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features 30 / Women of Impact Local women have been vital forces in area history • by Tracey M. Dooms

58 / Breaking Barriers

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When families move to the area from another country because of a job or school, one spouse usually faces more of a challenge to overcome language and cultural barriers and make Happy Valley a home for their families • by Lori Wilson

63 / Holding onto Dreams Amid Nightmares State College native finds her passion in bringing aid to Syrian refugees and others who need help around the world • by Christy Delafield

68 / Harmonious Education

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With March designated as Music in Our Schools Month, Centre County can be proud of the musical talent and work that’s taking place inside its schools • by Jason Klose Special Sections

39 / Women in the Community On the cover: Photo by Darren Andrew Weimert. From left, Madison Surovec, Anton Fatula, Tony Talarigo, and Kayla O’Leary are music students from Bald Eagle Area High School and will be celebrating Music in Our Schools Month in March.

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10 Letter from The Editor 12 Starting Off: The List, People in the Community, Q&A 20 Living Well: Is healing possible after infidelity? • by Meghan Fritz 22 Health: Colonoscopy: Colorectal- cancer detection and prevention • By Evangelos Messaris, MD, PhD, FACS, FASCRS

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24 Great Outdoors: Hiking enthusiast enjoy their special time on wooded trails and rugged paths • by Rebekka Coakley

93 What’s Happening: SpikesFest, Pippin, Winter Jam, Home and Garden Show, and more highlight March’s events

28 On Center: Pulitzer-winning Anthracite Fields to evoke mining life of yesteryear • by John Mark Rafacz

100 From the Vine: Finding the right wine for Indian food may not be as challenging as you think • by Lucy Rogers

90 This Month on WPSU

104 Taste of the Month/Dining Out: Tommy’s Asian Grill brings the flavors of Xi’an to Happy Valley • by Vilma Shu Danz 116 Lunch with Mimi: Law professor desires change in immigration laws 122 Artist of the Month: Sculptor Jim Bright looks to bring about a discussion with his creations • by Rebecca Poling

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124 Snapshot: Carolyn Donaldson has taken on a new role, but continues to be a positive influence • by Rebecca Poling


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Keeping It Nonpolitical Finding escapes from the drama in DC The realization for me that almost everything now is viewed through a political lens came during Super Bowl week. In the days leading up to Super Bowl LI, many of the stories concerning New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady weren’t about the fact that he was attempting to win a record fifth Super Bowl or how he planned to defeat the Atlanta Falcons. Instead, the national media took to questioning his friendship with the new President of the United States. Similar stories also were written or discussed about Patriots owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick and their relationships with President Trump. So Americans couldn’t even have this unofficial holiday that we call Super Bowl Sunday without some politics hanging over it. As you read some of the stories in this month’s issue of Town&Gown, one might think that we, too, are sprinkling politics within our pages. Lori Wilson’s story, “Breaking Barriers,” shows how families who come to the Centre Region from other countries receive help in acclimating to their new home. In “Holding onto Dreams Amid Nightmares,” Christy Delafield, an alum of State High (1998) and Penn State (2002), writes about her work with Mercy Corps, and specifically helping refugees from Syria in a camp in Jordan. Refugees and immigration have become boiling hot issues of late, but the magazine decided to do these stories long before inauguration day. With a growing number of families from other countries moving to Happy Valley, mostly because one member is studying or working at Penn State, “Breaking Barriers” gives examples of how members of those families adjust to living here and the local organizations and volunteers

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who are helping these families feel at home. “Holding onto Dreams Amid Nightmares” is an example of how someone from Happy Valley is doing some amazing and inspiring work with helping people who are in dire need. Now if you are interested in some political discourse, “Lunch with Mimi” has Penn State Law professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia discussing some of the issues when it comes to the current administration on immigration. My guess is that since election day and even more so after inauguration day, many, if not most of you, have had emotional and heated discussions (whether face-to-face or on social media) about things that are happening. If you’re like me, you just sometimes need a break from listening and reading about it all — keeping informed while also being able to breathe and enjoy your life. In my humble opinion, Town&Gown is something you can turn to, relax, and read about issues that affect Centre County but mostly about the people, places, and events that make this place so special. And the people who make this place great cross the political spectrum. Left. Right. Does it really matter when you come in contact with organizations and individuals who help others, inspire others, and give of themselves?

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The List What to know about March

If your name is Julius Caesar, March 15 is your least-favorite day. Beware the Ides of March!

Lion? Lamb? How will March begin and end? Who knows!? One thing is for certain, March is Music in Our Schools Month, and, starting on page 66, you can read about the music programs in Centre County’s school districts. Also in March: National Anthem Day is March 3. It was on this day in 1931 that President Herbert Hoover signed a resolution officially making “The Star Spangled Banner,” written by Francis Scott Key in 1814, the national anthem of the United States.

Everyone enjoys their inner Irish when St. Patrick’s Day comes around March 17.

Spring is in the air — officially! The first day of spring arrives March 20.

Spring ahead! Daylight Saving Time begins March 12, so turn those clocks ahead one hour.

It’s not about apple or cherry or coconut cream, but it’s still National Pi Day March 14 — or 3.14!

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Who doesn’t love puppies? Especially on March 23 when it’s National Puppy Day. T&G


People in the Community Keith and Linda Forrest

Keith and Linda Forrest of State College received the third Friend of the Blue Band Award, which is given to celebrate an individual’s Linda and Keith “outstanding commitment to Forrest with Blue Band president the Penn State Blue Band.” Keith Forrest graduated Douglas Uhazie. from Penn State in 1969. He and Linda support the Blue Band through their contribution to the Keith and Linda Forrest Program Endowment. The endowment supports the operation and initiatives of the Penn State Blue Band. The Forrests also support various other Penn State affiliated programs, including women’s athletics, the School of Music, and the Pediatric Cancer Wing of Penn State’s Hershey Medical Center.

Light Up State College

State College set a new Guinness world record in February when it had 5,622 ice luminaries lit up on Allen Street. It broke the previous record of 2,561 ice luminaries set by Vuollerim, Sweden. The Light Up State College project was organized by the Make Space and Centre Foundation. Many of the luminaries were made from kits provided by Light Up State College organizers. “It is all about bringing the community together and doing something neat that has never been done,” Centre Foundation CEO Molly Kunkle told the Centre County Gazette. “We have town and gown here working together, and it is going to be beautiful.”

Thon

Penn State’s 2017 Thon raised $10,045,478.44 for the Four Diamonds Fund. It was an increase from the $9.7 million raised in 2016. “We’re so excited to show our hard work through the culmination of our efforts Thon weekend,” Thon public relations director Sam Sherlock said in the Daily Collegian. The top Greek organization was Zeta Tau Alpha and Alpha Tau Omega, which raised $296,369.40. The top special interest organization was Springfield, which raised $192,883.78. The top general organization was Phi Gamma Nu, which raised $296,369.40. Four Diamonds director and cofounder Charles Millard said, “To sit in my position as a cofounder of the fund and seeing all of this growing around you, you just sort of sit back and relax and let them take care of it. It continuously builds. … It’s a thrill from my point of view to see this happen.” T&G

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Q&A with Pam Monk, founding member of State of the Story By David Pencek Everyone has a story to tell — and some enjoy telling theirs to a roomful of strangers. A few years ago, Pam Monk, a senior lecturer in Penn State’s journalism department, was inspired to start a storytelling program in Happy Valley that would be similar to the Moth, which is a New York City-based group that is dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. State of the Story holds storytelling events six times each year at the State Theatre, with the next one scheduled for March 20. Monk took time to talk about, well, the state of storytelling in State College. T&G: What was your inspiration to do a Moth-style storytelling here? Monk: Back in 2011, when the Sandusky scandal first hit, I noticed that in their shock and sorrow, people were telling each other their stories about experiences that related to everything that was going on in town, trying to make sense of something that was so sad and senseless. I thought it might be a good idea to use a storytelling format like the Moth, which I knew from radio and podcasts. So I actually called the Moth to see if they would come here to run a program to help us pursue that sort of experience, but State College didn’t fit their community profile, so I figured why not just make up our own program! T&G: How have the events been received? Monk: They’ve been well received. There’s a solid audience of 20 to 40 people each time, and we’ve had a wide diversity of storytellers. One of the aims was to find many different kinds of people to tell stories on a theme. I think one reason it’s been appreciated is that it is so elemental. No notes, no props, no electronics. One person talking to other people. It’s an ancient art form, and its power is undiminished.  T&G: For people who have never attended these type of storytelling events, can you describe what happens? Monk: We set a theme to help people shape their stories. There is a musician, usually a songwriter, who tells stories in that way, who opens. The ringleaders emcee, three to four people tell stories, intermission, another musical set, three 16 - T&G March 2017

to four more stories, and that’s it. Right now, we have a group of regulars who would be happy to tell at the drop of a hat, but … we want new people to join us, so new people who ask if they can tell get preference over the old hands.    T&G: The one in March is stories about where someone is from. What kinds of stories are you expecting to hear? Monk: Teresa Hamilton and I are ringleading “Home(ys)/ Town(ies), stories of where you’re from.” She’s from Helena, Arkansas, and I’m from Carle Place, New York, and we’ve often amused ourselves with stories of growing up in such different places. And so many people in university towns come from someplace else, but there are always people who have lived in them for generations. And a theme can be interpreted, it doesn’t have to be literally a place — metaphors and allegories always appreciated.   T&G: What is your favorite part of these storytelling events? Monk: I love telling stories and I love hearing them — all sorts. State of the Story sticks to personal narrative — the tellers attest that these stories happened to them — and people have such a wide range of experiences, sometimes so unexpected, always affecting, whether funny or sorrowful. I always leave a storytelling session feeling good about people, that our differences are not insurmountable. In fact, they are important to understanding what we have in common. T&G   State of the Story’s “Home(ys)/ Town(ies), stories of where you’re from” is March 20 at the State Theatre. For more information, visit pamelapolis.com or thestatetheatre.org.


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Life after Adultery Is healing possible following infidelity? By Meghan Fritz One of the biggest reasons people seek counseling is to help them let go and forgive past hurts and offenses caused by the loved ones in their life. I often see people who have gone through adultery in their marriage, and while they want to heal the relationship and move forward, they find it hard to forgive their partner for going outside of the relationship. The anger, betrayal, hurt, and confusion take over, and while their partner may be remorseful and ready to heal the relationship, the person who was cheated on can’t let the offense go. The fact is, when someone cheats in the relationship it has very little to do with their partner and everything to do with their character. It takes courage and vulnerability to let your partner know that you are no longer invested in the relationship. To face this fact can seem overwhelming and terrifying, and most people seek an escape through a fling or affair rather than confront the root of the problem. Cheating is not the root of the problem, rather it is a symptom of a bigger problem that speaks to the disconnect in the relationship, and, more importantly, the disconnect to yourself and your conviction. The only way you can truly heal and move forward is to recognize that the crisis taking place is a crisis in character, not the relationship.

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I hear the phrase “I hate confrontation” often in my work. Many people who look outside the relationship have massive difficulty confronting problems in their life. Rarely is this difficulty limited to relationships. It also seeps over into other areas of their life, such as disappointment about their career, stress over finances, or deep hurts rooted in a dysfunctional childhood. Escape can come in many forms, such as alcohol, drugs, porn, Facebook, or another relationship. All of these things provide a numbing and escape from facing our problems. This escape provides us relief from the nagging feeling that something is very wrong in our lives. Rather than confront the problem, people seek ways to escape and numb the hurt. Adultery is one of the most common ways people seek to avoid the problems in their life. Many people who have been the victim of adultery blame themselves for the situation. “I should have listened more. I knew we were disconnected. I didn’t try hard enough.” While all of these things may be true, you cannot be responsible for the actions of another person. You can only own your actions and your contribution to the disconnect of the relationship. When someone goes outside the relationship, that is their choice and action — do not make the mistake of blending the two together. This will lead only to self-loathing and confusion. Each


party in the relationship must own their actions separately without blurring the act of adultery as equal blame. It is possible to move beyond adultery, but only when both parties are willing to take the steps necessary to heal the relationship and change the dysfunctional patterns that led to the demise of the relationship. The first step is honesty. You have to search your heart and spirit and ask yourself if you want the relationship to work. If you are certain you want out, have the courage to honor that certainty with yourself and your partner. I see way too many couples who panic after an affair, and both immediately enter a honeymoon phase to make things work. This action is almost always based out of fear, not love. Decisions made from the basis of fear are always poor decisions. Have the courage to be honest with your partner about where you stand in committing to make things work. You hurt your spouse much more by pretending to make things work than if you let them know you cannot continue the relationship. You also hold your spouse back from finding a partner who loves them and wants to share a committed partnership. When people say, “I don’t want to hurt my spouse by leaving,” what they really mean is, “I’m afraid to be honest with myself and my spouse.” This fear of confrontation leads to more hurt and great pain for you and your family. Before you make any decisions about your relationship, be honest about where your heart is. Even if you feel confused and are not sure if you can make it work, be honest about that confusion and take the space you need to be certain about what you want. Once you are clear about where you stand, make a plan. Many couples go through the crisis of adultery, enter a honeymoon period to make things work, and go back to the normal routine. This is a recipe for disaster. The only way you can get through this process is to work with a trained professional to help you both deal with your feelings and help you get to higher ground. Making promises that you will never hurt your partner again are unrealistic and immature. Take a step back and formulate a specific plan of how you will move through the healing process. It is possible to heal and move forward, but only when both partners are equally invested in continuing the relationship.

I often see couples who decide to stay together for the sake of the children. The fact is your children will be screwed up if you stay and screwed up if you leave. Take the path that makes you the best person you can be. Being miserable in a marriage and staying for your children only models dysfunction, anger, and misery. Even if you are “faking it,” children intuitively know what the state of the marriage is. You are not helping your kids by modeling disrespect and a lack of warmth, love, and affection in your relationship. I have worked with many couples who have survived adultery. The model for their success is the same in each success story. The person who was cheated on refused to take responsibility for the act itself. They admitted their fault in the relationship but did not blame themselves for their spouse’s actions. The spouse who cheated admitted wrongdoing, remorse, and clarity in wanting to move forward and heal the relationship. Both chose to forgive and made a pact to move forward without dwelling on the past hurts and grievances. I have worked with couples who fell in love again and moved forward stronger than they ever were. It is possible. I also have worked with couples who sought help after adultery and were unable to reconcile. This is usually because one partner is certain they don’t want to continue the relationship and fail to be honest about this decision. You can’t help two people move forward when they are not on the same page. Do not make the mistake of forcing things to work if they are beyond repair. Make a mutual decision that you are not on the same page and make a plan for an amicable split. No matter what you decide to do, know that we are all worthy of love, acceptance, honesty, and commitment. Choose the path that will honor and value this basic human need. Know that you are resilient and capable of forgiveness and healing. Recognize that you are stronger and more courageous than you know. Even on your darkest day, the sun rises every single morning, providing us with a chance to live each day anew. T&G Meghan Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing in State College. 2017 March T&G - 21


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Saving lives Colonoscopy: Colorectal-cancer detection and prevention By Evangelos Messaris, MD, PhD, FACS, FASCRS It’s a fact — colorectal-cancer screening saves lives. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the third leading cause of death from cancer. However, if everyone age 50 and older received regular screening, six out of 10 colorectal-cancer deaths could be prevented. Screening for colorectal cancer usually involves a colonoscopy, which saves lives in two ways: • Detecting cancer. In its early stages, colorectal cancer doesn’t always cause symptoms, such as blood in the stool, stomach pain, or weight loss. A colonoscopy can detect earlystage cancer, resulting in improved chances of successful treatment. • Preventing cancer. Polyps are common growths on the inner lining of the colon. If the polyps are left in place, they will eventually become a cancer. During a colonoscopy, polyps, both benign and malignant, can be removed, therefore avoiding the opportunity for them to develop into cancer. Screening schedules Physicians recommend screening based on a patient’s risk of developing colorectal cancer. • Average risk. Most people fall into this group, which includes those who do not have bowel-related illnesses or a family history of colorectal cancer. These patients should have their first screening at age 50, followed by a screening every 10 years, as long as no abnormalities are identified during the colonoscopy. • Increased risk. This group includes people who have inflammatory bowel disease or a family history of colorectal cancer. Doctors recommend a first screening usually earlier than the age of 50 and more frequent screenings every five years or less. 22 - T&G March 2017

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• High risk. People in this group have a personal or family history of hereditary colorectalcancer syndromes, such as familial adenomatous polyposis or Lynch syndrome. Physicians recommend genetic screening as well as earlier and more frequent colorectal-cancer screening. The more comfortable colonoscopy Colonoscopy is the most widely used — and most effective — form of colorectal-cancer screening. The doctor inserts a thin, lighted tube through the patient’s rectum into the colon to look for signs of cancer or noncancerous polyps. Polyps can be removed during the colonoscopy, and the doctor can take tissue samples to determine if suspicious areas are cancerous. Although a colonoscopy sounds unpleasant, today’s methods make the procedure as easy as possible for the patient. Most patients are completely sedated during the procedure, meaning they are totally asleep and feel no discomfort. Although patients still need to drink a liquid prep the day before to empty their bowels, the doses and solutions are now more palatable. Colonoscopies are not recommended for some people, such as patients with kidney disease whose systems cannot tolerate the prep solution, or people who cannot tolerate anesthesia. For these patients, doctors may use alternative, specialized, noninvasive stool tests.


Routine colonoscopies are often avoided because of the perceived discomfort and fear of positive results. However, if patients follow standard screening guidelines, any cancer that is detected is likely to be early stage and treatable. Furthermore, any polyp that is removed is a step toward avoiding any future colon cancers. Early-stage cancers are usually treated with surgery to remove the tumor and any associated lymph nodes. Most of the surgeries currently are done by specialists laparoscopically through tiny skin openings and, in special circumstances, using the surgical robot. Recovery is faster than ever, and the patients remain in the hospital for three to five days. Most of the times, surgery is curative and no further treatment is needed. Chemotherapy generally is recommended only for patients with more advanced cancer. Preventing colon cancer Everyone can take steps to protect themselves against colon cancer: • Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

• Limit consumption of red and processed meats. • Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity three to five times a week. • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight. • Get screened for colorectal cancer at the appropriate age and interval based on your health and your family history. Again, a colonoscopy allows the doctor to remove polyps before they turn into cancer. Most people understand that wearing a seatbelt can prevent injuries during vehicle accidents. A colonoscopy is the “seatbelt” of the colon- and rectal-cancer world. A colonoscopy can prevent cancer from developing, which makes it one of the best weapons we have against colon cancer. T&G Evangelos Messaris, MD, PhD, FACS, FASCRS, is a colon and rectal surgeon for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and sees patients at the Penn State Medical Group Colonnade, located at 32 Colonnade Way in State College. To make an appointment, call (814) 272-4445.

