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Career-best distance senior Joe Kovacs (Nazareth, Pa.) recorded in winning the Big Ten Conference indoor shot put crown. It was the second-best throw in Penn State history and automatically qualified Kovacs for the NCAA Championships.
Sixty-nine student-athletes from seven fall sports earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. In the 17-year history of the program, 3,616 Penn State student-athletes have been honored.
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NLC Notebook:........................................................3 Exciting Event: Golf Outing Set in July ...............................3
Membership Matters: Annual Fund Success, Key Dates ........4-5 Feature: Freshmen Make Immediate Impact.........................6-7
Men’s Basketball: Talor Battle Closes Out Career ..................8 Women’s Basketball: Success Just a Starting Point ...............9
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Coach Cael Sanderson congratulates Quentin Wright after he won the individual national championship at 184 pounds. For more on the team’s first national championship since 1953, please see Page 5. (Photos by Mark Selders)
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After successful winter, spring brings excitement NLC NOTEBOOK
Itʼs a great time to be a supporter of Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics as our student-athletes consistently prove themselves in the classroom and competition.
As the fall semester ended, the womenʼs volleyball team claimed an unprecedented fourth consecutive national championship. And the success continued ... the wrestling team held the nationʼs No. 1 ranking for much of the season, earned its first-ever Big Ten championship and then won the national championship; the menʼs basketball team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001; the womenʼs basketball team reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005; the fencing team finished second in the nation; the menʼs and womenʼs gymnastics teams maintained their spots among the nationʼs elite; and the womenʼs track and field team finished second at the conference indoor championship.
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While Penn State captured its first Big Ten Conference wrestling championship, it also swept individual honors at the tournament. That included (left to right): Cael Sanderson, Coach of the Year; David Taylor, Wrestler of the Year and Freshman of the Year; and Quentin Wright, Outstanding Wrestler at the event. (Photo by Mark Selders)
Thereʼs a not-so-secret secret to all that success, too. Itʼs you—our loyal Nittany Lion Club members.
Your support makes all of those performances possible. Without you, the resources necessary to claim championships would not exist.
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Success leads to ranking jump Highlighted by the wrestling national championship, Penn State jumped three spots to second overall in the first winter Learfield Sports Directorsʼ Cup rankings.
Stanford continues to lead with 674 points, while Florida State (505.50), Ohio State (503.00), and Wisconsin (496.25) round out the top five.
Through the first round of winter titles, the Nittany Lions have earned 228.25 points, with 528.25 points overall.
Penn State has finished in the top 25 in each of the previous 17 Directorsʼ Cup competitions. The Nittany Lions are one of only 10 programs nationwide that has finished in the top 25 in every year of the competition.
In addition to the wrestling championship, both indoor track squads and the womenʼs swimming team earned points for their efforts during their respective championship competitions.
The next Division I winter standings will be released in April.
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Penn State womenʼs volleyball senior Blair Brown (Purcellville, Va.) was selected as one of 12 semifinalists for the AAU Sullivan Award as the Top Amateur Athlete of 2010. Brown was previously named the recipient of the 2011 Honda Sports Award in volleyball, designating her as the nationʼs top collegiate female athlete in that sport. The honor was based on the results of national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools. This was the third year in a row that a Penn State womenʼs volleyball player earned the award. Nicole Fawcett won the award in 2009 and Megan Hodge picked up the honor in 2010. The fencing team finished second, finishing just behind Notre Dame, and crowned five first-team AllAmericans at nationals.
Three womenʼs gymnasts earned all-Big Ten honors. Sophomore Sharaya Musser (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and junior Natalie Ettl (Waukesha, Wis.) garnered first-team honors while sophomore Madison Merriam (Gaithersburg, Md.) picked up second-team laurels. Ettl was also Penn State's honoree for the Sportsmanship Award. Menʼs lacrosse coach Jeff Tambroni won his first game as a coach at Penn State when the team recorded a 9-7 victory over Binghamton on Feb. 19, 2011.
Womenʼs lacrosse coach Missy Doherty earned her first Penn State victory on March 2, 2011, when the team romped over Bucknell at home, 22-2.
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Blue-White Weekend packed with activities, opportunities
Combine a carnival, concerts, a parade, fireworks and football and what do you get? A recipe for family fun during the annual Blue-White Weekend, of course.
The Nittany Lion football team will culminate spring practice with Blue-White Weekend presented by AAA from April 15 to 17.
Kickoff for the Blue-White Game presented by AAA is tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m. April 16 in Beaver Stadium. The contest will air on www.GoPSUsports.com and the Penn State Sports Network, with radio affiliates across the state of Pennsylvania. As in previous years, there will be no admission or parking fee for the game.
Carnival hours are: Friday, 6 p.m to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fireworks are planned for both Friday and Saturday nights.
This year's Blue-White Weekend will launch the celebration of 125 years of Penn State football. Also, the second annual Beaver Stadium 5K Run/Family Fun Walk to benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday. Last year's event raised more than $35,000. To register, visit www.stadiumrun.org online. Numerous events will be held in conjunction with the BlueWhite Game, including the popular pre-game autograph session with the players. The Penn State baseball, men始s lacrosse, women始s lacrosse and women始s tennis teams also will be competing at home during the weekend.
The Blue-White Game is one of the nation始s most popular spring football contests. The attendance record fell three consecutive years, topping 70,000 each year from 2007 to 2009. An estimated 55,000 Penn State fans attended the 2010 contest.
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Along with festivities and fireworks, Blue White-Weekend provides the opportunity for players, such as quarterback Paul Jones (10) to compete in front of a Beaver Stadium crowd. (Photo by Mark Selders)
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Q&A: A Happy Cael Sanderson
After the wrestling teamʼs first national championship since 1953, coach Cael Sanderson took time for a brief, exclusive question-and-answer session for the NLC Newsletter. Can you compare the feeling of winning your individual championships as a wrestler to winning a team championship? I think itʼs similar. Anytime you have goal that requires a lot of work and you accomplish it, it feels good. Being part of a team, I think thatʼs a little more challenging—and itʼs a little more special because of that, too. What did you do to celebrate? We celebrated mostly by just being happy. With the kids, we had class on Monday and win or lose you still have to go to class. We got together, but itʼs more that good feeling of peace—and thatʼs the greatest feeling in the world.
Was it at all anticlimactic going into final round at nationals knowing youʼd won? We celebrated and did high fives after Andrew Long and Ed Ruth came back in the consolation round and got it locked up. Thatʼs kind of opposite from the Big Tens, when it came down to the end.
Did you prefer clinching early, or as a competitor would you like it to come down to the end? Iʼd take either one, any day. We weʼre happy and itʼs all the result of teamwork. At nationals, it was a great opportunity for Ed and Andrew to shoulder those responsibilities and help the team. Plus, as a coach or an athlete you canʼt really change your focus, whether the team title depends on you or not. Your focus has to be on you and your opponent.
Who did you hear from that offered congratulations that made you most happy or most surprised you? I think the most gratifying part is seeing the people that have been loyal to you personally, and those loyal to the program for a long time, so happy. As a coach you just want to do the job youʼre hired to do. Itʼs cool and it feels nice to do that. We have some alumni whoʼve wanted to win the national championship for a long time. Theyʼre positive, determined and always continued to support the program. That made it special. Also, it was kind of cool to see coach Rich Lorenzo afterward. Nobodyʼs given more to the program than he has. Heʼs still supporting the team on a daily basis.
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Coach Cael Sanderson said teamwork and tradition were a big part of the wrestling team’s championship.
