PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

By Golly, Emerson Begolly’s Mom a PSU Professor

The strange story of Emerson Begolly continues to develop as information about him and his family comes to light.

Emerson’s mother Joan Kowalski (formerly Joan Begolly) had been approached by FBI agents who expressed concern about her son’s online postings and made arrangements to get him out of his father’s house. His father, who reportedly had major disagreements with Emerson’s mother, had dressed Begolly in the Nazi uniform for pictures now spread widely on the Internet.

While Begolly was taken to a parking lot in New Bethlehem, PA under the auspices of visiting a sick relative, a search warrant was served on his father’s house, turning up more than 20 guns (mainly hunting rifles) and computer equipment. When Emerson and his mother arrived at the parking lot, his mother went in to a Burger King while a couple agents approached Emerson. The situation escalated with Begolly biting one of the agents and allegedly reaching towards a loaded handgun in his jacket.

A search was also conducted at Joan Kowalski’s house in Natrona Heights. Natrona Heights is just about ten miles from the Penn State New Kensington campus, where Begolly had previously taken classes before he transitioned to being a World Campus student.

Turns out that his mom is also a senior  instructor in engineering there. She teaches a mechanical engineering class on dynamics and another on the strength of materials. She also teaches a couple mechanics for technology courses.

Kowalski seems like a smart woman, and she probably had no intention of seeing her son walk away in handcuffs. She knew he was dangerous and cooperated with the investigators. Begolly is now being kept in jail awaiting his trial, having been barred from posting bail following an appeal from federal prosecutors. It will be interesting to see how the trial proceeds from here, and how (if at all) Penn State will be involved in the proceedings.

About the Author

Davis

Creator of @OnwardState. Big fan of sweaters.

Comments

More by Davis

Penn State and the Process of Life

To paraphrase Mark Twain: The reports of higher education’s death have been an exaggeration. American universities produce more research and relevant knowledge for the world at large than any other institutions I know of. Tuition may be too damn high, but over the long-run, undergraduate degrees are definitely worth the cost. But Penn State could be so much more. It used to be, I think.

Bonded in Blue, White, and Worry

43 Simmons

Athletics

Penn State Women’s Soccer Beats Duquesne 6-0

Emily Ogle, Frankie Tagliaferri, Kerry Abello, Rachel Wasserman, and Kim Dubs scored for the Nittany Lions in Sunday’s lopsided victory.

Shea Moyer Lifts Penn State Women’s Soccer Past West Virginia 1-0

Penn State Women’s Soccer Poised For Strong 2018 Season

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Student Life

Lisa Salters To Serve As 2018 Homecoming Grand Marshal

The Grand Marshal will be present at many of Homecoming’s events throughout the week and will be featured in the parade Friday night.

Student Body President Cody Heaton Welcomes Class of 2022 At Convocation

Start The Semester Off Right With These Welcome Week Activities

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Penn State Officially Welcomes Class Of 2022 At Convocation

The Class of 2022 joined the Penn State family Saturday evening at Convocation.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend