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  • Ability Athletics | The Penn Stater Magazine
    often worked with disabled athletes and others with physical challenges She remembers teaching a young boy in a wheelchair how to swim To this day she gets choked up recalling the day he was able to first move around in a pool without a wheelchair He was so excited about being able to move for the first time she says He looked up at the trophies and said Do you think I could win those I tear up just thinking about it right now I said yes and at that point I knew that people like myself had to make those opportunities for them and if I did that of course yes would be the answer for him Jordan displays a similar passion toward her current athletes around 15 at the moment a number she is always looking to increase as more and more athletes find out about Penn State s programs We caught up with the coach late last fall as she supervised a practice for Brett Gravatt Baren Berg a former wrestler who was injured during a deployment and a handful of other athletes Penn Stater How busy are you with the Ability Athletics program Teri Jordan We are really busy October was tremendously busy with the program with Diversity Awareness Month Every weekend we were busy Also this year the ECAC Conference is now putting in three events for disability into the conference swimming track and field and wheelchair basketball and we have all three programs I have only one swimmer but maybe Brett will be my second swimmer We have a lot of quality athletes and we have a lot that are just participating to be the very best they can be more Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading December 23 2015 at 11 09 am B J Reyes Leave a comment The Penn Stater Jan 13 2014 New semester new coach new era Students are back in class today for the start of the Spring 2014 semester but they re not the only ones settling in to a new workload And you can bet James Franklin was up earlier than most of them Per PennStateFball the Nittany Lions 16th head football coach followed up a very busy weekend by getting to his new office by 5 a m today If you re just now catching up on news of Franklin s hiring you can read our weekend recap of his introductory press conference here For broader perspective a few links worth checking out Franklin s busy weekend included Saturday s press conference and photo ops and continued Sunday with appearances at the women s volleyball banquet the wrestling meet and the Lady Lion basketball game GoPSUSports has video Local fan and media reaction has been overwhelmingly positive and while a handful of national columnists reacted with skepticism and scorn most outside the Penn State community have nothing but praise for the hire ESPN s Ivan Maisel has

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  • Brett Gravatt | The Penn Stater Magazine
    opportunities in wheelchair basketball track and field swimming and weight lifting Jordan also is looking to add triathlon to the mix And for the first time the sports will also be featured in events sanctioned by the Eastern College Athletic Conference Although the program wasn t launched at Penn State until Jordan was well into her professional career the seed was planted back in her undergraduate days at San Jose State As a volunteer with Special Olympics and other similar programs on campus she often worked with disabled athletes and others with physical challenges She remembers teaching a young boy in a wheelchair how to swim To this day she gets choked up recalling the day he was able to first move around in a pool without a wheelchair He was so excited about being able to move for the first time she says He looked up at the trophies and said Do you think I could win those I tear up just thinking about it right now I said yes and at that point I knew that people like myself had to make those opportunities for them and if I did that of course yes would be the answer for him Jordan displays a similar passion toward her current athletes around 15 at the moment a number she is always looking to increase as more and more athletes find out about Penn State s programs We caught up with the coach late last fall as she supervised a practice for Brett Gravatt Baren Berg a former wrestler who was injured during a deployment and a handful of other athletes Penn Stater How busy are you with the Ability Athletics program Teri Jordan We are really busy October was tremendously busy with the program with Diversity Awareness Month Every weekend we were busy Also this year the ECAC Conference is now putting in three events for disability into the conference swimming track and field and wheelchair basketball and we have all three programs I have only one swimmer but maybe Brett will be my second swimmer We have a lot of quality athletes and we have a lot that are just participating to be the very best they can be more Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading December 23 2015 at 11 09 am B J Reyes Leave a comment Inside Our January February 2016 Issue It s a busy time of year for the mailing industry and we are contributing to all of the special packages being delivered this week with our Jan Feb issue On the cover is a rich illustration of one of Penn State s most treasured traditions the Dance Marathon We asked readers to send us their THON memories and we weren t disappointed Starting on page 32 My THON is a collection of those funny magical meaningful and just plain personal stories Also in this issue senior editor Ryan Jones profiles Richard Trumka 71 In his