You talked about programʼs tradition and resources. What percentage of success was that and what percentage was the new coach? I think I was just lucky to be able to be the one that got to come in here. The groundwork had been laid. Lots of people, coach Sunderland, coach Fritz, all our supporters, already had the ball rolling. Everything was here when I arrived, and thatʼs what it takes. As the coach, I didnʼt do a whole heckuva lot other than point the way to go and we had a great staff with Cody (Sanderson), Casey (Cunningham), Troy (Letters) and (Matt) Dernlan. What was the biggest surprise of the season? There werenʼt too many surprises. You kind of know your team. If you donʼt know how your team is going to react in tough situations youʼre probably not training correctly.
What was the first thing you addressed when you got back to work after the championship weekend? Everyone on our staff was in the office that Monday. You have to want to be building and continuing to make progress and it just has to be a non-stop process. Recruiting never stops and youʼre always trying to build the program. Two weeks after the championship, you wrestled in the Northeast Regional Senior Freestyle Tournament as part of a bet with the team, went 3-0 and qualified for the World Team Trials. Why? It was just kind of a casual deal. I think it was the night before the Big Tens and a couple of our guys, Adam Lynch and Bryan Pearsall, who were on the trip, came up with the idea. It was just kind of fun. Iʼll wrestle every year if these guys go out and win nationals. Plus, while you still can, I think itʼs good to show your passion for the sport and competing.
Were you pleased with your performance? For a guy who hasnʼt been on the mat in seven years, it was fun. What did it feel like? It felt good. Thatʼs one place in this challenging world where I feel comfortable.
While you were trying to have fun were you worried an opponent would be especially motivated to make his name against you, despite your layoff? I was thinking that, and Iʼm not in optimal shape—especially after the last month and a half of the season when you really get into coaching mode more than the rest of the season and you have less time to train. Basically, though, I trained with the team quite a bit. I was a little concerned, but you have to realize things will never be perfect.
Whatʼs next, will go you to World Team Trials to compete? Iʼm not planning on going to the trials. It was just kind of a one-time deal. I may have a change of heart, perhaps. Iʼm not going to rule it out. But Iʼm not planning on going. Whatʼs next? We have several off-season freestyle tournaments. We still have a little bit of recruiting and then camps. Plus, thereʼs getting organized and making adjustments for next year.
After winning a championship, what do you have to adjust? You just kind of look back through your plan, what worked, what didnʼt work, what individuals performed well at Big Tens and nationals. We have a pretty good plan overall, but there are minor tweaks that can be made. Plus, itʼs all about the individuals and you want to find a way to better prepare each kid. Itʼs not a cookie cutter, every kid needs something different.
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Freestyle competitor Matt Salig was one of a half dozen freshmen on the men’s swimming team who posted some of the top times on the team. (Photo by Mark Selders)
Several standout student-athletes make transition to college life look easy
Wrestling standout Andrew Alton clearly remembers his welcome-to-college-wrestling moment— the exact time when he knew how he had performed in high school, and what he had done as a two-time Pennsylvania state champion, no longer mattered. It came early in a Jan. 30, 2011, bout against defending NCAA runner-up Montell Marion of Iowa.
With a sold-out crowd at Rec Hall waiting for something to cheer as Alton and Marion each looked for an initial opportunity in their 141-pound bout, Alton capitalized first. He took Marion down to his back and the partisan crowed roared as Alton (who pinned more than half of his opponents during his freshman campaign) seemingly had another victim to add to his list.
Even with the many differences, Alton and several freshmen made the transition to intercollegiate athletics and college life with relative ease this past year. Alton, from nearby Mill Hall, Pa., immediately earned a spot in the lineup and ranked as one of the nationʼs top wrestlers for most of the season. Womenʼs basketball player Maggie Lucas (Narberth, Pa.) was similarly successful.
She played in each of of the Lady Lionsʼ games, coming off the bench in every game except the regular-season finale, and finished as the teamʼs leading scorer with 16.3 points per game.
She was named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year (after being named Freshman of the Week Heralded freshman Andrew Alton posted a 26-6 a record eight times) and set numerous scoring record with 17 falls. (Photo by Mark Selders) records along the way—including the Penn State Instead, Marion fought off the fall, recovered and mark for 3-pointers made in a season. eventually won the match. While many in attendance were surprised and might argue that Altonʼs pinning combination was missed, Alton Still, she was almost unimpressed by her success. found the experience valuable as a learning experience. “In high school, when you get an opponent in that position, they stay pinned,” Alton said. “But I didnʼt finish. Itʼs different in college than in high school.”
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“Oh, itʼs different in a lot of ways from high school, but itʼs still basketball. And my expectations were pretty high,” Lucas said. “You just have to be willing to work.”
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Lucas certainly knows how to work. In addition to the teamʼs practices, she regularly made time to shoot a minimum of 500 shots per day, many of them 3-pointers. She hit 44.9 percent of her long-range shots during the season.
“We want the freshmen to come in and be the best on the team. Once we really start doing that, it’s going to enhance competition and help the team to improve even more.” — Jeff Thompson, women’s gymnastics coach
She also discovered that the second half of the season was harder than the first. As opponents realized her performances were not a fluke, she had more difficulty getting shots because opponents played tighter defense and made it harder for her to get her hands on the ball.
time,” said freshman menʼs swimmer Matt Salig (Downingtown, Pa.). “You have the chance to focus on classes and on your team.”
Along with more flexibility in their academic schedules and the benefit of academic advisers, even those who thought they were working hard in high school discovered there was “another level” in college.
“You kind of expect all the guys in the pool to be at the same level or higher than you but after the first few practices it was definitely harder than I expected,” said Sean Grier (Hummelstown, Pa.), another freshmen on the menʼs swimming team. “But, itʼs good to know everybody is going through the same thing. That helps, and then you start to figure things out.”
“My older brothers had played me pretty hard in the past, though, so it was nothing new,” Lucas said. “Itʼs a good feeling when somebody steps out to get a hand in your face and you still make the shot. You just kind of smile and get back on defense.”
No matter the sport, all freshmen student-athletes face a similar adaptation process.
For a longer college season, she also needed improved conditioning—and the teamʼs regime prepared her well for that challenge.
“If youʼd have told me last year as a high school senior that Iʼd somehow put more time into swimming than I did then, Iʼd have thought it was impossible,” Weedman said. “I thought I was doing all I could.
“You notice the season is longer, but itʼs not something you want to end,” Lucas said. “Because then it would be over.”
“But you get here and youʼre doing spinning and weightlifting as well as swimming. Youʼre doing so much that you just have to get better, and I did. That was really satisfying.”
Like Lucas, womenʼs swimmer Chelsea Weedman (Ponway, Calif.) was Freshman of the Year in her sport. Classmate Makenzie Powers (Sycamore, Ill.) earned all-conference recognition for the womenʼs swimming team and several freshman members of the menʼs swimming team posted team-best times in a variety of events.
Freshmen such as gymnast Cassidy Bogar (League City, Texas), who competed in at least one event during every meet, and running back Silas Redd (Norwalk, Conn.), who amassed 611 yards of total offense and scored two touchdowns, were among many student-athletes in a class that made big contributions for several Penn State teams. Gymnast Cassidy Bogar represented Penn State on the
Admittedly, coming to the other side of the country was not always easy for Weedman. She has not completely adapted to Pennsylvania weather and maintains that some things about the Keystone State and central Pennsylvania are “just different” from her home in California. Still, she knows she made the right decision.
