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  • July 23, 2012 8:48 AM | Teresa (Administrator)

    A Message From
    President Rodney Erickson

    Dear Penn State Alumni:

    As we all can attest, it has been a heart-wrenching and difficult eight months since we first learned of the charges against Jerry Sandusky and top-level Penn State officials. With the release Thursday of the investigative report by Judge Louis Freeh, the last several days have taken an additional toll.

    My heart remains heavy for the victims of this tragedy, which has been a sobering reminder of what can occur when we fail to protect society's weakest and most vulnerable. As one learned scholar so aptly said, "All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing."

    We can never again allow this to happen.

    The 267-page Freeh Report, while difficult to digest, was a necessary step in finding the truth and continuing our healing process as a community. We must not be afraid to examine ourselves, our policies and our actions undefined with the clear intent of taking corrective measures and righting the wrongs.

    As I have said in previous messages to you, the University is committed to ensuring that our campuses are safe for children and helping build greater awareness of child sexual abuse and maltreatment. We also are committed to reaching out to any victims of Mr. Sandusky's conduct, to discuss the University's responsibility for any failures in leadership and to help them heal.

    Although we cannot undo history, we can become agents for change and reaffirm our core values of honesty, integrity and justice. I promise you, we will learn from our past and take the steps that will allow us to emerge and grow into a stronger, better university.

    As we move forward, there are many decisions that must be made undefined decisions that are not without consequences and must not be done without careful thought. Many of these decisions involve individuals and practices deeply woven into the fabric of our community.

    All of this will take time.

    Time to heal. Time to comprehend. Time to trust. Time to transform. Time to regain what has been lost, and time to move forward.

    The world is watching and they are anxious for expedient responses. I would ask that your response to this public scrutiny be to continue your excellent work in the classroom, the lab, the office or wherever you are making your mark in this world and on behalf of Penn State. It is through your diligence and dedication that the world will again view Penn State as a force for advancement and good.

    This is not the end of the process, nor will it be the end of a number of investigations or inquiries into the University. We will continue to cooperate fully with all agencies and will communicate these interactions with you, our community. We plan to analyze the many recommendations made in the Freeh Report and begin implementing a number of them as quickly as possible. We also will keep you updated on these actions at www.progress.psu.edu.

    As always, I am proud of the work of our faculty, staff, students and alumni. As we face the difficult weeks and months ahead I ask that you keep the victims in mind and continue to uphold the high standard of excellence that will take this great University into the future.

    President Rodney Erickson

  • July 11, 2012 9:23 AM | Teresa (Administrator)

    2012 Annual Picnic

    Saturday, July 28th, 2012
    12noon - 4pm
    Paul and Lynne Anderson's home
    651 Post Oak Circle, Brentwood, TN 37027


    Please join us at the home of Paul and Lynne Anderson on Saturday, July 28th for our annual picnic.  There will be plenty of food, swimming (bring your swimsuit!), activities, and Penn State memories!  The picnic will be catered this year, and we will have grilled stickies!  We will announce the winner of our 2012 scholarship and wish all our local students good luck as they head to Dear Old State for the upcoming school year.
    Please note that due to Alumni Association restrictions, neither the chapter nor the host house are permitted to provide alcohol, however you are welcome to bring your own.  No glass is allowed by the pool but plastic cups will be available. Softdrinks will be provided.

    Click Here to Register

  • July 11, 2012 9:23 AM | Teresa (Administrator)
    The Nashville Penn Staters were scheduled to volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee on Saturday, July 14th. However, Second Harvest contacted us today to inform us our group could not volunteer because the Food Bank is so low on donations and they do not have any projects or sorting for us to do.
    In light of this obvious need in Middle Tennessee, we will be collecting food donations for Second Harvest at all of our football viewing parties this year. All unused, non-perishable food items, such as cereal, soup, canned vegetables, rice and beans, are welcome. In the past we have donated over 125 pounds of food collected at our annual Christmas party; surely over the course of the football season we can match or exceed that amount!
    Please consider bringing food to the games or volunteering with us at Second Harvest on Saturday, October 20th. Thanks.
  • June 24, 2012 1:33 PM | Jennifer

    Do you have pictures of Penn State that you would like to share with the chapter?  We are looking for your favorite Penn State related pictures of you and your friends or family that we can post on the website.  For example, these could be pictures of you at a football game, in front of the lion shrine or enjoying ice cream at the creamery.  We would also like pictures of you wearing your Penn State gear in other places besides on campus.  We would like to have as many pictures of different members as possible because we want the community to know how proud we are of our chapter.  If you have pictures, please email them to Jen at jd.honeytree@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing your favorite Penn State memories!

  • June 24, 2012 1:28 PM | Jennifer
    What: Monthly Board Meeting

    When: Tuesday, June 26th at 6:00 pm

    Where: Panera Bread

    Address: 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

    Our monthly meetings are open to all members. Please join us if you can!

  • May 15, 2012 10:24 AM | Teresa (Administrator)
    What:  Monthly Board Meeting

    When:  Wednesday, May 23rd at 6:00 pm

    Where:  San Antonio Taco Company (SATCO)

    Address:  416 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

    Our monthly meetings are open to all members.  Please join us if you can!

  • March 01, 2012 7:56 PM | Teresa (Administrator)
    Our next board meeting will be held on April 24th at 6pm.  This is a BOARD MEMBER only meeting.
  • January 10, 2012 10:29 PM | Teresa (Administrator)

    Statement from The Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association Board of
    Directors regarding the allegations against Jerry Sandusky, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz.

    To all,


    We on the board of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association (aka Nashville Penn Staters) are deeply saddened to hear of the allegations against Jerry Sandusky, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz. If the allegations are proven true, these actions are reprehensible and run counter to virtues associated with any institution of higher learning.


    We share our shock and outrage with the rest of the Penn State family, yet we do not presume to speak for all of the Middle Tennessee area alumni. Our alumni contribute to the success of this chapter and the larger Penn State Alumni Association, and we respect their individual opinions on this and every matter concerning our Alma Mater.


    We still maintain a strong faith and belief in our university and the judicial process, and that there are qualified people in place to make certain that the truth comes out. This is a very emotionally-charged case, and we are as troubled as anyone about these allegations. With that said, we are still a part of the Penn State family and hope that others can view these allegations as separate from our university as a whole.


    We will continue to follow the news of this case and do not have any additional information on the subject than what is reported in the media or on live.psu.edu. We support both Penn State University and the legal system in getting to the truth of the matter as quickly as possible.


    Again, we express our disappointment and sadness in hearing the news. Our thoughts and prayers are with all parties involved in this horrible situation.



    The Board of Directors for the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association


    Please click here to review the official statement of the Penn State Alumni Association

  • April 06, 2011 7:33 PM | Jennifer
    Put on your thinking caps!  Start thinking now about items that can be donated for the silent auction that will be held at the annual holiday party in December 2011.  All proceeds from the silent auction go to our Scholarship Fund.  We are looking for new and exciting items to include this year!  If you have any ideas or suggestions, please email us at info@nashvillepennstaters.com.
  • February 06, 2011 10:16 PM | Teresa (Administrator)

    Middle Tennessee Penn Staters,
    Let's Get Excited for THON!

    THON Weekend is February 18-20

    Hello Nashville Penn Staters! 
    Tradition.  Legacy.  Service.  The Penn State community prides itself on these components of character central to our Nittany Lion education both in and out of the classroom.  Year after year, Penn State students and Alumni pack into Beaver Stadium to cheer our beloved football team to another victorious season.  Just as football continues to bring the Penn State community together, so does THON each and every February as students and Alumni alike cheer on the dancers and volunteers.
    The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately referred to as THON, is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world!  THON is a year-long fundraising effort that culminates in a 46 hour no sitting, no sleeping, dance maraTHON in the Bryce Jordan Center. THON has 15,000 student volunteers, 700 dancers, and has raised more than $69 million, benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children’s Hospital in the quest to cure pediatric cancer.
    As alumni, we can do our part to contribute to THON!  Here are some ways you can get involved:

    • Joining the Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group (DMAIG), a group of alumni that continue to volunteer for THON.  Registration is free!  More information can be found at DMAIG.org.  You can donate directly through this website.  There is also a list of events relating to THON on the site.
    • Requesting donations from friends and family through THONline Fundraising and/or Corporate Matching.  
    • Extending the passion behind individual giving to companies interested in pairing with THON
    • Writing motivating Dancer Mail for the students and alumni dancing in THON 2011.  General cards with inspiring words are due by February 10, 2011 and can be sent to:
      Attn: Mail Call
      210 HUB
      University Park, PA 16802

    These are great ways for us to get involved as a Chapter!  THON weekend is February 18-20.  We could have a fun day making dancer mail within the next few weeks!  If any alumni are interested in making dancer mail or going up to Penn State for THON, please contact me at jd.honeytree@gmail.com
    For the Kids, For the Glory, --
    Jen Dillard
    Nashville Penn Stater '07

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