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Inside: Men in the Community • The heroic efforts of Penn Staters in World War I

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30 / Nittany Lions Go to War A century ago, America became involved in World War I, and Penn Staters responded to the call. A new exhibit at the Penn State All-Sports Museum recognizes the heroic efforts of some of the school’s former student-athletes who served their country in the “War to End All Wars” • by Ken Hickman


38 / A Salute to Volunteers In honor of April being National Volunteer Month, Town&Gown’s annual visit to places that provide so much for our communities — and who rely so much on volunteers

62 / Oh Brother, Oh Sister While it hasn’t reached the status of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day yet, National Siblings Day highlights the importance of brother and sister relationships • by Jennifer Miller and Jeff Byers

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49 / Men in the Community Town&Gown’s 14th annual edition of profiling some of the outstanding men who serve this region On the cover: Photo by Darren Andrew Weimert.


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10 Letter from The Editor 12 Starting Off: The List, People in the Community, Q&A 20 Living Well: The art of listening • by Meghan Fritz 22 Health: Know what to do if you suspect child abuse, and the role of a children’s advocacy center • By Kristina Taylor-Porter, MA 24 About Town: Local gas station features antique bell to go with its other items from the past • by Nadine Kofman 26 On Center: Jessica Lang “has a knack for conceiving a complete universe in each dance” • by John Mark Rafacz 28 Penn State Diary: Honoring school’s heritage and history comes in various forms • by Lee Stout

106 70 This Month on WPSU 73 What’s Happening: Rock the 80s, Annie, Sarah Jarosz, Blue-White Game, and more highlight April’s events 82 On Tap: Jokes aside, light beer has a storied history and strong ties to the craft brewing industry • by Sam Komlenic 86 Taste of the Month/Dining Out: The Tavern’s new executive chef brings varied selections to menu • by Vilma Shu Danz 98

Lunch with Mimi: Marisa Vicere has taken the loss of her sister to create a foundation filled with inspiration and hope

106 Artist of the Month: Working on her abstract art helps Melinda Curley gain a better understanding of her life experiences • by Rebecca Poling

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No Squabbling Over Siblings Looking at brother/sister relationships in a new light It was last April when I had first noticed it. When I signed onto Facebook and all these people I know had posted photos of their brothers and/or sisters and wrote some loving message about them. It was National Siblings Day, something I didn’t know existed. At first I thought this was just another “Hallmark” holiday, something conceived to entice people to purchase cards or gifts. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against honoring siblings. I enjoy a good relationship with my brother. We fought when we were kids, but have since grown closer. I was the best man at his wedding and am the godfather of his older son; he was the best man at my wedding and is the godfather of my older son. While we don’t live near each other, we enjoy spending time together during holidays or when he comes in for the occasional Penn State football game. We even wrote a book together, The Great Book of Penn State Sports List. Lately, sibling relationships have taken on more of a meaning to me, which is maybe why Town&Gown has the story this month, “Oh Brother, Oh Sister,” which looks at a few special sibling relationships in Happy Valley — including the two brothers on our cover, Cael and Cody Sanderson of the national champion Penn State wrestling team. A few years ago, one of my best friends lost his sister to cancer. Last year, my wife’s brother passed away. And, as I write this, it’s been about a week since my dad’s brother (my uncle) died.

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It seems that no matter if your relationship with a sibling is a close one or strained, when they pass away, a part of you goes too. An inspiring story of how one woman is honoring her sister can be found in this month’s “Lunch with Mimi,” as Marisa Vicere chats with Town&Gown founder Mimi Barash Coppersmith about the foundation she started following the death of her sister, Jana Marie, in 2011. In society, words and phrases such as “brotherhood,” “sisterhood,” “band of brothers,” and others are used to describe groups and people who have no familial relation to each other — think military, athletic teams, political causes. They’re used because of the weight of those words, “brother” and “sister.” So perhaps National Siblings Day, which is April 10, is or will become a “Hallmark”-type holiday. Maybe that’s not such a bad thing, because just like those others — Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, etc. — it is nice to have a day that makes you stop and think about the special people in your life.

David Pencek Editorial Director

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The List What to know about April April is when spring is in the air (with hints of fall on April 22 for the BlueWhite Game). Also in April:

Everyone’s favorite sandwich (at least when you’re a kid) has its day! National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day is April 2.

April 15 isn’t only when Uncle Sam wants your tax returns (although, this year it’s April 18), it’s also Husband Appreciation Day. This is mainly for couples who don’t have kids, since husbands who also are dads have their day in June.

Also on April 15 is Titanic Remembrance Day. Of course, it was on this day in 1912 that the famed ship sank in the north Atlantic Ocean.

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Happy Easter! The holiday comes a little later this year, falling on April 16. The day comes complete with the Easter Bunny, Easter baskets, and Easter egg hunts. Of course, it’s also the day Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

“These pretzels are making me thirsty.” Sorry, had to get a Seinfeld reference in for National Pretzel Day on April 26. Want to show your kids what you do all day? April 27 is Take Your Child to Work Day.

Penn State World Campus hosts a special event, “Educating the New Greatest Generation,” April 30 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. Proceeds support the Penn State World Campus Veterans’ Education and Advancement Fund. T&G

People in the Community Edward and Jeanne Arnold

Edward and Jeanne Arnold received the 2017 Mimi U. Barash Coppersmith Pink Zone Champion Award for their generosity in supporting Pink Zone. The Arnolds have been annual donors to Pink Zone and “provide outstanding support of breast-cancer research.” The award recognizes those who help champion the Pink Zone cause in finding the cure for breast cancer and supporting those that are affected. The Arnolds were recognized for their continued support in the fight against breast cancer, particularly in the critical area of genetic testing. Pink Zone has distributed $1.6 million during the past 10 years to their beneficiaries, and the Arnolds have been instrumental in helping Pink Zone donate $330,000 to the Penn State Cancer Institute.

Sandy Barbour

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) selected Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour as one of the recipients of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award. Barbour is among four Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) athletic directors honored with the NACDA AD of the Year Award for 2016-17. The others are Boo Coorigan (Army West Point), Jay Jacobs (Auburn), and Blake James (Miami, Florida). During the 2016 fall semester, a school record 24 Penn State squads, powered by 498 student-athletes, earned at least a 3.0 grade-point average. A total of 223 Nittany Lion students posted at least a 3.5 GPA last fall to garner Dean’s List honors. The Nittany Lions have won a conferenceleading six Big Ten championships or tournament titles so far in 2016-17. “I’m humbled and honored to receive this award from my peers,” Barbour said in a press release. “This award is also a recognition of the great work that has come before me to build a remarkable foundation for success. Most importantly, it is a validation of the spectacular work that our entire team does on behalf of Penn State student-athletes.”  

Betsey Howell

Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau executive director Betsey Howell announced that she will be retiring in May after serving as part of the visitors bureau for 36 years. Howell joined the bureau in 1981 and became executive director five years later. “All who have encountered Betsey throughout her time with the CPCVB are grateful for her many years of service,” board president Bob Ricketts said in a press release. “Our next executive director must be a highly qualified individual who can build on Betsey’s efforts to promote our area for years to come.” T&G

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Q&A with Rebecca Aronow, vice president of Students Organizing Multiple Arts (SOMA) at Penn State and head of organizing the 10th annual Arts Crawl By Rebecca Poling It’s a mini-arts festival, all in one day. The Arts Crawl on the Penn State campus, now in its 10th year, showcases many talented artists of various genres who are at Penn State. The event is put on by Students Organizating Multiple Arts (SOMA) and features music, theater, visual arts, and more. Rebecca Aronow, vice president of SOMA and in charge of organizing the Arts Crawl, talked about the event and the arts scene in Happy Valley. T&G: How would you describe the art scene at Penn State and the State College community? Aronow: If you’re not paying attention to it, it could fly under the radar. There’s a really big bustling music scene and art scene happening that’s somewhat connected to the university, but also just people who live in State College. An example of that is house shows and music being played in basements — that happens almost every weekend, and a lot of people don’t know that that goes on. We try to bring that out and bring more people to that by using the university and on-campus resources. T&G: Since this is the 10th Arts Crawl at Penn State, is there anything different going on this year? Aronow: This year we’re having it on a Saturday, and we’re starting it at 2 p.m., so we have a lot more time to have exhibits. We will be having 30 bands, plus a headliner. We’re also collaborating with a ton of art organizations to put together exhibits. We applied to have 20 spaces in north campus, between rooms and outdoor spaces. We’re basically taking over north campus for the day, which is really cool. We’ll be having exhibits in Palmer Art Museum, Stuckeman Building, Visual Arts Building, Patterson Building, an arts cottage, and even outdoor spaces. So for this year, we’re just expanding, having more art, and implementing more kid-friendly events so families can attend. T&G: There has been a great response to the Arts Crawl in the past. How do you deal with the large masses of people? Aronow: We want to make sure people know what’s going on. We have a physical map of the buildings, what’s going on in each building, all of the bands that are playing. There are going to be six stages this year, so there will be a schedule for that. 16 - T&G April 2017

There’s also a sheet with all of the rooms with galleries in them. We just want people to be aware of everything going on because there’s a lot. T&G: What do you think attracts people to the Arts Crawl each year? Aronow: The Arts Crawl gives people a chance to hang out with friends in an environment that’s not academic, but also not a raging party. People can talk to each other, but also experience various amounts of art. You get to experience a lot of different mediums and a lot of different people’s perspectives, which I think is really important, especially right now. You get to enter people’s minds for a little bit. I think people identify with the art that is presented, and I think music is one of those things that really connects people. Just having the opportunity to sit and listen to music all day and look at art is just a good destressor from school and life. T&G The 10th annual Arts Crawl is April 15 from 2 to 11 p.m. For more information, visit the Penn State SOMA Facebook page at

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• In 5 Questions, Grammy winner Sarah Jarosz talks about some of the things she likes to do on the road to maintain a “normal schedule.” • The Nittany Valley Society presents an oral history of HIST 148. Read about those who helped give form to Penn State’s threecredit course on the university's history, which will be offered for the first time this fall. • Penn State football beat writer Frank Bodani of the York Daily Record/York Sunday News shares what he thinks are the top things to look for at the Blue-White Game.

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The Art of Listening How to experience greater connection to yourself and others By Meghan Fritz One of the biggest benefits of therapy and working with a therapist isn’t necessarily what the therapist says with words in the session. Sometimes, the real healing comes from feeling heard and validated. Another person is fully present, tuned in, and engaged in hearing you express your thoughts and feelings. This simple act can make you feel lighter, less isolated, and more positive in general. Most of the time when we are having a conversation with someone else, we are focused less on what they are saying and more on how we will respond. We can be distracted thinking about our grocery list or silently judging the person for what they are saying. This lack of connection can lead to shallow relationships and feeling disconnected to ourselves and others. It may be very rare that we actually take the time to stop, listen, and really be present with another person. This will result in feeling distracted and disconnected to yourself and others. One of the things I love about the word listen is it also spells silent. When we are truly listening, we are silent, taking in what someone else is really saying. This silence creates a space for us to truly connect and share an authentic moment with another person. When you truly slow down and focus on listening to someone else, you will be able to feel more empathy and compassion for others. You also can have this experience simply by listening to your feelings on a deeper level instead of 20 - T&G April 2017

minimizing or dismissing them. When you dismiss your feelings continually, you will feel an undercurrent of anxiety in your everyday life. Practicing the art of listening gives you the chance to develop your ability to feel empathy for others instead of judging them. For example, next time a loved one begins to express their anger toward you, instead of feeling defensive, backing away, or avoiding them, be present with their feelings and truly listen to what they are saying. You will find that while the person is expressing their anger about something, they are really communicating pain. Instead of feeling threatened or attacked by the anger, you begin to develop a more compassionate stance toward them and are able to connect and diffuse a potential argument. One way to connect on a deeper level to the teenagers in your life is to take a step back and really listen on a deeper level when they are expressing frustration and anger. Listening allows the silence to give you a deeper insight and wisdom that is not available to you if you immediately go into lecture mode. Simply letting your emotional teenager express their anger and feelings will help develop a better bond and trust between you. They will be willing to share more of their feelings with you if they feel you are truly invested in listening to what they have to say before you judge or discipline. Have you ever been around someone and every time you try to share something about your life they turn it around and begin talking about themselves? Or, they immediately compare it to

a situation in their life, or they immediately give you advice on what you should do to fix the situation? This will leave you feeling more frustrated after speaking with them instead of relieved. Evaluate the friend circle in your life, and if you are the one doing all the listening, take a step back from these shallow friendships and begin to search for some new, deeper connections. Developing the ability to listen on a deep level is a spiritual practice that you can put

into practice daily. It will bring greater peace into your everyday life and leave you feeling more connected to yourself and others. Begin to be aware of how you interact with others. Are you really listening or just thinking about what you will say next? Start practicing the silence that listening can bring, and you will find your relationships deepen. You will feel greater peace, more compassion, empathy, and less anxiety in your everyday life. You also will find that you become less tolerant of people around you who interrupt or make every conversation about themselves. Don’t settle for the shallow in your life. Make small changes daily that will develop your spiritual life and create more peace in everyday life. Listen and let the silence this creates enhance your life in every way! You are worth it! T&G Meghan Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing in State College.

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Help Stop the Abuse Know what to do if you suspect child abuse, and the role of a children’s advocacy center By Kristina Taylor-Porter, MA April is recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. With national statistics indicating that one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday, the likelihood of knowing a child or adult who has been victimized is high. As adults, it’s our obligation to recognize potential signs of abuse and take an active role in preventing, responding, and reporting suspicion of abuse. Often, there are no physical signs of abuse or neglect, however, the most recognizable signs are changes in the child. Some signs may include but are not limited to: • Unexplained injuries, which may include cuts, burns, and/or bruises in a pattern or shape. • The child may appear anxious, depressed, aggressive, or withdrawn. • The child may regress to earlier behaviors that may be exhibited by thumb sucking, bedwetting, etc. • Some children may express fear of going to the place where the abuse may be occurring, such as home, school, church, etc.