“Itʼs like a home away from home,” Weedman said. “All freshmen at Penn State have to get used to things and those of us who are student-athletes actually have an advantage because we have a team, a built-in family.
Some coaches expect such an immediate im- also competed on the floor and vault. (Photo by Mark Selders) pact. While all Penn State coaches want their freshmen to adapt successfully and succeed in the classroom and in competition, they admit that expectations and That Penn State family made it easier for some, like Powers, to evenperformance are part of the equation as well. tually limit their connections with home. “My mom wanted to call and talk every day,” Power said. “That was a little much.” “We want the freshmen to come in and be the best on the team,” said womenʼs gymnastics coach Jeff Thompson. “Once we really start For Bogar, the close-knit, blue-and-white family of coaches and teamdoing that, itʼs going to enhance competition and help the team to immates helped deal with the fact that her own family could not regularly prove even more.” make it to her competitions as they did in high school. beam in every meet during her freshman season. She
As all of the freshmen adapted to college life and learned how to get along with a roommate, how to survive without some home cooking, how to deal with expectations and how to manage their time, they especially learned that college life provides a mix of relaxation and rigors. “Itʼs great to be in control of your schedule and manage your own
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“Thatʼs all part of the college experience, though, and Iʼm OK with that,” Bogar said. “You learn to do things on your own. I missed them at times and I know they missed me, but you grow as a person and learn, and thatʼs what itʼs all about.”
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NCAA Tournament berth caps record-setting season Senior guard Talor Battle, a two-time All-Big Ten selection, acknowledges the Bryce Jordan Center crowd during one of his final home games. (Photo by Mark Selders)
After facing one of the nationʼs toughest schedules and advancing to the Big Ten Tournament championship game for the first time in program history, the menʼs basketball team capped a special season with an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 2001. A tight-knit senior class was a big part of the teamʼs season-long success.
“Iʼm very happy for them, very proud of them. Theyʼve stayed the course,” coach Ed DeChellis said. “Weʼve had some tough days. Weʼve had some disappointing losses, but those kids have always stayed the course. Theyʼve been great kids for me. Theyʼve been great for the University and wonderful student-athletes. I'm really proud of them." With a 19-14 record before they started tournament play, the Nittany Lions showed they were a resilient group after enduring many challenges.
How they emerged from those challenges, especially with an impressive run through the
conference tournament, was one of many things that pleased DeChellis about the campaign, his eighth in Happy Valley.
more of an impact player than some might expect based on his size. Then again, expectations never slowed Battle.
“Weʼve been knocked down several times, but one thing about our staff and our players is that weʼre always going to get back up.”
Thanks to that approach, Battle finished his career as the first Penn State player selected to multiple first-team All-Big Ten squads. He was just the third player in NCAA Division I history to amass 2,000 points, 600 rebounds and 500 assists. He was also the first Big Ten player to reach 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists.
“It has been challenging at times. There have been some things that have happened to us, injures that we werenʼt expecting. I think weʼve had some crazy luck, as well,” he said. “There are always challenges with everything you do in life, and Iʼve always tried to tell our kids to just keep fighting and get up off the floor when you get knocked down.
Senior guard Talor Battle, Penn Stateʼs alltime leading scorer and the obvious heart and soul of the team, was one of those who continually got back up. He did that throughout his final season and career in a blue-andwhite uniform. In fact, desire and intangibles made the 5foot-11, 165-pound guard from Albany, N.Y.,
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“I take a lot of pride in doing things people donʼt think are possible,” Battle said. “And Iʼm always going to go hard.”
“Statistics are just part of it, though,” DeChellis said. “Heʼs a great kid, a super student-athlete. Heʼs a competitor and he has courage. “Those are two great qualities, and he will be successful in life whatever he decides what he wants to do.”
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Washington: Team’s 2010--11 success just a beginning Women’s basketball teammates Talia East, Maggie Lucas and Alex Bentley happily record a spot for “Courtside with Coquese,” which airs on WPSU-TV.
the season as the teamʼs leading scorer. She set the Penn State record for 3-point shots in a season, eclipsing the mark of program legend Kelly Mazzante, and produced results on both ends of the floor.
A move from seventh place to second place in the Big Ten Conference was just one positive step for the womenʼs basketball program during the 2010-11 season.
Still, Washington knows what happens one season does not automatically transfer to the next.
Others highlights and positives included six more regular-season victories and the teamʼs first NCAA Tournament berth since 2005.
Penn State might have a safety net against any slump, though. With depth and diversity, the team can challenge opponents in a variety of ways.
There were many such steps.
By any measure, it was a successful season. Coach Coquese Washington thinks so, but sheʼs not satisfied.
“Weʼve certainly improved in a lot of areas and itʼs been a fun group,” Washington said. “I like our team. I like our youth. I like the pieces we have coming back.” Because that group returns almost intact—the only loss will be steady senior Julia Trogele (Devon, Pa.), this past seasonʼs success might be considered a starting point for the Lady Lions. Penn State has not crafted back-to-back 20win seasons since 2002-03 and 2003-04, but those kind of expectations might not be far fetched as the program regains its position among the nationʼs elite.
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“Every season is different,” she said. “A lot of things change.”
This past season, the Lady Lions displayed the diversity as different players shouldered the teamʼs scoring and rebounding chores almost every night.
Five different players were the teamʼs high scorer during the final nine regular season games. And while three players generally dominated the stat sheet in terms of rebounding, eight different players led the team in rebounding in a given game during the season. “Weʼre not a one-trick pony. We get a lot of contributions from a lot of people,” Washington said. “When you can rely on contributions from four, five, six or seven people, you can make things a lot easier on yourself.” Freshman guard Maggie Lucas (Narberth, Pa.) made an immediate impact and finished
While some were surprised by that impact, neither Lucas nor Washington was in that group.
“Again, one of the reasons sheʼs been able to come in and do that is because weʼre a team and people cannot focus on just her,” Washington said.
In fact, the number of potential focal points for opponents includes an impressive list of versatile Lady Lions.
Sophomores Alex Bentley (Indianapolis), Nikki Greene (Diboll, Texas) and Marisa Wolfe (Ford City, Pa.) played prominent roles this season and each has room for more improvement. Also, redshirt sophomore Mia Nickson (Ashburn, Va.) will return, as will juniors Zhaque Gray (Chicago) and Renee Womack (Lansdale, Pa.). Plus, other members of this yearʼs freshmen class—Talia East (Philadelphia) and Arial Edwards (Elmont, N.Y.)—could emerge as even bigger contributors.
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Whether it’s THON, Coaches vs. Cancer, the Pink Zone or other e
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Whether they do it with competition or some silly fun, as the menʼs swimming team did during the Penn State Dance Marathon with a song-and-dance to “Itʼs Raining Men,” Penn State coaches and student-athletes regularly display their commitment to charitable efforts. Overall, the Student-Athlete Advisory Board helped raise more than $57,000 during THON.
Senior womenʼs basketball player Julia Trogele and her teammates helped craft another Pink Zone success this year. The event raised more than $100,000. Menʼs basketball coach Ed DeChellis regularly displays his commitment as a national leader for Coaches vs. Cancer.
And the footballʼs teamʼs recent activities included Make-A-Wish visits during THON weekend.
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other endeavors, coaches and student-athletes prove they care.
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Nike gives $400K to library for 400th GIVING
In honor of longtime football coach Joe Paterno and his wife, Sue, and to commemorate the coachʼs 400th win, Nike Inc. made a gift of $400,000 to the University Libraries. The Paternos are longstanding supporters who have championed fundraising efforts for the Libraries since the 1980s.
“Joe and I have always said that you canʼt have a great university without a great library,” said Sue Paterno. “We are delighted that Nike Inc. has acknowledged this milestone in Joeʼs career by supporting an institution so important to us.” Barbara I. Dewey, dean of the University Libraries and Schol-
arly Communications, said the gift was important to keep the libraries competitive.
“This gift will help the Libraries keep pace with evolving student needs, by funding parts of the Tombros/McWhirter Knowledge Commons in Pattee and Paterno Libraries, slated for construction late spring 2011,” she said.
As planned, the Knowledge Commons focuses on undergraduate students and is a collection of innovative and traditional services and repurposed physical spaces that facilitate information discovery, collaborative learning, and knowledge building.
“Technology-rich and studentcentered, the Knowledge Commons is designed to meet the needs of today's Penn State students, who create work in digital and multimedia formats,” said Dewey. “Since it was founded in 1972, Nike has set the tone for defining human potential in sports and the notion that everyone could be an athlete. “In the same way, this gift will help our students define their academic potential and provide a catalyst for additional Knowledge Commons gifts.”
Paterno, who has coached his entire career at Penn State, has posted a 401-135-3 mark with the Nittany Lions.
First Person: Academic scholarship a perfect gift for dad As our fatherʼs 90th birthday approached on Dec. 6, 2010, my older brother got to thinking about an ideal gift, a special tribute, something to honor our father and his long and lasting association with Penn State athletics. A few months prior, Casey Keiber, a major gifts officer with the Nittany Lion Club, met with my brother, Len Catanoso Jr., and spoke with him about donor opportunities in the athletic department.
Given his size, about five-foot-six, 140 pounds, he decided against football. But phys ed majors were encouraged to participate in as many sports as possible, even varsity sports if they could make the teams. Remarkably, our father managed to make the varsity squads in three sports that he never played in high school: soccer, wrestling and lacrosse. His playing time was limited, but he has vivid memories of wrestling a national champ at Navy (and getting pinned) and later, getting about five minutes of action against the Midshipmen in lacrosse.
That was the seed. Len, a 1973 graduate in physical education and a hammer thrower on the track and field team, took it from there. With our sister, Gymnastics was a special love of our Marlene Catanoso Testa, participating fatherʼs. He was strong and well cooras well, Len decided to pool $50,000 from their two South Jersey businesses Family members provided a special 90th birthday gift for Leonard Catanoso. dinated and relished the challenge of the rings and parallel bars. Though he to establish an academic scholarship in They created an academic scholarship in his name for men’s gymnastics. never made the varsity team, he was part of the practice squad and the name of Leonard R. Catanoso Sr., in the menʼs gymnastics protrained under the legendary Gene Wettstone, who started coaching the gram. At a gathering of family and friends on our fatherʼs birthday, Len menʼs team in 1939. “I had more gymnastics friends than any other announced the gift. Our father, always a man of few words, was sport,” our dad recalls. Among his pals were Ray Sorenson, Harold speechless. He was also enormously proud. It was, quite literally, the Zimmerman, and closest of all, Lou Bordo, who made the U.S. Olympic perfect gift. team for the 1948 London Games. Our father nurtured his friendship with Bordo until Louʼs death in 2001. They frequently met at University Leonard Catanosoʼs love for Penn State and Nittany Lion sports dates back to 1940 when he entered Penn State as a freshman. He had been Park each June for Pioneer alumni reunion gatherings in the 1980s and 1990s. a star athlete at Wildwood (N.J.) High School in football, basketball and track and field. In enrolling at Penn State—the only one of his four Those experiences and friendships helped shape the man our father brothers and four sisters to go to college—he majored in physical edubecame. Thatʼs why my brother Len chose the menʼs gymnastics procation. He was also offered a football scholarship (an offer not to be confused with todayʼs lucrative scholarships). Tuition was $69 a semes- gram for a scholarship honoring our father at Penn State. Thatʼs why it was the perfect gift. ter, a sizable amount in those post-Depression days, and our fatherʼs — Justin Catanoso (ʼ82 Journ) scholarship entitled him to earn a few bucks waiting on tables at McAllister Hall, which was a menʼs dorm at the time.
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GIVING We are pleased to announce these gifts and pledges of $25,000 and above to our “For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students.” We sincerely thank the donors who, through their generosity, made these important funds a reality. Opportunities exist to endow scholarships in specific sports or an area that meets your interest. Or, support one
of our facility projects. Of course, all such opportunities provide tax benefits. If you would like information on how to participate, please call us at (814) 863-GIFT (4438).
Martha Adams .................................Martha A. Adams Endowment for the Morgan Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes Paul and Lynne Anderson............................................................................................Lasch Football Building Naming Opportunity Paul and Lynne Anderson Strength Staff Office Anonymous .......................................................................Lasch Football Building Naming Opportunity-Linebacker Coach’s Office Anonymous .......................................................................................................................................Endowed Football Scholarship John and Nancy Avau.......................................................................John and Nancy Avau Endowment for Intercollegiate Athletics Leonard R. Catanoso Jr.......................................................Leornard R. Catanoso Sr. Endowed Scholarship for Men’s Gymnastics Thomas C. and Mary Hammond Chase................................................................................Norm Constantine Fund and Blue Band Chesapeake Energy Corporation ........................................................................................Chesapeake Energy Trustee Scholarship Alexander M. Della Bella.............................................................Dr. and Mrs. Alexander M. Della Bella Family Football Scholarship Harry and Lynda Deutsch .................................................................Deutsch Family Morgan Center Program Support Endowment Keith D. and Pamela A. Driftmier ...................................................Keith D. and Pamela A. Driftmier Program Support Endowment for the Morgan Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes Della Durant ........................................................................................Della Durant Endowed Program Fund for Women’s Athletics Matthew and Vanessa Elliott...............................................Matthew and Vanessa Elliott Tutoring Room in Lasch Football Building Janet E. Fox ........................................................Tom and Janet Fox Family Program Support Endowment for Women’s Volleyball Marilyn J. Gamble..............................Marilyn Gamble ’69 Softball Scholarship in Honor of Harvey R. ’39 and Mary E. ’38 Gamble William S. Gilchrist Jr. ........................................................................................................................Gilchrist Football Scholarship Bill and Elaine Given ........................................................................................................Bill and Elaine Given Football Scholarship Harry and Anna Hain .................................Women’s Basketball Operations Director’s Office and Broadcast Booth in Pegula Arena Brian and Kelly Hoffheins..................................................Dale and Lucille Hoffheins Memorial Endowment for Academic Support Lam and Lina Hood............................................................Lori Barberich Rose Women’s Volleyball Program Support Endowment Charles Ike/Bulk Chemicals Inc. ..................................Percy A. “Buzz” Satoris III Trustee Scholarship for Intercollegiate Athleteics Matthew Johnson..........................................................................................................................Carl Macri Memorial Scholarship Diane Wood Krapf and Dallas L. Krapf ....................Diane Wood Krapf and Dallas L. Krapf Endowed Football Position Scholarship The Krentzman Family ............................................................................Krentzman Family Men’s Basketball Endowed Scholarship David S. Lipson................................................................................................Larry A. Johnson Sr. Endowed Football Scholarship Moyer Family......................................................................Barry Moyer Memorial Trustee Scholarship for Intercollegiate Athletics NCAA............................................................................................................................................................Lasch Football Building Richard and Mary Noe .................................................................................................Richard and Mary Noe Baseball Scholarship Paul F. Robertson ..........................................................................................Robertson Family Endowed Field Hockey Scholarship Paul and Karen Sheeler.......................................................................Paul and K.C. Sheeler Endowed Academic Scholarship Fund Paul and Nancy Silvis ........................................................................Pegula Arena Naming Opportunity-Front Lobby and Entrance Kiros and Cheryl Sistevaris............................................................................................Huse Family Endowed Athletic Scholarship John and Susan Skowron ......................................................................................John and Susan Skowron Program Endowment for the Morgan Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes Todd A. Sloan..............................................................................Sloan Family Endowed Scholarship for Men’s and Women’s Golf Robert A. and Mary R. Szeyller ............................................................Robert A. and Mary R. Szeyller Track and Field Scholarship Stephen and Rosalie Szynal .................................................................................................................................................Pending James L. and Theresa Wagner ..............................James L. and F. Theresa Wagner Endowed Intercollegiate Athletics Scholarship Hal and Helen Wright ......................................................................................Hal and Helen Wright Endowed Football Scholarship
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Major gift ($1 million) bolsters ongoing ice campaign GIVING
The Penn State Ice Campaign took another significant step forward recently as Paul and Nancy Silvis, of State College pledged $1 million to the project. The contribution was the first major gift on the heels of an $88 million contribution from Terry and Kim Pegula last fall for a new ice facility at Penn State as well as the start of Division I menʼs and womenʼs ice hockey programs in 2012.