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  • Penn State men’s soccer | The Penn Stater Magazine
    wheelchair but says that he has embraced the path that he s gone down and that he was not going to be miserable due to his new situation Gravatt included a quote by Teddy Roosevelt that he lives his life by Do what you can where you are with what you have The video also features interviews with Nittany Lion soccer coach Bob Warming and Teri Jordan the head coach of Penn State s Ability Athletics program Both of them speak to Gravatt s drive as a competitor and how that has helped him succeed at his new sport as he is currently ranked 22nd in the world in wheelchair racing Bill DiFilippo online editor Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading February 11 2016 at 4 07 pm Bill DiFilippo Leave a comment Recent Posts The Olympic Aspirations of Tyler McCandless The Positive Outlook of Brett Gravatt Hearts Against Hunger Jordan Norwood s Super Journey Spend the Super Bowl With Keegan Michael Key Rick Santorum Ends Another White House Run Honors for Emily Burns Follow us via Email Enter your email address to follow us and receive notifications of new posts by

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  • Teri Jordan | The Penn Stater Magazine
    do have Ability Athletics is giving an opportunity for physically challenged Penn Staters to have an opportunity to participate in sport and competition and reach it to the highest level that they can possibly take themselves Today the program offers opportunities in wheelchair basketball track and field swimming and weight lifting Jordan also is looking to add triathlon to the mix And for the first time the sports will also be featured in events sanctioned by the Eastern College Athletic Conference Although the program wasn t launched at Penn State until Jordan was well into her professional career the seed was planted back in her undergraduate days at San Jose State As a volunteer with Special Olympics and other similar programs on campus she often worked with disabled athletes and others with physical challenges She remembers teaching a young boy in a wheelchair how to swim To this day she gets choked up recalling the day he was able to first move around in a pool without a wheelchair He was so excited about being able to move for the first time she says He looked up at the trophies and said Do you think I could win those I tear up just thinking about it right now I said yes and at that point I knew that people like myself had to make those opportunities for them and if I did that of course yes would be the answer for him Jordan displays a similar passion toward her current athletes around 15 at the moment a number she is always looking to increase as more and more athletes find out about Penn State s programs We caught up with the coach late last fall as she supervised a practice for Brett Gravatt Baren Berg a former wrestler who was