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• The child’s sleep patterns may change and the child may report frequent nightmares. Often, adults notice a more fatigued or tired child. • The child’s performance and attendance at school may be affected. • The child may exhibit poor personal care or hygiene. • Some children may display inappropriate sexual behaviors. Sometimes, children are reluctant to disclose their abuse, and, as adults, we may struggle with ways to talk with our children about abuse. But it’s important to start when they are young. Talk with children about their bodies and feelings early on. Empower the child to claim ownership of their body and feelings. Teach children that people should treat their bodies and feelings with respect, which means no one has the right to hurt them or make them or their bodies feel uncomfortable in any way. Likewise, children are to respect other peoples’ bodies and feelings. Then, we as adults must be prepared to

In observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in 2013, the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA), Centre County Children and Youth Services, Youth Service Bureau. and the Nittany Mall paired professional artists and community members to paint the mural as a gift to the Children’s Advocacy Center.

listen. Open the lines of communication, eliminate distractions and create a safe space for your child to talk. Remember, children are learning to navigate this world, and as adults, it’s our job to be a positive sounding board and mentor, encouraging safety, growth, and understanding. When a child brings their problems to you, thank them for telling you and talk with them about how you can work together to solve it. If you become aware or suspicious of child abuse when talking with the child, it’s vital to report it immediately so trained professionals can begin to ensure the child’s safety and investigate. Reports can be made to ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313, children and youth services, or local law enforcement. When a report is made, a local children’s advocacy center often becomes involved. The primary goal of a children’s advocacy center is to coordinate investigative and intervention services by bringing together representatives from multiple disciplines working collaboratively on behalf of children who have experienced or witnessed abuse, neglect, or other serious crimes. Referrals to a children’s advocacy center are typically made by an investigative entity such as law enforcement or child protective services. A children’s advocacy center is a child-focused and child-friendly facility, welcoming the child to feel safe and secure during an emotional and confusing time.

In areas where a children’s advocacy center format is not present, children may end up telling their stories many times over. In instances such as this, the child is likely to be retraumatized and potentially recant the allegations. Additionally, the questions asked may inadvertently lead the child to omit pertinent information. The children’s advocacy center model provides a child-centered approach, where all members of the multidisciplinary investigative team (MDIT) come to the child at the children’s advocacy center. The team observes the child forensic interview from an adjacent room while a highly trained and specialized child forensic interviewer interviews the child. Members of the MDIT include, but are not limited to, law enforcement, child protective services, district attorneys, medical examiners, mental-health professionals, and victim advocates. Each entity has its own specified role in the investigation and intervention of child abuse. It also is not uncommon for a children’s advocacy center to partner with a health-care facility or physician group. If a center does not employ its own physician medical examiner, establishing a relationship with a physician group or hospital allows the center to provide health services to the child without requiring additional travel. At the center of everything, a children’s advocacy center provides help, healing, and support for children. T&G For more information about Centre County’s children’s advocacy center — the Children’s Advocacy Center of Centre County, Mount Nittany Health — visit Kristina Taylor-Porter, MA, is director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Centre County, Mount Nittany Health. 2017 April T&G - 23

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Fill Up and Ring Out Local gas station features antique bell to go with its other items from the past By Nadine Kofman

This nineteenth-century bell can be seen at the College Heights Exxon Service Station.

People don’t usually expect a gas station to be a museum, but then this service station is old-fashioned itself. Pulling in at the College Heights Exxon Service Station — a fixture since 1929 at 803 North Atherton Street in State College — a driver accustomed to modern, self-serve pitstops enters a time warp. The on-duty attendant will fill the tank, clean the windshield, and, if asked, will lift the hood to check the oil and/or fluids, even circle the vehicle with an air gauge to check pressure in the tires. The driver’s only job is to reach into a pocket or purse. Afterward, the motorist is welcome to park outside the filler-up lane and see the very informal exhibition in the office. “We’ve had a lot of people stop in and look at it,” says Gary Green, owner for 30 years of the College Heights service station, perched at the corner of Atherton and Hillcrest Avenue. A year ago, a cast-iron bell joined the jumble of gas station stuff, gas station photographs, and Green’s bought and customer-given gas station memorabilia. The bell, in a class by itself, may represent more than a century and a half of Centre County history. When struck, it puts out a far-reaching sound that no one would associate with a small office, let alone one at a gas station. “It’s loud,” Green reports. He is usually not the one who activates it. Visitors, he says, “ring it themselves.” 24 - T&G April 2017

As collectors know, an antique might have had multiple lives. This one’s — first as a farm dinner bell, then a schoolhouse bell, and now a gas station attraction — have all been in the same neighborhood. Moreover, both the gas station and the bell came from one family. “Krumrine” was the name of a “pioneer” family farming land that became a large section of College Heights, explains Phil Crabtree, a College Heights history enthusiast. This approximately 12-by-15inch, 50-pound bell was “most certainly cast in one of the furnaces around here.” It was probably contemporary, he says, with the circa 1850 Krumrine farmhouse (today’s 136 Hillcrest Avenue) to which it was attached. “At dinnertime” (the noon main meal of the day), “the farmer’s wife would go out and ring the bell,” calling family members and any hired hands to the table. The Krumrine farmhouse was eventually a rental home occupied by the Samuel F. Crabtrees. “Granddad gave the bell to the (new 1931) College Heights School,” while Phil’s father, Allen, was a student. (Allen and a brother would join their father’s 1924 watchmaking/engraving establishment at 132 South Allen Street, where Allen would go on to operate the prominent State College jewelry store from 1960 to 1986.) In the bell’s second life, Phil Crabtree remembers, “It called us to school” and then, “in a different ring pattern” (number of clangs), signaled the start of the school day. After “everyone walked home for lunch,” he says, “the bell called us back for the afternoon.” Pulling its chord was a treat. “The kids considered ringing the bell a great honor,” Phil says. “There was something really magical about the bell.”

A Krumrine, Dewey, built this service station, as well as its full-service sibling at 815 South Allen Street (at the enterance of the Y between South Allen and South Pugh streets), among other gas stations. A nephew of his, John “Buffer” Krumrine, was the well-known early College Heights Esso proprietor. In the late 1960s, the College Heights Elementary School closed. The State College Area School District’s Delta alternative-education program moved there from 1974 to 1981. After that, the building held the school district’s print shop and some administrative offices. Any uncertainty about the building’s future came to an end in 2015 when Penn State bought it. Not inconsistently, University Press will call it home after needed building repairs are completed. Being extraneous, the bell, which had remained in the building’s bell tower, was taken down for loan to the interested College Heights Neighborhood Association, headed then by doer Donna Queeney. The decision was made to place it for public viewing at the neighborly neon-outlined gas station, situated both a short pointing distance from the school and some two

blocks from the old farmhouse. In his pick-up, Green and chief mechanic Jim Hartswick went to collect the bell and its wooden support from the schoolroom where it was deposited. Hartswick did the hefting. It was, one might say, a what-goes-around, comesaround moment. Hartswick is a descendant of another original College Heights farming family. Also with deep State College roots, Green can trace his family here back to the close of the Civil War. Installing the exhibition took a bit of thought. Green placed it on an old drop-leaf table he chanced upon and positioned them in front of the unused glass-topped former door — formerly, the street-side entrance. It’s the only “window” in the office with arched overhead molding. Visitors can look for the arch. The exhibition will continue for the foreseeable future; there is no closing date scheduled. T&G Nadine Kofman is a native Centre Countian and historian.

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Lasting Visions

Jessica Lang “has a knack for conceiving a complete universe in each dance” By John Mark Rafacz

Jessica Lang Dance will perform Tesseracts of Time and other pieces when it visits Eisenhower Auditorium April 12.

“A master of visual composition” (Dance Magazine), choreographer Jessica Lang transforms ballet language into artfully crafted, emotionally engaging contemporary works. Lang is the artistic director of Jessica Lang Dance, a New York City-based company formed in 2011 after the choreographer and former member of Twyla Tharp’s company THARP! received a 2010 Joyce Theater Artist Residency. Jessica Lang Dance, which makes its Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State debut April 12 at Eisenhower Auditorium, has performed at festivals and venues across the United States, including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, the Kennedy Center, and Chicago’s Harris Theater for Music and Dance. Lang, a graduate of The Juilliard School, has created more than 90 works for companies worldwide. “… Lang has a knack for conceiving a complete universe in each dance — distinctive in its look and mood, sound, and atmosphere,” writes a Los Angeles Times critic. “She is a ballet illusionist, a more serious and intellectual cousin of the hallucinatory dance company Momix.” The company’s Eisenhower program includes Thousand Yard Stare (2016), set to music by Ludwig van Beethoven; Tesseracts of Time (2015), performed to music by David Lang, Morton Feldman, John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, and 26 - T&G April 2017

Arvo Pärt; and The Calling (2006) danced to music by Trio Mediaeval. Thousand Yard Stare’s title “refers to the blank and bewildered gaze of a shell-shocked soldier, and the program noted that Lang interviewed battle veterans and investigated posttraumatic stress and its treatment as research,” the Los Angeles Times reviewer writes. Lang created Tesseracts of Time in collaboration with architect Steven Holl. “For laypeople, architecture might reside in a glossy magazine cover or a building glimpsed from the street,” writes a critic for the Chicago Tribune. “But another way to think about it is from the perspective of someone living or working in it. And that’s the perspective choreographer Jessica Lang takes in her astonishing … Tesseracts of Time. … Divided into four sections representing Holl’s sense of buildings’ relationships to the ground — they can be under, in, on, or over it — Tesseracts takes nine dancers (and its viewers) into that lived experience.” The Calling, a four-minute excerpt from Splendid Isolation II, features a single female dancer in a white gown. “The image of her bare back and arms emerging from the column of white is one that will stick for a while, as so many of Lang’s images do,” observes a writer for Dance Magazine. A reviewer for the Bermuda Sun describes The Calling as “a heavenly ballet. … The beautiful movements seamlessly moved from the long and lyrical to urging and angular, leaving the audience completely mesmerized.” T&G Foxdale Village, A QuakerDirected Continuing Care Retirement Community, sponsors the performance. For information or tickets, visit 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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Giving the Past Its Due Honoring school’s heritage and history comes in various forms Penn State University Archives

By Lee Stout

Artist Heinz Warneke in front of the Nittany Lion statue he created.

“Who’s buried in Grant’s tomb?” was a familiar Groucho Marx question on his TV show You Bet Your Life. The trick answer was “no one” since former president Ulysses S. Grant and his wife are not buried in the ground; they repose in raised sarcophagi. It’s an old joke, but it does have its local equivalent. Many students wonder if President George W. Atherton is really buried in his memorial site along Pollock Road, next to Schwab Auditorium, and the answer, of course, is Yes. I mentioned this in a previous column as an illustration of persistent campus myths and misunderstandings. But there is another side to the question. How do we commemorate and honor people and events on campus, and do our understandings of what those tributes mean change over time? These are questions that fall into a relatively new field called Memory Studies. That sounds like it ought to deal with the neurosciences and medicine — the location of the memory function in the brain and how memory works from a physiological standpoint. That’s true in part, but memory studies is an interdisciplinary field, and it has a humanistic and social science side, as well. From Memory to Memorial, Shanksville, America, and Flight 93, published by the Penn State Press, is an example of work in this field. A visit to the Flight 93 National Memorial is a powerful experience and, for a “history guy” like me, prompts 28 - T&G April 2017

thoughts about both what happened there and how the design of the memorial fosters feelings of both tragedy and patriotism. You might say it’s human nature to create memorials to commemorate and honor those who have had an impact on our lives and the places where we live and work. Thus, it might be instructive to look at our campus memorials and commemorative sites. Many campuses have statues of their heroes, but Penn State now has only Heinz Warneke’s Nittany Lion statue and the new “We Are” sculpture as institutional symbols of student spirit and athletic glory. Busts and portraits of past presidents and faculty members, often class gifts from the past, serve the purpose but without the impact of a statue. Memory studies asks us to consider how our attitudes change over time. Probably no controversy over memory and meaning has caused greater discord than the removal of the Joe Paterno statue and plaza at Beaver Stadium, and the university administration’s silence as to its future. Fortunately, the Joe and Sue Paterno Library recognizes the Paterno family’s generosity and concern for the academic life of the university and its students. Then there are explicit memory prompts in the form of historical markers and plaques on campus. In addition to a state historical marker for the “Pennsylvania State University,” located along North Atherton Street at the Nittany Lion Inn, the university also has its own marker program with dozens of signs recognizing historic people, events, and places at University Park and other campuses. The most unique aspect of this program are markers for faculty achievements, such as

Russell Marker’s first practical synthesis of the hormone progesterone. This achievement also is recognized by an International Historic Chemical Landmark plaque, both at Pond Lab. Along with other plaques around campus, such as one marking the “Birthplace of Educational Television” outside the Nittany Lion Inn, these signs match stories directly with the places where they happened. In addition to the Nittany Lion Shrine, the Land Grant frescoes in the rotunda of Old Main are probably the school’s most important example of public art honoring heritage. Artist Henry Varnum Poor portrayed the Land Grant college origins of Penn State, along with the academic and student life of the college, on the walls of the Old Main rotunda. When they were painted in the 1940s, Old Main served as the student union, and thousands of students saw them every day. Today, many students graduate without ever seeing these murals. There are some unusual artifacts on display, as well. The crucible at Foundry Park behind Hammond Building, and the Watering Trough from the old dairy barns across from the Agricultural Administration Building also remind us of our Land Grant heritage. Today, however, they are quaint antiques as most students no longer grasp the significance of Penn State’s status as Pennsylvania’s Land Grant university. The bell from the USS Pennsylvania, a battleship that survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, sits in front of Wagner Building, the home of university ROTC programs, and reminds us of Penn State’s military contributions. The most recent tribute to those sacrifices is the Veteran’s Plaza, northeast of Old Main. It includes a curved wall named for Lt. Michael P. Murphy, the first university alumnus to be awarded the Medal of Honor. These many examples of commemorative spaces, monuments, and artifacts signify not only the “love and loyalty” of the Penn State community — when we walk the campus, every building name, marker, plaque, or special commemorative prompts us to remember the heritage of Penn State. T&G Lee Stout is librarian emeritus, special collections for Penn State.

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Nittany Lions Go to War A century ago, America became involved in World War I, and Penn Staters responded to the call. A new exhibit at the Penn State All-Sports Museum recognizes the heroic efforts of some of the school’s former student-athletes who served their country in the “War to End All Wars”

By Ken Hickman


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“I know that he went into the fight as a soldier should. His men trusted him implicitly …. Those of us who knew him intimately … are stunned with a sense of personal loss that cannot be put into words.” Captain Robert Kirk, 313th Infantry Regiment to Dorothy S. Kriebel, 1918


A Philadelphia native, Thomas Edwin Kriebel arrived at the Pennsylvania State College in the fall of 1911 and quickly discovered that he had little tolerance for disciplined studies or freshman hazing. Dropping out, he ventured west and settled in Prescott, Arizona, where he elected to pursue a life as a cowboy. Located by his parents, he was ultimately coaxed back to State College and re-enrolled. Majoring in commerce and finance, he found an outlet for his willful and rebellious temperament as a member of the college’s recently formed varsity lacrosse team. Competing with the varsity squad as a sophomore in 1915, he played in goal the following season and earned a varsity letter. As the shadow of war loomed over the nation his senior year, he committed to the US Army and prepared for Officer’s Training School that summer. Graduating with the Class of 1917, he left Penn State with his peers to join a country that had recently entered World War I.