The main lobby of the Pegula Ice Arena will be named after the Paul and Nancy Silvis family. The couple also will co-chair the Penn State Ice Campaign Committee, which will help to raise an additional $10 million to complement the gift from the Pegulas for the ice arena and ice hockey program endowments.
“Nancy and I felt compelled to give to the Joe Battista, associate athletic director, with (left to right) Kurt Collins, Michael Silvis, Paul Silvis, Nancy Silvis and Ben Bouma, an adviser for the Pegula Ice Arena project. project because of the important role hockey has played in our lives as well as the opportunities this new facil- directors, a former advisory board member for Schreyer Institute for Innovation and Learning and Schreyer Honors College, past member of ity will bring to the youth of our community,” said Paul Silvis. “Joe Batthe For the Future Campaign and past member of the Outreach Advitista (associate athletic director for the Pegula Ice Arena/Hockey sory Board. Operations) and I have been discussing strategies to build a new ice facility for many, many years. Nancy Silvis is co-owner of the historic Mount Nittany Inn in Centre Hall, Pa., and a resident of Centre County since 1982. In addition to being a “While the Pegulasʼ initial gift gets us much closer to the goal, it doesnʼt pharmacist, Nancy currently volunteers her time on the State Theatre quite get the puck in the net. Terry and Kim are looking for assists from Board, WPSU Board, and co-chairs the WPSU Wine Celebration and others in the community to show their passion for a new ice arena. the all new Race Day Soiree 2011 for the American Cancer Society. She Through additional gifts from the community, we can transform Penn also volunteers in the Centre Volunteers in Medicine pharmacy, and is State and the Centre Region into ʻHockey Valley.ʼ It will take a team of the former Celebrations Chair for the Fourth Fest. passionate players to turn this ice arena into reality.” “After having three sons involved in the sport, we are excited that varsity hockey is coming to Happy Valley,” said Nancy Silvis. “Paul and I met because of hockey and we have been able to enjoy many hours and experiences with our families because of their participation in ice hockey. We are proud to be part of Penn Stateʼs hockey future and look forward to helping with the campaign.”
Paul and Nancy hold the distinction as being the first and only husband and wife to graduate from Penn Stateʼs Smeal Executive MBA program in 2006.
In addition to being on the cutting edge of its industry, Restek has positioned itself as a key figure throughout the Centre Region with many of its employees serving on boards and volunteering their time toward good causes. Silvis places heavy emphasis on innovation in the workplace. Restek has won many awards, including being named as one of the top 15 companies to work for by the Wall Street Journal in 2007. In 2008, the company became 100 percent employee owned.
Pegula Ice Arena is slated to open in late September 2013. The ice arena will be the only major rink within an 80-mile radius and will be on par with the best collegiate facilities in the nation. The facility will be built on the corner of Curtin Road and University Drive, directly west of the Bryce Jordan Center. It will include two ice sheets and other features that will allow it to be used for a broad range of campus and community activities, from commencement ceremonies to kinesiology classes to public skating sessions and youth camps.
Paul Silvis founded Bellefonte, Pa.-based Restek Corp. in 1985. Restek has grown into an international business manufacturing chromatography columns and supplies that are represented in more than 110 countries.
In 2009, Paul Silvis formed SilcoTek, an offshoot of the Restek Corp. Located in Bellefonte, Pa., SilcoTek uses CVD technologies to impart many of the properties of Teflon into steel. A member of Penn Stateʼs Board of Trustees, Silvis is active in the local and University communities, including the Patton Township Planning Commission, Centre Community Foundation, President of the Central PA July 4th Inc., past chairman of the board of the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County and a member of their executive board of
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“We are so grateful to Paul and Nancy for their generous gift to the Ice Campaign,” said Tim Curley, director of athletics at Penn State. “We are equally as excited that they have agreed to co-chair the Penn State Ice Campaign Committee. Moving forward, they will be a big part of helping to raise the additional funds needed for the launch of varsity ice hockey at Penn State.”
The facility will provide new training and performance opportunities for a figure skating academy and for the University's women's ice hockey team, which also will transition from club to varsity status. The arena also will offer ice time to recreational and high school hockey programs, as well as intramural and local speed skating and broomball clubs. For more information on suppporting the ice campaign, please call RJ Gimbl at (814) 865-5576.
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Nittany Lion Club points are a true reflection of the generous and loyal support of individual members to support our student-athletes. Priority status is enjoyed by NLC members for the purpose of procuring football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball tickets and seating. Members are given first priority to purchase tickets based on their point totals. Points are assigned as follows: 1 point for each $50 contributed since becoming a member; 2 points for each year of NLC membership; 5 points for Penn State alumni (maximum of 5 per membership); 10 points for lifetime members of Alumni Association (one time only); 10 points for lettermen in a varsity sport at the University Park campus.
Grant supports Penn State Ability Athletics GIVING
An important grant from the Christopher Reeve Foundation has provided support for Penn State Ability Athletics to serve disabled and wounded active-duty soldiers with special workshops. A Quality of Life grant worth $12,500 will allow Penn State to support the Disability Recreation Programʼs Wounded Warriors Workshops and Clinics in conjunction with the Christopher Reeve Foundation. The workshops and clinics are set aside for inclusive recreation for wounded and disabled active duty soldiers. These important clinics help to provide hands-on experience for recreation managers that work with the soldiers.
“We are very pleased to accept our third and largest grant from the Christopher Reeve Foundation,” said Teri Jordan, director of Ability Athletics. “This grant was written to help wounded warriors and weʼre really excited to receive it.”
The recreation managers who take these courses are able to design their own programs for future use by implementing certain techniques, equipment and services to give better treatment for wounded and disabled solders and families.
“We want to help any wounded warrior in the area,” said Jordan. “To have the equipment and opportunity to participate in physical experiences, come to us, practice and use the equipment needed.” The grant will fund and support expenses for programmatic athletic equipment and is in cooperation and agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Ability Athletics conducted a Paralympic Academy through two sessions in early February and early March. The program helped guide wounded warrior teachers, with other Penn State professors, around campus.
NCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championship May 5 and 7, 2011 / Rec Hall Tickets: Call 1-800-NITTANY or visit the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office during regular business hours.
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State-of-the-art facility heightens softball expectations INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS
“We will finally have a stadium that's worthy of the program,” said coach Robin Petrini. “Nittany Lion Softball Park will clearly impact our recruiting efforts in the future. It will bring recruits here who will find the complex and amenities accommodating to the level of the program.
If 2010 served as a rebuilding year with a team full of youth, the Penn State softball team will seek a bounce-back year in 2011 with a goal of earning an NCAA Tournament berth.
“I think the expectations are high, as they should be,” junior co-captain Danee Collett (Rogersville, Tenn.) said. “With the core group still the same, having that extra time together I think is going to really help because we have that comfort zone. We donʼt have to get through that whole beginning of the season of everyone finding their roles. Everyone is there.” Relying on an experienced group with eight returning starters, the 2011 edition of the Nittany Lions have much to prove.
“Where we can go from here is unlimited in terms of recruiting and success on the field year in and year out. I think people will really enjoy coming to a brand new facility, have a place to sit and see the games in a beautiful setting.”
Softball coach Robin Petrini thinks a new home for the softball team should With the complex, the team knows its mean many new opportunities. (Photo by Mark Selders)
“Weʼre a lot more familiar with one another,” senior co-captain Desi Giordano (West Caldwell, N.J.) said. “(The players) know their roles and I think weʼre going to do really well this year because of all the extra time people have put in it.” A great deal of extra time since last season was spent laying the foundation, literally, for the foundation of the program itself with the construction of Nittany Lion Softball Park.
With 1,084 seats, the park complex includes a
softball-dedicated building that houses the team's locker rooms, training rooms, lounge, media center, hospitality suite and coaches offices. A state-of-the-art lighting system also allows for televised night games and the ability to play host to NCAA and PIAA tournament competition. Also, an adjoining building will serve as Penn Stateʼs batting and pitching tunnel for indoor activities and Beard Field has a new surface that allows for better drainage and irrigation while also playing host to outdoor batting cages and bullpens for home and away teams, respectively.
timetable for such success has been accelerated, and that success must come against a difficult schedule. Twenty-two of the teamʼs 26 opponents this year reached postseason play in 2010. Still, the team has several proven talents, including senior pitcher Jackie Hill (San Jose, Calif.) who posted career highs in appearances (35), starts (28), complete games (21) innings pitched (190.2) and strikeouts (211) last year.
At the plate, Cassidy Bell (Bakersfield, Calif.) returns as the teamʼs most consistent and productive hitter.
Nine women’s swimmers earn berths to NCAA Championships Following an outstanding regular season and a dominant performance in the Big Ten Championships, nine Penn State swimmers were selected to compete in the NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving National Championships.
Sophomore Amy Modglin (Fort Myers, Fla.) returned to the national meet for the second straight year and was be accompanied by eight first-time competitors. Fellow sophomores Merritt Krawczyk (Kingwood, Texas) and Paige Whitmire (Lederach,Pa.) made their debuts along with senior Alexandra Young (Carmel, Ind.).
Others selected were: juniors Samantha Palser (Chester Springs, Pa.), Katie Pulos (Rosemond, Pa.) and Erin Thomas (Bangor, Maine), as well as freshmen Mackenzie Powers (Sycamore, Ill.) and Chelsea Weedman (Poway, Calif.).
The nine selections were the most by the Nittany Lions since the team sent 10 to the 2008 competition.
Only 15 teams in the country were represented by at least nine competitors.
The team defeated every other Big Ten team during the regular season with victories over Michigan, Illinois, Ohio State, Minnesota and Iowa.
Penn State, thanks in large part to sophomore Scott Rosenthal (Clearfield, Pa.) also dominated the still rings throughout the season. As the football team has a reputation as “Linebacker U,” the gymnastics team could legitimately claim honors as “Still Rings U.” Rosenthal and junior Miguel Pineda (Galloway, Ohio) posted two of the nationʼs top four scores in the event and five Penn State gymnasts had scores among the nationʼs top 18 in the event.
The team spent its spring break in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for an exhibition competition with the Puerto Rican National team. It was Penn
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Stateʼs first international competition since March 1, 2005, when the team played host to a group of college all-stars from Japan at Rec Hall.
With a third-round score of 311, the Penn State women's golf team finished fifth at Rio Verde Invitational, an event in Rio Verde, Ariz., hosted by Western Michigan. The team posted a 61-over-par 925 (306-308311).
Sophomore Emily Ransone (Hilliard, Ohio) finished the tournament in eighth place with a 9-over-par 225 (73-76-76). It was her third top10 finish of the season. In addition, freshman Christina Vosters (Bethany Beach, Del.) had her best finish of her career, ending the tournament with a score of 231 (76-76-79) and a tie for 19th place. Sophomore Hanule Seo (St. Louis, Mo.) finished the tournament with a 235 and finished tied for 30th.
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Track team members named All-Big Ten after strong efforts
Thanks to outstanding performances at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, six members of the Nittany Lion track and field team earned All-Big Ten first team honors, while another trio of Penn State athletes captured spots on the all-conference second team.
Baseball team’s youthful roster, sport’s bat change pose challenges Outfielder Sean Deegan (right) was one of the team’s early season hitting leaders. (Photo by Mark Selders)
Twenty student-athletes on the baseball teamʼs roster—including two pitchers who earned decisions in the squadʼs first nine games—are freshmen or sophomores, but that youth is not a problem.
In fact, coach Robbie Wine appreciates the mix of youth and leadership on the team and it has not diminished his outlook for the season.
“Itʼs a young team, I think weʼre new on the mound. On the field and position player-wise, we have some experience with guys that have been here a few years,” Wine said. “Those guys are leading, and I like the leadership of the position players spilling over into the pitchers. “Weʼre young, but we have some good leadership and they are embracing the young guys and teaching. The young guys are smart too; theyʼre sponges. As a coach, all I can ask for is effort and focus and these guys are doing that.” Penn State finished last season 22-30, with a record-setting, home-run hitting season by catcher Ben Heath among the highlights.
This season, Wine believes the program has more depth—especially among the pitching staff—and he hopes some competition among team members can lead to the consistency necessary to win more games.
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“This is the first year that weʼve really had some depth to where there isnʼt a dropoff,” Wine said. “I donʼt want guys to be satisfied with making the travel roster.”
Along with personnel adjustments, all of college baseball must adjust to an even bigger change—different bats. Those altered bats might make this a good year to have pitching depth, because the sport could become a bit more reliant on good pitching. In short, the traditional “ping” of aluminum bats no longer exists.
Metal bats must perform more like wooden bats, or at least aluminum bats from 30 years ago before composite bats dominated the sport and made it a game of long ball. The bat change is designed to speed games by reducing offense and enhance safety by slowing down balls hit through the infield. Whatever the reason for the change, the “sweet spot” on bats—the best place to connect with a ball so it jumps off the bat—has become smaller. And the style of play throughout the sport might change. That could mean teams scraping for runs however possible.
“We used wood bats all fall, and the ball jumps off wood better,” Wine said. “With these bats, if you donʼt hit the sweet spot, you better knock the ball down.”
Headlining the Nittany Lion honorees were seniors Ryan Foster (Tasmania, Australia) and Shavon Greaves (Lakewood, N.J.), who both claimed their third-consecutive indoor conference title in their respective events, with Foster making it three in a row in the menʼs 800 meters, and Greaves topping the women's 200-meter field for the third-straight indoor season.