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Take a Hike! Hiking enthusiast enjoy their special time on wooded trails and rugged paths By Rebekka Coakley Early on a sunny but blustery winter Saturday, five people and two of their four-legged best friends meet at the head of the Mid-State Trail in Alexandria, Pennsylvania, for a 7-mile hike to kick their weekend off with some fresh air and exercise. They spend more than three hours climbing hills, stepping through streams, chatting about life, and taking in their beautiful surroundings. The group, the “Adventurists,” the name of the Penn State Yammer team, gets together once or twice a month to check out some local trails and explore different parts of Central Pennsylvania. Kurt Baker of Houserville, who now organizes and leads most of the hikes, says he’s been a part of the group for three or four years. He says it was created by a group of Penn State employees in Information Technology Services (now called the Office of the Vice President of IT) interested in getting out for a 6- or 7-mile hike a few Saturdays a month. “We try to hike every Saturday morning, but with vacations, sick kids, and varying schedules, it doesn’t

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Crosby (left) and Jazlyn Myers enjoy taking hikes with their parents, Kate and Ryan.

always work out that way,” he says. “We usually stay in Centre County but sometimes head out to Mifflin, to Greenwood Furnace State Park. We check out a lot of the different parts of Rothrock State Forest and the Lower Trails.” It’s not only a good way to spend time outside, it’s also a nice way to socialize, according to Baker. He prefers taking someone with him so he’s not alone if he twists an ankle or steps on a rattlesnake. “I have a sensible phobia about hiking alone, and I always tell my scouts to take a buddy with them,” he says. Baker, who has been a scout leader for about 16 years, says getting outside and being active have always been huge parts of his life. When his son, Sam, joined the Boy Scouts around the age of 12, Baker started leading short and long day trips, overnight backpacking trips, and even some week-long camping trips as a troop leader. “I love it because you can get out and see things you can’t see from a car or sidewalk — I love getting off the roads and into the woods,” he says. “A good hike is anytime you get out of town. If you’re in town walking, that’s a walk. Out in the woods, I consider it to be a hike.” Kate Myers of Lemont agrees that hiking has to be in the woods, away from others, to be considered a hike versus a walk. But the mother of two prefers some elevation in her hikes. She prefers hikes that make her sweat and that offer a scenic view, such as on top of Mount Nittany or on the Jo Hays Vista, which is on the Mid-State Trail. Myers remembers starting to hike on a fairly regular basis about 15 years ago, when she and her husband, Ryan, were living outside of Philadelphia. They made an effort to get out of the city bustle


Hiking in Happy Valley

Some hikes to try in Centre County Alan Seeger — Technically in Huntingdon County, an easy, scenic trail that’s almost a mile long. From Route 322 take Stone Creek Road for about seven miles. Bear Meadows — A part of Rothrock State Forest, this hike is fairly easy with a distance of 3.7 miles. Located right behind Tussey Mountain ski area. Follow Bear Meadows Road for about two miles. Indian Steps — Part of the Mid-State Trail, at the head of the Ironstone Loop, the Indian Steps section is about 4 miles. A bit of a rocky trail. Take Route 26 through Pine Grove Mills and get off on Harry’s Valley Road — a dirt road into the forest. Jackson Trail — Just across from Indian Steps in Pine Grove Mills, the length is 4 to 6 miles depending on routes. It’s a bit rocky at times and has a scenic view.

Mount Nittany — One of the most popular trails in Centre County, the length is between 2 and 8 miles depending on the trail. There’s about a 600-foot elevation and a scenic view of State College at the top. Take Pike Road to Mountain Road in Lemont and follow to the top of the road. Shingletown Gap — Located in Rothrock State Forest, it has several trails for hiking, biking, and walking dogs. Located off of Route 45, just miles away from downtown State College.

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and into the woods whenever they could, and celebrated their 10-year anniversary hiking around Grand Lake in Colorado. While she still tries to get some hikes in on her own or with a friend, most of her hikes include her children — Jazlyn, 9, and Crosby, 6. They’ve also come to love hiking. “It gives them the opportunity to explore and make their own fun in woods — climb, run, dig, and find new things. Discover,” Myers says. “And it opens up conversation that doesn’t usually happen elsewhere, particularly with my daughter.” Myers says that while Jazlyn gets out into the woods and talks and asks more questions about Myers’s childhood and family, Crosby enjoys the adventure of exploring new places, finding cool rocks, and checking out smaller trails. Geocaching, finding and leaving treasures for other people out in the woods, is another fun activity for the Myers family to do while hiking. Using a phone application, participants hide treasures for others out in the woods. Clues for the location are given on the app. The kids will find small prizes under rocks, in logs, or on a bridge. “Hiking is one of my favorite things to do with kids — it’s free, easy, healthy, creative, and I don’t have to tell them No or Don’t touch, and they can be loud,” Myers says. “And for me, it clears my mind, is rejuvenating, and just so beautiful. Plus, the hiking community around here is very welcoming — people on the trails are just so friendly.” For Kyle Fawcett of Winfield, being outside, camping with his family, exploring the woods, or fishing was always a part of his life. Five or six years ago he started hiking more and more on weekends as a respite from working 14 to 16 hours a day during the week. He bought an inexpensive camera and started sharing photos of what he was seeing on his hikes with family and friends. “One of my favorite areas to hike is Rothrock State Forest, which is spread across 96,000 acres in Centre, Huntingdon, and Mifflin counties. There is just so much to see and do in this district. The MidState and Standing Stone trails thread through various portions of the district, often on the rugged, rocky ridge tops,” he explains. “In other areas, trails lead you into areas designated as Wild and Natural Areas where you’ll find stands of old-growth forest. Separately, the Bureau of State Parks division of the Department of Conservation and Natural 26 - T&G March 2017

Resources (DCNR) maintains multiple state parks within or nearby Rothrock State Forest where various activities are available such as camping, boating, fishing, swimming, cross-country skiing, and more.” Because of his interest in the creatures he comes across on his hikes, coupled with his growing interest and talent in photography, Fawcett was asked if he would consider volunteering for the Pennsylvania Amphibian & Reptile Survey (PARS), which was just getting started at the time. He is now the county coordinator for PARS in Snyder County and joined Pennsylvania’s DCNR conservation volunteer program, which he says is great because nearly every state park and forest in Pennsylvania is looking for volunteers to help out. “Some of the projects range from helping to maintain trails and building foot bridges across streams to less labor intensive things such as picking up litter after holiday weekends, helping with butterfly and flower gardens, or even monitoring bluebird boxes,” he says. With all his volunteerism, he still finds time to explore on his own and capture his adventures with his camera. “If I had to choose a favorite spot to hike to in Rothrock it would be an area called Indian Wells Vista, which is located on the Mid-State Trail, just north of the Centre County/Huntingdon county line. It’s not a very long or even a challenging hike, but the vista looks out over the Bear Meadows Natural Area and it is a spectacular panorama,” he says. “There have been many times when I sat at the overlook and watched as hawks and other birds of prey wheeled through the air above Bear Meadows, or hiked the trail before dawn so I could watch the sunrise over the various ridges visible at the overlook.” T&G Rebekka Coakley is a freelance writer living in State College.


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Coal Culture

Pulitzer-winning Anthracite Fields to evoke mining life of yesteryear By John Mark Rafacz

Anthracite Fields comes to Eisenhower Auditorium March 30.

Bang on a Can All-Stars, which performed Julia Wolfe’s John Henry-inspired Steel Hammer at Penn State in 2009, returns to Eisenhower Auditorium March 30 for a concert featuring Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning oratorio Anthracite Fields. Penn State Concert Choir will join Bang on a Can for the performance. Anthracite Fields commemorates the history of the northeastern Pennsylvania coal region, powerfully evoking through music, text, and images coal-mining life at the turn of the twentieth century. The oratorio weaves a tapestry of longago life and culture in the commonwealth. Featuring music and text by Wolfe, Anthracite Fields includes both the dark echoes of the underground and the moments of light in the lives of the miners who persevered. The oratorio won the Pulitzer for composition in 2015, and the recording of the work was nominated for a Grammy Award. Wolfe, who grew up in the southeastern Pennsylvania town of Montgomeryville, composes music distinguished by an intense physicality and a relentless power that pushes performers to extremes and demands attention from audiences. The six-member Bang on a Can ensemble, marking its 25th anniversary this year, is recognized internationally for its dynamic live performances and recordings of some of today’s most innovative music. The amplified group crosses genres freely among classical, jazz, rock, world, and experimental music. Penn State Concert Choir has toured across the United States and in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Great 28 - T&G March 2017

Britain, and Australia. The choir also has performed at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and with the Rolling Stones at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field. Christopher Kiver, director of choral activities for the Penn State School of Music, conducts Concert Choir and Glee Club. He also oversees the graduate choral conducting program and teaches courses in choral conducting and choral literature. The Bang on a Can musicians will be in residence at Penn State for three days, while Wolfe will be at the university for two days. In addition to the Anthracite Fields concert, Bang on a Can will perform March 29 at a Classical Coffeehouse in Hintz Family Alumni Center on the University Park campus. Classical Coffeehouse is free for Penn State students. A $5 donation is suggested for each community member. T&G The concert and Classical Coffeehouse are components of the Center for the Performing Arts Classical Music Project, which is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Lynn Sidehamer Brown and Kimberly Watkins sponsor the concert. The Glenn and Nancy Gamble Endowment provides support. This engagement of Bang on a Can, Inc., is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. For information or tickets, visit cpa.psu.edu or phone (814) 863-0255. John Mark Rafacz is the editorial manager of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State.


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Women’s suffrage march inBellefonte in 1913.

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of Impact

Local women have been vital forces in area history By Tracey M. Dooms

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For more than 150 years, women have played important roles in Centre County, impacting the lives of other women and the community as a whole. Strong women have advanced political causes, broken barriers in business, and advocated for improvements that continue to leave a legacy. This article honors the achievements of eight of those women as examples of the work done by countless peers over the years. Rebecca Rhoads Founded in 1874, the national Women’s Christian Temperance Union focused on abolishing the sale of alcohol, but the organization had deeper roots related to the rights of women. Women could not vote or, in most states, control their own property or have custody of their children in the event of divorce. Many local political meetings were held in saloons, from which women were excluded. Rebecca Rhoads was only 12 years old when the Centre County WCTU was organized in 1884, but she grew up to become a major leader behind local “dry” forces. A graduate of the Bellefonte Academy, she may have drawn inspiration from the work of her father and grandfather, who had helped lead slaves on the Underground Railroad in the Philadelphia area before the family moved to Bellefonte. During her tenure as president of the local WCTU from 1915 to 1926, Rhoads increased membership and brought in state and national officials to support local efforts. When local police were not carrying out anti-alcohol raids to her satisfaction, she drove all night to Washington, DC, to recruit men to help. She also worked diligently to elect a dry district attorney and other candidates for office. According to the Centre County WCTU archives, “The woman had put the fear of God into the hearts of politicians.” Anna Wagner Keichline was, among other things, an advocate for women’s right to vote, the first woman registered as an architect in Pennsylvania, and a special agent in the US Army’s Military Intelligence Division.

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Anna Wagner Keichline Born in Bellefonte in 1889, Anna Wagner Keichline was an architect, inventor, spy, and suffragist at a time when American women had few rights or opportunities outside of traditional household roles. She received an early start on her outside-the-box thinking by taking on woodworking as a hobby and, at age 14, earning a first prize at the Centre County Fair for a card table and chest that she had built. She studied mechanical engineering at Penn State — the only woman in the class — before transferring to Cornell University, where she earned her architecture degree in 1911. One of the first US women to practice architecture professionally, she designed more than two dozen commercial and residential buildings, including the Plaza Theatre and Cadillac Building in Bellefonte. In 1920, when state licensure began, she became the first woman registered as an architect in Pennsylvania. She also patented several inventions, including a sink for apartments, a toy, and an air system. As an advocate for women’s right to vote, she led a parade of suffragists through downtown Bellefonte in July 1913, seven years before the 19th Amendment guaranteed that right. As World War I drew to a close in 1918, she volunteered for the US Army and served in Washington, DC, as a special agent in the Military Intelligence Division. In her


Rose Cologne was known as “queen of volunteers.”

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job application, she noted that her qualifications might suggest an office job, but “if you should deem it advisable to give me something more difficult or as I wish to say more dangerous, I should much prefer it.” After the war, she continued her professional work until her death in 1943. Rose Cologne Rose Cologne was known to many local residents as the “queen of volunteers,” but she called herself the “biggest beggar in town.” She was a diehard fund-raiser and organizer for local nonprofits and agencies, including Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, Child Development Council, Interfaith Human Services, Centre County Council for Human Services, and more. Cologne was born in 1901 in Colorado, became a schoolteacher in 1920, and then earned a bachelor’s in home economics and a master’s in teacher education from Colorado State University. During the Great Depression, she was an itinerant teacher of parent education in Kansas. While working on her doctorate in adult education from Columbia University, she was recruited to teach at Penn State for what was intended to be one year but ended up being almost three decades in home economics and adult education. During sabbaticals, she organized parent programs in occupied Japan following World War II and then developed home economics programs in Afghanistan in 1960-61. For her pioneering leadership in adult education and social service, she was honored with many awards, including the Common

Local Easter Seals cofounder Anita Coombs

First local female real estate agent Verda Decker Edmiston

One of the area’s first female business owners Patricia Farrell

Community advocate Nanny Sloan Glenn

State College’s first woman doctor Lucy Lederer

Artist and real estate developer Ethel Meserve

Early retailer Barbara Palmer

Philanthropist Helen Wise

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Cause National Public Service Award. She passed away in 1995, but her legacy lives on in the good work of many organizations she inspired and in the annual Rose Cologne Volunteer Dinner, sponsored by the Centre County Council for Human Services to pay tribute to individual volunteers in member agencies. Penn State also presents the Rose Cologne Keystone Citizen Award to recognize student leaders in volunteer service.

Marjorie Dunaway (far right) on the cover of the November 1986 issue of Town&Gown with Penn State AAUW scholars (from left) Marilyn Hearn, Padmini Mongia, and Padmini Onyike.

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Marjorie Dunaway Marjorie Dunaway recalls becoming involved in volunteering in 1949 thanks to “one of those husbands who didn’t want me to work because he thought it reflected on him­ — that he wasn’t able to support me.” That was the start of 68 years — and counting — of membership in the State College branch of the American Association of University Women, advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Dunaway was born in 1920, the same year the 19th Amendment was ratified, giving US women the right to vote. Last fall, she was proud to cast her ballot for a female candidate for president — Hillary


Clinton — marking how far women have come since newlywed Dunaway joined AAUW to get out of the apartment and meet other women. Along the way, she served as branch AAUW president from 1969 to 1971, state president from 1974 to 1978, and at the national level from 1974 to 1978. “In the early days, AAUW was primarily concerned with education for women,” she recalled as the local branch approached its 100th anniversary last year. “They still are, but the focus has widened, and now equity for women is important.” She remembers being in Washington on AAUW business in the 1960s and watching in fear as protestors burned parts of the city. At that point, she joined AAUW nationwide in advocating for action projects that would help women. Locally, those projects included the Volunteer Corps and the Family Planning Council. Looking forward, she would like to see more work done in the areas of pay equity, sexual assault, domestic violence, and K-12 education for women. Sylvia Stein In 1943, Sylvia Stein was one of about 100 women who enrolled at Penn State as part of

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Sylvia Stein helped found the Centre County Women’s Resource Center.

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from Bowling Green State University and eventually a doctorate in counselor education from Penn State. She moved to State College in 1977 and became a substitute teacher, beginning what would become 32 years of service to the State College Area School District. She advanced to guidance counselor and then through various administrative positions before moving into the superintendent’s office in 1999. At that time, only 15 percent of the state’s superintendents were women. Today, according to the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, women hold 143 of Patricia Best became superintendent of State College Area School District in 1999. She retired in 2009. the 500 superintendent positions — almost 29 percent. working in the defense industry, she returned “Our profession can only benefit from to State College to continue her education, competent leaders with a diversity of ultimately earning a doctorate in biochemistry backgrounds and skills,” Best says. “While and virology. serving as a superintendent is fraught with She taught at Penn State from 1966 until challenges and complexity, it also is a 1980 and secured more than $10 million in tremendous opportunity to contribute to the grants for projects, including “What Works,” growth and development of children and, by which sought to retain women in science, extension, our community and nation.” technology, and math, decades before STEM Since her retirement in 2009, she has became a household term. Her local advocacy continued to focus on education. She worked for women included helping to found the with Penn State’s College Centre County Women’s Resource Center of Education to develop in 1975. While a director of the center, she an online master’s program wrote its first grant, to work with the police in teacher leadership. She department on the issue of violence against and her husband, Thomas women. The CCWRC’s Sylvia Stein Shelter, Ray, have visited schools which houses women and children who need a in 15 countries as part of safe place to stay, is named in her honor. the American Association Until her death in 1993, Stein was very of School Administrators’ active in the local community. She served on Invitational International the boards of the American Civil Liberties Seminar on Schooling, Union, League of Women Voters, and Meals and she serves on the on Wheels. board of the Discovery She was a member of the State College Zoning Hearing Board and the Authorities Mimi Barash Coppersmith Board. She also ran for a state House of (left) has interviewed Representative seat in 1984. many of the major figures Patricia Best Patricia Best was the first in her family to attend college, inspired by her Latin teacher to earn a bachelor’s degree in secondary education 36 - T&G March 2017

in Happy Valley in her “Lunch with Mimi” column, including a 1996 interview with Penn State football head coach Joe Paterno.


Space Children’s Science Museum. She remains proud to live in a community “that so values education that focusing on excellence in student learning is the norm and support for that learning is constant.” Mimi Barash Coppersmith Mimi Coppersmith planned on a career as an investigative reporter or a lawyer. Then, on May 8, 1953, about nine weeks before she received her journalism degree from Penn State, she met local businessman Sy Barash. She joined him in a billboard company and advertising agency, and founded Town&Gown magazine in 1966. Along the way, she advanced her impact in business and the community even as she lost three husbands (two passed away; one she divorced) and survived breast cancer. She became Penn State’s first woman trustee chairman and advanced women’s causes, including the Centre County Women’s Resource Center, Pennsylvania Pink Zone, and Centre County Child Access Center. A perpetual fund-raiser, she has worked for countless organizations, from Centre LifeLink EMS to Mount Nittany Medical Center to Penn State’s Renaissance Scholarship Fund (she was the Renaissance honoree in 1990).

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Cecily Zhu: Greener Transportation Cecily Zhu has never owned a car. Most of the year, she bikes to work on campus; in winter, she takes the bus or carpools. “When I was looking for a place to live, I looked into my transportation options first,” she says. “It had to be bikeable.” Clearly, Zhu practices what she preaches. As Penn State’s first alternative transportation program coordinator, since fall 2015 she has managed everything from bike programs to car share. She also works with State College and Centre Region planners to ensure a cohesive system. “This area has such interesting bike routes and connectivity,” she says. Zhu grew up in New York City, where public transit and walking are a way of life. After earning a degree in Environmental Studies–Policy, Planning, and Law from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, she worked in Syracuse and then Grand Tetons National Park before heading to Pittsburgh, where she most recently was a transportation policy and planning fellow for the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group. The Penn State job was attractive to Zhu because of the region’s interest in alternative transportation (CATA’s clean-running compressed natural gas fleet, for example) and the opportunity to develop new programs on campus. Among the projects in the works are a bike sharing program and BEEP, a safety-oriented Bicycle Education and Enforcement Program. The Penn State Bookstore thanks Cecily Zhu and all faculty, staff, and students who carry out the university’s mission every day.

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Mayor Elizabeth Goreham enjoys a milk shake with the Nittany Lion!

Coppersmith — who sold Town&Gown in 2008 but still remains a part of it, including with her “Lunch with Mimi” interviews — says that her leadership skills got their start when she was growing up in Wilkes-Barre, where her schoolmates called her “terrible names” because she was Jewish. Julia Lieberman, a children’s program worker at the Jewish Community Center, provided a safe haven and helped her learn that she had the potential to lead, whether it was for a softball team or a charity project. A self-professed feminist, Coppersmith says her biggest impact on the women of State College has been to listen and give advice. “I’ve never marched, but I’ve always done a lot behind the scenes,” she says. Elizabeth Goreham Elizabeth Goreham’s political science degree from George Washington University sat on the shelf for years after college as she worked in the oil equipment industry in Texas and China. As she became aware of pollution caused by oil companies and manufacturing, she became an environmental consultant, working on lawsuits fighting that pollution. 38 - T&G March 2017

In 1993, she moved with her new husband, Jack Matson, to State College and thought she might open an organic juice bar. When that didn’t pan out, Matson suggested that she run for office and raise awareness of environmental concerns. “I threw my hat in the ring without any expectation of winning,” she recalls, but soon found herself on borough council. In 2010, she became the first woman elected as State College mayor. Initially, Goreham targeted environmental issues, such as recycling. With success in that area, she says, “Right now my focus is on making sure we get the word out that this community welcomes everyone.” The mayor, who announced in February that she will not run for re-election, advises young women to speak out on issues that concern them and to run for office. “We need more women in office,” she says. “Women have a perspective that’s much more based on nurturing and community, and that’s exactly what we need.” T&G Tracey M. Dooms is a freelance writer in State College and a special projects editor for Town&Gown.