Completing his officer’s training at Fort Niagara, New York, Kriebel received his commission as a second lieutenant in August before joining Company L, 313th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division. Returning home on leave that fall, he married his sweetheart, Dorothy B. Sanders, in November before returning to his unit at Camp Meade, Maryland. Arriving in France in July 1918, the 79th Infantry Division continued preparing for combat operations. Though relatively green, Kriebel and his comrades found themselves on the leading edge of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive when it commenced on September 26. Tasked with taking the formidable heights at Montfaucon, his regiment sustained terrible casualties during the first day of the operation. Meeting a friend in a shell hole that night, the 24-year-old Kriebel talked about how wonderful it would be to get home to Dorothy, leading his comrade to comment that “he was absolutely foolish about her.” The next morning, Kriebel and the 313th succeeded in capturing Montfaucon. After a pause, they began pushing north toward the Bois de Beuge around 3:30 p.m. and were soon subjected to two hours of shelling, with both explosives and gas, and crossfire from German machine guns. Taking cover, Kriebel, displaying the leadership skills that had made him a success on Above, First Lieutenant Thomas Kriebel. Left, Thomas Kriebel (second row, third from right) with his family in a photo taken in 1917.

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Above, US Army Ambulance Service Section 529 in December 1917. Photo was taken when the unit returned to Penn State that winter. Right, Captain William C. “Whitey” Thomas (left) with his observer, First Lieutenant Justin P. Folette, in front of their Salmson 2A2, 12th Aero Squadron.

the lacrosse field, began moving his platoon forward by dashing from one shell hole to the next. Successfully pressing the attack in this manner for nearly two hours, his luck expired when a sniper shot him in the head as he rose up from a shell hole to lead his men forward. Lieutenant Williams of the 313th commented afterward that “Kriebel had shown himself to be absolutely fearless … he was every inch a soldier.” Buried in France at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Kriebel was one of eight former Penn State varsity letterwinners who lost their lives during World War I. This April marks the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in World War I. Kriebel was one of 2,155 Penn State students, alumni, and faculty who served in the war, and one of more than 200 varsity letterwinners (either current at the time or former). A new exhibit, Field to Front: Nittany Lions Go to War, 1917-1919, opens at the Penn State All-Sports Museum this month and will run through April 2018. It features letters, stories, photographs, medals, certificates, and some personal belongings of those who served.

When the United States entered the conflict on April 6, 1917, following continued depredations by German submarines and provocations such as the Zimmermann Telegram, the Pennsylvania State College quickly responded as the campus shifted to offer war-related education and military training. Thousands of students and alumni raced to the colors and joined either the US Army or Navy. The then-current and former Nittany Lion varsity letterwinners rallied to the cause and either joined the military or service organizations such as the YMCA or American Friends Service Committee. While the majority of those who served in the US Army were assigned to the infantry, artillery, or engineers, some, such as Second Lieutenant 2017 April T&G - 33

Thomas A. Jones (1914, wrestling), helped pioneer armored warfare, while others, such as Captain Edgar A. Wilcox (1909, baseball) and Private First Class Harry C. Jester (1911, basketball/track), were assigned to the Chemical Warfare Service or enlisted in Penn State’s Ambulance Service sections. Though most former varsity athletes saw service with the US Army, 19 elected to join the US Navy. Commissioned as an ensign in October 1917, Donald McKenzie Brown (1916, track) received an assignment as executive officer (second-in-command) of Submarine Chaser 1. Operating from bases at Queenstown, Ireland, and Above, the varsity S certificate Plymouth, England, SC-1 conducted antisubmarine (given with varsity letter) patrols and escorted inbound convoys. While three belonging to Second Lieutenant former athletes volunteered for submarine service, Edward L. Moore (1918-baseball), who was killed in action on eight sought assignments in naval aviation. A new September 30, 1918. Right, specialty, the allure of flight was strong. Though William C. “Whitey” Thomas none of the prospective pilots saw combat, one, while he was at Penn State and Ensign David B. Mingle, Jr. (1918, baseball) died played football. Opposite page, a in February 1919 when his Curtiss HS-1 flying collapsible camp cup belonging boat suffered an engine failure and crashed off to Colonel Walter B. McCaskey. Pensacola, Florida. The perceived adventure to be found in the the French, he flew combat missions with the skies drew 19 former athletes to the fledgling US 77th Escadrille from June until September 1918. Army Air Service (USAAS). Leading the way During this time, he engaged enemy fighters for this group was Major Richard Stanley Davis flown by Manfred von Richthofen’s (The Red (1916, football/cross country), who arrived in Baron) Flying Circus and succeeded in downing Great Britain in early 1917 with the intention of two German aircraft. Writing to his mother in working with the YMCA. He instead elected to July 1918, Davis related that “we got in several join the American Volunteer Motor Ambulance mix-ups and I am not sure whether I got a Hun Corps and saw service in France until transferring or not … well it was a thriller.” His mood quickly to the USAAS in August. Largely trained by

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changed as later in that patrol, “I felt a lot of hot oil on my legs … my motor stuck fast, the propeller stopped, and my heart did, too.” Despite the damage to his engine, Davis successfully landed his aircraft in a nearby field. His efforts with the 77th Escadrille earned him the French Croix de Guerre with Palm. Recognizing that Davis possessed invaluable experience, the USAAS assigned him to command one of the advanced training airfields at the 3rd Aviation Instruction Center at Issoudon. Earning a commendation for his performance from General John J. Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF), he also encountered several fellow Penn State athletes in this role.

Among these were First Lieutenant Benjamin “Casey” Jones (1919, football/lacrosse) and Captain William “Whitey” Thomas (1917, football). The former would see service as a fighter pilot with the famed 94th Aero Squadron and later acted as a key booster for Penn State football during Bob Higgins’s tenure as head coach. Thomas, a standout end who later played professionally for the Frankford Yellow Jackets and Philadelphia Quakers, flew as a reconnaissance pilot with the 12th Aero Squadron. Earning praise from his commanding officers as a “bold, fearless” pilot who was “cool-headed in action,” he received multiple recommendations for the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions during the Saint-Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives. While some former varsity athletes soared above the front, the majority saw service in the trenches and rear areas below. Former Nittany Lions took part in every major ground campaign in which American forces saw action, including halting the last German offensives and the Second Battle of the Marne in the summer of 1918, as well as the Saint-Mihiel

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A telegram from James N. Bebout to his daughter, telling her about the death of her brother, James D. “Red” Bebout (right).

and Meuse-Argonne offensives that fall. It was in these engagements that Sergeant Milton L. Bishop (1916, basketball), Captain Kirby B. Sleppy (1911, basketball), and First Lieutenant Edward L. Moore (1918, baseball) all fell. Two former varsity athletes who were killed during the war, Second Lieutenant Levi L. Lamb (1915, football/wrestling/track) and First Lieutenant James D. “Red” Bebout (1914, football), have long been recognized by a plaque in the lobby of Rec Hall. Teammates on the undefeated 1911 and 1912 football teams, they served in the 39th and 318th Infantry Regiments, respectively. A three-sport star, Lamb was the first athlete to be killed when he was hit near Vierzy on July 18, 1918. Described by his commanding officers as a “courageous and gallant officer, beloved alike by his fellow officers and men,” Lamb’s memory was honored at Penn State when the athletic annual fund for scholarships was named for him in 1953. Taking part in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive with the 80th Infantry Division, Bebout fell on September 29, 1918. An exemplary infantry officer, he had volunteered to lead a platoon to re-establish contact with a nearby regiment and was struck in the head by a machine gun bullet near the Bois de Brieulles. His family learned of his death via a coded letter sent by future head football coach, First Lieutenant Bob Higgins, who 36 - T&G April 2017

also was a member of the 318th Infantry. As censorship regulations precluded Higgins from mentioning Bebout by name, he instead referred to “a dear friend with red hair who played football on State and graduated in Nineteen Fourteen.” With the signing of the armistice on November 11, 1918, fighting ended on the western front. Most former athletes remained with their units in Europe until returning home in the spring and summer of 1919. To keep American soldiers occupied and out of mischief, several schools and sports leagues were established by the AEF. Brought in as a ringer, Higgins competed with the 89th Infantry Division football team and won the AEF championship. In recognition of the 73 Penn State students and alumni, including the eight former athletes who were lost during the war, Penn State held a special commemorative service on Decoration (Memorial) Day 1919. T&G Field to Front: Nittany Lions Go to War, 1917-1918 will be exhibited at the Penn State All-Sports Museum through April 2018. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. TuesdaySaturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit Ken Hickman is director of the Penn State All-Sports Museum.

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H In honor of April being National Volunteer Month, Town&Gown makes its annual visit to places that provide so much for our communities — and who rely so much on volunteers April is National Volunteer Month, and within that is National Volunteer Week (this year it’s April 23-29). According to Points of Light, which organizes National Volunteer Week, the week is “an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice, and support to causes they care about in their community.” For the second consecutive year,

Town&Gown spends time at a few nonprofits where much of the work is done by volunteers, who give of their time to help causes, groups, events, and more without asking anything in return.

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When I was asked again this year to volunteer in our community and write about my experience, I knew I wanted to highlight a nonprofit that had a focus on food in some respect. Last year, I shared my experience cooking at the Community Café at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church, and the café continues to serve hot dinners to more than 150 people every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. On a cold Wednesday morning at 8:15 a.m., I walked down to the basement of the Grace Lutheran Church in State College to meet with State College Area Meals on Wheels executive director Christine Tyler and volunteer coordinator Sarah Sanderson. Even at that early hour, the kitchen was bustling with activity, led by cook Jim Johnston. Volunteers in the kitchen were making roasted pork, mashed potatoes, and a squash medley. Another set of volunteers were already busy making turkey sandwiches and portioning out the mixed salad and fruit cocktail. The dedicated staff of four and an army of 200 community-minded volunteers prepare, package, and deliver 300 meals five days a week between 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Since its inception in 1971, State College Area Meals on Wheels has delivered more than 1.4 million meals. In 2016, more than 57,000 meals were delivered by volunteers to clients, who must

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by Vilma Shu Danz live in the State College Area School District. “Every client receives one cold meal and one hot meal. Each nutritious meal is carefully planned by a registered, licensed dietitian,” says Sanderson. “This service helps maintain good nutrition for the clients, allowing them to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.” Tyler explains, “Our clients are those who are unable to prepare meals in their homes due to physical or mental-health issues. They are of all ages and backgrounds. Our oldest client is 98 years old and the youngest, just 14 years old. Persons of any age may apply. They are all God’s children, and they need to be fed! That is our mission!” Volunteers are the lifeblood of State College Area Meals on Wheels. Everyone I spoke with expressed how meaningful and satisfying the experience has been to give back to this local community. The volunteers really care about the clients that they are serving. Special care and attention are made to accommodate each client’s medical and dietary restrictions as well as food allergies. Each meal is vacuum-sealed and individually labeled with the client’s name. Meals coordinator Kerri Hosterman used to work in banking, but decided that she wanted a change of pace and now helps plan the 300 meals that go out to clients every day. Noah Coleman, son of the late acclaimed local photographer Bill Coleman, works in HR consulting in State College, and dedicates his time once a week with Meals on Wheels. Town&Gown founder Mimi Barash Coppersmith has always admired the services that the organization provides and felt inspired after the 2016 annual fund-raiser dinner to join in on the effort as a volunteer.

Debbie Benedetti packs cold meals for Meals on Wheels. Below right, (from left) Peggy Norton, Gordon Turow, and Barbara Spring make sandwiches.

What surprised me most was that no government tax dollars are used to fund this nonprofit, home-delivered meal program. The majority of the funds comes from private donations and from an annual benefit dinner, A Meal that Matters. This year’s Meals on Wheels benefit dinner will be held at the Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom on May 11 and will feature Penn State director of athletics Sandy Barbour as the guest speaker. The evening includes a three-course dinner, door prizes, and extensive silent and live auctions. Tickets are $125 each ($65 tax deductible). Call (814) 360-6571 or e-mail For more information on receiving meals or to become a volunteer, visit or call (814) 237-8135. The Ruth Herman Dreibelbis Memorial Fund was set up to honor the memory of long-time volunteer Ruth Herman Dreibelbis as well as to support the long-term sustainment of State

College Area Meals on Wheels. To donate, a check can be sent payable to Meals on Wheels to PO Box 1367, State College, PA 16804, with a note on the memo line mentioning the Ruth Dreibelbis Memorial Fund. Vilma Shu Danz is operations manager and assistant editor of Town&Gown. 2017 April T&G - 41

Any weekday morning, entering either the FaithCentre Food Bank or the FaithCentre store and offices is a bit like walking into the “Cheers” pub. Aside from the minor differences that the FaithCentre doesn’t serve beer and is a nonprofit social service agency and not a bar, both share an air of camaraderie and fellowship. When you walk into the FaithCentre as a volunteer, it is true that everybody knows your name. Everyone also knows your dog’s name, your birthday, your children’s vocations, what you recently posted on Facebook, and how you like your coffee. Everyone knows that Sally prefers dark to milk chocolate. Everyone knows that Cheryl is on the Special Olympics bowling team. And, everyone knows that Terry trained in primitive survival skills with Creek Stewart. It’s not that the staff and volunteers are intrusive. It is simply that information about

FaithCentre staff and volunteers hold their morning prayer circle.

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by Nicole Summers daily life is shared, sorrows and struggles are expressed, and milestones and triumphs (however small) are celebrated. Mornings in the store begin with a prayer circle that staff and volunteers are welcome — but certainly not required — to join. Regardless of anyone’s personal beliefs about the power of prayer, starting the day with an opportunity to voice individual concerns and participate in a moment of reflection or thankfulness can set a positive tone and focus for the day’s activities. The quiet, however, is short-lived, and by 10:15 a.m. the place starts to hum with activity. Joe delivers bread and pastries from the Weis store to the food bank. Brenda brews coffee in our kitchen and expertly entices visitors to sit

and enjoy a free hot drink and a snack. Aaron, David, and Skip unload a delivery of 435 cases of canned goods in the back of the food bank. Gary hauls our cardboard across the street to the recycling bin. Donna and Julie work on organizing the boutique, and Kay M. puts on a CD of birds chirping and waves crashing that seems strangely at odds with a décor characterized by an overflowing blue donation bin and piles of bagged dogged and cat food stored next to the checkout counter. But, she says, “The CD keeps me calm!” All of the staff, volunteers, shoppers, and clients swarm about — each occupied with their individual tasks. Sometimes maneuvering through this sea of people and shopping carts is challenging. Care has to be taken not to bump into a child running toward the toy section or trip over Nykky, the service dog, napping in a corner near the collectibles. Yet, like a beehive, every volunteer is engaged in an act that advances the FaithCentre’s mission and services. The FaithCentre is unique in this region because we do a little bit (and sometimes, a lot) of everything. We run the food bank for

the area surrounding Bellefonte; we host the Pet Food Pantry for the entire county; through our partnership with Nutrition Links, we offer nutrition education classes; we have a free coffee corner where some “regulars” hang out, drink free hot beverages, eat pastries, and discuss life events; and we assist local residents facing utility termination or eviction. On Thursdays, “Honey” cooks lunch for anyone visiting or working at the FaithCentre and makes the entire store smell like an Italian restaurant. Two-thirds of our funding comes from sales at our thrift store and Upcycle Boutique. The remainder is raised through events, grants, and donations. Our food bank alone feeds nearly 800 people a month, and, if you tally the total number of those who use any one of our programs, we help approximately 1,100 people each year. Assisting that number of individuals with such an assortment of services requires a small army of volunteers, and each task chosen is important. Cheryl, our champion bowler, says she likes volunteering at the FaithCentre “because I can do something I enjoy.” She likes and is great at sweeping floors — not a job many people happily

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embrace, but something that is essential in keeping the store somewhat tidy. Becky enjoys appraising jewelry for our boutique, and Kay S. is adept at filling out the detailed paperwork required for reporting food bank client numbers and demographics. In many ways, the FaithCentre is a microcosm of the greater community. We have wealthy shoppers crossing paths with individuals visiting for free pet food or registering for the food bank services. Clients, their case workers, and, sometimes, the homeless all travel through the same buildings where attorneys, teachers, pastors, and bankers drop off donated funds, items, or food. This intersection gives the FaithCentre a feeling the president of the board, Stephanie, describes as “quirky.” Yet, underlying all the messiness that accompanies life and activity is a resolve that, at the FaithCentre, everyone’s work, commitment, and talents are valued and praise and acknowledgement are liberally offered. It is this insistence on grace and kindness that led one of our volunteers to describe being at the FaithCentre as “therapeutic.”