Also garnering first-team accolades was senior Joe Kovacs (Nazareth, Pa.), who captured his first career conference title thanks to an NCAA-automatic qualifying throw of 65-1.25 (19.84) in the shot put. The women's 4x400-meter quartet—comprised of Doris Anyanwu (Beltsville, Md.), Ije Iheoma (Holland, Pa.), Greaves, and Megan Duncan (North Huntingdon, Pa.)—also earned slots on the first team with their event victory. They established a new facility record (3:37.80) in the event, which was conducted at Purdueʼs Lambert Field House. Earning second-team recognition with silvermedal finishes were three other student-athletes. Those honorees were sophomore Casimir Loxsom (New Haven, Conn.) and freshman Brady Gehret (Altoona, Pa.) at the men's meet, and junior Caitlin Lane (Greenwich, N.Y.) on the womenʼs side.
Loxsom placed second in the 600-meters run at 1:17.63 while Gehret turned in runner-up effort in the 400, finishing in 47.19. Lane earned silver-medal standing in the mile run, clocking at 4:43.44.
Also earning recognition were junior Chris Cipro (Harmony, Pa.) and senior Maura Ryan (Doylestown, Pa.), who were both recipients of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. Cipro completed the 3,000/5,000-meter distance double at the men's meet, placing 17th in the 3,000 and 19th in the 5,000. Ryan, who was competing in her first Big Ten track and field championship after a four-year soccer career at Penn State, finished fourth in the 800meter run, crossing the finish line in 2:10.60. The womenʼs team finished second at the conference meet and them menʼs team sixth.
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Accomplished administrator Scheetz announces retirement INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS
After 29 years of dedicated service to Penn State, Sue Delaney-Scheetz will retire from her post as associate athletic director and senior woman administrator on March 31, 2011.
“Sue has great passion for Penn State and our studentathletes and we will miss her perspective, experience and keen sense of humor. We wish Sue all the best for a healthy and fulfilling retirement.” — Tim Curley
“It has been an honor to work for Penn State for nearly 29 years, first as an assistant coach for field hockey and lacrosse while lecturing in the Department of Kinesiology, then as the head womenʼs lacrosse coach and finally as an administrator,” said DelaneyScheetz. “I have coached, worked alongside and met so many wonderful people during my time here. Being part of the Nittany Lion family has been a truly unforgettable experience that I will treasure forever.” As the womenʼs lacrosse coach, DelaneyScheetz won two national championships.
During her time as an administrator, Penn State womenʼs teams have won four NCAA championships, 46 regular season Big Ten championships and 11 conference tournament titles. Penn State also won three combined national titles in fencing during that time. Since the fall of 2008, six Penn State womenʼs teams have won a combined 12 Big Ten titles.
“We are very appreciative and grateful to Sue Delaney-Scheetz for her many significant contributions to Penn State athletics and the University,” said Tim Curley, director of athletics. “Sue has been a wonderful ambassador for Penn State throughout her tenure as a very successful teacher, coach and administrator. She has made many friends across the nation for the University and the department serving as a trusted member of Penn State, Big Ten and NCAA committees. “Sue has great passion for Penn State and our student-athletes and we will miss her perspective, experience and keen sense of humor. We wish Sue all the best for a healthy and fulfilling retirement.”
Delaney-Scheetz joined the Penn State staff as an assistant field hockey and lacrosse coach in 1982. She became the head lacrosse coach in 1986, spending four years in that position. She led Penn State to two national championships (1987 and 1989), accumulating a superb 67-9 record while also
earning two National Coach of the Year awards.
She was promoted to assistant athletic director in 1989 and became associate athletic director and senior woman administrator in 2002.
Delaney-Scheetz has served on numerous committees nationally as well as at the conference and University levels. Most recently, Director of Athletics Tim Curley said Penn State will miss Sue Delaney-Scheetz. Delaney-Scheetz represented the Big (Photo by Mark Selders) Ten and Penn State Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics as a member of the NCAA Championships and the National Association of Collegiate Cabinet from 2005 to the summer of 2010. Woman Athletics Administrators. She also twice served as a member of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Committee, first from 1987-93 and again from 1999-2003 as the committee's chair. She assisted with the U.S. national lacrosse team, accompanying the team to the 1986 World Cup and to England and Scotland in 1987.
At the Big Ten level, Delaney-Scheetz served on the conferenceʼs Program and Budget Committee, Joint Group, Administrators Council, Legislative Review Committee, Sport Management Committee, and Sport Management Executive Committee at various times throughout her administrative tenure. Delaney-Scheetz was also on the Faculty Senate Athletic Committee and the Women's Commission Sub-Committee for Athletics. She is an active member of both the National
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After notable achievements at all levels in the lacrosse community, Delaney-Scheetz was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2000, and is also a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Pennsylvania Chapter Hall of Fame. An alumna of West Chester State University, she lettered in lacrosse, basketball, field hockey and softball. In her senior year, she was a member of the basketball team that won the first National Invitational Basketball Championship for women. Delaney-Scheetz was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1998, she became a member of Delaware County's (Pa.) Hall of Fame for her accomplishments as a lacrosse coach, and in 2005 was elected to her home state of Delaware's Sports Museum Hall of Fame.
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Lift for Life date set July 8—week before Central Pa. Festival of the Arts The ninth annual Penn State Lift for Life, coordinated by the Penn State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes, will be conducted Friday, July 8 in Holuba Hall. That date falls one week earlier than what has been the eventʼs traditional alignment with the Central Pa. Festival of the Arts, which is conducted
each year on the Penn State campus and in State College. Proceeds again will benefit the Kidney Cancer Association. Officers for the Uplifting Athletes chapter
Managers, recruits get start in spring When spring football practice started in March, the team had three new members— the latest additions to the 10-member staff of student managers.
After receiving dozens of resumes, Brad Caldwell and Kirk Diehl interviewed seven potential additions and finally settled on three.
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“Itʼs a hard process because itʼs hard to choose,” Caldwell said. “It requires a big commitment, and because the guys are together so much and work so hard weʼre looking for a fit and a good person.”
Some potential managers come with recommendations from high school coaches and some seek the opportunity on their own. Most get hired in the spring semester of their freshman year, which allows them to be with the program throughout their career. In the spring and during the season, football managers work from about 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day the team practices. Thereʼs a camaraderie and a fellowship, but little time exists for anything else. “Weʼre honest with them,” Caldwell said. “Itʼs kind of hard for them to be in another club or do other things here if theyʼre doing this.” Spring, specifically the day of the Blue-White Game itself, also serves as a welcome session for members of the incoming football class. Players recruited to join the team in the fall are invited to visit with their families and enjoy the day.
“We really try to make it special, and feel like itʼs their first day with the team,” Caldwell said.
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were elected recently as well. Tackle Mike Farrell (Pittsburgh) was elected president. tackle Eric Shrive (Scranton, Pa.) was voted as vice president, linebacker Mike Yancich (Washington, Pa.) was named secretary and Ty Howle (Wake Forest, N.C.) was selected head of operations.
Brad Caldwell, Equipment and Facilities Coordinator
The recruits get sized for their helmets, uniforms and cleats. And their families get to meet everyone associated with the program. The meetings also provide some interesting behind-the-scenes moments. For example, one incoming running back provided some anxiety for the staff.
When he was recruited, Eric McCoo was promised jersey No. 7 by an assistant coach. But, when spring came Caldwell gave that number to receiver Corey Jones because Caldwell did not know about the promise and because Jones was an upperclassmen in a program where seniority rules. When McCoo was on campus for the Blue-White Game, Caldwell took a straightforward approach to diffuse any problems. Most upset was the coach who made the promise. “Eric, about the uniform ...,” Caldwell said before McCoo cut him off and said he noticed a receiver was wearing the number. “Yea, but I have No. 8 for you. OK?” With out a word, McCoo stood up and gave Caldwell a hug. “Thatʼs great!” he said. Problem solved.
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Nearly 100 return to celebrate soccerâ€™s 100th An alumni game at Jeffrey Field (above) and a banquet at the Penn Stater (photos below) were part of a weekend full of activities.
Appropriately, nearly 100 alumni returned to campus Oct. 22-23, 2010, to help celebrate 100 years of Penn State soccer. Numerous activities over two days allowed alumni and their family members, young and old, to interact, meet and reminisce. They were also able to compete and contribute. The competition include an alumni game at Jeffrey Field. And a large number of attendees chose to contribute and make a gift to the soccer program during their return visit to campus.
Those who returned got a private tour of the All-Sports Museum at Beaver Stadium and were honored at halftime of the menâ€™s soccer game vs. Ohio State, which the Nittany Lions ultimately won, 2-1, in overtime. Attendees included Walter Bahr, Jan and Lorraine Bortner, Director of Athletics Tim Curley, Melinda Curley and numerous soccer greats and their friends and family members. Coach Bob Warming, Bahr, Curley and alumnus Dick Packer had the opportunity to address the crowd during the weekend-ending banquet at the Penn Stater.
Nearly three dozen alumni from all over the country returned to campus for activities that included an alumni vs. current team match as well as an alumni vs. alumni matchup appropriately referred to at the “Geezer Game.” A busy day also included a banquet at the Atherton Hotel.
Men’s volleyball alumni compete, contribute—and sing With nearly three dozen participants, special activities for men’s volleyball alumni were busy and well attended on Jan. 8, 2011. A full day of activities included a practice session in the Rec Hall South Gym and a lunch for alumni. There was on-court competition, including a match between alumni and current team members and the “Geezer Game” that matched alumni vs. alumni.
DIVERS AT DAMON’S
Thirty-five diving alumni returned to campus for an alumni event that has been conducted every five years. The Oct. 15-16 weekend included a tour of campus, a diving competition for the alumni and dinner. The weekend was organized by Varsity ‘S’ Committee member Drew Jackson. A majority of those returning made a gift to the program as part of the weekend.
Varsity ‘S’ Committee member Frank Gaudagnino played a key role in organizing the event that was entertaining and fun. In addition, alumni who returned displayed their commitment to Penn State and the program as everyone who returned made a donation back to the men’s volleyball program. Alumni returned from all over the country and they were able to interact with former coach Tom Tait as well as current coach Mark
Pavlik and many other alumni and current student-athletes. Competition was not limited to the court, either. During a banquet at the Atherton Hotel, alumni and current team members participated in the annual signing competition. As has become the case with that traditionrich element of the reunion, the alumni were again victorious.
Basketball teams attract alumni for festivities
Recent alumni activities for the men’s and women’s basketball teams produced similarly successful results. The women’s team conducted its event first, on Jan. 29-30, 2011. More than 20 alumni returned and they were able to attend practice and share time a training table with the team’s current players. They attended the men’s basketball game against Wisconsin and were then honored at halftime of the women’s game against Ohio State on Jan. 30. The men’s team also brought back more than 20 alumni for its event on Feb. 13, 2011. They participated in pre- and post-game sessions in the Mt. Nittany Club and, of course, were special guests at the Bryce Jordan Center as the men upended Northwestern.
A ‘DOLL’ BABY, HONEST
Heather Doll, a member of track and field teams from 2001 to 2005, and Matthew Doll welcomed a daughter on Dec. 17, 2010. She was 8 pounds, 0.9 ounces and 20 inches long. She has long legs, which should help her follow in her mothers footsteps as a high jumper. The new family resides in Glen Rock, Pa., where both parents work at Pin Oak Lane Farm, a horse farm.
A Plan: One Gift, Any Size, Every Year
PROUD PSU PAIRING
Susan Oliver and Zelimir Koljesar currently live in Fort Mill, S.C. Susan graduated in 2004 and played on the women's golf team while Zelimir was a member of the men’s volleyball team who graduated in 2003. ‘Z’ is a web developer and Susan is a stay-at-home-mom to Anthony, who is 8 months old. He was born on May 10, 2010. They’re looking forward to attending the men’s volleyball national championship in May. Go PSU!
Opportunities abound for alumni assistance
Former Penn State student-athletes and Varsity ‘S’ Club members may choose from a variety of ways to support “For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students.” Options range from easy, such as simply attending an alumni event, to more committed, such as giving to the Nittany Lion Club. And, by participation in the Nittany Lion Club, former student-athletes may designate their support to a specific team and still earn NLC benefits. Gifts of any size make a difference in the success of each and every varsity sports program. A committee of more than 30 former stu-
dent-athletes has been created to assist the Varsity ‘S’ Club and Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics with reaching out and reconnecting with our more than 11,000 former student-athletes. Volunteer representatives on the committee from each of the sports will be contacting alumni from those sports in the near future to seek more participation from all of our alumni.
As you know, Penn State is a fully selfsustaining athletic department, meaning it does not utilize state funds, University funds or tuition dollars to finance its 29 varsity sports. We rely heavily on private donations through the Nittany Lion Club. And, we are continuing the opportunity for former athletes to designate their NLC donations directly back to their team, helping make an immediate impact on the sports that have given them so much. It doesn’t take a million dollars to make a difference, either. If you are looking for other ways to financially support your team, contact any of the following: RJ Gimbl (814) 865-5576 / firstname.lastname@example.org; Casey Keiber (814) 865-8137 / email@example.com; John Nitardy (814) 863-7664 / firstname.lastname@example.org; or Ken Cutler (814) 863-6761 / email@example.com.
In 2010, former student-athletes gave more than $2.6 million to Intercollegiate Athletics.
Mail from Mike ... For the Glory, For the Future
Dear Fellow Nittany Lions, Every day in Happy Valley seems to bring more good news and opportunities for Intercollegiate Athletics—and for our former student-athletes to be a part of that ongoing success. For example, the “For the Future Campaign,” Mike Milliron created to keep a Penn State education affordable, (814) 867-2202 continues to move toward its goal, and a recent firstname.lastname@example.org Wall Street Journal poll found that corporate recruiters rank our University as the No. 1 place to find new members for their teams. Find Varsity ‘S’ on Facebook! Our many Penn State teams remain competitive in the conference and nationally, with at least some of that success attributable our facilities. We continually to improve existing facilities on campus—such as Rec Hall, where scoreboards and video screens were recently added—and the state-of-the-art softball stadium will debut this spring.
Contact the Varsity ‘S’ Club
Plans for the ice hockey arena are being designed right now, and plans for upgrades to other sports’ facilities are under discussion. We’re also planning a number of activities for Varsity ‘S’ members to enjoy next fall. Watch for details about those events in the near future. We truly appreciate when former student-athletes return to campus, and hope you can make time to do so as soon as possible. I encourage you to get engaged with the Varisty ‘S’ Club if you have not been in the past. Or to stay involved if you have been. Your time, talent and contributions are important to keep Penn State successful. (’05 Baseball)
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