PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Penn State Love Stories: Part 3


Another week, another round of Penn State love stories — including a couple who got engaged on the top of the Fraser St. garage. If you’ve missed the previous installments, be sure to catch up on Penn State Love Stories Part 1 and Part 2.


Shaun and Megan

He is: Shaun McPartlin, Class of 2010

She is: Megan Ackerman, Class of 2009

They first met: When Megan’s roommate introduced herself to Shaun’s roommate’s dad, thinking that the 45-year-old was their new neighbor.

What happened next: They saw each other at parties and hung out as friends.

Now they’re: Engaged

And have been together: More than 4 years (engaged for 2 months)

Their soundbite: “I proposed to [her] at Arts Fest this summer on top of the parking garage on Fraser St. where we had our first date. Might sound like a lame first date, but pizza on top of a parking garage from Faccia Luna as the sun goes down did the trick for us.”

Shaun and Megan

Justin and Alyssa

He is: Justin Brooks, Class of 2010

She is: Alyssa Brooks, Class of 2010

They first met: At a “washboard abs” class on Valentines Day. (Neither of them had dates.)

What happened next: They went to a movie and were too nervous to say a word to each other. (After, though, they went to Dunkin’ Donuts, where they “talked about everything from [their] favorite flavor of Chapstick to [their] outlooks on life.”)

Now they’re: Married. He proposed on the top of the Empire State Building over spring break during their senior year.

And have been together: 6 years

Their soundbite: “The [day after we met] he was auctioned off at a date auction, and I “bought” him (for $40!) so that I would be guaranteed a second date! Little did I know, he was hoping I would do that, and we have been virtually inseparable ever since. Had I known that just $40 would ‘buy’ my future husband, I may have bid a little more!”

Justin and Alyssa

Joseph and Kathy

He is: Joseph Blackburn, Class of 1982

She is: Kathy McIntyre Blackburn, Class of 1981

They first met: In Runkle Hall, where she said massive water battles used to take place. She rounded the corner and was hit in the face with water — by him. She said it was “as far from ‘love at first sight’” as you could get.

What happened next: She has been making him pay for the water incident ever since.

Now they’re: Married

And have been together: 31 years

Their soundbite: “It all started at Penn State, and continues to this day. My oldest was a captain of the Penn State baseball team (he actually came home from the hospital in a Penn State onesie) and my middle daughter is also a graduate of the Penn State and the Schreyer Honors College. Now they’re both engaged and planned to be married to….Penn Staters.”

Joseph and Kathy

About the Author



Penn State Hockey Releases 2018-19 Roster

Brett Murray is no longer on the team after an uneventful tenure in Happy Valley that saw him score just one goal in 33 games.

Penn State Women’s Soccer Sophomores Start Season Strong

Penn State Women’s Soccer Beats Duquesne 6-0

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

Penn State Women’s Soccer Poised For Strong 2018 Season

Student Life

Your Fall 2018 Sylly Week Playlist

Whether this is your first semester or last, welcome to Sylly Week.

While You Were Gone…

Involvement Fair Returns To HUB Lawn Syllabus Week

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.

While You Were Gone…

Here’s a roundup of what went on around Penn State during summer break.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

What Changed In State College While You Were Away

With another summer in the books, here are all the changes to State College that happened while you were gone.

Send this to a friend