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Catherine Alloway

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Kym Burke

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Former USA National Gymnastics team member and PSU grad, Kym Burke joined her husband Bruce in 1986 laying the foundation for Fitness Consultants Incorporated (DBA,One on One). Kym serves on YSB’s BOD and the BOD for Christ Community Church. One on One’s “Give Back” initiative has raised close to $400,000 for local charities CVIM and YSB since 2009. Kym is also the co-founder of The Nutrition Habit Challenge, a month-long, community-wide wellness initiative. Bruce and Kym’s children, Ryan and Callie live in Centre County and work at One on One.They look to continue the “legacy of giving” established by their parents. Sponsored by Veronesi Building and Remodeling

Theresa Brickley

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Nancy Chiswick

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Cellist Distinguished Professor of Music Penn State School of Music Kim has performed as a soloist in 28 countries in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and in Russia, China, and the US, including tours as Artistic Ambassador for the U. S. State Department. A graduate of Yale and the U. of Illinois, she was principal cellist of the São Paulo Symphony. She served as the inaugural Penn State Laureate, and is currently Distinguished Professor of Cello at Penn State, where she has taught for 25 years. She lives in State College with her husband Peter Heaney.

Ellen Corbin

Executive Director The Village at Penn State Ellen began her career at The Village, a university-based retirement community that is part of the Liberty Lutheran family of services, in 2004 to oversee personal care and to help establish the opening of the community’s health care center—a center that today has earned Best Nursing Home recognition by US News and World Report. Ellen holds a Bachelor’s of Nursing and a Master’s in Health Care Administration from Pennsylvania State University. She has also earned a graduate certificate in long-term care management and is a certified educator in nurse aid training. She is a licensed registered nurse, licensed nursing home administrator, and licensed personal care home administrator in the state of Pennsylvania.

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814.237.7661 www.balfurd.com 1223 N. Ather ton St. & 215 S. Atherton St. The current Balfurd family includes Chris Igo, CRDN, Account Manager, 40 years of service; Monika Manter, VP of Retail Operations, 5 years of service; and Linda Bowman, General Manager, 34 years of service.

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Alta Corman-Wolf

VP, Residential Lender Kish Bank 2610 Green Tech Drive, State College (814)861-4660, ext. 8244 Alta has over twenty years of executive experience in mor tgage lending. At Kish Bank, she provides mor tgage services to clients and offers professional advice on the wide range of options available through Kish Bank. Alta enjoys serving clients in a community bank setting and prides herself on putting clients first. She is a member of the Howard Area Civic Club and the Centre County Association of Realtors, and resides in Howard with her family.

Erica Dambach

Head Coach Nittany Lion Women’s Soccer 262 Recreation Building (814) 863-5372 In 2015, Erica coached the Nittany Lions to the NCAA title for the first time in program history and was named NSCAA National Coach of the Year. In her 10 years at Penn State, the Nittany Lions have won the Big Ten regular season title nine times, advanced to the College Cup Final twice, and competed in 10 NCAA Tournaments. Erica was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2009, 2012, and 2014. Sponsored by Rick Tetzlaff of Wells Fargo Advisors

Missy Doherty

Head Coach Penn State Women’s Lacrosse Missy is set for her seventh year at Penn State in 2017, having guided the Nittany Lions to five straight NCAA Tournaments and four NCAA Quar terfinals. Last year, the team reached its first Final Four in 17 years. A 1997 graduate of the University of Maryland, she helped the Terrapins claim three NCAA championships. Before coming to Penn State, Missy spent seven years at Towson University, building the Tigers into one of the top teams in the Colonial Athletic Association. Sponsored by The Tavern Restaurant

Kate Domico

Executive Director Public Media and Educational Technologies 100 Innovation Blvd., Suite 238 (814) 865-1422 · wpsu.org

Kate has worked at Penn State Outreach and Online Education for 17 years. In her role as executive director, she provides leadership for WPSU -TV and FM, which serves 24 counties in central Pennsylvania, and also leads the World Campus educational technologies team. She is active in the PBS Executive Leadership Network. During her tenure at Penn State, she has held various technology, operations, and learning design management positions. Kate is active in several community organizations, including the Patton Township Planning Commission and the C-NET Board of Directors.

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Tamra Fatemi-Badi Event Cordinator WPSU Penn State 151 Outreach Bldg., Penn State (814) 863-6635

Tamra is the Event Coordinator for WPSU Penn State, the university owned PBS and NPR stations. She works with the marketing team to coordinate all events for WPSU, including the Connoisseur’s Dinner, children’s events and all screenings. Prior to joining WPSU three years ago,Tamra was a Program Coordinator for Global Connections, a local non-profit human service agency. She believes strongly in promoting diversity and inclusion and co-chairs the Penn State Outreach & Online Education Diversity Council, as well as being a member of the Penn State President’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity.Tamra and her husband, Mohammad, have four children, two sons-in-law, and one spoiled “grandpuppy.” Sponsored by Energy Transfer Technology

Donna M. Fick, PhD, RN Director Penn State Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence 201 Nursing Sciences Building (814) 865-9325

After being co-director since 2007, Donna took over as director of the Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State in January 2016 working to improve the lives of older Americans. She is a Distinguished Professor in the College of Nursing and is the Elouise Ross Eberly Professor of Nursing. Donna’s research focuses on two major geriatric issues, potentially inappropriate medications in older adults and cognitive health. She has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health since 2006. Sponsored by Barbara Palmer

Linda Gall

Carol Gentry

Community Volunteer American Cancer Society 1375 Martin St., Suite 206 (814) 238-3430 Linda’s family has been touched by cancer many times, making the fight against cancer a vital cause for her. She and her husband, Blake, host the annual Race Day Soiree on Kentucky Derby day as a fundraiser for American Cancer Society research and programs, par ticularly Hope Lodge, which provides free lodging to cancer patients (and their caregivers) while they are undergoing treatment at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Linda also serves on the boards of the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund and the PA Pink Zone. Sponsored by American Cancer Society

Chair, Curriculum Committee Penn State OLLI (814) 867-4278 www.olli.psu.edu Carol has served as Chair of the Curriculum Committee for OLLI (Osher Lifelong Institute) at Penn State since 2009. She joined CALL (Community Academy for Lifelong Learning), now OLLI, in 1999 and served on its Board for 6 years. Currently, she sits on the Centre County Historical Society’s Board of Governors. In 1999, she retired from the State College Area School District where she taught English for 30 years.

Salute To The Women Of Jennifer Myers, Vice President

Lesley Kistner, Vice President

As vice president, Jennifer focuses on building private-sector strength in the local economy. In addition to assisting local companies in growth opportunities, she actively seeks out opportunities that can bring new jobs and wealth to Centre County.

In her role at the CBICC, Lesley focuses on strategic communications and marketing for Chamber activity and programming, as well as for the CBICC’s economic development mission. She also is responsible for media relations and other duties, including community outreach.

Nicole Smith, Vice President

Tyann McDaniel, Manager

As vice president, Nicole manages overall day-to-day CBICC operations, including various duties related to the Chamber’s Board of Directors, as well as member relations, including assisting new members and event/ membership invoicing.

As Manager of Membership and Events, Tyann is responisble for various aspects of event planning, as well as membership services, including asissting new members, and events/dues invoicing. She will also serve as Chamber liaison for CBICC Connect, the Chamber’s young professionals group.

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Charmelle Green

Senior Associate Athletic Director Penn State 111 Bryce Jordan Center (814) 865-1104

An All-America softball player at the University of Utah, Charmelle was an assistant softball coach and athletics administrator at the University of Notre Dame before coming to Penn State in 2011 as associate athletic director and senior woman administrator. In 2015, she was named senior associate athletic director. Charmelle is the spor t administrator for the softball, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs; ability athletics; and spor t performance and student-athlete welfare and development. Sponsored by Janet Atwood

Susan Hartman

Chief Executive Officer HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital 550 W. College Ave., Pleasant Gap (814) 359-3421 www.NittanyValleyRehab.com

Past - President & Chair of GreenBuild SCCLT 1315 S. Allen St. (814) 234-8390 Peg is a past president and board member of SCCLT, which strives to ensure affordable homes and a vibrant mix of homeowners and residents in State College. She chairs the Trust’s GreenBuild project, a partnership with the Borough and Penn State’s Hamer Center for Community Design that is building a duplex using costeffective energy-efficient technologies. Peg moved to State College in 1972 as a young professional at Penn State, lived in the New York City area for many years, then returned here in 2002 with her husband, Don. Sponsored by the Borough of State College

Meghan Flannery Hayes,PMP Research Engineer Applied Research Lab at Penn State (814) 863-0817

Susan has held the position of HealthSouth’s CEO since 2005. She has worked in rehabilitation since 1990, and joined HealthSouth in 1994 with regional responsibilities in business development and case management. She is a past board member of the statewide Rehabilitation Community Provider Association and an active member of its Medical Division Committee. Locally, Susan is board chair for Centre Volunteers in Medicine. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Elizabethtown College and master’s in science from The Johns Hopkins University.

Left to right, front row: Shirley Smith (Director of Sales), Brenda Hall (Sales Manager), Lori Miller (Director of Visitor and Member Services). Back row: Kate Khoury (Creative Design & Technology Manager), Betsey Howell (Executive Director), and Judy Maurer (Receptionist/Fulfillment Coordinator).

Peg Hambrick

Meghan recently celebrated 10 years as a Principal Investigator for ARL, conducting basic and applied research in systems engineering and program management roles. She is a certified Project Management Professional with a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. As a member of the Society of Women Engineers, she serves at the national level on the Conference Advisory Board and the Women in Academia Council. Active in the community, she is a PIAA and USFHA rated field hockey official and a volunteer at Our Lady of Victory Church. Meghan sits on the Alumni council for her high school alma mater Lake Ridge Academy.

The Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for Centre County, charged with promoting the area to leisure, meeting/ convention, sports, and group travelers. Our staff includes six full-time highly driven women with a diverse set of skills that are vital to fulfilling our mission to develop, promote, and engage in travel related activities and coordinate visitor services designed to enhance the economic activity and quality of life within the county and thereby contribute to the commonwealth. If you are a business or event and would like more information on membership, or need help executing a successful meeting, please reach out to us. We’re happy to help!

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Sandy Hood

Businesswoman and Community Volunteer

Sandy is co-owner of HoodCo and

Total Door Ser vice. She has ser ved Oliva Perdew on the boards of the CBICC, Mt Nit-

Education Manager tany Medical Center, Good Sheperd DiscoveryCatholic Space Children’s Church, among others, and Science Museum is currently president of the Palmer Museum of Ar t 1800 E. Park Ave., State College Friends Board of Directors. Sandy is passionate about 814.231.7000 • ser mountnittany.org the museum’s mission to ve as a vital, educational,

and admission free resource for ever yone. She and her colleagues are excited about the for thcoming annual fundraiser Gala scheduled for May 19. Sponsored by the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art

Abbie Jensen

Executive Officer Builders Association of Central Pennsylvania 2149 E. College Ave. (814) 231-8813 Since joining the Builders Association staff 8 years ago, Abbie has enjoyed many roles, from volunteer coordinator to fundraiser, activist to author. Her favorite is event planner ; March 31 April 2 Home & Garden Show at the Bryce Jordan Center is taking up the bulk of her time now, with the Centre County Cornhole Classic and the Bricks & Sticks Golf Classic not far behind. In between those fun events, Abbie, her husband Reidar, have two adorable kids, daughter Pippin and son Oscar.

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Jackie Hook

Spiritual Director/Celebrant Koch Funeral Home 2401 S. Atherton St. (814) 237-2712 A State College native, Jackie has a bachelor’s degree from Penn State and a master’s in wellness from the University of Central Florida. As a certified spiritual director and celebrant, she meets with grieving individuals to offer spiritual direction and grief companioning, and to help them create memorable services to honor their loved ones, all through the Helping Grieving Hear ts Heal program she developed in partnership with Koch. Jackie also customizes and provides community outreach programs in grief, loss and healing.

Holly Johnson

Branch Manager Kish Bank 2610 Green Tech Drive, State College (814)861-4660, ext. 8234 Holly has over 17 years of experience in banking. At Kish Bank’s Financial Center on North Atherton Street, she manages branch operations, the branch team, assists clients with banking and lending needs, and offers securities. Holly is active at Calvary Church in State College and volunteers for Penns Valley Intermediate School. She lives in Centre Hall with her husband and daughter.


Barbara “Bobbi” Korner

Norma Keller

Executive Director Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund P.O. Box 313 State College, PA 16804 (814) 571-9715 Since 2006, the Bob Perks Fund has raised and distributed more than $1.4 million for the rent, utilities, food, and gas expenses of local cancer patients. When the heavy burden of unpaid bills is lifted, cancer patients are better able to focus on their health and recovery. In 2017, Norma looks forward to a successful “Rock the ’80s” concer t in April, “Summer Slam” in June, and State College Magazine’s “Chefs on Stage” in October, all to help make it possible for the Bob Perks Fund to distribute $200,000 to local cancer patients this year.

Dean Penn State College of Arts and Architecture 124 Borland Building (814) 865-2591

Bobbi oversees the College’s design, visual and performing arts academic units plus the Center for the Performing Arts, Palmer Museum of Art, and Penn State Centre Stage. She is co-director of the Leadership Institute of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, past chair of the Executive Committee of the Alliance for Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), and on the Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project. She has chaired the PSU Academic Leadership Council, United Way and Speaker’s Forum Committees. In addition to theatrical roles, she performs women’s historical materials. Sponsored by Penn State Retail Campus Dining

Tammy Larimer Branch Manager Kish Bank 205 Park Place, Bellefonte (814)353-1770, ext. 2303

Tammy leads the team at the Bellefonte branch of Kish Bank on Zion Road. She has over 20 years of banking experience and 17 years of investment experience. She enjoys building relationships with customers and helping identify banking solutions and securities that meet their needs. Tammy regularly volunteers in the Bellefonte community, assisting the Bellefonte School District and youth recreational spor ts, as well as volunteering with the United Way’s Day of Caring. She lives in Bellefonte with her husband and son.

(Pictured, from left) Deborah - Treatment Coordinator Dr. Diane Ray - Orthodontist Sheridan - Marketing Coordinator L.A. - Clinical Assistant Brittany - New Patient Coordinator Caitlin - Clinical Assistant Tina - Clinical Assistant

Eileen Leibowitz Community Volunteer

A long-time State College resident, Eileen says she loves being involved with “such an amazing community.” She has held leadership roles with many local organizations, including the Centre Foundation, Jewish Community Center, Faculty Women’s Club, Friends of the Palmer Museum, and Hillel Foundation. Currently, Eileen serves on the boards of the Mount Nittany Health Foundation, Penn State Centre for the Performing Arts, and is involved with Centre County United Way.

Elizabeth - Scheduling Coordinator Deb - Financial Coordinator Courtney - PSU Intern Ashley - Clinical Assistant Monika - Clinical Assistant

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Tracy Salvino-Longenecker Owner Centre Elite Gymnastics, Inc. (814) 380-0894 centreelitegymnastics.com

Tracy has combined her lifelong love of gymnastics and the State College area to offer the community a gymnastics program geared to both serious gymnastics and those seeking fun, healthy athletic experiences. She earned a full gymnastics scholarship to Penn State. Following graduation in 1993, she spent 15 years accruing business experience in the Lancaster area before moving back to State College in 2008. In 2011, Tracy realized her dream of combining her business knowledge with her passion for gymnastics and coaching and Centre Elite Gymnastics was born. CEG’s highly credentialed staff is proud to provide high quality instruction based on successful personal experience for athletes of all levels.

Susan Mayer

Nittany Valley Symphony

Diana Malcom Board Secretary Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 403 S. Allen St. (814) 237-3682

Diana is an associate in ministry at State College Presbyterian Church, focusing on campus and middle school ministries; she also serves on the borough’s Transportation Commission. She began volunteering with Arts Festival about 12 years ago at Children and Youth Day. Diana says she is energized by helping to create both Arts Festival and First Night to highlight visual and performing arts while bringing together people throughout the community.

Char Morett-Curtis Head Coach, Penn State Field Hockey

Susan has served for six years on the Guild Board of the Nittany Valley Symphony including several years as Second Vice President and chaired the annual NVS Fashion Show for the last two years. Susan taught in the State College Area School District for 17 years and is now retired. She also volunteers at the Penn State Arboretum and enjoys traveling and spending time with the grandchildren. Susan will be the Honorary Chair at the NVS Fashion Show on March 18, 2017 featuring clothes by Worth New York. Call 814-231-8224 for reservations.

A 1979 graduate of Penn State, Char is the field hockey program’s only threetime first-team All-American. A twotime Olympian (including a 1984 bronze medal), she returned to PSU in 1987 to coach. She is a USFHA, NFHCA, and Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Famer and six-time Big Ten Coach of the Year. In 30 years at the helm of the Nittany Lion program, she has compiled a 500-199-16 record and led the team to 26 NCAA Tournament appearances.

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Bobette Myers

Corporate Secretary Continental Real Estate Management, Inc. 300 S. Allen St. (814) 238 -1598 Bobette has been a key Continental employee for more than 15 years, including twelve years as a corporate partner. She supervises the management of 84 condominium and homeowners associations. Born and raised in Penns Valley, Bobette has been married to her husband Daryl, for 32 years; they have two sons and five grandchildren.

Nancy Noll

Volunteer American Red Cross of Central PA 205 E. Beaver Ave., Suite 203 (814) 237-3162 Throughout her years of service as a dedicated American Red Cross volunteer, Nancy has focused on assisting individuals impacted by disasters. Most recently, she deployed to Florida to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew before returning to provide assistance to Centre County residents after October 2016 flooding. Nancy also serves as a community representative for the organization. In addition to her service with the American Red Cross, Nancy frequently travels for international mission trips and runs The Queen Bed and Breakfast in Bellefonte. Sponsored by Stover McGlaughlin Attorneys at Law

Deb Nardone

Executive Director ClearWater Conservancy (814) 237-0400

Deb joined ClearWater Conservancy as Executive Director in 2015, applying over 20 years of experience in the field of natural conservation to strategically carry out the organization’s mission. In past careers Nardone has founded the Juniata Clean Water Par tnership, launched impactful educational initiatives for the PA Council of Trout Unlimited, and developed a multimillion dollar campaign as a national director at the Sierra Club. Named by the PA Environmental Council as one of the ‘top 40 under 40’ working to protect the environment, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Political Science from Juniata College and a master’s in Environmental Pollution Control from Penn State University.

Dr. Kathryn O

Owner, Centre Hall Audiology & Hearing Aid Center 2130 Earlystown Road Centre Hall • (814) 364-3113 2 miles past the former Elks Country Club on Rte 45

Doctor Kathryn O is an audiologist with over twenty-five years of experience diagnosing and treating hearing needs. She has multiple degrees from Penn State and a doctorate of audiology from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. Dr. O sees patients one-on-one at all four of her offices, serving patients in Centre, Juniata, Mifflin, and Clinton Counties. Her offices continue to thrive thanks to favorable word-of-mouth referrals from satisfied patients.

Jennifer Abrams Assistant Coach Nittany Lion Softball

Laurie Jordan, Chief Financial Officer: After growing up in York, Laurie met her husband, Tom, while earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Shippensburg University; the couple moved to State College when he joined the local police force. Laurie became a part-time residential worker with The Arc 35 years ago and worked in various areas before becoming CFO. She loves partnering with others in the organization’s team approach to service. Amy Bennett, Chief Programming Officer: Amy’s interest in a career serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities began when she was growing up and attended siblings camp with her sister, who has an intellectual disability. While studying human development and family studies at Penn State, Amy interned at The Arc. Twenty years later, she oversees all of The Arc’s programming, and she loves helping individuals reach their highest potential.

The Arc of Centre County 1840 N. Atherton St. 814.238.3225

Jennifer Abrams came to Happy Valley last summer after assisting the Seton Hall Pirates for three seasons and serves as Penn State’s hitting coach as well as working with catchers, making travel arrangements, and managing camps. A four-year star ter for Providence College, she was the Big East Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2011. At Seton Hall, she improved eight hitting categories, including increasing home runs from 27 in 2014 to 60 in 2015 and slugging percentage from .378 to .459. Sponsored by Lee & Bill Beard

Sarah Sigrest

Assistant Coach Nittany Lion Softball Sarah Sigrest is in her second season at Penn State, working primarily with pitchers and defense, while assisting with the coordination of softball camps and recruiting. At Jacksonville University, she was named Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year in 2011, leading the Dolphins to their first NCAA Division I Regional appearance. As assistant coach at Utah State for two seasons, Sarah helped the Aggies pitching staff to 37 wins as well as coaching standout pitcher Noelle Johnson to two 16-win seasons. Sponsored by Lee & Bill Beard

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Judge Katie Oliver

Centre County Common Pleas Court 102 S. Allegheny St., Bellefonte (814) 355-6727 Katie considers it a privilege to serve the legal system and the community as a Court of Common Pleas judge. This past year, she has also enjoyed being par t of the 2017 class of Leadership Centre County. Before taking the bench, Katie was a par tner at the McQuaide Blasko law firm. She is a Bucknell alumna and a summa cum laude graduate of the Dickinson School of Law. She and her husband, Chris, have two daughters, Gwen and Tia, and Katie is a longtime Girl Scout volunteer.

Barbara Palmer Benefactor The State Theatre 130 W. College Ave. (814) 272-0606

A patron of both the fine ar ts and the performing ar ts, Barbara has generously suppor ted The State Theatre’s mission as a communityowned theatre since before it opened in 2006, helping to create this vibrant hub of music, cinema, dance, and theatre in downtown State College. Recently, she created a special fund that will allow deser ving local ar ts groups to perform on stage at a reduced rental rate.

Sponsored by Elizabeth Goreham

Oliva Perdew

Education Manager Discovery Space Children’s Science Museum Olivia’s passion for museum education led her to earn her Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, England in 2015. During this time Olivia focused her studies on the ways in which museums can positively impact people in their communities. In October 2015 Olivia joined the education team at Discovery Space and enjoys the many opportunities she has to engage young people in STEM subjects.

Lory Fullington

Vice President of Public Relations Fullington Trailways (814)355-4900 Beginning her career with the company in 1978, Lory has overseen marketing, char ters, tours, the school bus division, and proven herself a valued member of the management team. She continues to represent the company at annual conventions of the American Bus Association, Pennsylvania Bus Association, and the National Trailways Conference. Throughout her career, Lory has fostered many friendships and relationships at both the local and national levels. Of the many community projects Lory was involved in, the dearest to her heart is “The Pink Zone” game for the fight against breast cancer. She has been instrumental in getting Fullington Trailways and other bus companies from around the state to donate their buses to bring cancer survivors to State College for the game. Lory knows no stranger and her love for her company, family and this community is evident by her passion and compassion for others. 52 - Special Advertising Section

Sponsored by The State Theatre

Doreen Perks

Founder Bob Perks Fund P.O. Box 313, State College, PA 16804 (814) 231-2692

After Doreen’s husband, Bob, local Coaches vs. Cancer co-founder, died of cancer in 2005, she helped develop the Bob Perks Fund to provide financial relief to families with a loved one fighting cancer. Since the inception in 2006, the BPF has allocated over $1,000,000 to help families in our community. Doreen, a Penn State alumna, lives with her two sons, Garrett, 15, and Ryan, 12.

Sponsored by Linda & Blake Gall

Jennifer Corman

Director of Travel & Transportation Services Fullington Trailways (814)355-4900 Joining Fullington Trailways in 2014 as the Limousine Division Manager, Jennifer became the Director of Travel & Transpor tation Services in 2015. She oversees Tours, the VIP Limousine Division, Daily Depar ture Bus Service, Agencies, and Marketing. Jennifer earned her Associates in Marketing/Management from the South Hills School of Business & Technology and her Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership from St. Francis University. A Centre County native, she has been involved in the past with Centre Hall Lions Club, State College Sunrise Rotary, Association of YMCA Professionals, and the Center for the Performing Ar ts Volunteer Event Staff Board. She currently serves as a Board Member at the Central PA Convention & Visitors Bureau and attends various Leadership Centre County events (2014 graduate).


Lisa Peters

Owner Epic Settlement Services, Inc. 2160 Sandy Dr., Suite C State College, PA 16803 (814) 826 - 2058 Lisa is the owner of Epic Settlement Services, Inc. and Epic Abstract, Inc. She opened the businesses in 1994 and earned her CLTP in 2013. Epic employs 8 people. Services include research, title insurance and closings in Centre and surrounding counties. Epic is a company of leaders, exper ts and committed professionals.

Kathleen Rhine

President & CEO, Mount Nittany Health 1800 E. Park Ave., State College 814.231.7000 • mountnittany.org

Mount Nittany Health’s new president and CEO, Kathleen Rhine, brings with her more than 25 years of executive healthcare and community service experience. She earned her Bachelor of Science in health planning and administration at Penn State, and her MBA from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Kathleen has held board member appointments with several organizations, including local chapters of the American Red Cross and United Way, where she previously worked. She looks forward to working with board members, employees and the community to continue the impressive legacy of the health system, fulfilling its mission to make people healthier.

Kelsey Rieger

Manager The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown 127 S. Fraser St. 424-5082 Oliva(814) Perdew Education KelseyManager earned her bachelor of fine ar ts Discovery Space Children’s degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and worked at a contemporary ar ts museum Science Museum in Santa 1800 BarbaraE.before moving here to study at Penn State Park Ave., State College for a master’s degree in ar education. In October, she 814.231.7000 •t mountnittany.org

helped the Ar t Alliance of Central Pennsylvania open its downtown State College gallery. Kelsey loves learning about the local ar ts scene and helping talented ar tists showcase their works for the public.

Judge Pamela A. Ruest Common Pleas Court Centre County 102 S. Allegheny St., Bellefonte (814) 355-6727

Pamela began serving as the first female judge on The Cour t of Common Pleas of Centre County in January 2008. She is in her second term as an appointed member on the Statewide Judicial Ethics Committee. She is also a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership group, Altrusa, Friends of the Palmer Museum, and the Child Access Center Board. She chairs the Centre County Children’s Roundtable and par ticipates in the Regional and Statewide Children’s Roundtables. Judge Ruest is currently working on establishing a drug cour t for Centre County.

Miriam Powell

Director of Community Outreach Lady Lion Basketball 146 Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State (814) 865-3086

A former teacher and girls’ basketball and track and field coach, Miriam served as the executive director of Pennsylvania Pink Zone from 2011-16. In January 2016, she transitioned to a new role with the Lady Lions. She facilitates community outreach for players, coaches, and staff, from volunteering at the food bank and working with Housing Transitions to reading to local schoolchildren and supporting healthy lifestyles for youth. Miriam also serves as the team’s liaison with groups such as the Lady Lion Cager Club, Nittany Lion Club, and Pink Zone. Sponsored by The UPS Store of Hamilton Square

Heather Dale Ricker-Gilbert, D.Ed CollegeGateways www.collegegateways.com collegegateways@comcast .net

State College native, Dr. Heather Dale Ricker-Gilbert is a college admissions consultant who guides high school students and their families through the entire college selection and application process. A Penn State alumna, Heather has degrees in communication and higher education. She was the assistant executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association and a faculty member at the University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut University, and Manchester Community College. She was the chair, and a member of the Tolland, CT School Board for twelve years. Currently, Heather serves on the Board of the Schlow Library Foundation and the Penn State Higher Education Alumni Board.

Dana Romanini

Associate Director, CAREGiver Experience Home Instead Senior Care 2100 E. College Ave., Suite B, State College, PA 16801 (814) 238-8820 As Associate Director, CAREGiver Experience, Dana is responsible for overseeing a team who recruit, nurture, train and mentor our CAREGivers at Home Instead Senior Care. From the moment someone first applies, she ensures our applicants have the best possible experience with our team. A natural leader, Dana is a dynamic and caring individual. Her ability to connect with people and share her love of caregiving with them truly sets her apart. We are so proud to have her on our team!

Barbara Ryan

Minitab 1829 Pine Hall Road, State College 814.238.3280

As CEO of Minitab Inc., Barbara Ryan sets the company’s strategic, technological, and operational direction. Ryan and two colleagues from Penn State’s statistics department first developed Minitab Statistical Software in 1972, and Minitab became a company in 1983. Under her leadership, Minitab has become the leading software for quality initiatives worldwide. Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree from Queens College and a doctorate in mathematics from Cornell University. She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association.

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Elizabeth “Beth” Shaha

Stephanie L. Schmidt, DBIA President Poole Anderson Construction 2121 Old Gatesburg Road 237-6667

Stephanie is President of Poole Anderson Construction, one of the largest commercial contractors in Central PA. She currently serves on the Pennsylvania Council of General Contractors and is the Nor theast Regional Vice Chair of the National Associated Builders & Contractors. Stephanie was inducted into the Par tnership for Achieving Construction Excellence Construction Hall of Fame in 2014, an honor awarded by her peers in recognition of her achievements and dedication to the building industry.

Special Events Coordinator 126 W Pine Grove Rd, PO Box 664 Pine Grove Mills (814) 238-8283

Beth joined the Centre County United Way staff in May 2013 where she utilizes her skill in planning and managing large-scale, volunteer-based events that include Trash to Treasure, PNC Bank Day of Caring and Festival of Trees. She is a member of Leadership Centre County Class of 2016 and continues to look for opportunities to grow personally and professionally. She enjoys adventures, family time and conversations with dear friends…sharing love and building community.

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AAUW State College www.aauwstatecollege.org Louise joined AAUW State College in 1951, and has served as Branch President, Used Book Sale Chair, and for over fifty years, Branch Historian. Louise continues to volunteer weekly at our Used Book Workshop, where she prices books. Be sure to stop by the AAUW State College Used Book Sale May 13-16 at the Penn State Snider Ag Arena, to thank Louise for her years of service. She has earned it!

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Executive Director Centre Volunteers in Medicine 814-231-4043 Cheryl oversees the day-to-day management of CVIM, a nonprofit that provides free medical and dental care to low income uninsured individuals who live or work in Centre County. The clinic relies solely on community suppor t. Cheryl is a registered nurse and prior to coming to CVIM she worked at HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital as a nurse liaison. Born in Greenville and graduated from Penn State, she has lived in the Centre Region since 1994. She and her husband Bruce, who is Vice President at Hospitality Asset Management Company, have two sons, a daughter and two granddaughters. Sponsored by Tom Cali, Ellen Kline,Tracy Wagner – RE/MAX Centre Realty

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Cindy Zimmerman,a life-long resident of Boalsburg and State College, has joined her childhood friend, Larry Dennis, who has 30 years insurance experience, as an agent for the first Farmers Insurance Agency in our area. Helping people has always been Cindy’s passion and Farmer’s Insurance is the perfect way to utilize 30 years of human resources experience! Farmers University encourages their agents to team with individuals and effectively educate them on a broad range of insurance products: Auto, Home, Life, and Business, making sure they are properly insured for all stages of life. Cindy is active in supporting Central Pennsylvania Institute,Private Industry Council of Centre County,and Centre Volunteers in Medicine.She is a graduate of Leadership Centre County and a past recipient of the CBICC Athena Award.

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Imagine trying to get cable installed at home, or setting up an account at a local bank, or simply ordering lunch at a local restaurant when you can’t read or speak the language. It can be a rather intimidating experience, but it’s one that many international families who move to the Centre Region face. In many cases, these families come to State College because one spouse has taken a new job or has decided to pursue a degree at Penn State. While they may be fluent in English, or good enough at it to be able to read, comprehend, and carry on a conversation, their spouse may have very little to no English-speaking skills. For them, Happy Valley is truly foreign territory. While it could be easy to socialize only with others from their native countries, or simply to avoid leaving the house, many spouses step out of their comfort zones not only because learning English becomes a necessity but also because they realize it is important to expand their social circles, build relationships, and establish their place in a community where their spouses and children could feel comfortable and at home. “Attitude is much more important than the language barrier,” says Hyunsu Hwang, who moved with his wife, Judy, and their three sons to State College from South Korea in early August 2015. Hyunsu was pursuing a master’s degree in labor and global workers’ rights at Penn State at the time. Both he and Judy were teachers in South Korea before making the move to the United States. Judy now stays at home, and while Hyunsu was fairly proficient at English, Judy knew none at all, and neither did their sons. 60 - T&G March 2017

While her sons received English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction at school (and tested out of it after one year), Judy had to find other means to learn the language. At an ESL family night hosted by the school district, she discovered Global Connections, a local nonprofit located on Penn State’s campus that not only serves the university but also immigrants, their families, and Americans looking to learn about other cultures and meet new people. One of Global Connections’ more popular programs among those in the international community is its Conversations Partners Program. The program matches internationals with native or near-native English speakers in order to practice language skills and learn about each other’s cultures in a one-on-one or small group setting. “Different than more school-based language programs, our programs connect people from different cultural backgrounds across the campus border,” says Sharon Shen, executive director of Global Connections. “You have the chance to be matched with a nonstudent, a community member, which can lead to a richer experience and conversations.” For Judy, she not only found a comfortable setting in which to learn and practice English but also a new friend.


“My conversation partner and I found that we had a lot in common,” says Judy. “She also has three sons. We became very close friends. She eventually began inviting our family over to her house for holidays and for dinners.” Judy says that her partner began to help her by just reading to her and also helped her to interpret e-mails from her sons’ schools. She also showed her practical things such as how to find the grocery store. Kelly Saconi, who arrived in State College from Brazil about a year after the Hwangs, also found a new confidant in her conversation partner. “Even though my English was basic, my partner was always patient and kind during our meetings,” recalls Kelly, whose husband, Bruno, had been studying English for years. “Along the semester she became more of a friend to me; she even took me to buy our Christmas tree!” Both Judy and Kelly found their involvement in the Conversation Partners Program led them to other offerings through Global Connections. Events such as the Cultural Luncheon Series, the International Children’s Festival, Conversation and Craft group, and

Opposite page, Hyunusu Hwang and his wife, Judy, moved from South Korea to State College with their three sons in 2015. Above, Bruno and Kelly Saconi came to State College from Brazil in 2016. international speaker events offered a multitude of ways for them to step out and expand their social circles. They also brought their husbands into the fold. “We volunteered to help out with a luncheon that was Colombian themed,” says Hyunsu. “We chopped up food, set tables. It was a really unique experience for me. I felt really good.” Shen says, “The luncheons are designed for internationals to have a platform to share their culture and cuisine with local community members. We get dozens of volunteers to help cook each time. It’s just a fun, communal setting with lots of laughter and chatting in the kitchen, and our international volunteers feel like they’re not only getting help from our programs but also giving.”

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Jingyi Luo moved to State College from China in March 2013. She also credits Global Connections for helping to boost her confidence and make new friends. “I did find it difficult to adjust to life here while my husband was away for work, especially for the first year,” says Jingyi, who found that her frustrations caused her to lose confidence and become stressed. “Happily, I found Global Connections. I found many native speakers volunteered there. All the teachers are so kind, patient, and encouraging.” The Mid-State Literacy Council is another resource in the community that many international families turn to for English language instruction. Lisa McMonagle, ESL coordinator for Mid-State, has found that about 70 percent of those registering for their services are women, although they do get male spouses, as well. In her five years with the organization, she has seen the negative consequences

The Takano family moved to State College from Japan in 2015.

illiteracy can have on individuals, recalling a male spouse who said he wept after registering for their classes because he felt so helpless. “If you can’t communicate, you feel really isolated,” says McMonagle. “It becomes very easy to just stay at home and not get out.” Mid-State Literacy Council offers both ESL classes and one-on-one tutoring. Courses are offered at a nominal fee, and instructors are all volunteers. Coursework is fairly practical and focuses mainly on conversation, but also writing. “Our programs help our students, many of whom are immigrants, look for and prepare for employment,” says Amy Wilson, executive director of Mid-State Literacy Council. “We help them fill out job applications, write resumes and cover letters, practice job interviews, and learn what to expect when they obtain employment.” Wilson describes one student from India who was already working at a fast food restaurant and Continued on page 66

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Holding onto Dreams Amid Nightmares State College native finds her passion in bringing aid to Syrian refugees and others who need help around the world

By Christy Delafield

Very often when I meet Syrian refugees, I hear my family in their voices. I work for a global humanitarian organization, Mercy Corps, and it is my job to deploy to disaster zones with our emergency response team and tell the Christy Delafield world the story of what we see. You would think that we would have nothing in common with people living so far away, but so often I am surprised by how familiar their hopes and dreams are to ours. Take Samir (name has been changed), for example. He’s in his early 20s, about the same age I was when I graduated from Penn State, and before the war in Syria he had been studying computer science. Unlike me, he didn’t graduate. Halfway to completing his degree, he had to flee the violence and found refuge in Jordan’s Za’atari camp. I met Samir in DreamLand, one of several child-friendly spaces Mercy Corps runs in the refugee camp. Home to some 80,000 Syrian refugees, Za’atari is now essentially Jordan’s fourth-largest city. To put it into perspective, that’s as if everyone in State College plus nearly all of Altoona fled their homes and

moved to a collection of trailers into 2 square miles of barren land. Samir showed me around our computer lab in DreamLand. Unable to finish his degree or to go home, he volunteers as a tutor for the kids of the camp. In DreamLand, the children have a chance to escape for a few hours, to play soccer, do arts and crafts, to have little bit of a childhood again. Samir showed me the little trailer, painted brightly on the outside with colorful scenes of kids on computers and surrounded by rainbows. My mom and sister are educators — my sister teaches history at State College Area High School and my mom is the librarian at Mount Nittany Middle School — and it was fun to hear Samir speak about his students in the same way I have heard my mom and sister describe the kids they work with in their schools. I asked Samir who the star pupils were, and his smile turned pensive. “Well there is not one star. But there are about 10 kids in the different sections,” he said. “They have finished all of the classes we have here for them.” He was worried about what to teach them next. “They are so bright,” he told me. “What is there for them here? Their whole lives have been interrupted.” And I realized he was talking about himself, too. Samir wasn’t able to bring any documentation of his partially completed 2017 March T&G - 63


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Syrian refugees who had to evacuate east Aleppo are given food, water, and shelter by Mercy Corps team members at a welcome center in Aleppo province in December.

university degree, and there’s no way for him to complete his studies in the camp. He is stuck, just waiting, but not knowing for what. So he volunteers in the computer lab, sharing his passion with kids who have little other outlet for their curiosity. At Mercy Corps, I have many Syrian coworkers. In fact, more than 80 percent of our team members are from the countries we work in. And for Syria, that means many are refugees themselves — and each of them has a hair-raising story of fleeing violent conflict. One DreamLand volunteer, Mazen (name has been changed), fled with his mother, wife, and children when their home was bombed more than four years ago. Their 3-month-old infant was inside when the house was hit, and they feared the baby was lost. After frantically digging through the rubble, they found the child miraculously unharmed. That’s when they knew they had to leave. They don’t know what the future holds for them. But here they are, making a community and trying to make sure the kids will still have a future when the conflict ends — hoping against hope that they will be able to return 64 - T&G March 2017

to Syria and send their kids to school in their homeland again. I think my mother wanted me to be a teacher. I’m a third-generation Penn Stater, and though I majored in French and studied abroad, I’m fairly certain she expected me to come back to State College and teach French, not travel to war zones in places we heard of only in news reports. And yet my mother always inspired me to find ways to help others. The Syrians I have come to know remind me of my family in Pennsylvania. They value education and helping others, just like my family does. My older sister teaches history, my mother is a middle school librarian. My grandmother, who has only a high school degree, was inspired as a young mother to make a difference by a woman she met who couldn’t read, so she founded the Mid-State Literacy Council where today adults in Centre County learn to read and write without stigma or criticism. It’s these role models in my life, like Mazen and his wife are to their children, that pushed me to do what I do now. This infectious hope and determination they exude every single day of their lives makes me want to give back, too.


The Syrians I know do so much with so little — and in the face of unrelenting obstacles. Samir and Mazen and the others are working so hard to build a better life for their communities and just need a boost. If each of us could just do a little more. It’s why I push myself, but you don’t have to have my job to make a difference. As generations of dedicated and philanthropic Penn State students have shown, even from Centre Country people can help — by supporting organizations such as mine to help those fleeing war, by staying informed, or simply by lending a helping hand to someone new in town. T&G Child-friendly spaces run by Mercy Corps in Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps are funded in partnership with UNICEF. For more information, visit mercycorps.org. Christy Delafield is a 1998 graduate of State High and a 2002 graduate of Penn State. She is a senior global communications officer for Mercy Corps.