Her Easter card to us read, “Thank you so much for welcoming [me] to be a part of your wonderful organization! The FaithCentre provides such a warm and inviting environment. Since starting there in November, I have come to grow so much personally. I began to become more outgoing instead of isolating. I have begun to trust again — not only in others but also in myself. I appreciate all you have done for me and feel blessed to have you all in my life.” Certainly, as we become increasingly bombarded by the surreal and sometimes unforgiving world of social media, going to a real brick and mortar place where everyone knows your name is hugely comforting. And, to everyone who volunteers at the FaithCentre, “Welcome! We are very, very glad you came!” For information about the FaithCentre, visit Nicole Summers is executive director of the FaithCentre.

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It wasn’t that long ago when Ashton Munoz was a manager of a local restaurant. On this morning in early March, he hops into a van with Mike, a client of Hearts for Homeless, to take him to Mount Nittany Medical Center for some blood work. It’s just one of the many tasks Munoz has as assistant director for the organization that helps homeless people in the region. But don’t let his title fool you — he isn’t paid for his efforts. Besides taking clients to medical appointments, Munoz spends his time helping to run things inside the small shelter that’s on 100 South Fraser Street in State College (below the Dunkin’ Donuts

by David Pencek on College Avenue), visiting and helping clients who live in one of the organization’s transitional apartments, picking up food that local businesses donate, and doing outreach efforts such as planning events or updating the Hearts for Homeless’ Web site. “We don’t like people to slip through the cracks,” he says as he sits in the waiting area at Mount Nittany while Mike has his blood work done. He recalls a freezing cold winter night in 2015 when he found a client laying on a street. “I had to literally peel him off the

Munoz takes a Hearts for Homeless client to Mount Nittany Medical Center.

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Munoz (right) takes a Hearts for Homeless client shopping for work pants.

street and get him inside and get him to change his clothes. … I think about what if I didn’t find him. He would have slipped through the cracks.” Munoz, 28, says his sense of serving and volunteering comes from his mother. While growing up in California, Munoz spent time time volunteering with his mom for an organization called Sharing Nature with Children. It was a few months after he moved from Los Angeles to State College in 2014 that he started to help out with Hearts for Homeless and its founder and director Ginny Poorman. Homelessness isn’t an issue that’s usually associated with State College and the Centre Region, but Poorman says the organization has helped around 450 people, including many Penn State students, over the past three years. The good news is that about 80 percent of those clients are now no longer homeless. The organization has about 14 frequent volunteers. Two clients also volunteer their time to help out inside the shelter. 46 - T&G April 2017

One goal both Poorman and Munoz have is to raise enough funds for more space. Munoz says he’d like to see a sister shelter open up somewhere else within the county. When thinking about some of the success stories he’s seen, he goes back to the client he found on the street that winter night. The man has mental-health issues and now lives in one of the transitional apartments. When he had first started living there, he couldn’t communicate. If food was put in front of him, he wouldn’t start eating until someone said that it was OK to to eat. “I remember the state he was in when we got him. Now he’s able to say things,” Munoz says. “He still struggles with his words, but he’ll say how he just really trusts me and Ginny, and it comes out cognitive and beautiful. “It makes everything you do worthwhile.” T&G For more information on Hearts for Homeless, visit David Pencek is editorial director of Town&Gown.

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A commitment to economic growth through workforce enhancement The availability of and access to a workforce that meets the needs of today’s employers is essential to community vitality and economic growth. The national conversation about closing the skills gap and addressing the trade/technical worker shortage is being echoed by Centre County companies. The CBICC’s Business and Industry Partnership is making workforce enhancement a top priority. Along with the county’s technical and skills training institutions, the CBICC and its Centre County Economic Development Partnership Investors, including First National Bank, are preparing to advance initiatives to ensure that established businesses and those considering investing in Centre County will have the skilled talent they need to succeed and grow. The result will be strengthened companies, a stronger local economy, and more workers matched with available jobs.

Mark Maggs, Director, South Hills School of Business & Technology; Vern Squier, President and CEO, Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County, and Dr. Richard Makin, President, Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology.

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270 Walker Drive, Ste 200, State College (814) 231-2265

Medical Director, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

As HealthSouth’s Medical Director for 24 years, Dr. Allatt leads the hospital’s interdisciplinary patient care teams. As a physiatrist, he is dedicated to helping patients achieve their optimum level of functioning and return home and to the community. He earned his medical degree from McMaster University Medical School in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Allatt completed residencies in both family medicine and in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Allatt offers special expertise in back pain treatment, sports medicine and musculoskeletal medicine.

TLC Group Investment Advisors, LLC

During a career in community banking that has spanned 26 years, John has worked in numerous executive level positions and has been involved in investment management and a broad spectrum of lending. John has now partnered with TLC Group Investment Advisors, LLC to provide holistic financial planning and investment management to individuals and businesses. He is excited to be a member of an independent, entrepreneurial firm where he will be able to draw on his experience to deliver solutions tailored to the financial needs of his clients. John has been an active participant in our community, coaching youth football, and serving on non-profit boards, such as the Nittany Valley Symphony, Centre Volunteers in Medicine, and the Youth Service Bureau.



315 S. Allen St., Suite 325B (814) 234-0353

Jonathan joined Fullington in April 2011. He is responsible for managing all facets of the business. Jonathan brings more than 25 years of experience within the motorcoach, travel and tourism industries to Fullington. This includes five years with American Airlines; 10 years with Greyhound Lines, Inc., in various management positions; and 10 years owning and operating A Great Way to Charter, Tour and Travel, a motorcoach charter and tour company. While working for American Airlines, Jonathan attended North Lake College in Irving, TX before accepting a management position with Greyhound Lines, Inc. In addition to his Trailways Board post, he serves as a director on the board of the Pennsylvania Bus Association.

Owner Christian T. Aumiller Real Estate Appraisal & Consulting Services

Christian understudied with J. Alvin Hawbaker in the State College market before purchasing his own business from Phillip E. Gingerich, MAI in 2002. A state-certified general appraiser and real estate broker, Christian conducts appraisals throughout Central PA, including numerous projects for Ferguson Township, State College Borough, and other municipalities. He is a member of the Centre County and Mifflin-Juniata County associations of Realtors and the Appraisal Institute. He and his wife, Sarah, have three daughters.

President & Chief Executive Officer Fullington Trailways


Broker Associated Realty Property Management

456 E. Beaver Ave. (814) 231-3333 JAMIE BESTWICK (left) President & Co-Founder

Jamie is one of the most decorated Action Sports Athletes of all time. In 1996 he competed in his first X Games, and since then he has won multiple medals, most of them Gold. He had the elite honor of being nominated for a 2014 Laureus World Sports Award. He resides in State College with his wife Kerry and son Sam. Jamie co-founded the Bestwick Foundation to provide support for those struggling with cancer in the Centre Region as well as for needy organizations, families, and individuals in the community. His dedication to the Foundation originates from the loss of a family member to cancer and his desire to support community endeavors.

DAN RALLIS (right) Co-Founder

Dan has owned Ye Old College Diner, the home of the world renowned “grilled sticky” for 30 years. He is also owner of Catering with Style. Dan is the co-founder of the Bestwick Foundation and the originator of the annual Reverse Car Drawing, State College’s signature Fall Fundraising Event, which has netted and distributed well over $400,000 to the region in support of patient needs in their fights with cancer. Dan’s passion for fighting cancer stems from losing his mother and his brother to the disease; his son Chris is also a cancer survivor. Sponsored by a supporter of the Bestwick Foundation

Upon graduating from Penn State, Mark stayed in State College and became involved in all aspects of real estate and his community. Associated Realty Property Management manages over 1800 properties and 13 Homeowners Associations. Mark is also the Broker of Kissinger Bigatel & Brower Realtors.

THOMAS L. BREWSTER Executive Director CentrePeace, Inc.

3047 Benner Pike, Bellefonte (814) 353-9081 Thom came to CentrePeace in 1994 via graduate school at Penn State, teaching non-violent conflict resolution skills to mentally ill inmates at SCI-Rockview. Shortly after joining CentrePeace’s Board in 2006, he was named executive director and asked to provide strategic leadership to take CentrePeace to the next level. Thom’s leadership has brought to CentrePeace unparalleled levels of respect from business, higher education, and criminal justice communities statewide. He is presently partnering with select Penn State faculty and other professionals within our community to bring courses ranging from ethics to entrepreneurship to the men and women incarcerated locally. Sponsored by Elizabeth Goreham

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Men in the Community O. RICHARD BUNDY, III


Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Penn State University

116 Old Main (814) 863-4826

A two-time Penn State alumnus, Rich stepped into his current role in January, providing strategic vision and leadership for university advancement. He began his fundraising career at Penn State in 1994 as assistant director of annual giving, then went on to development roles at Michigan State and Iowa State. Most recently, Rich was the inaugural president and CEO of the University of Vermont Foundation, overseeing the establishment of the new 501(c)(3) and leading their ongoing $500 million comprehensive campaign.

Mount Nittany Health Executive Director & Chief Medical Officer, Mount Nittany Physician Group Dr. Tony Cardell, a cardiologist in the community for more than 20 years, is the executive director and chief medical officer of Mount Nittany Physician Group, leading a team of more than 150 providers in 30 specialties, with a growing number of locations across the region. With a patient-centered approach, Dr. Cardell and his team strive to provide care that is compassionate, respectful and quality-driven.

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Director of School of Theatre Penn State Centre Stage

Head Coach Nittany Lion Basketball

Dan Carter’s 22-year tenure as Director of the School of Theatre will end this summer. His leadership has been most notable for the diversification of both faculty and student body, international engagement, and the creation of new works for the theatre. On the national level, he has served as President of the National Theatre Conference and the National Association of Schools of Theatre, where he also served ten years on the Commission on Accreditation. He is Dean elect of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. He is an Oriole with Centre Sluggers Baseball and also plays on two regional touring teams.

113 Bryce Jordan Center (814) 865-5494 Patrick recently finished his sixth season as men’s basketball coach and is looking forward to advancing the strength of this year’s freshman class (the team’s first-ever top 15 recruiting class) in 2017-18. He also is active in the community, including leading the Coaches Vs. Cancer effort since he arrived. CVC has raised more than $200,000 each of the last four years. Chambers also has participated in efforts to help end Alzheimer’s disease. The coach came to Penn State from Boston University, where in 2010-11 he led the Terriers to the America East Conference Championship and the NCAA Tournament. Sponsored by The Tavern Restaurant



230 Medlar Field at Lubrano Park (814) 863-0239

301 S. Allen St., Suite 104 (814) 954-4135

Agent Farmers Insurance Agency

Head Coach Nittany Lion Baseball

Entering his fourth season as head coach, Rob came to Penn State from Wright State, where he built the Raiders into a perennial contender in the Horizon League. Last year, after a preseason trip to Cuba, the Nittany Lions posted 28 wins, a dramatic 10-win improvement over the previous season. Committed to developing educated athletes, Rob is known for reminding his team at the end of every bus trip home to be in class on time and take care of school work. In three seasons, 30 of his student-athletes have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. Sponsored by Lion’s Gate Apartments

Bob Langton 814-574-0293

Bob Froehlich 814-933-2891

Erik McDonough 814-937-1283


A 1978 State High and ’83 Penn State alumnus, Larry set up the area’s first Farmers Insurance agency with his best friend Cindy Zimmerman, whom he met at age 6 on the playground. With 37 years of insurance experience, Larry loves that Farmers encourages agents to team with individual clients to educate them and make sure they are properly insured for all stages of life, with products including auto, home, life, and business insurance.

Hans Huber 814-574-3910

Joshua Johnson 814-272-0093

Nathan Verilla 814-937-3493

Steve McKenna 814-280-7117

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Men in the Community PHIL ESTEN, PH.D.


101 Bryce Jordan Center (814) 867-6115

(814) 863-8534

Deputy Director of Athletics & Chief Operating Officer Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics Phil works closely with Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour on the day-to-day operations of Penn State’s highly successful 31-sport athletic program. He oversees leadership of development, marketing, strategic communications, and facilities and event management, and is the sport administrator for the football, baseball, and men’s and women’s gymnastics programs. Development of revenue generation initiatives, fan experience, strategic partnerships, multi-media rights, and branding also are among his areas of responsibility, and he is leading efforts in strategic planning and facility master planning for Intercollegiate Athletics. Phil came to Penn State in 2014 from the University of California. Sponsored by the Penn State Bookstore

JAMES FRANKLIN Head Football Coach

Penn State University James Franklin is entering his fourth season as Penn State’s head football coach. Last season, he led the Nittany Lions to the Big Ten championship and a spot in the Rose Bowl. He won Big Ten Coach of the Year honors, and The Sporting News named him National Coach of the Year. He is 25-15 in his first three seasons with Penn State. He is the 16th head coach in the football program’s history. Before coming to Penn State, he spent the previous three seasons as head coach at Vanderbilt, where he went 24-15 and led the Commodores to three consecutive bowl games. His other coaching stops have included Maryland, Kansas State, and the Green Bay Packers. He has a wife and two daughters. He was born in Langhorne and graduated from East Stroudsburg University. Sponsored by Faccia Luna


Owner/Chief Operating Officer Fullington Trailways Mike Fullington, a fourth generation Fullington, has dedicated his life to the Fullington Company. The company was founded by his Great Grandfather in 1908. Mike started working with the school bus division after college and moved to State College in 1978 to manage the State College operation. Mike has been involved with every aspect of the Fullington Company. From being the company mechanic, driving buses, finance and upper management responsibilities along with never being afraid to step in and help wherever help is needed. Mike Fullington truly lives up to his given nickname, “Bus King”.


OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) Penn State Steve Gentry has been involved in OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at Penn State since 2000. He has served as a Board member, Treasurer, Vice President, and President of the organization. When CALL (Community Academy for Lifelong Learning) became OLLI in in 2007, he was OLLI’s first President. Presently, he serves on the Curriculum Committee, inputting data for course catalog production. He also serves on the Center County Historical Society Board of Governors. For 30 years, Steve taught Social Studies at State College High and coached Track and Field and Cross Country, 21 of those years as Head Girls’ Coach.

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Regional Director Penn State University Bookstores HUB-Robeson Center Steve has been in the bookstore business for 43 years and will complete 24 years at Penn State this summer. In partnership with Regional Manager Nancy Thompson, he oversees all 27 Penn State Bookstore locations throughout the state. Steve enjoys the challenges of an ever-changing landscape in higher education, and the satisfaction of working with the diverse needs of faculty, students, staff, and friends of the Penn State community. Sponsored by Penn State Campus Retail Dining

JONATHAN FRIEDMAN Board Member Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts

403 S. Allen St. (814) 237-3682

A State College native, Jonathan practiced law in Chicago for 10 years. In 2012, he and his wife, Natalie, decided State College was the place to raise their family, and he became director of development for his family’s Friedman Real Estate Group. Jonathan has volunteered with Arts Festival committees and as a board member and looks forward to watching his two daughters, Beatrix, 5 and Margaux, 3, play in the Allen Street dumping buckets again during this year’s festival, July 13-16.


Strawberry Fields, Inc. Director of Mental Health Services

3054 Enterprise Drive State College, PA 16801 (814) 234-6023

Rich joined Strawberry Fields upon graduating from Penn State in 1989. In his 28 years with the agency he has worked his way up through various positions to become the Director of Mental Health services, which he has held for the past 12 years. Rich has been an integral part in growing our array of mental health support services that help the individuals we serve reach their goals for recovery in a way that promotes wellness and takes advantage of their strengths and dreams for the future. Rich resides in Bellefonte with his wife, Deb and two children.


Chairman, President and CEO Kish Bancorp, Inc., and Kish Bank Bill Hayes applies his more than 35 years of industry experience to the executive-level management and strategic direction of Kish Bank, Kish Bancorp, and its affiliate business units in insurance, investment services, and travel services. Kish Bank currently has assets of over $700 million and 14 community offices with more than 200 full-time employees. The Belleville native is also a Past Chairman of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association (PBA) and is active in various leadership capacities with the American Bankers Association (ABA). An alumnus of Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, Bill is also a Trustee of Juniata College, a graduate of the PBA Advanced School of Banking at Bucknell University, the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, and the ABA-Kellogg CEO Graduate Management Program. He is married to Connie.

Men in the Community GREGORY T. HAYES


2610 Green Tech Drive (814) 861-4660, ext. 8414

1840 N. Atherton St. (814) 238-3225

Sr. Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Kish Bank

Office Manager & HIPAA Security Officer The Arc of Centre County

Active locally, Greg has volunteered with Habitat, the YMCA, College Township, the Palmer Museum, and currently serves as Board Chair of the Bob Perks Fund. As Kish’s COO, Greg oversees all activities within Retail Banking, Mortgage Lending, Compliance, IT, and Operations. His vision for the future of relationship banking can be experienced at Kish’s newest location in downtown State College. The Expect More Store is a comfortable, engaging space where people can come to collaborate, learn, and find solutions through a different approach to financial awareness.

Originally from West Virginia, Kevin holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from West Virginia University. He moved to Centre County in 2009 and was a patient representative at Geisinger before becoming office manager at The Arc in 2015. As the “go-to guy” for information technology, he makes sure computers and cell phones are working properly so staff members can concentrate on serving clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Kevin lives in Philipsburg with his husband, Eddie Hines, and their Chihuahua, Elijah.



101 White Building (814) 865-8421

201 Old Main (814) 865-2505

Head Men’s Gymnastics Coach Penn State University

A Penn State alumnus, Randy is in his 26th season as head coach of the men’s gymnastics team. During his tenure, the team has taken home three national championships, his studentathletes have earned All-America honors 111 times, and he has mentored 17 individual national champions. Randy has been named National Coach of the Year three times and in 2011 received the prestigious CGA Honor Coach Award for his longtime coaching success. Sponsored by The Tavern Restaurant


Assistant Borough Manager for Public Safety Borough of State College

243 S. Allen St. (814) 234-7160

After retiring as police chief Aug. 31, Tom became assistant borough manager for public safety. His responsibilities including overseeing community engagement, emergency management, nuisance properties, ordinance enforcement, police, and public health. He particularly enjoys bringing together students and yearround residents to collaborate for the benefit of all. Tom chairs the State College Presbyterian Church capital campaign and is a board member of the State College Food Bank, PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.

Executive Vice President & Provost Penn State University

Nick began serving as executive vice president and provost in July 2013. As provost, he is the university’s chief academic officer, responsible for administration of all research and educational programs, and for the general academic welfare of the faculty and students. As executive vice president, he serves as the CEO in the president’s absence, and he is centrally involved in most university operations. His approach to leadership emphasizes collaboration, innovation, and the development of strategic partnerships and cross-disciplinary initiatives. Sponsored by the Penn State Bookstore

CHRISTOPHER LEITZELL Partner Diversified Asset Planners Inc.

1524 W. College Ave. (814) 234-2500

Chris started with Diversified Asset Planners in 1994 and became a partner in 2009, specializing in retirement planning, life insurance, and wealth transfer. With FINRA Series 6 and 63 licenses, he is a registered representative offering securities through J.W. Cole Financial Inc. member FINRA/ SIPC. A lifelong State College resident, Chris enjoys golfing, hunting, and fishing.

Sponsored by Beta Sigma Beta Alumni Association


TLC Group Investment Advisors, LLC

270 Walker Dr. (814) 231-2265

An investment and retirement plan consultant for more than 50 years, Bruce is co-founder of TLC Group Investment Advisors, LLC, a firm specializing in wealth accumulation and preservation strategies. TLC focuses on the client through innovative strategies and team dynamics for the family office. Sponsored by Vantage Investment Advisors, LLC


Judicial Candidate Centre County Court of Common Pleas

Brian is a candidate for Centre County Judge. A shareholder in Miller, Kistler & Campbell, he has diverse experience in civil and criminal law, with a recent focus on family law. He is a trained mediator, trained in Collaborative Law, and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Brian is committed to a justice system in which each person who enters the courtroom is treated with dignity and respect, and where each case is given individualized attention. Sponsored by Citizens for Brian Marshall

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Men in the Community KEVIN MCGARRY, CPA


Urish Popeck & Co., LLC (814) 234-9007

(814) 863-9187


Interim Director, Palmer Museum of Art Penn State University

A Penn State accounting graduate, Kevin has been with Urish Popeck for fourteen years. He is Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s State College office, where he is responsible for the Business Services group. Kevin advises start-ups, small- to medium-sized businesses, and individual business owners, and he specializes in tax planning/compliance, financial statements, and leveraging resources of other Urish Popeck services. He is a graduate of Leadership Centre County and serves as Treasurer for the Clearwater Conservancy and the College Heights Association. Kevin resides in State College with his wife, Lori, daughter, Kaleigh, and son, Sean.

With a Ph.D. in art history from the State University of New York at Binghamton, Patrick came to the Palmer Museum of Art in 1992 as curator of education. In 2000, he became the museum’s Charles V. Hallman Curator, responsible for the European and ceramics collections and specializing in works on paper. Patrick can’t wait to get to his office every morning and loves working with a professional art museum staff that is so very good at what they do.



Vice President, Regional Market Manager Kish Bank

2610 Green Tech Drive (814) 861-4660, ext. 8267 Tom leads Kish Bank’s Centre County market. Working with a team of financial services and travel professionals, they identify opportunities to create, develop, and enhance relationships through Kish’s consultative, solution-based approached. Tom brings over 25 years of banking experience to Kish. A Veteran of the United States Navy, Tom is also a graduate of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association (PBA) School of Banking and Advanced School of Banking. Active in the community, Tom is a Board Member of the Schlow Library Foundation and engages with many small business associations, including SBDC Penn State and SCORE Pennsylvania.

TED J. OYLER, CFP®, PARTNER Diversified Asset Planners Inc.

1524 W. College Ave. • (814) 234-2500 Ted has dedicated nearly three decades of his professional career focused on serving the financial and retirement planning needs of clients in the Central Pennsylvania area. A conservative wealth advisor, he provides comprehensive investment, retirement, and insurance planning solutions that complement the Firm’s desire to provide individual solutions while building trusted relationships. Ted volunteers his time by serving on the Mount Nittany Medical Center Golf Committee, and various capacities at Grace Lutheran Church of State College. Ted is equally passionate about spending time with his wife Jennifer, son Trey, and daughter Linlee. He enjoys golfing, spending time outdoors, coaching youth sports, and working out at the YMCA. Securities offered through J.W. Cole Financial, Inc. (JWC) Member FINRA / SIPC. Advisory Services offered through J.W. Cole Advisors, Inc. (JWCA). Diversified Asset Planners, Inc. and JWC/ JWCA are unaffiliated entities.

Sponsored by Barbara Palmer

Publisher Williamsport Sun-Gazette

252 West Fourth St. Williamsport With over 25 years of media experience, Bernie is recognized as a leader in the PA newspaper industry. He has lobbied for open records and public right-toknow laws. A lifelong resident and drummer in central PA, Bernie is active in the local arts community. A Penn State alumnus, Bernie serves on the Board of Directors of Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. Bernie and his wife, Diane, share their home with three rescue cats.


Associate Head Coach/ Defensive Coordinator Penn State Football

201 Lasch Building (814) 865-0412

An Altoona native, Brent began coaching 25 years ago during James Franklin’s final two seasons as an All-PSAC quarterback at East Stroudsburg University. Brent has helped each program he’s coached to success, including 13 bowl appearances, with Top 25 finishes in total defense in six of his last six seasons (three at Penn State; three at Vanderbilt). He also has played an instrumental role in Top 10 defenses at Penn State, Virginia Tech, Georgia Southern, and Western Carolina. Sponsored by Hoy Transfer, Inc.



130 W. College Ave. (814) 272-0606

157 W. College Avenue Pleasant Gap, PA 16823

Executive Director The State Theatre

Greg has been proud to serve the State Theatre since 2008 in a variety of roles. From lighting designer to programming manager and now executive director, he has fallen in love with the State Theatre and the Centre Region. He has a bachelor’s degree in theatre studies from Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., and has been working in the performing arts for over 20 years, including for the Florida Theater in Gainesville, The Carolina Theater in Durham, N.C., and the Portland Center Stage in Portland, Oregon. Sponsored by Jonathan Levin, Wells Fargo Advisors

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Proprietor & Pastapreneur Fasta & Ravioli Co.

A native of State College, Bob has been in the food manufacturing business since graduating from Penn State. He has grown Fasta & Ravioli Co. from a small storefront in downtown State College into an operation that serves customers and a dozen restaurants from its three locations in central Pennsylvania. Through donations to area philanthropies, participation in showcase events like United Way’s Taste of the Town, service on non-profit boards, and a commitment to literacy programs Bob is living his father’s words: “remember to always give back.” In addtion to founding Fasta & Ravioli Co. Bob is currently the Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau Board President.

Men in the Community RUSS ROSE


University Park (814) 863-7474

1375 Martin St., Suite 206 (814) 234-1023

Coach Penn State Women’s Volleyball

The winningest coach in NCAA Division I volleyball history, Russ has posted 1,213 career victories during his 38 seasons at Penn State, always netting at least 22 wins per season. In 2016, he led the Nittany Lions to their 36th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The legendary coach has guided the team to a record seven NCAA national titles, collecting five National Coach of the Year awards along the way. Sponsored by Richard Tetzlaff, Wells Fargo Advisors

CAEL SANDERSON Penn State University

238 Recreation Building (814) 880-7117 The only undefeated collegiate wrestler, Cael was a 4-time National Champ at Iowa State and won Olympic Gold in 2004. Since becoming head coach 8 years ago, Coach Sanderson and his staff have taken the Penn State Wrestling team to new heights with this year’s team being very special. Following a perfect 14-0 dual meet season, Penn State won its second straight NWCA Dual Meet Championship, and at this year’s NCAA Championship Tournament, Penn State had 6 All-Americans, won the team championship for the 6th time in 7 years, and crowned an unprecedented 5 individual National Champions. Sponsored by The Tavern Restaurant

RICHARD SARFERT Executive Vice President, Senior Lending Officer Kish Bank

2610 Green Tech Drive (814) 861-4660, ext. 8226 Ric oversees Kish’s commercial lenders, as well as the growth and quality of the Bank’s loan portfolio. He has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry focused on commercial lending and credit administration. Ric earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Penn State and a master’s degree in business administration from Saint Joseph’s University. He also graduated from the Pennsylvania Bankers Association’s Mid-Atlantic School of Commercial Lending at Bucknell University and the Executive Leadership School. Ric has returned to central Pennsylvania from Limerick, PA with his wife and two children.


LTCOL USAF Retired Assistant Dean/Lecturer Office of Multicultural Affairs, College of Communications

206 Carnegie Building, Penn State (814) 863-6081 Since 1994, Joseph has played a vital role in recruiting and retaining minority students. Among the many honors he and the college received during his tenure, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication honored him in 2011 with its Robert P. Knight Multicultural Recruitment Award, and the college in 2013 with the Equity and Diversity Award. He feels blessed to have had the opportunity to mentor young scholars so they can become future leaders. After his June 30 retirement, he plans to finish his doctoral dissertation in counseling education.

Volunteer American Cancer Society

Shane got involved with the American Cancer Society’s Bellefonte Relay for Life in the early ’90s, helping his wife Pam’s relay team. Eventually, he became on-site logistics coordinator for the event, taking place on May 20 this year at Governors Park, and the work became personal when he had surgery for neuroendocrine cancer four years ago. Shane is retired from the Army Reserves, having served in Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, and from the U.S. Postal Service. He and Pam live in Spring Mills with their two teenage sons.


Associate Head Wrestling Coach Penn State University

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A 2-time national finalist at 133 pounds for Iowa State, Cody was the head coach at Utah Valley State (now Utah Valley University), where he started the school’s Division I wrestling program from scratch. He went on to serve as associate head coach at his alma mater for three years, playing a major role in Iowa State’s rapid ascent as Big 12 powerhouse and NCAA team title contender. With his younger brother Cael, Cody began coaching Penn State wrestling in 2009. Sponsored by East Coast Health & Fitness


Publisher Town&Gown Magazine Centre County Gazette Newspaper Rob became Publisher of Town&Gown magazine in 2008. He has spent his 30-plus year career managing media companies, including local radio, cable and broadcast television stations. A graduate of State College High, Rob earned his journalism degree from Penn State in 1981. Rob volunteers his time for many local charity organizations, and was recently honored with the first Lifetime Volunteer Award for his contributions to the Penn State Dance Marathon.