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  • Alumni Association | The Penn Stater Magazine
    invited Anthony Lubrano Ryan McCombie and Robert Tribeck to answer this year s three questions Tribeck sent us his answers and you ll see them on our site McCombie responded that he wouldn t be in a position to participate I am on travel until Easter Sunday with only my IPad to compose on and little thoughtful time he replied I don t believe I will be able to frame these questions worthy of your publication and editor s eye satisfactorily in time I m afraid you are going to do this without me this year Sorry Lubrano didn t respond at all Still we ve assembled the site including not only Tribeck s responses but also links to all three candidates bios and official position statements on the trustees website Information on election dates and eligibility is on the site as well We hope that you ll check it out and that you ll vote Tina Hay editor Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading April 3 2015 at 11 31 am Tina Hay Leave a comment Trustees Approve an Expanded Board In a busy and often contentious five hour meeting Friday afternoon at the Penn Stater Hotel the Board of Trustees ended months of heated debate by adopting a proposal to expand the board s membership to 36 voting members The board also voted to postpone action on a proposal to join a lawsuit against the NCAA news that was tempered Saturday by the announcement that President Eric Barron will personally conduct a review of the Freeh Report The governance changes passed on a 16 9 vote with the nine alumni elected trustees voting against expanding the board Under the approved proposal the board will now include 38 trustees 36 of whom will have voting rights The new additions will include a student trustee an academic trustee nominated by the Faculty Senate and the immediate past president of the Alumni Association In addition there will be three at large trustees elected by the board All new trustees will begin their terms in July 2015 Anthony Lubrano Photo by Tina Hay Opponents of the board argued that a larger board would be too complex to function efficiently Alumni trustee Al Lord 67 was representative of his fellow elected board members when he said I find it hard to believe that a 30 to 40 member board will be effective That certainly has not been the case The addition of the Alumni Association seat was particularly contentious for some with Alice Pope 79 83g 86g among those arguing that the seat created a potential conflict of interest Alumni trustee Anthony Lubrano 82 also argued the board should heed the request of state senators Jake Corman 93 and John Yudichak 93 04g to hold off on reforming the board until the recently elected gubernatorial administration was in office The majority cited the board makeup of peer institutions some of which have dozens more members than Penn State s as proof that there was nothing inherently problematic in increasing the membership Business and industry trustee Rick Dandrea 77 said I think our board functions well on a wide range of issues We have disagreements on a very few important issues On this issue our board function is not what it should be because we have a majority and minority agenda I don t think it has anything to do with size Keith Masser Photo by Tina Hay After the vote board chair Keith Masser 73 called the expanded board a more comprehensive reflection of the Penn State community Given the established voting lines on the board it was the expected outcome from a long and increasingly tense afternoon session Citing threats made toward some board members the university increased security for the meeting visitors passed through a metal detector and as many as two dozen officers from the State College and Penn State police departments were visible in the conference room in the hallway outside and outside the hotel entrances Masser opened the meeting with a reference to outbursts at the board s Oct 28 special meeting when three audience members were removed from the room and reminded the standing room crowd that members of the public are here as observers not as participants Some of those observers got their chance to participate at the public comment segment and about half of the 10 listed speakers used their time to upbraid the appointed trustees involved in the dismissal of Joe Paterno and the acceptance of the Freeh Report That session followed a proposal from Lubrano that Penn State join Sen Corman s lawsuit against the NCAA That proposal inspired by the release of emails last week highlighting apparent conflicts in the NCAA s handling of sanctions in the wake of the Freeh Report was voted down 14 10 but not before alumni trustee Bob Jubelirer 59 62g argued that with all that s going on to kick it down the road to January I think we re making a terrible terrible mistake Gubernatorial appointee Kathleen Casey 88 countered that the board would be better served by having more time to consider the resolution and revisit it at the next scheduled meeting in January On Saturday President Barron added an unexpected twist with the announcement that he would conduct a thorough review of the Freeh Report and supporting materials produced during the course of the investigation Barron s statement offered no timetable for the review but noted that he assured the board I would move with all deliberate speed Barron s scheduled address Friday focused on student engagement a topic he addressed last week in an open forum with students at the Hintz Family Alumni Center Barron highlighted the many reasons that more engaged students those who study abroad intern take leadership roles and have the opportunity for one on one engagement with faculty have better GPAs and make stronger candidates for internships and jobs His

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  • Uncategorized | The Penn Stater Magazine
    could win those I tear up just thinking about it right now I said yes and at that point I knew that people like myself had to make those opportunities for them and if I did that of course yes would be the answer for him Jordan displays a similar passion toward her current athletes around 15 at the moment a number she is always looking to increase as more and more athletes find out about Penn State s programs We caught up with the coach late last fall as she supervised a practice for Brett Gravatt Baren Berg a former wrestler who was injured during a deployment and a handful of other athletes Penn Stater How busy are you with the Ability Athletics program Teri Jordan We are really busy October was tremendously busy with the program with Diversity Awareness Month Every weekend we were busy Also this year the ECAC Conference is now putting in three events for disability into the conference swimming track and field and wheelchair basketball and we have all three programs I have only one swimmer but maybe Brett will be my second swimmer We have a lot of quality athletes and we have a lot that are just participating to be the very best they can be more Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading December 23 2015 at 11 09 am B J Reyes Leave a comment Inside Our January February 2016 Issue It s a busy time of year for the mailing industry and we are contributing to all of the special packages being delivered this week with our Jan Feb issue On the cover is a rich illustration of one of Penn State s most treasured traditions the Dance Marathon We asked readers to send us their THON memories and we weren t disappointed Starting on page 32 My THON is a collection of those funny magical meaningful and just plain personal stories Also in this issue senior editor Ryan Jones profiles Richard Trumka 71 In his rise from coal miner to president of the AFL CIO Trumka is focused on the future of American labor Mere months after a freak injury cost him the use of his legs former Nittany Lion soccer standout Brett Gravatt has moved from the field to the track where he is excelling in unprecedented ways Read about his incredible story In No Time Flat on page 26 Plus best selling author David Morrell 67 70 pens a remembrance of longtime professor Paul West we celebrate a national championship with the women s soccer team and we re excited to introduce our new Penn State Alumni Association CEO Paul Clifford Send us your thoughts about the new issue by commenting below or emailing us at heypennstater psu edu And from all of us at The Penn Stater best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year Amy Downey senior editor Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google

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  • David Morrell | The Penn Stater Magazine
    Men which seems to be on TV all the time yet never gets old More Morrell In our July August 2013 issue we featured a profile of bestselling author David Morrell 67g 70 PhD just before the release of his latest thriller Murder as a Fine Art In the piece he talked about how his personal life inspires his work He goes into more detail in this Q A with author Mark Rubinstein for The Huffington Post My books are very personal Morrell says Someone once said that if you read them in chronological order you would have what amounts to an autobiography of my soul Tomatill old Well this is weird A team of geologists including Penn State geosciences prof Peter Wilf discovered a fossilized tomatillo in Argentina The 52 2 million year old tomatillo is a pretty big deal it s the oldest fruit from the tomato family ever found in South America and it changes the way scientists view the tomato s evolution Read more here and then celebrate with some salsa Mary Murphy associate editor Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading November 5 2013 at 11 48 am Mary Murphy Leave a comment It s Here The July August Issue Actually it s not here in our office anyway But the July August issue has already made its way to plenty of readers mailboxes even though our office copies aren t due for another couple days If you ve received your copy we hope the cover got your attention As Tina explained last week our new art director Marc Kauffman enlisted the help of photo illustrator Aaron Goodman to create some cool designs featuring the Nittany Lion mascot for our cover story Marc did some digging in the University archives and found tons of great photos of Nittany Lions past Be sure to check out the lion of the early 1960s which we all agreed is the uh strangest iteration of the suit For another feature senior editor Lori Shontz 91 traveled to Cuba on an Alumni Association trip back in March As part of the cultural exchange leisure trips to Cuba are forbidden for American visitors Lori learned a lot about the country and its culture including some contradictions that baffled even her Cuban tour guides Lori tends to downplay her photography skills but you ll see that she captured some fantastic photos along the way too Also in this issue a profile of author David Morrell 67g 70g who s written more than 30 thriller novels over the course of his career including First Blood on which the movie Rambo was based In the feature he sheds some light on the inspiration behind his latest novel Murder as a Fine Art Other good stuff you ll find in the July August magazine a profile of Nittany Lion offensive lineman John Urschel 12 13g who s working toward his second master s degree in mathematics a recap

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  • Paul Clifford | The Penn Stater Magazine
    of the AFL CIO Trumka is focused on the future of American labor Mere months after a freak injury cost him the use of his legs former Nittany Lion soccer standout Brett Gravatt has moved from the field to the track where he is excelling in unprecedented ways Read about his incredible story In No Time Flat on page 26 Plus best selling author David Morrell 67 70 pens a remembrance of longtime professor Paul West we celebrate a national championship with the women s soccer team and we re excited to introduce our new Penn State Alumni Association CEO Paul Clifford Send us your thoughts about the new issue by commenting below or emailing us at heypennstater psu edu And from all of us at The Penn Stater best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year Amy Downey senior editor Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading December 22 2015 at 1 39 pm amyjdowney 1 comment Recent Posts The Olympic Aspirations of Tyler McCandless The Positive Outlook of Brett Gravatt Hearts Against Hunger Jordan Norwood s Super Journey Spend the Super Bowl With Keegan Michael Key Rick Santorum Ends Another

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