Author: Chase Tralka
As a graduating senior, I’ve been looking forward to seeing the list of commencement speakers for all the various colleges. Throughout the years Penn State has had some pretty cool cats come to send its graduates out with a bang; including famous filmmakers, corporate CEOs, and Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners. This year is no exception with some pretty big names on the docket. We’ve got the full list after the jump.
On April 9th, Scott Sandelin did something that had never happened at Minnesota-Duluth before. He brought home the NCAA Division I Hockey Championship. With 1 year remaining on his contract at UMD, Sandelin is looking like an ideal candidate for Joe Battista, associate athletic director for Ice Arena Operations and Hockey Development, who’s currently on a nationwide search for Penn State’s first varsity hockey coach.
For years, I’ve been hearing people mention that the University owns a private jet that Graham Spanier can use to fly to Harrisburg and other locations for university business. Most of the time it’s mentioned in jest, with the the joke that the plane is used for extravagant trips for upper-level university officials. But nobody’s ever been too upset about that concept of the university owning a private jet.
Penn State alumni Frank and Janet Dudek committed $2.5 million yesterday to the University to support several academic units. The donation will help establish scholarships, support research and purchase laboratory equipment for the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the Eberly College of Science.
For all the successes that Penn State sports achieve, no team comes close to the continuing successes that the Penn State Fencing Team has had over the past 21 years. Since 1990, Penn State fencing has won total 12 national championships and the previous two. (Fun fact: Penn State Fencing’s 12 NCAA National Championships equals the total number of championships of the second most successful Big Ten school’s entire athletic department, Iowa.) Held in Columbus, Ohio the 2011 NCAA Fencing National championship saw the fencing team looking to channel their inner women’s volleyball players and win their third consecutive national championship. Unfortunately for the Nittany Lions, it wasn’t in the cards this weekend.