Vice President for Student Affairs Penn State University

206 Old Main (814) 865-0909

Damon came to Penn State in 2008 after serving in various administrative and teaching roles at his alma mater, Indiana University. He is an affiliate associate professor of both law and education, and a licensed attorney. Damon co-chairs The Partnership — Campus and Community United Against Dangerous Drinking, a town-gown collaboration working to reduce the high-risk behavior that often accompanies the excessive consumption of alcohol.

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President Minitab Inc. As President of Minitab Inc., the leading provider of software for quality improvement and statistics education, Charles Snellgrove leads the company’s executive team and oversees daily operations. The overhaul of Minitab products under his leadership has made the company an innovative technical leader. Snellgrove joined Minitab in 1999, and most recently served as the company’s chief technology officer before being named to his current position in 2015. Snellgrove earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in mathematics from Georgia State University, and studied statistics at the doctoral level at the Pennsylvania State University. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with high honors in 2016.


Distinguished Professor of Landscape Architecture Penn State College of Arts & Architecture

428 Stuckeman Family Building (814) 863-2377 Ken has been a member of the landscape architecture faculty since 1993. Prior to that, he practiced professionally in Toronto. His teaching and research are broadly based in environmental design, particularly with underserved communities. He has led the multi-award winning Pittsburgh Studio since 2008. His work has taken him to such diverse places as south Asia, sub-Sahara Africa, western Europe and Brazil. Sponsored by the College of Arts & Architecture

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Administrative Assistant Centre County United Way

126 W. Pine Grove Road, Pine Grove Mills (814) 238-8283 An Ebensburg native, John moved to Centre County about 20 years ago when his employer transferred him here as a retail store manager. He began working for Centre County United Way in 2012 and manages the database, donations and pledges, and distributions to partner agencies. John enjoys volunteering his administration skills for PA Special Olympics each summer, and he donates time helping his Philipsburg neighbors with fix-it jobs. John likes to ski and snowshoe in winter and hike and fish during warmer months.


Vice President of Post-Secondary Education Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science & Technology (CPI) Todd Taylor has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s degree in Education from Penn State University. He is also a certified Administrator through the PA Department of Education. Since 2003, Mr. Taylor has expanded CPI’s post-secondary programs to include a robust offering of technical training options in high demand fields. Mr. Taylor played a key leadership role in the completion of CPI’s Transportation Training Center and is currently co-leading the design phase of a Health Sciences Building. Under Mr. Taylor’s leadership, CPI is approved as one of only two career technical centers in Pennsylvania offering students accredited two-year technical (AST) degrees.

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The nine brothers and sisters of the Sublett family are (front row, playing with Legos, from left) Charlie and Jase; (second row, from left) Levi, Sadie, Josie, Lilly, Zuzu, Isaac, and Annabelle.

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Sister By Jennifer Miller and Jeff Byers

While it hasn’t reached the status of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day yet, National Siblings Day highlights the importance of brother and sister relationships

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eyonce and Solange. The Kardashians. The Jacksons. Donny and Marie. The Wayans brothers. The Olsen twins. The list could go on and on when it comes to sets of siblings that have shared the spotlight. And it turns out, sibling relationships have plenty of benefits, according to Meghan Fritz, a psychotherapist who practices in State College and writes the “Living Well” column for Town&Gown each month.  “Growing up with siblings teaches you how to communicate effectively and learn to resolve conflict from a young age,” she says “You are constantly learning how to communicate your needs, share, negotiate, argue, and make up. It can set the stage for helping you have healthy relationships with your peer group as well as romantic relationships as a young adult.” While sibling relationships have perks, there also can be challenges, particularly if parents are overly involved in managing sibling relationships.  “When siblings are taught by their parents to work it out amongst themselves and

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learn to compromise and negotiate, they learn to be unified and are more likely to be peacemakers instead of conflict starters in all of their relationships,” Fritz says. “When parents micromanage the relationship between siblings, splitting occurs, causing issues of favoritism and competition.” The relationship for siblings who also are multiples often displays a more rooted connection.  “Twins, especially identical, share a special bond that connects them for life,” Fritz says. “Many identical twins develop a nonverbal language that only they can understand. When you think about it, multiples have had to learn how to work together, connect, and share space as they develop in the womb, so their bond can be deeper than siblings who are not multiples.” When it comes to both biological and adopted siblings, the type of relationship the siblings develop is mostly determined by the parents.  “One of the biggest predictors for how siblings will get along regardless if they are biological or adopted is how the parents shape and foster the connection between their

children,” Fritz says. “Parents model and set the stage for how siblings interact, connect, communicate, and deal with conflict.” National Siblings Day, organized by the Siblings Day Foundation as a way to recognize siblings the same way Mother’s Day honors mothers and Father’s Day honors fathers, is April 10. The day has become popular on social media as people post photos of their siblings and express their love toward them. Here are a just three stories of siblings in Happy Valley.

[Individuals operating together]

In State College, parents Stacy and Kim Sublett have nine children, ranging from toddler to 21-year-old. Three children are biological, six are adopted. For their son, Levi, the oldest, he values his role as big brother.  “As the oldest, I have siblings who are close to my age who I can hang out with as friends, while the younger ones help me learn new responsibilities as I help care for them,” he says.  For 17-year-old Isaac, whom the Subletts adopted from China when he was 12 and is the second oldest male child, he looks forward to time spent with his older brother, whether it is playing basketball, playing video games, or watching TV.  “I’m really thankful for Levi,” Isaac says. “I really want a brother who can look out for me.” As the Subletts added to their family, they knew they had to focus on building relationships between all of their children.  “The best way to bond was to play,” Kim says. “We went to the park and played. We just played a lot and bonded through that playful place.” The Subletts also focused on one-onone sibling time and noted that all of their children are easy-going, which helped the relationship-building process.  “It’s a normal teenage house with normal teenage squabbles, but at the end of the day we’re all on the same team. We’re all individuals, but we operate together,” Stacy says.  Each time the Subletts have adopted a child, the dynamic of the family has changed, especially when the new child is an infant. However, the Subletts have seen the positive impact of bringing a new baby into the home,

Cael and Cody Sanderson enjoy having fun together, especially when they lead the Nittany Lions to another national title.

specifically for their older adopted children who came from challenging orphanage situations. “I think having babies has helped our adopted children see that babies are valued,” Kim says. “Watching our adopted children walk through the nurturing of a baby has been redemptive for them.”

[Seeing double]

For parents Kathy and Ryan Ridenour of State College, they saw double on the ultrasound for Kathy’s first pregnancy. Twins. Five years later, twins again. Leah and Abigail are 10; Madison and Kaitlyn are 5. For each set of twins, the Ridenours say they always want to be together, share bedrooms, and can get anxious when they are not near their twin, such as when one stays home from school because she’s sick. “Anytime I go to school without her [Leah] it makes me feel sad and makes me realize that I’m really connected with her,” Abigail says.  Even if the older twins, Leah and Abigail, consider signing up for different activities, they ultimately decide on the same. For now it 2017 April T&G - 65

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Cael and Cody Sanderson at the 2017 NCAA Championships in St. Louis, where Penn State won its sixth national title in seven years and crowned five individual national champions.

is ice hockey, musical theater group, and piano lessons. Although, the pair did deviate when choosing musical instruments — Leah plays clarinet; Abigail plays saxophone — but both instruments are ones their mother plays. While all of their children are close, Kathy and Ryan say that there is a different bond when comparing the relationship within each set of twins to that of their nontwin sisters. “There is definitely a closeness between all of them, but I wouldn’t say it’s the same,” Kathy says. “They treat their twin as an extension of themselves and their other sisters as sisters who they are still close with but separate people.” When asked how the twins will manage their relationships in the future, say for college or marriage, they quickly developed a plan that included buying houses on their parents’ street —so that they will always be close. 

[Brothers in arm bars]

There has always been a strong bond of brotherhood in the Penn State wrestling family.

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And over the years, there have been plenty of actual brothers who have contributed to the success of the program, including in recent memory Andrew and Dylan Alton, Josh and Scott Moore, and John and Russ Hughes. But there can be no doubt which set of brothers has had the biggest impact on Penn State wrestling. A decade ago, it would have seemed inconceivable that the Sanderson brothers, Cael and Cody, would have an impact on Penn State. Cael and Cody and their two other brothers, Cole and Cyler, were raised in Heber City, Utah. Cael and Cody wrestled collegiately at Iowa State, which is where they had been coaching together for three years when Penn State came calling. All they’ve done in the eight years they’ve been at Penn State is capture six national titles, including back-to-back titles the last two seasons. Although Penn State wrestling has a history of success, it had won only one national title in more than 100 years of competition before

the Sandersons and Casey Cunningham, who might as well be a Sanderson brother, arrived in Happy Valley. Cael is the head coach, Cody is the associate head coach, and Casey is the assistant head coach. But Cael just looks at those as titles and considers the coaching staff a team of equals. Cody is three years older than Cael, who is arguably the greatest wrestler in US history. Cael went 159-0 with four national titles at Iowa State and won Olympic gold in Athens, Greece, in 2004. “Growing up, Cody was always my hero,” Cael explains. “He was the guy that set the example with his work ethic in both wrestling and school. So I followed him in college, and then after college, he helped me train for the Olympics.” Cody’s wife, Sarah, says the Sanderson family has always had three priorities. “From the day they were born, I think God, family, and wrestling have just been intertwined for them,” she says. “I don’t

think you could separate those things from each other for them. The way they live their lives is based on how they were brought up, and those three things all played a big part. For them, it’s all about being good people, giving your best effort, being grateful for what you have.” The Sanderson’s formula for success is trust and loyalty. “We work well together, for sure,” Cody explains. “I mean, we’ll argue, but we’re brothers. I think brothers fight. That’s really what got us into wrestling. Our dad was a coach and we fought all the time, so he put us on the wrestling mats. But I think it’s really healthy now. We hold each other accountable, we help each other out, and we hold each other and ourselves to high standards — and I think we push each other to keep doing our best. I think we definitely help each other be better coaches.” It is hard for the Sandersons to imagine being at Penn State and coaching at this level without each other.

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“One of the unique things for us,” Cody states, “is being able to do this together and having our families so close to each other. Especially being so far from where we grew up now, there’s tremendous value in having each other and our families be able to grow up together, and I think it has only strengthened our bond.” T&G Jennifer Miller has worked in journalism since 2001. She currently works as a writer and adjunct professor at Penn State. Jeff Byers has been the radio voice of Penn State wrestling since 1990. He also is cohost of The Morning Guys radio show on 1390-WRSC in State College.

Kathy Ridenour says that there is “definitely a closeness between all [of her children].”

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WPSU hosts You Bet Your Garden’s Mike McGrath Pollinators: The Superstars of Spring Gardening (Dinner Event) Friday, April 7, at 5:30 p.m. The Atherton Hotel $75 per person; limited seating

Pollinators, Planting, and Household Pests (Public Discussion) Saturday, April 8, at 10 a.m. The State Theatre $20 per person in advance; $25 at the door

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with rebroadcasts Thursdays at 9 p.m. Tune in for the return of Father Brown, a Catholic priest with excellent detective skills who solves crimes in this stylish series set in the 1950s and based on G.K. Chesterton’s stories.

A Place to Call Home Saturdays at 9 p.m.

with rebroadcasts Sundays at 11 p.m. Set in Australia in the 1950s, “A Place to Call Home” is a compelling and romantic story of one woman's journey to heal her soul and of a privileged family rocked by scandal. Acclaimed actress Marta Dusseldorp leads the cast as Sarah Adams, a woman with a mysterious past who returns to Australia after 20 years in Europe.

Thursday, April 20, at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. This documentary examines how scientists, decision makers, and citizen stakeholders came together to take action against climate impacts from rising seas and violent storms. Peter Coyote narrates this story of one region's attempt to adapt to climate change.

Conversations Live: Revisiting Climate Change Thursday, April 27, at 8 p.m. Host Patty Satalia leads a discussion on climate change. To join the conversation, email questions to, tweet @WPSU with the hashtag #WPSUconversations, or call 1-800-543-8242 during the program.






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March 31-April 2 Central PA Home & Garden Show 3 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m. Sat. & Sun. 8 Jim Gaffigan 8 p.m. 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. 25 The Price Is Right Live 8 p.m.

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Grammy winner Sarah Jarosz performs at the State Theatre.




Author Stacey Lee visits and will give a talk at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Go back in time with the annual benefit concert Rock the 80s at the State Theatre.

Penn State Centre Stage wraps up its season with a production of The Light in the Piazza at the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center.



Everyone’s favorite orphan, Annie, takes the Eisenhower Auditorium stage.

Get your first look at the defending Big Ten champs as the Penn State football teams holds its annual Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium.

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Children & Families 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Stories for Little Eyes and Ears, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 11 a.m., 1, 22 – World Stories Alive, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 11 a.m., 2 – Spring into Spring!, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., 3, 4 – Baby & Me Lapsit, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 9:30 a.m., 3, 4 – Baby & Me Movers, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 10:15 a.m., 3, 4 – Tales for Two, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 11 a.m., 5, 12 – 3s, 4s, 5s Storytime, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 9:30 a.m., 5, 12 – Everybody Storytime, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 10:30 a.m., 5, 12 – Tuning into Kids, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, noon, 5, 12, 19 – Toddler Learning Centre, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 9:15 or 10:30 a.m., 8, 9 – Magic Tree House, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 11 a.m. Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun., 13, 14, 17 – Discovery Day, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, noon Thurs., 11 a.m. Fri. & Mon., 15, 29 – Saturday Stories Alive, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 11 a.m., 22 – Elementary Explorers, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., 23 – Go Green!, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m.,

Classes & Lectures 1 – Wellness Forum for Young Women in Grades 6-12, Mount Nittany Middle School, SC, 8:45 a.m., 2 – Docent Choice Tour: “Paintings by Living Artists” by Cathy Zangrilli, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 2 p.m., 3 – “End Rape on Campus” by Annie Clark and Andrea Pino, Freeman Auditorium, HUB, PSU, 6:30 p.m. 3, 10, 17 – Healthy Weight for Life Class Series, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 5:30 p.m., 234-6727. 4, 18 – “A Joint Venture,” information session on hip or knee replacement, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 11 a.m. April 4, 7 p.m. April 18, 278-4810. 74 - T&G April 2017

5 – “A Military Nurse Looks Back to Southeast Asia circa 1970” by Doris M. Wurster, PA Military Museum, Boalsburg, 7 p.m., 6 – Research Unplugged: “Democratic Emotions: From Resentment to Gratitude” by Dr. Jeremy Engels, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 12:30 p.m., 8 – “The Boat Troop in WWI” by Philip Sauerlender, PA Military Museum, Boalsburg, 1:30 p.m., 9 – “A History of the PA National Guard in World War” by Major General John Stevens, PA Military Museum, Boalsburg, 1:30 p.m., 9 – Docent Choice Tour: “Palmer Museum of Art 1993: Charles W. Moore” by Mary Cathy Zangrilli, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 2 p.m., 9 – Flameworking Demonstration, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 2 p.m., 11 – Penn State Forum Speaker Series: “Defacing Adversity: How Scholarship Turns Taggers into Teachers” by Robert Lugo, Nittany Lion Inn, PSU, 11:30 a.m., 14 – Gallery Talk: “Eva Watson-Schutze: Pictorialist Portraits” by Joyce Robinson, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 12:10 p.m., 14 – “Strategic Planning” by Cathi Alloway, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 1 p.m., 15 – Gadgets for Grownups: Introducing Schlow’s Public 3D Printers, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 10:30 a.m., 15 – “History of the 28th Division Shrine” by Joe Horvath, PA Military Museum, Boalsburg, 3 p.m., 18 – Straight Talk: “Inclusive Excellence” by Carlos Wiley, Mount Nittany Middle School, SC, 7 p.m., 20 – Family Medicine Seminar: Tick Talk, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 6 p.m., 234-6738. 21 – Gallery Talk: “Perspective Unbound: A Scientific Perspective on Contemporary Studio Glass” by Carlo Pantano, David Babb, Dawn Van Bramer, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 12:10 p.m., 23 – Docent Choice Tour: “California Dreaming” by Susan Toby Evans, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 2 p.m., 27 – Jana Marie Foundation presents Mokita Dialogues: “Food Security,” New Leaf Initiative, SC, noon,

28 – Paper Views Conversation: “From Realism to Magic: Looking Queerly” by Anthony D’Augelli, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 1 p.m., 29 – “The Bonus Army March on Washington, DC” by Sean Reilly, PA Military Museum, Boalsburg, 1:30 p.m., 30 – Docent Choice Tour: “Follinsbee and Friends: Bucks County Artists” by Kathy Burnham, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 2 p.m.,

Club Events 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Chess Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Go Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., 3, 17 – Knitting Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 5:30 p.m., 4, 11, 18, 25 – State College Rotary Club, Nittany Lion Inn, SC, 5:30 p.m., 5, 12, 19, 26 – State College Sunrise Rotary Club, Hotel State College, SC, 7:15 a.m., 5, 19 – Outreach Toastmasters, The 329 Building, Room 413, PSU, noon,

6, 13, 20, 27 – State College Downtown Rotary, Ramada Inn & Conference Center, SC, noon, 6, 13, 20, 27 – Comics Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 3:30 p.m., 11 – Women’s Mid-Day Connection, Mountain View Country Club, Boalsburg, 11:45 a.m., 404-3704. 11 – Nittany Valley Writers’ Network, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 6 p.m., 12 – Women’s Welcome Club of State College, Oakwood Presbyterian Church, SC, 7 p.m., 12 – 148th PA Volunteer Infantry Civil War Reenactment Group, Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, SC, 7:30 p.m., 861-0770. 13, 27 – Schlow Stitchers, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 5:30 p.m., 17 – Parrot Owner’s Group, Perkins, 525 Benner Pike, SC, 7 p.m., 237-2722. 18 – Evening Book Club: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 6:30 p.m., 19 – CR Active Adult Center Book Club: Angels Burning by Tawni O’Dell, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 12:15 p.m.,


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26 – Afternoon Book Club: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., 26 – Applique Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 6 p.m., 29 – Boardgame Meetup, Schlow Centre Region Library, 10 a.m.,

Community Associations & Development 13 – CBICC Business After Hours: Designer’s Denn Salon & Spa, 5:30 p.m., 18 – Spring Creek Watershed Association, Patton Township Municipal Building, SC, 7:30 a.m., 26 – Patton Township Business Association, Patton Township Municipal Building, SC, noon, 237-2822.

Exhibits Ongoing-30 – Dotty Ford and Mary Vollero, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, Bellefonte, noon-4:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun., 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., 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., 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., Ongoing-May 28 – Stacie Bird and Robert Johnson, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, Bellefonte, noon-4:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun., Ongoing-August 10 – Plastics: Knowledge and Information Taking Shape, Pattee Library Central Entrance, PSU. Ongoing-September 24 – Unraveling the Threads of History: Needlework Samplers from the 19th Century, Centre Furnace Mansion, SC, 1-4 p.m. Sun., Wed., Fri.,

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1-30 – A Place Called Home: Scenes from Central PA, Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, SC, noon-6 p.m. Wed. & Sat., noon-8 p.m. Thurs. & Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sun., 1-30 – Anne Cortese and Jean Forsberg, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, Bellefonte, noon-4:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun., 1-30 – Carol Ann Simon Cillo, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, Bellefonte, noon4:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun., 1-30 – Carolyn Johnson, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, Bellefonte, noon4:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun., 1-30 – John and Sami Sharkey, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, Bellefonte, noon-4:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun., 1-30 – Kimberly Flick, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, Bellefonte, noon-4:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun., 1-30 – Word and Image: The Poetry of Robert Lima, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, Bellefonte, noon-4:30 p.m. Fri.Sun., 21-23 – Recycled Show: Flights of Fancy, Art Alliance, Lemont, 28 – Paper Views Exhibition: From Realism to Magic: Looking Queerly, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 10 a.m., 28-30 – Kids Love Art, Art Alliance, Lemont,

Health Care For schedule of blood drives visit or 5 – Amputee Support Group, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, Pleasant Gap, 5 p.m., 359-5630. 5 – Breast Cancer Support Group, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 7 p.m., 231-6870. 7, 11 – 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. 11 – Brain Injury Support Group, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, Pleasant Gap, 7 p.m., 359-3421. 12 – The Fertility Issues and Loss Support Group, Choices, SC, 6 p.m., 13 – Diabetes Support Group, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 6 p.m., 231-7095.

13 – A free parents-to-be class, Mount Nittany Health – Boalsburg Pediatrics, Boalsburg, 7 p.m., 466-7921. 17 – Cancer Survivors’ Association, Pink Zone Resource Center in the Cancer Pavilion at Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 11:30 a.m., 238-6220. 19 – Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, Foxdale Village, SC, 1:30 p.m., 867-6212. 20 – Cardiopulminary Support Group, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, Pleasant Gap, 2 p.m., 359-3421. 23 – Neuropathy Support Group of Central PA, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 2 p.m., 531-1024. 25 – Stroke Support Group, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, Pleasant Gap, 4 p.m., 359-3421. 25 – Multiple Sclerosis Support Group, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, Pleasant Gap, 6 p.m., 359-3421.

Music 1 – Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra presents “Spring Serenade,” Tavern Restaurant, SC, 1:30 p.m.,

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1 – Penn State School of Music: Penn State Jazz Festival Concert, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 7:30 p.m., 2 – Timothy Deighton, violinist, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County, SC, 3 p.m., 4 – DakhaBrakha, Schwab Auditorium, PSU, 7:30 p.m., 6 – Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience, State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m., 7 – Jazz in the Attic: Arthur Goldstein Quartet, State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m., 8 – Return of the Native Sons & Daughters, State Theatre, SC, 7 p.m., 9 – Penn State School of Music: Essence of Joy, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, PSU, 2 p.m., 9 – Amanda Silliker (mezzo-soprano) & Svetlana Rodionova (piano), Centre County Library Historical Museum, Bellefonte, 2:30 p.m., 9 – State College Area Municipal Band presents “Brassy,” Mount Nittany Middle School, SC, 3 p.m., 9 – Penn State School of Music: University Choir, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 4 p.m.,

SLAVIC CELEBRATION Sunday, April 23, 2017 • 4:00pm Mt. Nittany Middle School Auditorium Lisa O. Bontrager, Horn Music from Russia and Bohemia RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36 GLIÈRE:  Horn Concerto in B-flat major, Op. 91 DVORAK:  Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60 Tickets: Adults - $22 Students - $5

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13 – Get the Led Out, State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m., 15 – The Art of Music: Music of the Elizabethan Period, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 12:10 p.m., 17 – Penn State School of Music: Centre Dimensions Jazz Ensemble, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 7:30 p.m., 18 – Penn State School of Music: Inner Dimensions and Outer Dimensions Jazz Ensembles, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 7:30 p.m., 19 – Sarah Jarosz, State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m., 20 – Post Malone, Tussey Mountain Amphitheater, Boalsburg, TBA, 22 – Penn State School of Music: Glee Club Blue & White Concert, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 7:30 p.m., 23 – Penn State School of Music: Oriana Singers, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 2 p.m., 23 – Nittany Valley Symphony presents “Slavic Celebration,” Mount Nittany Middle School, SC, 4 p.m., 23 – Penn State School of Music: Concert Choir, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 4 p.m., 24 – Penn State School of Music: Philharmonic Orchestra, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 7:30 p.m.,

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26 – Penn State School of Music: Concert Band, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 7 p.m., 26 – Penn State School of Music: Symphonic Band, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 8:30 p.m., 27 – Penn State School of Music: Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 7:30 p.m., 29 – State College Choral Society presents “Spring Concert,” Grace Lutheran Church, SC, 7:30 p.m., 30 – Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra presents “Voices of the Silenced,” Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 3 p.m.,

Special Events 1 – Big Brother Big Sisters Gala, Centre County Youth Service Bureau, SC, 237-5731. 1 – Minerals Junior Education Day, Central PA Institute of Science & Technology, Pleasant Gap, 9:30 a.m., 1 – Kids Day, PA Military Museum, Boalsburg, 10 a.m., 1 – Run with the Law 5K, 200 Block of S. Allen, SC, 3 p.m., 1 – Rock the 80s, State Theatre, SC, 7 p.m.,

1-2 – Central PA Home and Garden Show, BJC, PSU, 10 a.m., 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Millheim Farmers’ Market, Old Gregg Mills Farmers’ Market, Spring Mills, 10 a.m., 6 – An Evening with Stacey Lee, Nittany Lion Inn, PSU, 7 p.m., 7 – First Friday, Downtown State College, 5 p.m., 7-8 – Real Relationships Weekend Retreat, Ramada Inn, SC, (814) 205-4193. 7, 14, 21, 28 – Downtown State College Winter Farmers’ Market, Municipal Building, SC, 11:30 a.m., 8 – State College Elks Lodge’s Children’s Easter Egg Hunt, Mountain View Country Club, Boalsburg, 11 a.m. 9 – Earth Day Birthday, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, SC, 2 p.m., 12 – Teen Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, SC, 8 p.m., 15 – Bellefonte Community Easter Egg Hunt, Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte, 1 p.m. 15 – Global Connections International Children’s Festival, Mount Nittany Middle School, SC, 2 p.m. 867-2531. 15 – Arts Crawl, various locations, PSU, 2 p.m.,

22 – Real Relationships Workshop, Ramada Inn, SC, 9 a.m., (814) 205-4193. 22 – Tree Hugger Trot Earth Day 5K, PA Military Museum, Boalsburg, 10 a.m., 867-3842. 22-23 – The Great War Remembered, PA Military Museum, Boalsburg, 25 – AAUW State College Wine Tasting Social, Happy Valley Winery, SC, 4:30 p.m., 26 – Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Northland Bowl & Recreation Center, SC, 5:30 p.m., 237-5731. 28-29 – Old House Fair, Match Factory, Bellefonte, 29 – Media Literacy Jamboree, Park Forest Middle School, SC, 8:45 a.m., 30 – Spring Scavenger Hunt, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, SC, 2 p.m.,

Sports For tickets to Penn State sporting events, visit or call (814) 865-5555. 1 – PSU/Ohio State, women’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, 1 p.m. 1 – PSU/NJIT, men’s volleyball, Rec Hall, PSU, 7 p.m. 1-2 – PSU/Indiana, softball, Beard Field at Nittany Lions Softball Park, PSU, 3 p.m. Sat., 1 p.m. Sun.

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2 – PSU/Ohio State, men’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, 7 p.m. 7 – PSU/Purdue, men’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, 4 p.m. 7-9 – PSU/Ohio State, baseball, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 6:30 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. 8 – PSU/Virginia, women’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, 1 p.m. 9 – PSU/Indiana, men’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, noon. 9 – PSU/Temple, men’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, 4 p.m. 11 – PSU/Bucknell, baseball, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 6:30 p.m. 12 – PSU/Ohio State, softball (DH), Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park, PSU, 5 p.m. 14 – PSU/Wisconsin, men’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, 4 p.m. 14 – PSU/Charleston (WV), men’s volleyball, Rec Hall, PSU, 7 p.m. 15 – PSU/George Mason, men’s volleyball, Rec Hall, PSU, 7 p.m. 15-16 – Rutherford Intercollegiate, men’s golf, Penn State Blue & White Courses, PSU, all day. 16 – PSU/Minnesota, men’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, noon. 16 – PSU/Monmouth, men’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, 4 p.m. 18 – PSU/Pittsburgh, baseball, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 6:30 p.m. 19 – PSU/Bucknell, softball (DH), Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park, PSU, 5 p.m. 20 – PSU/Maryland, women’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, 7 p.m. 21-23 – PSU/Rutgers, softball (DH), Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park, PSU, 6 p.m. Fri., 5 p.m. Sat., 1 p.m. Sun. 21-23 – PSU/Northwestern, baseball, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 6:30 p.m. Fri., 6 p.m. Sat., 1 p.m. Sun. 22 – Blue-White Game, football, Beaver Stadium, PSU, 3 p.m. 23 – PSU/Rutgers, men’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, 7 p.m. 26 – PSU/Lafayette, baseball, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 6:30 p.m.

Theater 1 – Penn State Centre Stage presents Barbecue, Pavilion Theatre, PSU, 2 & 7:30 p.m., 1 – Tempest Productions presents Medea, State Theatre, SC, 3 & 8 p.m.,

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The Broadway hit Rent comes to Eisenhower Auditorium April 6.

