Devin Ruocco Honored for Excellence in the Classroom and on the Court

March, 2007

by Kent Cherrington

Richard Orr Sports Photos.

Persistence and hard work really do pay off. Just ask Devin Ruocco.

For three years, Ruocco was a reserve on the PSU men’s basketball team. During his first year, he showed potential, but like many first-year students, he saw limited playing time while adjusting to the college game. He was just coming off the bench as a sophomore when he was sidelined for two months with mononucleosis. Things finally started to turn around for Ruocco during his junior year, when he made some solid contributions to the team. Read More

Something to Cheer About

March, 2007

by Kent Cherrington

Richard Orr Sports Photos.

In their first varsity-level season, the Panther cheerleaders have already made their mark nationally, turning in a stellar performance at the 2007 Cheer Ltd Open College National Championships in Myrtle Beach, SC in March. Read More

Major Possibilities at the College of University Studies

March, 2007

by Robert Fitzpatrick, Dean of the Academic Experience

Robert Fitzpatrick (center) with College of University Studies advisors and students. John Hession photo.

I don’t think my son understands that he can’t get a job with an English degree unless he goes on to graduate school!” I hear concerns like this from parents often, but I didn’t expect such a profound misconception to come from this particular parent, who happened to be a college professor.

Let’s put the underlying concern on the table before we go any further: college is an expensive investment. Few parents can afford to finance their child’s college education without a considerable sacrifice. And while I was able to earn enough money over the summer to nearly cover my tuition, room, and board when I was a student, today’s students are lucky if they have a job that pays minimum wage. Much of what they earn ends up paying for gas to get them to and from their jobs.Who wouldn’t want some guarantee that the degree they’re bankrolling is more than a ticket to the starting gate of the job market? Read More

Making A Change

March, 2007

LeleEdgar_kids PSU Alumna Lela Edgar '96 is raising awareness and support for AIDS orphans in Africa.

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ETC Brings ‘Beauty’ to Concord

March, 2007

beauty_beast For the first time in its 13-year history, the Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) took its show on the road.

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Imagine A Way

March, 2007

Hundreds gathered to celebrate the investiture. Chappell Studio photo PSU and its surrounding communities celebrate the investiture of Dr. Sara Jayne Steen.

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Bright Futures, Commencement 2007

March, 2007

bright-futures-15 Photos and highlights from PSU's graduate and undergraduate commencements.

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A View from Russell House

March, 2007

by Joe Long, Alumni Relations Director

Scott Jarvis photo.

I was sitting at home last night opening my mail when I came across an invitation from my alma mater to apply for an affinity credit card. This offer was just like the ones you get from me. It was a credit card that offered me an attractive 9.9% annual rate and 0% - financing for 12 months if I transferred funds from some other high-interest card. I realized I had been getting these pieces of “junk mail” about every six months or so. Each time I received it, I’d open it, take a cursory look over the oer, quickly surmise that I was okay with the credit cards I already had, and toss it into the recycle bin (this is a topic for another letter.) Now I am wondering why I have been doing that. Read More

Upcoming Events 2007–2008

March, 2007

June 22 NATA Conference Alumni Reception, Anaheim, CA Read More

Spring 2007 Class Notes

March, 2007

Compiled by Jessica Rasmusson ’08,
Alumni Relations Communications Intern Read More