PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

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.

Comments

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

Athletics

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

Freshman 101: Helpful Links

Canvas, LionPATH, and eLiving are just a few of the websites you’ll need to figure out this great big world called Penn State.

Nominations Now Open For Gender-Neutral Homecoming Court

Your Fall 2018 Sylly Week Playlist

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.

Mayor Don Hahn Plans To Veto Overnight Parking Restrictions In Highlands Neighborhood

Those in favor of the ordinance plan to consider overturning the veto at a special meeting next Monday.

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