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struggling to support his wife and baby. Working with one of their tutors, he was able to earn his commercial driver’s license, which then allowed him to secure employment to “make a better life for himself and his family.” McMonagle says there also is special emphasis on health literacy. “Classes [in health literacy] prepare nonnative speakers to call and schedule doctor visits, describe symptoms, and navigate our health system,” she says. “Many are not familiar with the American health-care system — I know I have problems myself navigating things like insurance; imagine trying to when you couldn’t speak English.” Wilson says that the organization provides ESL instruction that is vital to the health and well-being of their students. “Last year, one of our students from Iraq attend our ‘English for Doctor’s Visits’ class,” she says. “A couple of days after covering appendicitis in class and its symptoms and treatment, the student had appendicitis. Thanks to what she learned in this class, she knew to go to the emergency room for immediate treatment.” Arisa Takano, who moved to State College from Japan in April 2015 with her husband, Kyohei, after he took a job working for a local steel company, found that Mid-State Literacy Council helped her. “I was able to find international friends through Mid-State,” she says, explaining that she is still trying to overcome the language barrier. “To convey what exactly I think in my mind with the appropriate wording is the challenge.” Carolina Cardona, who moved to State College from Colombia with her husband last year, says, “My experience with Mid-State Literacy Council was amazing. When we first moved here, I registered for some classes. I still have friends from there.”

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She also found that her part-time job at a local Colombian coffee shop, Barranquero Café, helped her to familiarize herself with State College. “The experience has provided me with the best chance to experience cultural exchange with people from this county, to practice my speaking and listening skills, and make my own routine,” she says. Outside of groups specifically focused on ESL instruction, many international couples have broadened their social circles and cultural awareness through local churches, the local YMCA, and the plethora of cultural events offered by Penn State. While the transition to State College can affect couples in different ways, each can find that the support and encouragement of their spouses or friends are what help them to ultimately overcome their fears and work toward becoming active community members. “I was inspired and touched by my husband and decided to step out to stand with my own feet,” says Jingyi. “Through Global Connections, I also found that many students were similar to me in that we came here because of our husbands or wives. I got to know some other girls from the classes and made friends.” For Judy, she found that her experience with her conversation partner inspired her to engage in other interactions, even something as simple as saying Hello to a neighbor. “Being a teacher in my native country, I felt important and I felt intelligent,” she says. “And so when I came here, I felt useless. But then I made new friends, we shared our stories, and I began to feel comfortable.” Bruno says, “Having this sense of belonging to some sort of community is essential as you get adjusted to your new life. It kind of reminds you of how you felt when you were at home.” T&G Lori Wilson is a freelance writer in State College.


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With March designated as Music in Our Schools Month, Centre County can be proud of the musical talent and work that’s taking place inside its schools

Bellefonte music students (from left) Joe Pavlica, Noah Gaus, Jenna Catalano, Halle Mitchell, Emma Holderman, and Ryan Lidgett are examples of the talent that’s developing inside the music departments of Centre County’s March T&G - 69 school 2017 districts.


Music in Our Schools Month, officially designated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), is an annual celebration during the month of March that engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high-quality music education programs in schools. It began as a single statewide advocacy day and celebration in New York in 1973 and grew over the decades to become a month-long celebration of school music in 1985. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children — and to remind citizens that schools is where all children should have access to music. In an area that is known for its emphasis on the performing arts, Centre County schools boast some of the best music teachers and young, talented musicians in Central Pennsylvania. • • •

State High director of bands Paul Leskowicz says the music department’s biggest goal is helping every student as much as possible to have a meaningful experience in music.

“The district has a comprehensive choral and instrumental program,” he says. “At the high school level, it continues to blossom in terms of the opportunities and different groups that are available.” State College offers 10th-grade band and choir, with 10th-grade string players joining up with 11th- and 12th-grade string players to make up the symphony orchestra. It also has 11th- and 12th-grade band and choir, concert choir, and concert band. Altogether, the school has four different bands, three different choirs, and three orchestras, with 11th- and 12thgrade choirs broken up into men’s and women’s choirs. Leskowicz is very proud of the program that has been built at State College, the history of the program, and the many students who have gone on to do great things. “Our biggest goal is reaching every student as much as possible to have a meaningful experience in music — something that they can take with them for the rest Bald Eagle Area’s Kellie Long directs of their life,” he says. “That’s our bands in grades number one mission.”

The music programs in State College are unique in their scale and variety. For band, choir, and orchestra, there are multiple ensembles ranging in difficulty and size. Paul Leskowicz performs dual roles as the State College High School director of bands and as the coordinator of music for the school district.

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Originally from Toronto, Canada, State College senior Annie Liu participates in symphonic band, symphony orchestra, and wind quintet. She has had the honor of participating in All-State Band in 2015 and 2016, All-National Band 2016, and has been accepted to All-Eastern Band 2017. She finds that the wide variety of classes and ensembles as well as the opportunity to work with Penn State’s music department and the chances to play within the community elevates State High music and makes it a stellar program. “I think music is essential to schools and to all lives,” she says. “Bringing music to the rest of the student body not only allows the musicians to have performance experience but also shows the students the sort of work we do in the music program. Additionally, music evokes emotion, self-reflection, and joy, which we could all use a little more of.” State College senior and trumpet player Christopher Bagley participates in the marching band as its president and co-rank leader, in the concert band as president, in master singers, in Jazz Band I, and in the Tri-M Music Honors Society as the secretary and treasurer. “Not only does [the music program] allow each student to improve their skills but it also allows them to learn how to work together, how to serve as a leader or administrator, how to teach, and how to balance various technical aspects of music with the emotion intrinsic to its performance,” he says. While he doesn’t seek to pursue music professionally, he certainly doesn’t see himself giving it up either.

State High music students (from left) Grace Kilpatrick, Annie Liu, and Mariana Corichi Gomez.

“As I enter college, I hope to play trumpet in the Penn State University Marching Blue Band and/or a jazz ensemble,” he says. “I certainly will continue to play for my own love of the instrument.” State High senior Mariana Corichi Gomez grew up in Mexico City and has lived in State College on and off for 10 years. She plays the flute and sings in master singers, chamber singers, NVCC Concordia Singers, and Orpheus Singers. Last year, she ranked first chair in PMEA District IV Chorus & Region III Chorus and then third chair at the all-state festival. For her, State College has been a flourishing and encouraging music environment with skilled and nurturing teachers who help students get to the next level, whether they are interested in music on an amateur or professional level. 2017 March T&G - 71


nation as well as here in the heart of Central Pennsylvania. “It’s very short-sighted to cut because you’re missing an opportunity to develop students with languageacquisition skills and their reading comprehension,” Leskowicz says. “You have the joy of making music and you have the opportunity to improve your skills as a person — it’s a win-win situation.”

Bald Eagle Area’s Tony Talarigo performs on the drums.

“On a basic level, music helps a lot of students relax and step away from their stressful life,” she says. “Performing and listening to music has the same effect on most of us, so having daily entertainment is a sweet thing to look forward to.” She plans to major in music in college, focusing on vocal studies, and go onto graduate school for choral conducting or vocal performance, or both. One professional goal of hers is to return to Mexico City and initiate youth choral programs. “Mexico has very few music programs in schools or communities in general, so the fact that students are given the chance play an instrument in fourth grade is still amazing to me and my family,” she says. “Seeing how Mexican school systems lack choral education and choral culture as a whole, I will initiate the conversation with adolescents and young adults, creating opportunities I never came across when I was younger.” Arts programs are sometimes the first to be cut when school budgets are tightened, so it is critical this time of year to keep music education the focus of schools across the 72 - T&G March 2017

• • • The Bellefonte performing arts department consists of eight music teachers serving six buildings. The programs include a K-12 choral curriculum, with string and band instrumental ensembles starting in the fourth grade. All students in the district take music classes through seventh grade. Music class electives in high school include piano, introductory and Advanced Placement (AP) music theory, voice, theater classes for technical and musical history, rock studio, chamber music, and music technology recording. “The entire music department is very active and extensive, offering lots of opportunities in multiple disciplines for a wide variety of students,” says Jay Zimmerman, Bellefonte High School band director and fine arts department coordinator for the Bellefonte Area School District. “The goal is not just to get the Bellefonte students to perform at a high level but also to learn, explore, and appreciate this gift of music that will enrich their souls for the rest of their lives.” The high school music department offers a


band program that includes marching band, concert band, jazz band, and the competitive winter season indoor groups for percussion, majorettes, dance, and color guard. Senior Noah Gaus is a member of the band, choir, chorale, jazz band, marching band, full orchestra, indoor dance, and drama club. He was drum major in the fall and also has been the bass section leader in choir the past two years. For Gaus and so many others, the Bellefonte music program is a big family and provides a sort of home away from home. “I also think that the size of our program is special, as well,” he says. “We are large enough to have all the groups we do, but also small enough that we can all do multiple groups if we so choose.” If he had the time, Gaus says he could name 100 reasons why music in local schools is so important and 100 more ways it impacts students’ lives. “It’s important because music is the common language of the whole world — we can communicate anything through music,” he says. “Also, it is very important because it teaches

the students many lessons that the typical classroom just cannot. Music impacts students by letting them see and hear what hard work can truly do.” Senior Ryan Lidgett is in the orchestra and participates in PMEA orchestra festivals, is a two-time all-state orchestra violinist, and will be a violinist in the upcoming 2017 NAfME All-Eastern Orchestra, which is composed of students from 11 northeastern states. As someone who values the traditional and core academic subjects, he still strongly believes music is an essential part of the curriculum in schools. “In addition to simply being essential for artistic expression, being involved in music programs teaches you skills of collaboration and time management that are invaluable skills for adolescence and adulthood,” he says. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the most successful students in school are all musicians.” • • • Penns Valley High School offers various music courses, including concert band, jazz

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band, marching band, concert choir, chamber choir, music theory, and guitar. The performing groups participate in at least three concerts per year, and students regularly perform at PMEA district and region level events for band, chorus, and jazz band. In addition, Penns Valley students are frequently participants at the PMEA all-state level in both band and chorus. Last year, two students, Keith Griffith and Virginia Stattel, were selected to the PMEA All-State Chorus, and Raven Althouse was selected to the PMEA All-State Wind Ensemble. Stattel also was selected to the NAfMe All-Eastern Mixed Chorus that will be held April 5-8 in Atlantic City. “Penns Valley Area School District values music education and has made sure that we can provide outstanding events not only for our own students but also for the students of PMEA Region III,” says Phil Stattel, choir director at Penns Valley. “For a school that averages around 100 students per grade, our music students get the experiences that a larger school would offer, with a much more personalized experience. “I am proud to have had my two children attend Penns Valley, not only for the musical experiences they have had but also for the firstclass all-around education they have received. As the motto of our school says, ‘It’s a great day to be a Ram.’ ” At Penns Valley, the music programs strive to help all students become musicians first, so that even if they don’t pursue a career in music 74 - T&G March 2017

they will be able to better enjoy what is all around them. “Music should be an integral part of every student’s education — it connects us with what it is to be human,” Stattel says. “Music touches your heart and mind in ways that other fields of study just can’t come close. We believe the best way to experience music is to first make it yourself so that you can appreciate even better those who do it extremely well, whether it be your favorite country or pop star or classical musician.”

State High student Stanley Hamilton looks on during music class.

• • • The Bald Eagle Area School District has four elementary schools. All students in grades K-5 have music class two times per six-day cycle. Students in grades 4 and 5 also can participate in band and chorus. Bald Eagle Area student Jake Bloom prepares to practice.


“These are great opportunities for students to enhance their music education,” says Kellie Long, director of bands for grades 6 through 12 at Bald Eagle Area. “My son is a student at Wingate Elementary, where he is in second grade. He absolutely loves music class!” The Bald Eagle Area High School Marching Band has marched in many high-profile parades, such as the New York City Veterans Day Parade in 2009 and 2015, and the 2012 National Independence Day Parade in Washington, DC, where it was the only band from Pennsylvania. “Our community and school district are very proud of our band,” Long says. “They are a fine representation of just a small portion of the great music department that we have at Bald Eagle Area.” She says that the music department is often so busy preparing for a concert or a performance that it tends to forget to take the time to celebrate music and how important it is. “Music in Our Schools Month is great way to take a step back and remember how important music is, why we started to play our instrument

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or sing, and why we love and appreciate music so much,” she says. “It also allows us to educate others on the importance of music in schools, and it allows us to thank our administration and our school board who are so incredibly supportive of music at Bald Eagle Area. “It is also important to thank the teachers who help students in younger grades to remember their instruments for their lesson the next day. Those teachers are so appreciated and rarely receive the thanks that they deserve.” Long believes that in order to be successful in music, it takes a whole team of people, and it starts with the elementary music teachers who students have in kindergarten. “My advice to anyone that music has ever touched is to take a moment this March and say ‘Thank you’ to someone who helped you be successful along the way in music,” she says. “You may not have become a music teacher. You might be a nurse, an elementary teacher, a lawyer, or a police officer, but I bet somewhere along the way music touched your life.” T&G Jason Klose is a freelance writer from Mifflinburg.

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Considerations for adding onto your house By Denny Cisney Jr. If you are like many homeowners we work with, you may consider adding onto your home to update an area such as a kitchen-family room or expand your living space, especially if you like your neighborhood and don’t want to move. As a general contractor with a 48-year history, we have been involved with hundreds of additions over the years. Here are some tips to help you get the addition you envisioned with the best outcome. First of all, consider the goals of your construction project. Do you want to expand your kitchen to include a family room? Would adding a second story to your home be better than expanding your house footprint on your lot? Would you like to update your kitchen and baths while the addition is underway? A great place to get some overall costs is a publication called the “Cost vs. Value Report” by Remodeling magazine (www.remodeling .hw.net/cost-vs-value/2017). This publication also will help you find out how much of your renovation cost will add to the value of your home. Research the home values in your neighborhood to see if your investment is in line with how home values are changing. You also will want to determine the approximate size of the addition. When talking to clients, we often find that their vision for the new space was either too small or too big for the intended use. When selecting a contractor, it is important to find one that has extensive experience in this type of renovation. An addition is a complicated process that often involves unforeseen issues such as wood rot, a foundation or walls that are out of square, inadequate wiring, water damage, or termites. Make sure to check the contractor’s references thoroughly and find out if they belong to any professional organizations such as a builders association. We have encountered situations where the homeowner hired a less than 80 - T&G March 2017

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capable contractor and then asked us to step in to remedy the situation. All construction agreements should cover architectural design, permits, demolition, removal of all construction waste, detailed list of materials, including brand names of items such as windows and doors, hardware allowance if needed (faucets, door knobs, etc.), time line, and a list of any subcontractors such as electricians or plumbers who will be working at the site. The agreement should detail the process for change orders and list the total cost and payment schedule. Never pay more than 50 percent of any job up front and always withhold some payments until the job is complete. Our insurance agent Andy Cipar from the Jack M. Shuck Agency, Huntingdon, says that one issue many homeowners neglect is proper insurance during construction. He notes that homeowner’s insurance will usually cover damage to the construction area, including theft of building materials, as long as the homeowner has notified the insurance company and appropriate policy revisions have been made in advance. If adequate coverage is not available through the homeowner’s insurance company, a separate builder’s risk policy could be obtained. It is important to


confirm that both the homeowner and the contractor have appropriate liability insurance coverage for the project and are clear about who is responsible to insure the structure while it is under construction. At the very beginning of a project, we encourage clients to sit down with us and discuss their project at length so we can get a feel for their budget and vision. We review photos of similar projects to assess their likes and dislikes while determining how to make the addition look like the original home in style and materials. Architectural drawings are usually needed, and we either do these in-house by one of our trained draftsmen or use outside resources such as an architect or professional designer. After this phase is completed to the homeowners’ satisfaction, we have enough information to put together a detailed cost estimate that includes outside costs such as permits and excavation as well as all labor and materials. We always recommend that the project budget include a contingency fund of about 5 to 10 percent of the overall cost, for unforeseen

problems that arise during construction and demolition. We may uncover issues such as poor wiring or water damage that must be corrected before the project moves forward. Since many homeowners will use a home equity line of credit to finance the project, it is important to have the contingency fund allocated up front so the homeowner can include these possible costs in their loan. Getting everything from design to materials nailed down on the front end is very time consuming and can involve up to 30 hours of our professional time and several client meetings. This front-end work will give the homeowner peace of mind since the entire project will be precisely outlined and estimated based on architectural drawings that fit their vision. T&G Denny Cisney Jr. is the president and coowner of Cisney & O’Donnell Builders and Remodelers, a full-service construction firm serving Central Pennsylvania. For more information, visit cisneyremodeling.com.

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Freshen Up Your Bathroom Four design trends that marry luxury, beauty, and sensibility From Brandpoint When you’re ready to create the bathroom of your dreams, it’s no time to chase fads. You want design trends with enduring appeal, concepts that blend luxury, beauty, sensibility, and eco-friendliness. Striking the perfect balance between indulgence and practicality can result in a bathroom where you’ll happily spend time getting ready to face the world or decompressing after a busy day. As you’re planning your bathroom remodel, here are four 2017 bathroom design trends that are as smart as they are luxurious and lovely: Rediscover cork Chances are, if cork is already present in your home, it’s part of a bulletin board or nestled in the neck of your favorite bottle of wine. However, cork has many advantages as a design material, and it’s especially appealing in modern bathrooms. Cork is a beautiful, natural material. With a wide variety of colors, grains, and textures, each piece of cork is a unique work of natural art. It’s naturally water resistant (although not waterproof) and antimicrobial, so it combats mold and mildew in bathrooms. As a flooring material, it’s soft, warm texture is friendly to bare feet. Finally, cork is exceptionally sustainable; it’s renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable, and cork trees need not be cut down in order to harvest the material. Win with wall-mount toilets Already widely found in European homes, wall-mount toilets are gaining in popularity in the US. Wall-mount toilets offer many design advantages that are both beautiful and practical. Mounting a toilet on the wall allows greater design flexibility and makes cleaning 82 - T&G March 2017

beneath and around the fixture easy. Great in any size bathroom, wall-mount toilets work particularly well in smaller spaces to create an uncluttered and open visual effect. Leading manufacturers such as TOTO offer wall-hung toilets that feature leading edge technology and eco-friendly elements. Delightful daylighting The concept of daylighting — using natural light from multiple sources to illuminate a space — has been around for a while, and this is the year to welcome the trend into your bathroom. Incorporating natural light into a bathroom can help reduce electricity consumption, improve visibility, positively affect your mood, balance your internal clock, and increase your home’s resale value. Windows are the most common way to bring sunlight into a room. If your bathroom has an exterior wall that’s lacking a window, consider adding one. Windows with glass blocks or simple frosting on panes can allow you to enjoy sunlight while retaining privacy. Skylights and tubular skylights are another tactic for bringing daylight into a bathroom. For rooms with direct roof access, professional


skylight installation can be a cost-effective way to daylight the room. For ground-floor powder rooms and second-floor bathrooms with an attic above them, tubular skylights use reflective tubes and mirrors to transmit sunlight from the roof into the room.

Wonderful wet rooms Showers have been trending toward larger and luxurious for some time now on the bathroom design scene. For a shower that truly stands out in terms of visual impact and luxurious experience, consider creating a wet room. Another bathroom design concept that’s popular abroad, modern wet room bathrooms eliminate shower doors, enhance accessibility, make cleaning easier, and create a more expansive shower experience. To turn your standard bathroom into a wet room, you’ll need to waterproof the walls and floors and have the floor gently graded to lead to a central floor drain that carries excess water away. Whether you have a large bathroom or a smaller space, the wet room concept can make your bathroom look and feel bigger by eliminating shower stalls, doors, and curtains that take up space. The average midrange bathroom remodel recoups more than 65 percent of its value upon resale, according to Remodeling magazine’s “Cost vs. Value Report.” By choosing design trends that combine good sense with luxurious style, you can create a bathroom that will enhance your enjoyment of your home while increasing your home’s value. T&G

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Fine First Impressions Exterior home improvements yield higher ROI for less money, report shows From Brandpoint Renovation season is approaching. Do you know what home improvements will give you the best return for your money? Here’s a hint: step outside. You might assume upgrades to interior spaces such as kitchens and bathrooms have the best payoff, but most home improvements don’t return 100 percent of their value at the time of resale. Those that yield the best return on investment for the most modest costs are generally exterior improvements. Outside the box Interior projects such as a minor kitchen renovation or bathroom upgrade return a decent percentage of your initial investment when you sell your home — about 80 percent and 65 percent, respectively, according to Remodeling’s “Cost vs. Value Report.” However, they can also cost tens of thousands of dollars. By contrast, exterior projects such as adding a deck or replacing a garage door deliver similar high rates of return, but for far less cost. Adding a composite deck can cost around $17,000 and yield an ROI of more than 65 percent, while a garage door typically costs less than $2,000 and returns nearly 77 percent of your investment when you sell. In fact, six of the eight improvements with the best ROI on Remodeling’s report were exterior projects, and their average payback was nearly 75 percent. Top exterior projects Here are popular exterior projects that offer high ROI, according to the “Cost vs. Value Report”: • Roof replacement. A midrange roof replacement costs approximately $20,000 and returns nearly 69 percent of the investment. 84 - T&G March 2017

What’s more, a new roof helps protect your entire home from weather damage and can improve curb appeal. • Composite deck addition. Costs vary, but Remodeling bases its evaluation of ROI on a cost of about $17,000. At that price, adding a composite deck delivers ROI of 65.2 percent. Of course, the value of your deck will depend on many factors, including the quality of the building products you choose. Capped board composites are gaining popularity. • Siding replacement. Another exterior feature that protects the whole home and greatly affects its curb appeal, new siding can cost around $14,500. When you sell your home, that new siding will recoup about 76 percent of your initial investment. • Garage door replacement. Older garage doors may lack modern insulating qualities and a shabby-looking door can drag down the look of your home. Replacing the garage door costs roughly $1,700 and returns nearly 77 percent of that amount at the time of resale. • Steel entry door. The single exterior home improvement with the greatest ROI also is one of the cheapest and easiest to do.


