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Pennsylvania State University is a land grant institution founded in 1855. Penn State is one of the country’s most renowned public research universities and boasts an enrollment of about 100,000 students across its 24 campuses.

The Board of Trustees consists of Penn State alumni, Pennsylvania governor’s appointees, agricultural society delegates, business and industry representatives, at-large representatives, a student trustee, and an academic trustee. The full board meets bi-monthly and is currently chaired by Mark Dambly.

President Eric Barron’s office is housed in Old Main along with other administrators like Vice President for Student Affairs Damon Sims and Provost Nick Jones.

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0 How to Buy Tree at Penn State

It was a sad day last month when Penn State was forced to cut down one of the majestic elm trees in front of Old Main. The tree, which had cast a shadow over Old Main for nearly 80 years, was infected by Elm yellows disease — a disease that has claimed nearly a quarter of Penn State’s elms over the last five years.

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0 Penn State Goes Green

While some Penn State students may choose to spend their April 20th doing activities that might not exactly be school-sanctioned, Earth Day celebrations will be celebrated all over campus today. A number of campus organizations are hosting myriad sustainably minded activities for students to attend.

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0 Onward State Gets High at Old Main

In the last post from our View from Above series, we take you to the Old Main bell tower; a highest high point I am proud to cross off my Penn State bucket list. The reason why I call this the “highest high point” is because this is not the view you would see on the Lion Ambassador tour. This view is from within the actual bell tower — one level higher than people visit on tours — that took more of a struggle to climb than I expected.a

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0 Rodney Erickson Has Questions To Answer

As part of his pledge for transparency, President Rodney Erickson will host his second Town Hall Forum today at 4:30 in the HUB Auditorium. The event will also be live streamed.

This event comes a day after it was announced — not surprisingly — that President Erickson was served a subpoena to testify before a state grand jury investigating the allegations of sexual abuse against Jerry Sandusky.

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5 10 Questions With The Nittany Lion

Last week, we were lucky enough to score a little one-on-one time with the “symbol of our best” — the one and only Nittany Lion. We decided to ask him a few questions to get to know him a little better. Check out this video to find out what he had to say!

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3 G-Span Finds a New Gig

It’s been far too long since our revered former President Graham Spanier has been in the news. That changed yesterday when the Harrisburg-Patriot News reported that Spanier would be working on national security projects for the federal government.

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0 Erickson, Administrators To Host Second Roundtable Forum

Following a successful and informative Student Town Hall Forum that took place in late November, president Rodney Erickson and other members of the university’s administration will hold a second roundtable forum on Tuesday, April 17, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., aimed at answering any questions that the student body may have about Penn State’s future “in light of recent events.”

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4 Rick Santorum Pulls Out (Of the Presidential Race)

I’m extremely disappointed and deeply saddened to let you all know that former Pennsylvania senator and Penn state alumnus Rick Santorum pulled out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday. After a hard-fought campaign, he decided that he was tired of being behind Mitt Romney and constantly coming in number two.

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9 Speakers Released, Collective “Who?” Uttered

It’s one of those things about college, like a particularly boozy night or where your freshman writing classroom was, that, looking back in 20 or 30 years, you will not remember, but at the time seem particularly important (especially where the classroom is). Snagging a high-profile commencement speaker, these days, is seen as a sign of cachet, a way to set a university apart. There are slideshows of the best college commencement speakers of 2012. Penn State… will not be on that list.

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0 Ten Questions with Homecoming Emcee Avery Williams

Last week, Homecoming 2012 announced that its emcees would be Avery Williams and Chrissy Bohn. Onward State had the opportunity to interview Avery on Friday. Williams, a senior majoring in aerospace engineering and Vice-Chair for Region II of the National Society of Black Engineers, discusses what motivated him to apply for emcee and what he hopes to accomplish in this position after the jump.

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0 Penn State and Ohio State Organize Blood Drive

The Penn State Student Red Cross Club has organized a month-long blood drive in the second annual “Fight for Life”. Penn State will compete to give the most blood against the Ohio State University Student Red Cross Club. The friendly competition began Monday, April 2 and will conclude on Friday, April 27.

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1 View From Above: Millennium Science Complex

Haven’t had a class in the Millennium Science Complex yet? Don’t expect to sit in a lecture hall there anytime soon. This new addition of laboratories to the University Park campus is strictly for scientific studies for students and faculty. It currently houses Penn State’s premier research organizations: the Materials Research Institute and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

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