four-, or five-star hotels
    • game tickets
    • an exclusive private party at the world-famous Guinness Storehouse
    • excursion tours
    • game-day transportation
    • full Irish breakfast each morning
    • and much more!

    Additionally, our tour partner, Anthony Travel, will offer special rates on airfare through Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national airline. Many travel and tourism experts anticipate an influx of American tourists to Ireland surrounding the game. Fans considering traveling to the Emerald Isle for the Croke Park Classic should heed travel advice to plan ahead.

    For complete information on travel packages or to book your Penn State tour now, visit PSU.CrokeParkClassic.com.

    Game Ticket Details
    Game tickets are currently only available by purchasing an Official Penn State Tour package provided by Anthony Travel. Fans purchasing an official package prior to December 31, 2013, will be assigned seats based on Nittany Lion Club priority points. For fans who are not NLC members, seating will be determined by the date the travel package was purchased. After December 31, 2013, game ticket assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. All tickets will be allocated in the Official Penn State seating sections.

    An unspecified number of individual game tickets in other areas of the stadium (not in the Penn State sections) may be available at a later date. The only way to assure seating in the Penn State sections is via the Official Tour packages.

    See you in Dublin! Go State!

    For details about other Penn State Alumni Association events, visit alumni.psu.edu or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

  • June 19, 2013 2:41 PM | Teresa (Administrator)
     
    Congratulations to Nashville Penn Staters board member Patty Scoboria Clark's father on this great honor! Says Patty of her father: "I couldn't be prouder! My Dad, who spent his career as a Physics Professor for PSU, was chosen as one of the "Faces of Penn State"!! Congrats to Dr. C. Preston Scoboria, a Nittany Lion to the core and a remarkable teacher who always went the extra mile for his students!!
  • June 19, 2013 11:30 AM | Teresa (Administrator)

    The Nashville Penn Staters made a donation to the Sexual Assault Center of Nashville before participating in the Walk in Their Shoes 5k. We are proud to support this organization in our community!

     

    Click here to view a copy of the Thank You letter we received!

             

     

     

     

  • October 14, 2012 8:10 PM | Teresa (Administrator)

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  • September 12, 2012 12:11 AM | Teresa (Administrator)
    Emerging from the Storm:  Join our conversation with Sam Richards and Laurie Mulvey

    CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION
    8 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) Wednesday, Sept. 12

    During the turmoil of the past 10 months, many Penn Staters have found themselves struggling as they try to discuss the Sandusky scandal and aftermath with friends and families who aren’t tied to the university.
     
    So here’s a way for Penn Staters to come together and help each other think about what it means for Penn State to move forward and various ways to make that happen.
     
    Join sociology instructors Sam Richards and Laurie Mulvey at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday, Sept. 12, as they continue this conversation online.  For this dialogue to continueundefinedand to be productiveundefinedwe need your voice.
     
    The conversation will continue at www.livestream.com/pennstaterYou can watch and listen as Sam and Laurie talk live about everything from the Joe Paterno statue controversy to child sex abuse to what we’ve learned about leadership.  And, of course, what Penn Staters can do nowundefinedfor ourselves and our school.
     
    You ask can questions and comment in real time. Simply go to www.livesetream.com/pennstater, and you’ll see a text box where you can post questions and comments.  You can also participate via Facebook or Twitter.

    Click here to read the article from the September/October issue of The Penn Stater
  • August 26, 2012 9:35 AM | Anonymous

    Our fellow Nashville Penn Stater, Erin Seeley, has been recognized nationally for her work in biology!  Check out the story here: http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2012/08/new-view-of-infection-response/.  Way to go Erin!

  • July 23, 2012 1:59 PM | Teresa (Administrator)

    Today we receive a very harsh penalty from the NCAA and as Head Coach of the Nittany Lions football program, I will do everything in my power to not only comply, but help guide the University forward to become a national leader in ethics, compliance and operational excellence. I knew when I accepted the position that there would be tough times ahead. But I am committed for the long term to Penn State and our student athletes.

    I was then and I remain convinced that our student athletes are the best in the country. I could not be more proud to lead this team and these courageous and humble young men into the upcoming 2012 season. Together we are committed to building a better athletic program and university.

    http://live.psu.edu/story/60478

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