Replacing a wooden door with a steel entry door will run you about $1,400 and you’ll recoup more than 90 percent of that cost when you sell your home. Exterior home improvements not only enhance your enjoyment of your home and help maintain its security, they’re also the first things potential buyers see when they pull up to the curb. When you want to make costeffective, high-ROI improvements, making exterior upgrades is money well spent. T&G

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Showtime! Community businesses join forces at the Central PA Home and Garden Show From the Builders Association of Central PA The Central PA Home and Garden Show returns to the Bryce Jordan Center Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2. As Central Pennsylvania’s largest home improvement and product showcase, the Home and Garden Show gives area residents the opportunity to see, learn about, and buy the latest home products and services from more than 120 unique companies under one roof. The show is locally produced by the Builders Association of Central PA and is presented in partnership with Pennwood Home and Hearth. Booths fill the BJC and provide consumers with a unique opportunity to meet the owners and employees of many local home improvement businesses. “Not only can you shake the hand of people who will potentially be coming to work in your home but you also can do some true comparison between companies. You want to find the business that will fit with your specific needs!”

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explains Abbie Jensen, executive officer of the Builders Association of Central PA. Displays will include patios, pools, outdoor lighting, decks, windows, doors, furniture, flooring, accessories, and everything imaginable for the home, inside and out. Jeff Bolze, president of Pennwood Home and Hearth, which is the show’s sponsor, has been a part of the show since it began in the Nittany Mall 33 years ago. “I really believe in the show,” he says. “It’s a place where local people can go to find local contractors and suppliers.” The focus of the show is certainly the many vendors who can address your home improvement needs, but there is a lot happening during the course of the weekend to please any home improvement or gardening enthusiast. Visitors can stroll through the landscaped and lush Centre Park on the arena floor, experience a stunning gallery of local artwork, and attend educational seminars on topics ranging from flooring to HVAC systems and gardening hacks for your home. Don’t miss the Home Show Marketplace where you can purchase home products to keep your home organized, stylish, and efficient. Companies in the marketplace include LuLaRoe, Cutco Cutlery, KitchenCraft, Pampered Chef, Usborne


Books, Poly Outdoor Furniture, and more! The Home and Garden Show is always a fun destination for the whole family. Kids are invited to submit a work of art in the “Home Is…” art competition. Everyone has a different idea about what home is. Is it a place, a feeling, or a person? All of these mixed media pieces of art will be displayed in the Home and Garden Art Gallery, and prizes will be awarded in three age categories (K-4, 5-8, 9-12). Kids also might like to participate in the Children’s Building Contest, being presented again this year by SPE Federal Credit Union. Kids will build their Lego dream homes, and everyone who participates will get some goodies! Preregistration is required for both of these programs — visit centralpabuilders.com to register and for more details. The Home and Garden Show hours are 3 to 8 p.m. March 31, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 1, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 2. Admission is $6, and children 12 and under are admitted free! There is free parking all weekend, and veterans always receive a $1 discount! T&G

33rd Annual Central Pennsylvania Home and Garden Show Presented by: Builders Association of Central PA and Pennwood Home and Hearth When: March 31-April 2 (Friday 3-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Where: Bryce Jordan Center. Tickets: $6 Children ages 12 and under are admitted free! Free parking! For more information, visit centralpabuilders.com.

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This Month

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There’s something for everyone on PBS!

Independent Lens: The Bad Kids Monday, March 20, at 10 p.m. Experience life in a remote Mojave Desert high school where extraordinary educators believe empathy and life skills, more than academics, give at-risk students a command of their own futures.

Penn State Basketball: Unlocked Saturday, March 4, and 18, at 9 p.m. Produced by Penn State Athletics and WPSU, the fifth season of Unlocked is your behind the scenes pass to the Penn State men’s basketball team, interviews, and recaps.

Splash and Bubbles New weekday episodes, March 13-17

NOVA: Secrets of the Viking Sword

Follow the adventures of Splash, Bubbles, and their friends as they make new friends and learn about the many different ways life looks and lives under the sea. Watch anytime at pbskids.org/splashandbubbles.

Wednesday, March 29, at 9 p.m.

The Vikings were among the fiercest warriors of all time. Yet only a select few carried the ultimate weapon of their era: the feared Ulfberht sword.

Music Theatre Spotlight 2016

Conversations Live: Immigration

Thursday, March 23, at 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 30, at 8 p.m.

Created by WPSU-TV in collaboration with Penn State’s nationally acclaimed Music Theatre program, “Spotlight” showcases Penn State seniors from the Schools of Music and Theatre.

Host Patty Satalia leads a discussion on immigration. To join the conversation, email questions to connect@wpsu.org, tweet @WPSU with the hashtag #WPSUconversations, or call 1-800-543-8242 during the program.

WPSU is made possible by our members. Become a member of your local PBS station, WPSU today by calling 1-800-245-9779, or go online to wpsu.org/donate during our March membership and fundraising campaign.

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Bryce Jordan Center

March

24 Winter Jam 7 p.m. 25 Florida Georgia Line 7 p.m. 31-April 2 Central PA Home & Garden Show 3 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m. Sat. & Sun.

April 11 The Illusionists 7:30 p.m. 18-19 Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend 6:30 p.m. Tues., 10:30 a.m. Wed. The Price Is Right Live 8 p.m.

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what's happening

March

5

Time to start thinking of summer! SpikesFest 2017 returns to the Penn State Multi-Sport Facility.

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The Tony Awardwinning musical Pippin visits Eisenhower Auditorium.

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Some of the top Christian music acts perform at the annual Winter Jam show at the Bryce Jordan Center.

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Penn State Opera Theatre presents its production of Handel's Alcina at Esber Recital Hall.

The Nittany Valley Symphony holds its “Golden Jubilee” 50th anniversary concert at Eisenhower Auditorium. The Central PA Builders Association presents its annual Home and Garden Show at the Bryce Jordan Center.

31-April2

To have an event listed in “What’s Happening,” e-mail dpenc@barashmedia.com.

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Children & Families 4 – Block Party, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., schlowlibrary.org. 4 – Kindermusik – Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 10 & 11 a.m., schlowlibrary.org. 4, 11 – Saturday Stories Alive, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 11 a.m., schlowlibrary.org. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 – Baby & Me Lapsit, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 9:30 a.m., schlowlibrary.org. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 – Baby & Me Movers, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 10:15 a.m., schlowlibrary.org. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 – Tales for Two, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 11 a.m., schlowlibrary.org. 15, 22 – Toddler Learning Centre, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 9:15 or 10:30 a.m., schlowlibrary.org. 15, 22 – 3s, 4s, 5s Storytime, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 9:30 a.m., schlowlibrary.org. 15, 22 – Everybody Storytime, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 10:30 a.m., schlowlibrary.org. 18, 25 – Stories for Little Eyes and Ears, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 11 a.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu. 18, 25 – World Stories Alive, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 11 a.m., schlowlibrary.org. 25 – Elementary Explorers, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., schlowlibrary.org.

Classes & Lectures 7 – Central PA Civil War Round Table: “The Night the War Was Lost” by Captain Jim Bloom, PA Military Museum, Boalsburg, 7 p.m. 7, 21 – “A Joint Venture,” information session on hip or knee replacement, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 11 a.m. March 7, 7 p.m. March 21, 278-4810. 8 – Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series, PA Military Museum, Boalsburg, 7 p.m., pamilmuseum.org. 12 – Docent Choice Tour: “The Limits of Her Sphere: Women in NineteenthCentury American Art” by Mary Ellen Litzinger, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 2 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu. 94 - T&G March 2017

14 – “Rethinking the American West,” Paterno Library, PSU, 4 p.m., centrecountyreads.org. 16 – Family Medicine Seminar: Basic Principle of Addiction in Primary Care, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 6 p.m., 234-6738. 17 – Gallery Talk: “Supply and Demand: The Craft of Forgery” by Emily Hagen, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 12:10 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu. 19 – Docent Choice Tour: “Back to Basics: Elements of Art” by Maureen Moses, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 2 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu. 20 – Sheryl WuDunn, HUB-Robeson Center, PSU, 6:30 p.m. 20, 27 – Healthy Weight for Life class series, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 5:30 p.m., 234-6727. 21 – Straight Talk: “Love, Hate, Tolerate: The Puzzles of Sibling Relationships” by Susan McHale, Mount Nittany Middle School, SC, 7 p.m., scasd.org/straighttalk. 22 – Angelica Ross, HUB-Robeson Center, PSU, 7 p.m. 23 – Jana Marie Foundation presents Mokita Dialogues: “Drugs and Alcohol,” New Leaf Initiative, SC, noon, janamariefoundation.org. 24 – Penn State Forum Speaker Series: “The Unfinished Revolution: Iran’s Struggle for Democratic Reform” by Laura Secor, Nittany Lion Inn, PSU, 11:30 a.m., sites.psu.edu/forum. 24 – Gallery Talk: “John B. Flannagan’s Mother and Son I” by Adam Thomas, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 12:10 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu. 26 – Docent Choice Tour: “Americans at Work: Genre Scenes” by Sally Kalin, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 2 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu. 26 – “The PA German Groundhog Lodges and Versammlinge” by Dr. William Donner, Centre Furnace Mansion, SC, 2 p.m., centrehistory.org. 29 – A Conversation with Therman Statom, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 4:30 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu. 30 – “Books, Bodies, and Circulations of Dancing in Early 18th-Century France and England” by Linda Tomko, Foster Auditorium, PSU, 4:30 p.m. 31 – Paper Views Conversation: “Making an Exit” by Heather Davis, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 1 p.m., palmermuseum .psu.edu.


Club Events 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – State College Sunrise Rotary Club, Hotel State College, SC, 7:15 a.m., kfragola@psualum.com. 1, 15 – Outreach Toastmasters, The 329 Building, Room 413, PSU, noon, kbs131@psu.edu. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – State College Downtown Rotary, Ramada Inn & Conference Center, SC, noon, centrecounty .org/rotary/club/. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – Comics Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 3:30 p.m., schlowlibrary.org. 4, 11, 18, 25 – Chess Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., schlowlibrary.org. 4, 11, 18, 25 – Go Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., schlowlibrary.org. 6, 20 – Knitting Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 5:30 p.m., schlowlibrary.org. 7, 14, 21, 28 – State College Rotary Club, Nittany Lion Inn, PSU, 5:30 p.m., statecollegerotary.org. 8 – Women’s Welcome Club of State College, Oakwood Presbyterian Church, SC, 7 p.m., womenswelcomeclub.org. 8 – 148th PA Volunteer Infantry Civil War Reenactment Group, Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, SC, 7:30 p.m., 861-0770. 9, 23 – Schlow Stitchers, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 5:30 p.m., schlowlibrary.org. 11 – Boardgame Meetup, Schlow Centre Region Library, 10 a.m., schlowlibrary.org. 14 – Women’s Mid Day Connection, Mountain View Country Club, Boalsburg, 11:45 a.m., 404-3704. 14 – Nittany Valley Writers’ Network, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 6 p.m., schlowlibrary.org. 15 – CR Active Adult Center Book Club: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Taylor, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 12:15 p.m., schlowlibrary.org. 18 – Lego Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., schlowlibrary.org. 19 – Mother/Daughter Book Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., schlowlibrary.org. 20 – Parrot Owner’s Group, Perkins, 525 Benner Pike, SC, 7 p.m., 237-2722. 21 – Evening Book Club: Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 6:30 p.m., schlowlibrary.org.

22 – Afternoon Book Club: Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., schlowlibrary.org. 22 – Applique Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 6 p.m., schlowlibrary.org.

Community Associations & Development 2 – CBICC Business After Hours: Jabco Auto Sales & Service Center, 5:30 p.m., cbicc.org. 16 – CBICC Business After Hours: Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy, 5:30 p.m., cbicc.org. 21 – Spring Creek Watershed Association, Patton Township Municipal Building, SC, 7:30 a.m., springcreekwatershed.org. 22 – Patton Township Business Association, Patton Township Municipal Building, SC, noon, 237-2822. 30 – CBICC Business After Hours: Above the Valley Special Events Center by Harrison’s, 5:30 p.m., cbicc.org.

Exhibits Ongoing-2 – He Called Me Sexy Baby … But My Name Is Helen, HUB-Robeson Galleries, PSU, studentaffairs.psu.edu/hub/ artgalleries. Ongoing-May 5 – From the Trenches: The Great War in Sepia, 103 Paterno Library, PSU. Ongoing-May 7 – Eva Watson-Schutze: Pictorialist Portraits, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun., palmermuseum.psu.edu. Ongoing-May 14 – Morris Blackburn: Prints and Paintings in Process, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun., palmermuseum.psu.edu. Ongoing-May 14 – Contemporary Studio Glass, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun., palmermuseum.psu.edu. 3-26 – Beverly Klucher, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, Bellefonte, noon4:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun., bellefontemuseum.org. 3-26 – Carol Baney, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, Bellefonte, noon-4:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun., bellefontemuseum.org.

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3-26 – Courtney Morris, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, Bellefonte, noon4:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun., bellefontemuseum.org. 3-26 – Karen Deutsch/Karen Drosnes, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, Bellefonte, noon-4:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun., bellefontemuseum.org. 3-26 – Medals: Using Art to Honor, Dedicate, and Remember, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, Bellefonte, noon4:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun., bellefontemuseum.org. 3-26 – Seth Young, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, Bellefonte, noon-4:30 p.m. Fri.Sun., bellefontemuseum.org. 3-26 – Stacie Bird/Bob Johnson, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, Bellefonte, noon-4:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun., bellefontemuseum.org. 5-August 10 – Plastics: Knowledge and Information Taking Shape, Pattee Library Central Entrance, PSU. 19-September 24 – Unraveling the Threads of History, Centre Furnace Mansion, SC, 1-4 p.m. Sun., Wed., & Fri., centrehistory.org. 31 – Paper Views Exhibition: Making an Exit, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 10 a.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu.

Health Care For schedule of blood drives visit redcross.org or givelife.org. 1 – Amputee Support Group, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, Pleasant Gap, 5 p.m., 359-5630. 3, 14 – Juniper Village at Brookline’s Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group, Mount Nittany Dining Room at The Inn, SC, 1 p.m. Fri., 6:30 p.m. Tues., 231-3141. 6 – Breast Cancer Support Group, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 7 p.m., 231-6870. 8 – The Fertility Issues and Loss Support Group, Choices, SC, 6 p.m., heartofcpa.org. 9 – Diabetes Support Group, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 6 p.m., 231-7095. 9 – A free parents-to-be class, Mount Nittany Health – Boalsburg Pediatrics, Boalsburg, 7 p.m., 466-7921. 14 – Brain Injury Support Group, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, Pleasant Gap, 7 p.m., 359-3421. 15 – Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, Foxdale Village, SC, 1:30 p.m., 867-6212. 15 – Alzheimer’s Support Group, Elmcroft Senior Living, SC, 6:30 p.m., 235-7675. 96 - T&G March 2017

16 – Cardiopulminary Support Group, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, Pleasant Gap, 2 p.m., 359-3421. 20 – Cancer Survivors’ Association, Pink Zone Resource Center in the Cancer Pavilion at Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 11:30 a.m., 238-6220. 26 – Neuropathy Support Group of Central PA, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 2 p.m., 531-1024. 28 – Stroke Support Group, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, Pleasant Gap, 4 p.m., 359-3421. 28 – Multiple Sclerosis Support Group, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, Pleasant Gap, 6 p.m., 359-3421.

Music 2 – Penn State School of Music: Concert Band and Symphonic Band, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 7:30 p.m., music.psu.edu. 2 – Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Schwab Auditorium, PSU, 7:30 p.m., cpa.psu.edu. 11 – Mike + Ruthy, Center for Well-Being, Lemont, 7:30 p.m., acousticbrew.org. 15 – The Art of Music: Revamped: An Orchestra of Two, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 12:10 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu. 19 – Anne-Marie Hildebrandt, Irish harp, Centre County Library Historical Museum, Bellefonte, 2:30 p.m., bellefontearts.org. 19 – DSCH Trio, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County, SC, 4 p.m., uufcc .com. 19 – Melvin Seals & JGB, State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m., thestatetheatre.org. 24 – Winter Jam, BJC, PSU, 7 p.m., bjc.psu .edu. 25 – Florida Georgia Line, BJC, PSU, 7 p.m., bjc.psu.edu. 25 – Mustard’s Retreat, Center for WellBeing, Lemont, 7:30 p.m., acousticbrew.org. 25 – Start Making Sense: A Tribute to the Talking Heads, State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m., thestatetheatre.org. 26 – Nittany Valley Symphony presents “Golden Jubilee,” Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 4 p.m., nvs.org. 26 – Penn State School of Music: Musica Nova, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 7:30 p.m., music.psu.edu. 28 – Fred Hersch Trio, Schwab Auditorium, PSU, 7:30 p.m., cpa.psu.edu.


29 – Matisyahu, State Theatre, SC, 7:30 p.m., thestatetheatre.org. 31-April 1 – Penn State School of Music: Penn State Jazz Festival Concert, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 7:30 p.m., music.psu.edu.

Special Events 3 – First Friday, Downtown State College, 5 p.m., FirstFridayStateCollege.com. 3, 10, 17, 24 – Downtown State College Winter Farmers’ Market, Municipal Building, SC, 11:30 a.m., visitpennstate.org. 4, 11, 18, 25 – Millheim Farmers’ Market, Hosterman & Stover Hardware Store, Millheim, 10 a.m., visitpennstate.org. 7, 14, 21, 28 – Boalsburg Farmers’ Market, St. John’s UCC, Boalsburg, 2 p.m., visitpennstate.org. 5 – SpikesFest 2017, Penn State Multi-Sports Facility, PSU, 11 a.m., statecollegespikes.com. 11 – Annual Volunteer Fair, American Philatelic Society, Bellefonte, 10 a.m., 355-2917.

17 – “A Night to Remember … A Cause to Believe in” Fundraising Dinner for Jana Marie Foundation, Mountain View Country Club, Boalsburg, 6 p.m., info@janamariefoundation.org. 19 – Welsh Society of Central Pennsylvania Afternoon Tea, Mountain View Country Club, Boalsburg, 1 p.m., 234-0750. 26 – Passport on a Plate: The Essence of Southeast Asia, Nittany Lion Inn, PSU, 5:30 p.m., gc-cc.org. 31-April 2 – Central PA Home and Garden Show, BJC, PSU, 3 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m. Sat. & Sun., centralpabuilders.com.

Sports For tickets to Penn State sporting events, visit gopsusports.com or call (814) 865-5555. 3 – PSU/UC Santa Barbara, men’s volleyball, Rec Hall, PSU, 7:30 p.m. 3-4 – PSU/Wisconsin, men’s ice hockey, Pegula Ice Arena, PSU, 7 p.m. Fri., 8 p.m. Sat. 4 – PSU/Brown, men’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, 10 a.m.

Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber Volunteer Fair!

March 11th, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM

American Philatelic Society at the Match Factory in Bellefonte This free event offers the public a way to conveniently speak with many community service organizations that need volunteers - making it easy to see what is available and to find a volunteer opportunity that matches the interests and time available of each person or family.

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4 – PSU/Penn, men’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, noon. 4 – PSU/Stanford, men’s volleyball, Rec Hall, PSU, 7:30 p.m. 7 – PSU/Furman, men’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, noon. 8 – PSU/James Madison, women’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, 4 p.m. 12 – PSU/Colorado, women’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, noon. 15 – PSU/Saint Francis, softball (DH), Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park, PSU, 5 p.m. 16-17 – PSU/Delaware, baseball, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 5 p.m. 17 – PSU/Minnesota, women’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, 4:30 p.m. 17 – PSU/Cal-Baptist, men’s volleyball, Rec Hall, PSU, 7 p.m. 18 – PSU/Fairfield, men’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, noon. 18 – PSU/Michigan, men’s gymnastics, Rec Hall, PSU, 2:30 p.m. 18 – PSU/Rutgers, women’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, 3 p.m. 21 – PSU/Bucknell, baseball, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 6:30 p.m. 22 – PSU/Robert Morris, softball (DH), Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park, PSU, 5 p.m. 22 – PSU/West Virginia, baseball, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 6:30 p.m. 24 – PSU/Michigan, men’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, 6 p.m. 24-26 – PSU/Columbia, baseball, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 6:30 p.m. Fri., 1 p.m. Sat., noon Sun. 25 – PSU/Cleveland State, men’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, noon. 25 – PSU/Iowa, men’s gymnastics, Rec Hall, PSU, 3 p.m. 26 – PSU/Penn, men’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, noon. 26 – PSU/NJIT, men’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, 4 p.m. 28 – PSU/Binghamton, baseball, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 6:30 p.m. 28 – PSU/Ohio State, men’s volleyball, Rec Hall, PSU, 7 p.m. 29 – PSU/Cornell, baseball, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 6:30 p.m. 31 – PSU/Maryland, women’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, 5 p.m. 31 – PSU/Princeton, men’s volleyball, Rec Hall, PSU, 7 p.m. 31-April 2 – PSU/Indiana, softball, Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park, PSU, 6 p.m. Fri., 3 p.m. Sat., 1 p.m. Sun.

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Theater 1 – The Art of Poetry: Phil Terman, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 12:10 p.m., palmermuseum .psu.edu. 11 – Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presents La Traviata, State Theatre, SC, 12:55 p.m., thestatetheatre.org. 15 – En Garde Arts presents Wilderness, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 7:30 p.m., cpa.psu.edu. 16, 18, 24-25 – Duffy’s Tavern and Love & Light Productions present Irish Eyes Murder, Duffy’s Tavern, Boalsburg, 6 p.m., duffystavernpa.com. 17 – Out Loud: Young People’s Poetry, Bellefonte Art Museum for Center County, Bellefonte, 7:30 p.m., bellefontemuseum.org. 18 – She’s Crazy: Mental Health and Other Myths, State Theatre, SC, 2 & 7:30 p.m., thestatetheatre.org. 19 – Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema presents A Contemporary Evening, State Theatre, SC, 12:55 p.m., thestatetheatre.org. 19 – A Year with Frog and Toad, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 2 p.m., cpa.psu .edu. 20 – State of the Story: “Home(ys)/ Town(ies),” State Theatre, SC, 7 p.m., thestatetheatre.org. 21 – Pippin, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 7:30 p.m., cpa.psu.edu. 21-April 1 – Penn State Centre Stage presents Barbecue, Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, SC, 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 2 & 7:30 p.m. Sat. 23 – Rockin’ Road to Dublin, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 7:30 p.m., cpa.psu.edu. 25 – Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presents Idomeneo, State Theatre, SC, 12:55 p.m., thestatetheatre.org. 25-26 – Penn State Opera Theatre presents Alcina, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 7:30 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., cpa.psu.edu. 30 – Anthracite Fields, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 7:30 p.m.., cpa.psu.edu. 30 – Lunafest, State Theatre, SC, 7:30 p.m., thestatetheatre.org. 30-April 1 – State College Area High School Thespians presents How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, State High, SC, 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., 231-4188. 31-April 1 – Tempest Productions presents Medea, State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m. Fri., 3 & 8 p.m. Sat., tempestproductions.org. T&G


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Marking the Difficult Easy Finding the right wine for Indian food may not be as challenging as you think By Lucy Rogers Like many Asian cuisines, Indian food is often considered difficult in terms of pairing wine. Its intense, complex flavors — often with some real heat — can sometimes lead dedicated oenophiles to beer as the beverage of choice, as carbonation tends to tame some of those spicy elements. Of course, sweet or off-dry wines also are a go-to in this category, as it is well established that fruit and sugar can put out the fire when things get hot on the palate. But should this conventional wisdom keep us from trying other wines with Indian food? Is it “wrong” or unpleasant to have a dry white or red wine when enjoying traditional Indian dishes such as saag, masala, or vindaloo? We decided to take a step outside the so-called comfort zone to experiment with other varietal wines. Our first step was to think about the varied spices incorporated into Indian cuisine: turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, garam masala, cardamom, mustard seed, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, star anise — the list goes on. Every one of these warm spices has real star power on its own, yet many Indian recipes commonly blend two or three or even more of these spice juggernauts together, making remarkably complex and intensely flavored (and fragrant) dishes. And that flavor intensity is one of the elements that should drive the approach to pairing — with so much going on on the plate, how much should be going on in the glass? And this is a typical approach to wine pairing in general — do we pair “like-like” food and wines, i.e. rich foods with rich wines, simple food with simple wines? Or do we go for the more complementary approach, choosing a wine that is simple for complex foods, while more complex wines will star when paired with simpler foods. In the case of Indian food, the thought was that the approach can be similar and still work either way you decide to go. The only way to conduct such an experiment is to eat Indian food and drink many different wines, which our panel did on two separate occasions — once at Indian Pavilion on Calder Way in downtown State College 100 - T&G March 2017

(which is a BYO restaurant, and it graciously let us bring in a dozen wines to sample and pair with its delicious cuisine). The second time, we cooked our own Indian favorites, and our wine choices were slightly more guided by the results of the first tasting. We learned some important things that are worth keeping in mind when pairing Indian food with wine. The first is, heavily spiced foods are not necessarily spicy — and when I use the word “spicy” here, I mean hot. So while the dishes are almost always complex, most of them do not tip the scales on the heat side. Which is important, because that means that dry wines should not be taken off the pairing list. In fact, while all the dishes were heavily spiced, only the vindaloo really stood out as a dish that needed a palate cooler. For example, a richly layered dish such as saag chana (a heavily spiced spinach and chick pea dish) can be paired with a simple Pinot Blanc. Pinot Blanc on its own is a somewhat undistinguished white wine that can be light-to-medium bodied with some notes of citrus but a richer mouthfeel than, say, a Pinot Grigio. The two Pinot Blancs we tried (both happened to be Alsatian) were just fine with all the Indian dishes, but definitely took a back seat to the flavors on the plate.


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And that’s OK if all you want is the food to be the star of the show and the wine to be a somewhat silent (yet refreshing) partner. While it was not fruit-forward enough to diminish the heat of a hotter dish such as vindaloo, it didn’t exactly add anything to the experience, either. An Italian Friulano from Bastianich was an interesting pairing, with notes of mushroom but with a nice bit of minerality and a crisp Spanish Albariño from Paco Y Lola. It had its moments with certain dishes. (The Friulano showed even better when it was not quite as cold, making it feel richer on the palate.) The very dry Riesling from Schild Estate was so dry, so tart, and dominated by lemon that it seemed very much at odds with the cuisine. But on the opposite end of the dryness scale was the Bergwein that was so overly sweet; it was even too sweet for the hot dishes. A Beaujolais Rosé was a solid balance of fruit and acidity that worked quite nicely, as did a Piemonte Brachetto, which is a light red wine from Italy with pretty notes of strawberry but still dry. Other reds that surprised us were a few aromatic Pinot Noirs — in particular the one from Carpenter 2013, from Alexander Valley — that were quite complex in their own right, but didn’t muddle or overwhelm the complexity of the food on the plate. We had several Grenache and Grenache blends 102 - T&G March 2017

that worked, including two from California and another from Spain. Bigger reds with higher alcohol content — Cabernet and Merlot — tended to amp up the heat and the spice of the food, and not in a particularly good way, an example of just being too loud that all the flavors got lost in the noise. In general, I think it is safe to say that there is more to wine and Indian food than Riesling and Gewurztraminer. Once you know the profile of the dish, you can use traditional wine-pairing approaches and find a great match: You really can drink a light dry red — Pinot Noir, Grenache, Gama — with heavily spiced foods and be happy. You can drink a dry, rich white or a dry, light white, too. The important thing to remember is that heavily spiced, complex foods are not the same as peppery hot food, and that is the factor that should drive your wine-pairing decision the next time you are eating Indian food and looking for wine. Who knew you’d have so much to choose from? T&G

Lucy Rogers is the tasting room manager for Big Spring Spirits in Bellefonte. She can be reached at lucy@bigspringspirits.com, or you can find her in the tasting room.


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Taste of the Month

Regional Cuisine

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By Vilma Shu Danz Photos by Darren Andrew Weimert


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Beef and vegetable hand-stretched noodle soup

Tommy’s Asian Grill, located at 432 East College Avenue, is State College’s first Xi’an Chinese restaurant serving authentic, fresh, hand-stretched noodles, handmade flat breads for Chinese burgers, and traditional Xi’an BBQ on a stick. With the ever-growing Chinese student population at Penn State, a New York City lawyer and his business partner saw a need for a Xi’an restaurant in State College. It opened in 2013, and managers Qiqi Shi and Mary Liu are tasked to run Tommy’s Asian Grill, making everything from scratch. As the capital of the Shaanxi Province in northwestern China, Xi’an is best known as the starting point of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. One of the oldest cities in China and home to various religions, from Buddhism to Christianity and Islam, the city of Xi’an has held an important position under several dynasties in the country’s history. These different influences played a role in Xi’an culinary history, creating a cuisine that is uniquely its own. In comparison to other Chinese cuisines, noodles are more widely used in Xi’an dishes than rice. The noodles are typically thicker and longer. The most popular is known as Biang-Biang Mian (noodles). The word Biang is onomatopoetic — it mimics the sound of flour dough hitting the counter when being stretched. 2017 March T&G - 105


Roujiamo chinese pork burger and (right) chicken wings and gizzard skewers

Savory and chewy from the eggs and oil added in the flour dough, Biang-Biang noodles are often served with braised meats, assorted vegetables, and lots of red hot peppers and diced garlic. The Biang-Biang noodles at Tommy’s Asian Grill are served in many different ways, from the cold noodles to soup bowls, including the spicy hot beef noodles soup, the mountain Qi minced noodles, and the pork noodles soup. The noodles are always stretched to order. When you place your order, the noodle stretcher will place a few balls on the oiled table and start flattening them out with a smooth wooden dowel. He folds and stretches the noodles as far as he can without lifting them off the table. Then he vigorously slaps the ever-elongating noodle up and down. As the noodles stretch, they get thinner and thinner. The end result is something about an inch and a half wide, similar to Italian pappardelle. In addition to the noodles, Roujiamo or Chinese meat burger is a common street food from the Shaanxi Province. The Chinese burger with pork or beef with cumin is served in fresh, handmade flat bread. Other street foods that people from Xi’an enjoy are different meats on skewers. Tommy’s Asian Grill offers a selection of BBQ meats on a stick, from the simple beef and chicken to more exotic skewers such as beef tendon, chicken 106 - T&G March 2017

gizzards, lamb, squid, shrimp, and fried fish tofu. The skewers cost about $2 to $4 each, making them a perfect complement to a bowl of hand-stretched noodle soup. Other Xi’an food items to try at Tommy’s Asian Grill include the cool skin noodle (liangpi) and Buckwheat Heluo (qiaomianheluo). A Xi’an specialty, liangpi is a noodle-like dish made from wheat or rice flour and is typically served with garlic and hot chili oil, or julienned cucumber and a sauce made of salt, vinegar, hot chili oil, and black sesame paste. Qiaomianheluo dates back 600 years and is made from fresh buckwheat. Buckwheat noodles are fat-free, cholesterol-free, and a good source of nutrients such as manganese, lean protein, carbohydrates, and thiamine. T&G For more information and to view the menu of Tommy’s Asian Grill, visit tommysstatecollege.com. Vilma Shu Danz is operations manager and assistant editor of Town&Gown.

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All restaurants are in State College or on the Penn State campus, and in the 814 area code unless noted.

Full Course Dining bar bleu, 114 S. Garner St., 237-0374, bar-bleu.com. Socializing and sports viewing awaits at bar bleu. Don’t miss a minute of the action on 22 true 1080i HDMI high-definition flat-screen monitors displaying the night’s college and pro matchups. The bar serves up 16 draft beers in addition to crafted cocktails, including the “Fishbowl,” concocted in its own 43-ounce tank! Pub fare featuring authentic Kansas Citystyle barbecue is smoked daily on-site. AE, D, DC, ID+, MC, V. Full bar. Barrel 21 Distillery & Dining, 2255 N. Atherton St., 308-9522, barrel21distillery .com. Barrel offers a unique gastro-distillery dining experience that features our one of a kind spirits and beer which are made on premise. Our menu of rotating seasonal items blends classic dishes with current trends to deliver new and interesting presentations for our guests to enjoy. Sunday brunch is a favorite with made-to-order omelets, Bloody Mary bar, and full buffet, including Irving’s bagels, smoked salmon platter, house-made pastries, and much more. Happy Hour is from 4 to 6 p.m.Tuesday through Friday, featuring half-price Barrel 21 spirits and Otto’s beer. Our tasting room also is open if you would like to take a bottle home with you, and our private dining room is available for your special event. We look forward to seeing you at Barrel 21! Carnegie Inn & Spa Restaurant, 100 Cricklewood Drive, 234-2424. An exquisite boutique hotel offering fine dining in a relaxed yet gracious atmosphere. Your dining experience begins with a wide array of appetizers and entrees that compare to the best restaurants of the largest cities in the United States. Additionally, the Carnegie Inn & Spa Restaurant wine list is one of the best in the area and features a wide variety of wines from California, France, and other countries. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, D, V. Full bar.

Cozy Thai Bistro, 232 S. Allen St., 237-0139. A true authentic Thai restaurant offering casual and yet “cozy” family-friendly dining experience. Menu features wide selections of exotic Thai cuisine, both lunch and dinner (take-out available). BYO (wines and beer) is welcome after 5 p.m. AE, D, DC, MAC, MC, V. The Deli Restaurant, 113 Hiester St., 2375710, The DeliRestaurant.com. Since 1973, The Deli has served up New York-style deli favorites on an American menu offering everything from comfort food to pub favorites, all made from scratch. Soups, breads, sauces, and awardwinning desserts are homemade here early in the morning folks. Look for its rotating menu of food- themed festivals throughout the year. AE, D, DC, LC, MC, V. Full bar. The Dining Room at the Nittany Lion Inn, 200 W. Park Ave., 865-8590. Fine continental cuisine in a relaxed, gracious atmosphere. Casual attire acceptable. Private dining rooms available. AE, D, DC, MAC, MC, V. Full bar. Duffy’s Boalsburg Tavern, On the Diamond, Boalsburg, 466-6241. The Boalsburg Tavern offers a fine, intimate setting reminiscent of Colonial times. Dining for all occasions with formal and casual menus, daily dinner features, specials, and plenty of free parking. AE, MC, V. Full bar.

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Faccia Luna Pizzeria, 1229 S. Atherton St., 234-9000, faccialuna.com. A true neighborhood hangout, famous for authentic New York-style wood-fired pizzas and fresh, homemade Italian cuisine. Seafood specialties, sumptuous salads, divine desserts, great service, and full bar. Outside seating available. Sorry, reservations not accepted. Dine-in, Take out. MC/V. Galanga, 454 E. College Ave., 237-1718. Another great addition to Cozy Thai Bistro. Galanga by Cozy Thai offers a unique authentic Thai food featuring Northeastern Thai-style cuisine. Vegetarian menu selection available. BYO (wines and beer) is welcome after 5 p.m. AE, D, DC, MAC, MC, V. The Gardens Restaurant at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, 215 Innovation Blvd., Innovation Park, 863-5090. Dining is a treat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in The Gardens Restaurant, where sumptuous buffets and à la carte dining are our special- ties. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. Full bar, beer.

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Gigi’s, W. College Ave, on the corner of Cato Ave., 861-3463, gigisdining.com. Conveniently located 5 minutes from downtown State College, Gigi’s is a farm-to-table dining experience inspired by the hottest southern trends. Outdoor Patio. Lunch & Dinner. Full Bar. AE, D, MAC, MC, V. The Greek, 102 E. Clinton Ave., 308-8822, thegreekrestaurant.net. Located behind The Original Waffle Shop on North Atherton Street. Visit our Greek tavern and enjoy authentic Greek cuisine. From fresh and abundant vegetables to the most succulent kebabs, each dish has been perfected to showcase genuine Greek flavors. When we say “authentic,” we mean it. Full service, BYOB. D, MC, V. Herwig’s Austrian Bistro, “Where Bacon Is An Herb,” 132 W. College Ave., 272-0738. Located next to the State Theatre. Serving authentic Austrian home cooking in Central PA. Ranked #1 Ethnic Restaurant in State College for 8 years in a row. Eat-in, Take-Out, Catering. Glutenfree options available. Bacon-based dessert. Homemade breads, BYO beer or wine all day. Sense of humor required. D, MAC, MC, V.


Hi-Way Pizza, 1688 N. Atherton St., 237-0375, HiWayPizza.com. The State College tradition for nearly 50 years, nobody does it better than Hi-Way! Offering more than 29 varieties of hand-spun pizzas made from scratch offer an endless combination of toppings. Its vodka “flaky” crust and red stuffed pizzas are simply a must have. Hi-Way’s menu rounds out with pasta dishes, calzones, grinders, salads, and other Italian specialties. Eat-in, take-out, or Hi-Way delivery. AE, D, DC, LC, MC, V. Full bar.

Thai Papaya Salad

Hoss’s Steak & Sea House, 1454 North Atherton Street, State College, 234-4009, www.hosss.com. Since 1983, Hoss’s has been providing considerate service, delicious food, and a pleasant environment that brings family and friends together. We offer a variety of steaks, chicken, seafood, burgers, and sandwiches. Hoss’s showcase is our all-you-can-eat Hosspitality Bars — offering fresh salads, soups, breads, and desserts. AE, D, DC, MAC, MC, V

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COZY THAI BISTRO 232 S. Allen Street. State College, PA 16801 Tel: 814.237.0139 E-mail: cozy thai@gmail.com

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It’s St. Patrick’s Day at the pub... a festive party is in full swing.....suddenly a scream! Come and enjoy the Irish music, traditional Irish food, imbibe a bit, and maybe hear the skirl of the bagpipes. Join us on Mar. 16th, 18th, 24th, and 25th at 6pm in our upstairs dining room ($48/person). Come early and enjoy our happy hour with Big Spring Distillery (starting at 5pm).

Reservations at duffystavernpa.com or Loveandlightproductions.org

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Inferno Brick Oven & Bar, 340 E. College Ave., 237-5718, InfernoBrickOvenBar.com. With a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere, Inferno is a place to see and be seen. A full-service bar boasts a unique specialty wine, beer, and cocktail menu. Foodies — Inferno offers a contemporary Neapolitan brick-oven experience featuring a focused menu of artisan pizzas and other modern-Italian plates. Lunch and dinner service transi- tions into night as a boutique nightclub with dance- floor lighting, club sound system, and the area’s most talented resident DJs. AE, D, MAC, MC, V. Full bar. Legends Pub at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, 215 Innovation Blvd., Innovation Park, 863-5080. Unwind with beverages and a casual lounge menu. AE, D, MC, V. Full bar.

Liberty Craft House, 346 E. College Ave., 954-4923, LibertyCraftHouse.com. A worthy destination inspired by their passion for knowledge, skill, and small-batch artisan goods. Liberty is a humble neighborhood joint with design cues from the industrial revolution that provides a comfortable post for a few drinks, food, and good times. A one-of-a-kind, worldclass digital-menu-driven draft system features nitro-coffee, craft sodas, cocktails, wine, ales, lagers, and hand-pumped cask ale. Specializing in American whiskey, Liberty boasts a bottled beer, wine, mead, cider, and spirits list that would make your buddy jealous. Hungry? Liberty’s menu focuses on small-batch, local, organic, and artisan food made 100 percent in-house, fresh from scratch. Charcuerie, fromage, and flat breads are at the heart of the menu that is complemented by many other classic gastropub favorites. Open 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. every day (kitchen ’til midnight). AE, D, MAC, MC, V.

Happy Hour Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri 5-7pm, Wed 5-9pm Plus 50¢ wings. 1/2 OFF Drafts, $1 OFF Mixed Drinks, $3 House Wine

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Mario’s Italian Restaurant, 272 N. Atherton St., 234-4273, MariosItalianStateCollege.com. Fresh specialty dishes, pasta, sauces, hand-tossed pizzas, and rotisserie wood-grilled chicken all made from scratch are just a few reasons why Mario’s is authentically Italian! At the heart of it all is a specialty wood-fired pizza oven and rotisserie that imparts rustic flavors that can’t be beat! Mario’s loves wine and is honored with six consecutive Wine Spectator awards and a wine list of more than 550 Italian selections. Mario’s even pours 12 rotating specialty bottles on its WineStation® state-of-the-art preservation system. Reservations and walk-ins welcome. AE, D, DC, LC, MC, V. Full bar. Otto’s Pub & Brewery, 2235 N. Atherton St., 867-6886, ottospubandbrewery.com. State College’s most awarded craft-beer pub and brewery featuring more than a dozen fresh, house-brewed ales and lagers on tap as well as fine, affordably priced, local American food with vegan and vegetarian offerings, a kids’ menu, weekly features, and seasonal menu. Open for lunch and dinner in a family-friendly, casual atmosphere. Barrel 21 craft distilled spirits available. AE, D, MC, V. Full bar.

Philipsburg Elks Lodge & Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane, Philipsburg, 342-0379, philipsburgelks.com. Restaurant open to the public! Monday-Saturday 11-9, Sunday 9-3. Member-only bar. New golf-member special, visit our Web site for summer golf special. AE MC, V. Full Bar (members only). The Tavern Restaurant, 220 E. College Ave., 238-6116. A unique gallery-in-a-restaurant preserving PA’s and Penn State’s past. Dinner at The Tavern is a Penn State tradition. Major credit cards accepted. Full bar. Whiskers at the Nittany Lion Inn, 200 W. Park Ave., 865-8580. Casual dining featuring soups, salads, sandwiches and University Creamery ice cream. Major credit cards accepted. Full bar.

Taste of the Month Each month, Town&Gown highlights a local place to eat and offers a glimpse into the great dining experiences in our community.

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Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar, 324 W. College Ave., 237-8474. Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar features ingredient-driven, seasonal, new American cuisine paired with an extensive wine list, certified wine professional, and exceptional service. Zola’s also features a new climate-controlled wine room, premium by-the-glass wine pours, fine liquor, and craft beer at its full-service bar. Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week. Reservations recommended. Catering. Free parking after 5:30 p.m. AE, D, DC, MAC, MC, V. Full bar.

Barranquero Café, 324 E. Calder Way, 954-7548, barranquerocafe.com. A locally owned coffee shop specializing in authentic Colombian coffees and specialty drinks. Works closely with its coffee suppliers in Colombia to ensure that it receives only the highest quality coffee beans the region has to offer. Also serves fresh fruit juices, empanadas, and more! Hopes to bring a little piece of Colombia to Happy Valley! Hours: Mon.-Sat. 7a.m.-8p.m., Sun. 10a.m.-8p.m.

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Fiddlehead, 134 W. College Ave., 237-0595, fiddleheadstatecollege.com. Fiddlehead is a soupand-salad café offering soups made from scratch daily. Create your own salad from more than 40 fresh ingredients.

Baby’s Burgers & Shakes, 131 S. Garner St., 234-4776, babysburgers.com. Love poodle skirts, a jukebox playing the oldies, and delicious food cooked to order? Then Baby’s Burgers & Shakes is your kind of restaurant! Bring the entire family and enjoy a “Whimpy” burger, a Cherry Coke, or delicious chocolate shake, and top it off with a “Teeny Weeny Sundae” in our authentic 1947 Silk City Diner. Check out Baby’s Web site for full menu and daily specials! D, MC, V, MAC, Lion’s Cash.

HUB Dining, HUB-Robeson Center on campus, 865-7623. A Penn State tradition open to all! Enjoy 12 different eateries in the HUB-Robeson Center on campus. Jamba Juice, McAlister’s Deli, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Burger King, Grate Chee, Sbarro, Soup & Garden, Diversions, Blue Burrito, Mixed Greens, Panda Express, and Hibachi-San by Panda.V, MC, LC.

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fresh juices, empanadas and more! Come relax at 324 E. Calder Way, Downtown State College Mon-Sat 7am-8pm, Sunday 9am-8pm

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Irving’s, 110 E. College Ave., 231-0604, irvingsstatecollege.com. Irving’s is State College’s finest bakery café serving award-winning bagels, espresso, sandwiches, salads, and smoothies. Meyer Dairy, 2390 S. Atherton St., 237-1849. A State College Classic! Meyer Dairy is the perfect choice for a quick, homemade lunch with fresh soups and sandwiches or treat yourself to your favorite flavor of ice cream or sundae at our ice cream parlor. Fresh milk from our own dairy cows (we do not inject our cows with BST), eggs, cheese, ice cream cakes, baked goods, and more! Plus, Meyer Dairy is the best place to pick up your Town&Gown magazine each month!

Specialty Foods Dam Donuts, 216 W. High Street, Bellefonte, 548-7825, damdonuts.com. Locally owned, specialty donut shop. Made-to-order donuts are made daily, right before your eyes! House-blend coffee, cold-brew coffee, and bubble tea also. We offer a variety of frostings and toppings to tickle your taste buds! Also offering call-ahead orders and special occasions orders. Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. & Sun., Closed Mon. AE, D, MC, V. T&G

Award-winning pizza and Italian Cuisine. Homemade… with only the best and freshest ingredients.

1229 S. Atherton St., State College

234-9000

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The Case for Comprehensive Reform Darren Andrew Weimert

Law professor desires change in immigration laws

Town&Gown founder Mimi Barash Coppersmith (right) talks with Penn State Law professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia at the Gardens Restaurant at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.

Immigration has become more of a hot topic this year, especially with some of the actions taken by President Trump, than previous ones. Penn State Law professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia believes it’s time for comprehensive immigration reform. As an expert on immigration law and one of the nation’s leading scholars on the role of prosecutorial discretion in immigration law, her research focuses on the intersections of national security, race, and immigration. At Penn State Law, she teaches doctrinal courses in immigration and asylum, and refugee law. She also is the founder/director of the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, where students work on immigration cases and projects on behalf of clients and the community. At the clinic, students also provide community outreach and education on immigration topics and legal support in individual cases of immigrants who are challenging deportation. The clinic recently joined Welcoming America, a national movement of organizations and municipal governments interested in making their communities more welcoming to immigrants and refugees. Prior to joining Penn State, Wadhia was deputy director for legal affairs at the National Immigration Forum in Washington, DC. She has been honored by the Department of Homeland Security’s 116 - T&G March 2017

Office for Inspector General and Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and, in 2003, she was named Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the American-Arab AntiDiscrimination Committee. Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, to Indian parents, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree with honors from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1996. She also earned her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 1999. Prior to inauguration day in January, Town&Gown founder Mimi Barash Coppersmith sat down with Wadhia at the Gardens Restaurant at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center to discuss the current immigration laws in the United States, how the Trump administration may affect the legal status of immigrants currently living here, what measures are in place to protect immigrants’ rights, and what should be done moving forward in regards to immigration. Mimi: I am so excited about this interview because I’m the child of immigrant parents and I understand the uniqueness to that connection. I have been so troubled with the pendulum swinging negatively in terms of welcoming immigrants to this country. Could you give us a little bit of background of how that has happened? It’s not just Donald Trump. Shoba: Sure. As a law professor and immigration lawyer, in a lot of ways I think of immigration in legal terms of a book that is a third the size of a telephone directory called the Immigration and Nationality Act that was passed by Congress in 1952. We have a history of welcoming certain newcomers and also placing restrictions. Early on, restrictions were made for


quantitative and qualitative reasons. Individuals who were epileptic or lunatics were kept out of the United States. Later in history, Congress changed and added quantitative restrictions so that only a certain number of people would be allowed into the US. Mimi: Can you give us some examples? Shoba: One of the largest forms of immigration is through family in the US. Our family-based immigration system is designed in such a way that the most number of visas for people who are coming permanently is through family. There are preferences, ceilings, quotas, and let me just say that for someone who wants a green card there are four ways to get one — through family, an employer, as a refugee, or through the diversity lottery program. Within the family-based system, if you are an immediate relative of a US citizen — a spouse, parent, or child — there’s always a visa available. Mimi: That’s good news. Shoba: That’s good news for those who are in a qualifying relationship and also those who are admissible to the United States. There are other family relationships that are recognized by US law. I’ll take my father for example, who was a green card holder who sponsored my mother under the family-based preference system. There are fewer visas available, and there’s a longer line because of the numbers that are allotted each year for the spouses of green card holders. Some of these waiting periods are very long. A US citizen brother looking to sponsor a brother who lives overseas, that sponsored sibling might be waiting years, sometimes even 20 years, before a visa becomes

available. Our quotas have not been updated by Congress in more than 25 years. Mimi: Is that because they don’t care? Shoba: I don’t believe so. I think when you hear that we have a broken immigration system, part of what we’re talking about is our legal immigration system, not only what are we going to do with the 11.3 million people living in the US without papers. How are we going to deal with the future flow or people coming to fill in much needed job opportunities? We have a lot of rhetoric that’s short on details when we look at the President. For certain immigrant populations, there’s a reason to feel vulnerable. He has more than once on the campaign trail suggested that a so-called criminal alien will be deported. He later reformed that to say 2 to 3 million criminal aliens. We don’t have 2 to 3 million people living in the US undocumented with criminal convictions. We have something closer to 820,000. Another target of the President, which again we need to see the details for, include so called “dreamers,” or young people who came to the US before the age of 16 who are in school or have graduated and are not an enforcement priority and are contributing to the universities, economy, and communities in meaningful ways. More than 700,000 young people in the US have received a form of protection called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA is a program that was announced by President Obama in 2012 that was meant to be a temporary form of protection for “dreamers.” They’re at the bottom of the barrel when you think about who should be targeted for enforcement. More

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than once we have a President that’s said he will remove DACA. Whether or not that would apply retroactively to those who are protected by DACA, we don’t know. Mimi: What defense do they have in terms of being told to leave this country? Do they have any options? Shoba: The majority of the dreamer population who have received DACA cannot be automatically put on a plane. Potentially, if the President chose to prioritize DACA recipients for enforcement, many would need to be apprehended or arrested and then served with a charging document, and then placed in removal proceeding and see an immigration judge. Mimi: How much influence do people like you have? Shoba: Well, on an individualized basis, I might first look at the charge. So let’s assume that you’re my client or a potential client that has made an appointment with me. You hand me your passport, driver’s license, and charging document that was just sent to you in the mail by immigration saying you overstayed

your visa here. I need to get all background information on you, and if the only charge you have is overstaying your visa, I might try and get the charges thrown out before you’re even scheduled for a court hearing. ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement) is one arm of the Department of Homeland Security. After 9/11, the old immigration agency, Immigration Naturalization Service, was abolished by statute, and a new Department of Homeland Security was created. Attorneys within ICE represent the government when a noncitizen is being charged with removal and going before a judge that is in the Department of Justice. It’s possible for someone to interact with multiple agencies before they go before a judge, and if you add to that someone who is limited in English, education, or has cultural barriers, there are a lot of challenges that go well beyond the law with our immigration system when we think of the people who are affected by it. Mimi: Tell me a little bit about your clinic. How did that come about?

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Shoba: I was living in Washington, DC, working as a legal director for a nonprofit called the National Immigration Forum. I was teaching immigration law at Howard University School of Law and was teaching asylum and refugee law at American University. I went on the teaching market and found the job at Penn State immediately appealing. The law school was looking for someone to start an immigration clinic and teach related courses. The idea of writing my own mission statement and starting a clinic here was highly appealing. I started an immigrants’ rights clinic in 2008. We became operational less than six weeks after I arrived. I had always had this idea that my students would be involved in policy work, and, as a lawyer, impact work is also important. Legislative lawyering is an active way to be an advocate to change policy and law and maybe even use your own clients’ stories as a way to move Congress. The mission of the clinic is really to prepare students to be effective immigration lawyers and advocates, to understand and appreciate the relationship between immigration law, policy, and

politics. The clinic started as a 100 percent policy clinic, and all of our clients were organizations across the country. We do a lot of work in our community. In 2014, there was a pretty publicized raid that took place in State College at several Asian restaurants, and that really opened the eyes of our community about how immigration can impact a local community. I feel not only a responsibility to provide accurate information to our community but also to help those who are vulnerable and in need and educate the community as much as possible. Since that time, we have worked closely with the municipality. The current mayor of State College has been a client of the clinics on more than one occasion. Last year, I had another student research the role of local police in immigration enforcement and held a Q&A with the former police chief Tom King. It was highly informative. Local police are far more concerned with keeping our community safe and ensuring victims and witnesses feel safe reporting crimes regardless of what their status is. Enforcing the immigration law really belongs to the federal government.

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Mimi: Do you see any possibility of things getting easier for the people who deserve to have consideration? Shoba: The reality is that we have scores of families, and it’s critical for the government to look at each individual separately. A great move by Congress would be to restore discretion that our judges used to have when they could individually assess a person’s case. If you have a US citizen child, if you are a breadwinner in your family, or have created jobs for Americans, those are all reasons I think are worthy of consideration even with a potential criminal history. I also believe that our immigration process is so broken that what we need is comprehensive immigration reform. Mimi: How do you think we could achieve that? Shoba: Real immigration reform requires an act of Congress that includes looking at our legal system and updating our backlogs and ceilings so that they are in line with the twenty-first century. You might hear: Why don’t they just get in line? Well, for the vast

majority of people working in essentially skilled fields, there is no line to get in. Part of reform includes creating legal channels for people coming in the future to fill with jobs. In terms of the current population already residing here, I do think with an application process and background checks we want to know who is here. The best way to do that might be to develop a program or system where people have an incentive to come forward and go through the background checks, get registered with the law. These are all the pieces in my view that make up comprehensive immigration reform. I would also vastly reduce the reliance our government has on immigration detention. History has shown there’s been bipartisan support for comprehensive immigration reform. But immigration reform isn’t the number one agenda our current President has. Mimi: On that note, we can look to the future and hope it works better than the past. Shoba: Thank you so much for having me! T&G

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Carving Out Conversational Pieces Sculptor Jim Bright looks to bring about a discussion with his creations By Rebecca Poling “I hope that people who view my sculptures will feel some of the wonder and curiosity that I bring to the sculptural process. I want to engage my viewers in a dialog without dominating that conversation,” says Jim Bright, a sculptor from Millheim who has been experimenting with materials and creating sculptures for more than 35 years.

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His works take their form from three main materials: wood, stone, and bronze, which are very different in terms of carving and, therefore, each brings different visions of subject matter. “My tendency is to approach all in a subtractive way,” says Bright, who will exhibit some of his work in the Figurative Show March 10-19 at the Art Alliance in Lemont. “It is really satisfying to see forms that seem to reveal themselves through this deliberate carving process.” After studying art education, fine arts, and sculpture at Penn State and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Bright worked with other artists at the Creative Art Studios in Lucca, Italy. He then returned to the United States and began teaching art to high school students in Lewistown. He has taught adult sculpture classes at the Art Alliance and works daily in his studio. Bright has had no desire to leave Central Pennsylvania because of the beautiful local woods that can be found in almost any forest in the area — woods such as cherry, walnut, and maple, whose structures are dense and tough but which yield sculptures that have a rich permanence. Not only did the abundance of wood keep Bright grounded in this region, “my sense of belonging to a place is strong, and Central PA always felt like home,” he says. Inspiration for Bright comes out of many diverse places, which is why his sketchbook is always at his side. “I really enjoy the discovery process,” he says. “Subjects seem to come to life from memories, stories, old family photos, or some combination of form and event. Other subjects hold still for discovery and study but hide by blending into the visual barrage of daily life.”


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Bright says he enjoys working with wood because it has “warmth and personality."

Some of his current sculptures are composites, which contain multiple subjects or ideas that are related. These composites start from inspiration that differs from a single-subject sculpture. As Bright describes, “One series of sculptures contains both architectural forms and organic ones in the same work in an effort to study resolution.” Bright’s method of producing a sculpture, though, is a strenuous and lengthy process. It begins with inspiration and sketching and ends with a fully developed three-dimensional form. “Drawings and small sculptural models, or maquette, in clay or wax allow me to explore the various design considerations of these ideas,” he says. “The small scale of the maquette allows experimentation with changes to the original concept. At this point, I usually try to simplify the overall form in an effort to get at the essence of the idea. This ‘peeling away’ of extraneous details helps to develop the flow and rhythms that are important to me.” From starting with a small-scale model of clay, he may choose to bring this maquette to life by producing a large-scale wood version of the model.

“Over the years, I have come to appreciate the individual characteristics and growth histories that each billet brings to the sculpture. Sometimes the tree is so powerful and so interesting that it takes on a bigger role,” he says. He enjoys experimenting with wood especially, as opposed to stone and bronze, because “wood has warmth and personality that seems to fit my style and expression.” When asked about his favorite part about sculpting, he thinks for a minute and says, “for me, carving is the most rewarding of all forms of expression. The physical and the rhythmic part of the process is good for me. Every sculpture is different. If there was a formula for it, I would’ve lost interest and I would have quit making them a long time ago.” T&G The Figurative Show is March 10-19 at the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania in Lemont. For more information, visit artalliancepa.org. 2017 March T&G - 123


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Still an Anchor for the Community Carolyn Donaldson has taken on a new role, but continues to be a positive influence Darren Andrew Weimert

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With a strong belief in public media and making connections with the community, Carolyn Donaldson has begun a new phase of her life after serving as a news anchor for WTAJ-TV for more than 20 years. She has recently taken on the role as community engagement manager at WPSU Penn State, a new position for the public media station. Not only does she bring to the position her skills and resources but also the experience of having served on the advisory board at WPSU for several years. “I got to see first-hand the unbelievable quality and the content and all of the cool stuff they were turning out in forms of the stories and the different programs they were releasing both nationally and locally,” she says. “[It was] a little bit of an evolution and reinvention for me.” This new position of community engagement manager at WPSU lets Donaldson explore her love for public media even further than her time spent on the advisory board. Her goals and priorities are to first connect with the community. “I’m trying to reach out to all of the different levels — business, social, community, government — trying to make contacts and see what are we doing right and what are we doing wrong; here’s what we’re doing, here’s how 124 - T&G March 2017

we connect; what can we work on together,” she says. She is already in the process of making PBS K-12 classroom resources available for local school districts. “The PBS Ready To Learn Initiative is a huge collection of digital curriculums that are available to educators all across the country, and through us, we have access to be able to arm educators with the latest cutting-edge curriculum guides and videos,” she says. For example, students are currently learning by using programs on tablets, and in this digital age, Donaldson wants to connect teachers with the latest technologies from this PBS program so they can be successful in the classroom. She is looking to make connections with educators across the region. “Some of our school districts around our region are already so digitally connected, and we hope to engage them as our early promoters in this process,” she says. When asked about her transition from being an anchor on WTAJTV to this new role at WPSU, she says, “It was a very hard-wrought decision. I knew I was leaving a great place that tells great stories to go to another great place that promotes our area and tells our region’s stories.” From being a communications instructor at Penn State Altoona to serving as a news anchor for many years to making connections and being involved with the State College community, Donaldson has made an impact and touched lives of many in the region. “I had to reinvent myself a little bit,” she says, “and I’m still learning, but it’s exciting, it’s challenging, and changing up the game plan just adds a new boost of energy to anything that you do in life.” T&G


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