One THON dancer and Sue Paterno fan crossed off a major bucket list item recently when she got to take a picture with Paterno during THON Weekend 2017. But senior Briana Duffy had no idea she’d be in for a much bigger surprise soon after.
Duffy received an email from Wendi Keeler, Assistant to the Dean for External Relations at Penn State’s Pattee and Paterno Libraries. Keeler told Duffy that Barbara Dewey — Dean of Libraries — had heard about Duffy’s interaction with Paterno. She asked if she’d like to stop by the library to receive a free bookmark. The bookmarks been a part of the Paternos’ campaign to encourage Penn State students to spend more time reading.
Duffy told Keeler that the email had made her day, and she agreed to stop by the suite that Thursday afternoon. Keeler then mentioned the vague possibility of a special guest and told Duffy to bring her camera just in case. Once she arrived at the library, Duffy still wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from the visit, but the small heads up made her both nervous and excited about what was to come — she was blown away that there might even be the slightest chance of meeting her idol once again.