PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Joel Myers Announced As 2016 Homecoming Grand Marshal

Joel Myers, a three-time Penn State graduate, will serve as Grand Marshal for Homecoming 2016, an annual honor saved for a notable alumnus. Myers received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in meteorology from Penn State in 1961, 1963, and 1971, respectively.

Myers is best known as the founder and president of weather service AccuWeather, which is used around the world and by various news stations for weather data. Myers founded AccuWeather in 1962 after earning his Bachelors and stationed the company in State College. He also spent time as a lecturer, instructor, and assistant professor of meteorology at Penn State before retiring in 1981. It’s estimated that in his time as a professor, Myers taught 17 percent of all practicing meteorologists in the country.

Upon leaving Penn State faculty and television and radio forecasting, Myers held a seat on Penn State’s Board of Trustees from 1981 to 2014 after being elected by alumni and then re-elected every three years. He was appointed as an Emeritus Trustee in July, 2014. Some alumni are likely to be unhappy with the pick; Myers was on the Board of Trustees in 2011 that fired Joe Paterno.

During his time at Penn State, Myers was an editor for The Daily Collegian and a member (and eventual vice president) of Sigma Gamma Epsilon.

Homecoming is scheduled for the week of October 2-8, culminating in the parade Friday night and game against Maryland on Saturday. This year’s theme is Old State Inspiring New Beginnings and will be carried through the various activities of the week.

Transparency note: Onward State is produced independently by students and hosted by Lazerpro Digital Media, owned by Dan Myers, son of Joel Myers. All content is produced autonomously.

About the Author

Lexi Shimkonis

Lexi is an editor-turned-staff writer who can often be found at either Irving's or the Phyrst (with the chances she'll have her backpack being the same). Lexi is a senior hailing from Spring City, PA (kind of) and studying Civil Engineering. Please email questions and/or pleas for an Instagram caption to [email protected], or for a more intimate bond, follow her on Twitter @lexshimko.


More by Lexi

A Special, Precious, & Eventful Experience: Lexi Shimkonis’ Senior Column

“And here in this lovely, intriguing spot called Penn State, each of us staked our own special, precious, and eventful life.” — Ross Lehman

Homecoming To Replace King And Queen With Gender-Neutral Court

[Video] An Interview With Line Dance Leader Gina DeFrancesco


Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Sauve originally committed to Vermont in 2015, but flipped to Penn State at the eleventh hour and will join the Nittany Lions next season.

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Evaluating Tony Carr’s Performance At The 2018 NBA Draft Combine

Penn State Hockey Commit Evan Bell Wins Clark Cup With USHL’s Fargo Force

Student Life

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

Penn State Esports Wins Tespa Collegiate Hearthstone Championship

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.

Penn State Names Guadagnino Vice President For Administration

Guadagnino will continue to provide legal advice as associate general counsel in addition to his duties as vice president.

As Disciplinary Hearing Opens, Expert Says Baldwin Failed To Properly Represent Ex-Penn State Administrators

A Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board hearing began on Tuesday in Pittsburgh for former Penn State general counsel Cynthia Baldwin, who is accused of violating rules of professional conduct in her representation of former university administrators during the Jerry Sandusky investigation.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend