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Day: January 25, 2010

Copenhagen Comes To Penn State

If you didn't get a chance to head over to Copenhagen last month for the International Climate Change summit, a panel being held tomorrow may give you a chance to get up to date.


The event, titled "Climate Change, Climate Justice: Lessons from Copenhagen," will take place tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. in Pasquerilla Center's Memorial Lounge. Panelists will include Donald A. Brown, Associate Professor of Environmental Ethics, Science, and Law; Nancy Tuana, founding director of the Rock Ethics Institute; and Petra Tschakert, Assistant Professor of Geography and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. The discussion will be moderated by Erik Foley, OPP's new director of their Campus Sustainability Office.


The entire event will be webcast here, but you'll have to go here first to make sure your system is compatible.

Career Network Takes Edge Off Job Search

No matter what NPR says, many employers tap into the Penn State talent pool. The difficult part is matching yourself with companies looking for your type of skill set.


Career Services has set up the Nittany Lion Career Network, a new Access Account based portal that allows you to create a profile listing information valuable for potential employers: your major, coursework, résumé, etc. It's basically Monster but for Penn State. It is also helpful even if you're not looking for a full-time job; there are listings for internships around the country and part-time jobs near State College.


NLCN will send you announcements about career fairs, workshops or other job-related events that it may behoove you to attend. Keeping with the theme, it's all personalized. It isn't for everyone though. The site suggests that students in Smeal, EMS, IST, or Eberly register with their college, not with NLCN.

We Thank Our Loyal Donors

In December 2005, alumni and friends of Penn State donated $44.4 million. Sounds like a lot, right? This past December, those alumni and friends donated over $58 million, setting a new fundraising record (in a single month) for Penn State.


President Spanier had the following comment, according to Penn State Live: "Our donors continue their loyalty to Penn State, and we are most grateful to each of them for their exceedingly generous support, which is essential to the University's future."


Of the December total, 31,000 donors gave over 37,000 gifts. Eleven of these gifts surpassed $1 million.


Penn State hopes that this new record will fit into an upcoming crescendo of gift-giving, culminating in the "For the Future" campaign, a fundraising initiative beginning on April 23, 2010. The campaign emphasizes education affordability for students of modest means.


Will the recession impact this year's donations? Slim personal budgets may cause donors to purchase necessities rather than partake in philanthropy. However, let's hope our wonderful alumni choose to give back to dear old State.

What To Take Away From The Shrine Game

During the month of January, the NFL playoffs tends to hog the spotlight. NCAA football news is generally relegated to coaching hirings and firings and recruiting trends. What seems to be forgotten is the players in between the two levels of the sport - athletes that have begun the journey to turn pro. Saturday's East-West Shrine Game is one of the first milestones for these NFL hopefuls, and three Nittany Lions got an opportunity to show what they could bring to the field.


Check out how Andrew Quarless, Daryll Clark, and Jeremy Boone did after the jump.

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