1-2 – State College Area High School Thespians presents How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, State High, SC, 7:30 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., 231-4188. 4-15 – Penn State Centre Stage presents The Light in the Piazza, Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, SC, 7:30 p.m. Mon.Fri., 2 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., 5 – The Art of Poetry: Ed Ochester, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 12:10 p.m., 6 – Rent, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 7:30 p.m., 8 – Jim Gaffigan, BJC, PSU, 8 p.m., 9 – Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema presents A Hero in Our Time, State Theatre, SC, 12:55 p.m., 11 – The Illisionists, BJC, PSU, 7:30 p.m., 12 – Jessica Lang Dance, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 7:30 p.m., 14-15 – Banff Mountain Film Festival, State Theatre, SC, 7 p.m., 18 – Annie, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 7:30 p.m., 18-19 – Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend, BJC, PSU, 6:30 p.m. Tues., 10:30 a.m. Wed., 19 – Out Loud: Poem in Your Pocket, Bellefonte Art Museum for Center County, Bellefonte, 7:30 p.m., 22 – Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presents Eugene Onegin, State Theatre, SC, 12:55 p.m., 25 – The Price Is Right Live, BJC, PSU, 8 p.m., 27 – National Theatre Live in HD presents Rosencrantz & Gildenstern Are Dead, State Theatre, SC, 7 p.m., 27-May 7 – The Next Stage Theatre Company presents Rain Dance, State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., T&G

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The Lighter Side Jokes aside, light beer has a storied history and strong ties to the craft brewing industry By Sam Komlenic Before there was light beer, there was “small” beer, a colonial staple made from the weaker second or third runnings from a brewer’s mash. Small beer was served as a nutritious, low-alcohol beverage that was consumed by nearly everyone on a daily basis, even children. How times have changed. Light beer, as we know it today, rules the beer market, making up more than half of all domestic production, yet the category is barely 40 years old. How did we get here, and who made this possible? Make all of the predictable jokes you’d like about light beer, because it’s the punch line for plenty of them, but it deserves more respect than anyone realizes. For one, it’s really hard to hide flaws in a beer with so little happening. There’s no room for the smallest imperfection, and considering the national brands are produced in dozens of breweries across the country, the consistency of the product is impressive. Light beer also shares its pedigree with the very beginning of the craft beer movement. No, really, and it all begins with one man. Dr. Joseph Owades (oh-WAY-dees) was one of the greatest brewing minds ever to work in the industry. Starting his brewing career at the Rhiengold Brewery in Brooklyn in 1960, he expanded the brewery’s laboratory until it became the most renowned in the city, routinely analyzing samples for other area brewers such as Schlitz, Ballantine’s, Piel’s, and Anheuser-Busch. He was the only PhD in the American brewing industry at the time. One day, Owades asked one of Rheingold’s owners if he’d be interested in a low-calorie beer that would contain very few if any residual carbohydrates. The man pointed to his own ample waistline and gave his blessing to the concept. Owades devoted a year to the project, searching for an enzyme that would consume nearly all of the starch in the malt extract from the brewer’s mash. Once identified, that enzyme, amyloglucosidase, was incorporated into a brewing regimen for commercial production. Working 82 - T&G April 2017

with brewmaster Anton Kreis, the team brewed the first low-calorie, low-carbohydrate beer, called Gablinger’s, in 1967. Because of the revolutionary nature of the product, Rheingold’s ad agency had a tough time coming up with a positive concept for the brand, and it failed after just three years. The struggling Rheingold Brewery folded along with the brand in 1969. But wait, there’s more! Enter the Peter Hand Brewery of Chicago. Hand contacted Owades, expressing an interest in producing a light beer. As his brewery was on its last legs, Hand was hoping for salvation, and he was betting on Owades’s formula. In 1971, Hand put his brewery’s Meister Brau Lite (note the spelling) on the market. It, too, was a flop, and the Hand Brewery closed soon after. That same year, Miller Brewing Co. was purchased by Philip Morris, pumping cash into the brewer and looking for what might be new and innovative in the industry to help them succeed on a grander scale. Miller purchased the assets of Peter Hand, including Meister Brau Lite. Miller recognized the potential it held and came up with “Lite Beer from


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Miller,” eventually becoming simply “Miller Lite,” launching nationally in 1975. Miller executives noticed that Meister Brau Lite, despite its overall failure, had been really popular in the small steel town of Anderson, Indiana. After some research there, they determined that men were indeed interested in light beer if it tasted good, and didn’t think that being low-calorie meant that it was for women only. This changed the way Miller approached its marketing for the brand. Emerging into an era that embraced diet soda and low-tar cigarettes, Miller’s strategy was to market the brand to men, using former sports stars as pitchmen. As we all know, the campaign was a rousing success. To give you an idea of the impact of the brand, consider this: three years before Lite was introduced, Miller’s sales were 5.4 million (31-gallon) barrels. Three years after Lite became part of its portfolio, it was brewing 32 million barrels per year. Anheuser-Busch, the leading brewer, was at 41 million barrels at the time. I worked for the now-defunct Centre Beverage in State College then, and I can tell you that Miller Lite was the hottest property in town. We received multiple truckloads per week from Miller’s Fulton, New York, brewery, and entire pallets of it went out the door as soon as they arrived. Multiply this effect hundreds of times and you can see how the phenomenon snowballed nationally. OK then, what’s the craft connection, you ask. Obviously, it’s Dr. Owades. He was not just the “Father of Light Beer,” he also was in demand 84 - T&G April 2017

for his knowledge of better beer. Owades started his own consulting firm in 1975 and worked with both big brewers and those just getting started, most of whom were then “contract brewers,” companies who owned brands that were brewed by regional brewers under contract. Those regionals were struggling with their own brands, and the contracts provided much-needed income, keeping many afloat during difficult times. Owades’s services were recruited by the likes of pioneers New Amsterdam (NY), Christian Heurich (DC), and Pete’s Wicked Ale (CA). After a move to California, Owades was approached by a fellow named Jim Koch, who had a beer recipe that had been his great-grandfather’s. It called for obsolete strains of barley and hops, and Owades adapted the recipe using compatible modern ingredients and techniques. That recipe became Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Owades taught courses in the art and science of brewing at Anchor Brewing in San Francisco until his death in 2008 at age 86, leaving a lasting legacy on the industry and the country’s beer drinkers. Light beer may not be your tipple, but it has had an undeniable impact on the beer-drinking landscape. When you’re out doing yard work this summer, don’t be ashamed to knock back a cold light beer or two. Then have a Sam Adams and consider the fact that the same man is responsible for both. Thanks, Joe! I am indebted to brewmaster extraordinaire Jaime Jurado, whose scholarly work, “A Brewing Legacy: The Story of Joseph Owades,” provided much of the information herein. T&G

Sam Komlenic, whose dad worked for a Pennsylvania brewery for 35 years, grew up immersed in the brewing business. He has toured scores of breweries, large and small, from coast to coast.

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See Special Event listings for Community Prayer event locations Boalsburg Military Museum Flag Pole, 7-8 AM Centre County Court House Steps, Bellefonte, 12 -1 PM Sidney Friedman Park (formerly Central Parklet), 12 -1 PM Tudek Park, Ferguson Township, 6 - 7 PM

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Old and New Traditions

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The Tavern’s new executive chef brings varied selections to menu

The Tavern fruit tart. Opposite page, pasta with Arrabiata sauce. Below, chicken Romano, battered in egg, fresh garlic, herbs, and white wine, finished with fresh lemon and olive oil.


For almost 70 years now, The Tavern Restaurant, located at 220 East College Avenue in State College, has been a Penn State tradition. The walls are a treasury of Pennsylvania and Penn State history, highlighting old photographs and rare lithographs. Originally opened in 1948 by two Penn State graduates John O’Connor (1938) and Ralph Yeager (1942), the restaurant has come a long way from its simple menu of spaghetti, steaks, a crisp tossed salad, French fries, and fresh French bread. Diners can now enjoy an array of fresh seafood, veal, prime rib, and pasta dishes. But the restaurant’s claim to fame is the unlimited side dishes with your entrée. Pat Daugherty and Bill Tucker, who had waited tables at The Tavern in the 1960s, bought the restaurant from O’Connor and Yeager in 1980. Sadly, Tucker passed away in 1995. Daugherty continues to hire all student servers. The Tavern has expanded seven times, and the building is actually three different buildings, built 2017 April T&G - 87

Top, roasted beet salad (golden and red beets with gorgonzola in a vinaigrette). Executive chef Curtis Biesecker.

at different times, which are now connected. In 1982, the Adam’s Apple bar was added to The Tavern. A lot has changed over the years, but it’s still a favorite among alums and visitors alike. In September, Altoona native and Culinary Institute of America graduate Curtis Biesecker joined the well-established staff as The Tavern’s new executive chef. 88 - T&G April 2017

“The goal is to continue serving diners what they have come to expect, but also freshen up the menu with new twists on old favorites,” he says. “We are concentrating on fresh seafood and using as much local produce as possible.” Biesecker has worked under world-class chefs at restaurants in Key West, Telluride, New York City, and Pittsburgh before returning back to Altoona where he went on to become head chef at the Casino at Lakemont Park, the US Hotel in Hollidaysburg, and The Phoenix in Altoona. In addition, he taught culinary classes and ran his own catering business for many years. His passion for food and love of travel has taken him and his family around the world sampling different cuisines. He is excited to bring that food experience to The Tavern. “My sister and brother-in-law were both Penn Staters who worked for Pat in college and stayed in touch with him over the years. They found out that Pat needed some help in the kitchen at The Tavern and asked me to reach out to him,” he says. “In my past head chef positions, we did everything from scratch, had a garden, made bread daily. So my approach to The Tavern’s menu is to gradually introduce new items like our porchetta, chicken Romano, and roasted beet salad.” Opened for lunch and dinner, The Tavern makes fresh soup every day, from a French onion to the seafood bisque. New lunch specials may include house-made pulled pork BBQ sandwich and Yuengling beer-battered Lake Victoria perch sandwich. In the coming months, Biesecker wants to introduce diners to different varieties of unique seafood dishes such as sting ray. Other entrees may include risottos, cioppino, a classic seafood stew, pasta with Arrabbiata sauce, and pork osso bucco with creamy, parmesan polenta. Biesecker envisions a late-night bar menu that features Spanish tapas-style foods. “During the week, we would like to do some bourbon or wine pairings,” he says. “And then, for Sundays, expand our brunch buffet offerings to be more seasonally inclined.” T&G For more information about the restaurant, check out The Tavern Web site at thetavern. com. For reservations, call (814) 238-6116. 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, 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 21 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, 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.

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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 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.

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Hoss’s Steak & Sea House, 1454 North Atherton Street, State College, 234-4009, 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 available at

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Inferno Brick Oven & Bar, 340 E. College Ave., 237-5718, 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, 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.

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Mario’s Italian Restaurant, 272 N. Atherton St., 234-4273, 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, 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, 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.

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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.

Good Food Fast Baby’s Burgers & Shakes, 131 S. Garner St., 234-4776, 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.



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Barranquero Café, 324 E. Calder Way, 954-7548, 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. Fiddlehead, 134 W. College Ave., 237-0595, Fiddlehead is a soupand-salad café offering soups made from scratch daily. Create your own salad from more than 40 fresh ingredients. 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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Irving’s, 110 E. College Ave., 231-0604, 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, 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 saints logo.white2.eps 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

Saint’s Café, 123 W. Beaver Ave., 238-5707, Established in 1999, we are inspired by travel and a passion for exceptional coffee. Come try our espresso drinks, pour-over coffee, pastries, and free WiFi. Cafe Hours: Monday-Saturday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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From Grief to Giving

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Marisa Vicere has taken the loss of her sister to create a foundation filled with inspiration and hope

Town&Gown founder Mimi Barash Coppersmith (left) talks with Jana Marie Foundation founder Marisa Vicere at the Deli Restaurant in State College.

Marisa Vicere founded and became president of the Jana Marie Foundation in 2012 after losing her sister, Jana Vicere, to suicide in 2011. The foundation is committed to helping young people navigate through the tough transitional teen years as well as educating parents and community members about mental and emotional health. The Jana Marie Foundation has implemented numerous programs, including the Straight Talk for People Who Care About Kids seminar series, Candid Conversations video series, Wellness Forums For Young Women, and the Stompers Project — a major community project that is using art to bring people together and open up discussions concerning mental and emotional health. In February, the foundation began its latest project, Mokita Dialogues, which are held the fourth Thursday of every month at New Leaf Initiative in the State College Municipal Building. A different topic is discussed each month, and the event is open to the community. The April dialogue is April 27 and deals with food security. Born and raised in State College, Marisa Vicere left the area to attend Susquehanna University Sigmund Weis School of Business and graduated cum laude in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in global management and 98 - T&G April 2017

marketing. In 2015, she graduated from Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business with an MBA. She currently lives in State College with her 21-month old son, Reggie. Town&Gown founder Mimi Barash Coppersmith sat down with Vicere at the Deli Restaurant in State College to discuss what programs are available to the community through the Jana Marie Foundation and how the organization works with mentalhealth professionals in the area to educate parents and empower young people to overcome adversity. Mimi: I’m honored to have the opportunity to update our readers about some of the remarkable things you’ve been able to accomplish because your heart wanted to do it. Marisa: Thank you very much. I’m honored to be here with you. Mimi: Now I must make a confession, and I’m a little teary-eyed. I, too, lost a sister to suicide, but I’ve not done anything in my volunteer life in that regard, and here you’re making a career out of it. Explain just a bit what made you do it. Marisa: I lost my sister a little over five years ago to suicide. After she passed, there were just a lot of “what if” questions and wondering what else I could have done to help her or provide her with additional support. I wanted to find a way to remember Jana. I also wanted to let other families know that they are not alone and that there are resources available if they or someone they know are struggling. Mimi: What a rewarding thing that has got to be for you in a short period of time.

Marisa: It is. Every day is different and has moments where I can tell that Jana is shining down on us. We try to keep our programs in line with her interests, using art, creative expression, and music to educate about mental health and to provide opportunities for personal growth. Mimi: Give us a couple examples for our readers to let them know what you’ve done here. Marisa: One of the programs we run is the Stompers Project by Jana Marie Foundation, which started in 2015. We use recycled sneakers that have been deconstructed and painted by community members to create 6-feet, 4-inch sculptures of people, symbolizing stomping out the stigma that surrounds mental and emotional health. Mimi: Now was that your idea? Marisa: It was. When I was little, I visited Switzerland with my family and there was an ecoartist, HA Schult, that had an exhibit in the mountains. We hiked about two miles to find his work, hundreds of soldierlike statues created out of scrap metal and

recyclable materials. When contemplating our next project, that image kept popping up in my mind. I thought it would be really powerful to create something similar out of sneakers, tying in a unique curriculum to educate about mental wellness and providing opportunities for community members to share parts of their stories. Mimi: What are the tangible results? Do you have any stories to measure a difference that you’ve made? Marisa: Jana Marie Foundation and our community partners have made 13 stompers to date. One of my favorite stories is from Park Forest Middle School. We created a curriculum around healthy ways to cope with stress and anxiety. The participants, over 100 students, participated in activities to help identify sources of stress, practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques, and engage in conversations about what stress feels like. The last part of the project was naming the newly created sculpture — they decided it should be “Take Flight” because

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what they learned was how to lessen that burden so they could fly, but the sneakers reminded them to stay grounded, remember where they came from, and to always give back to the community and support one another. Mimi: And those were in fifth and sixth grade? Marisa: Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. Mimi: Wow! Marisa: The insight we can gain from students when we engage them through art projects and conversations is incredible. Jana Marie Foundation provides a safe space to allow students to listen, share, and connect. That’s what I love most, creating that space. Mimi: Do you think your programs like this have a residual impact on kids’ realizing how it is better to be nice to kids than not nice? Marisa: I hope so. With the YMCA of Centre County, we focused on the importance of community and helping one

another. During our time with the Delta Program in 2016, we talked about finding acceptance with ourselves and with others. We often search for common ground during our sessions to help students realize that we are all in this together and are all connected in some sort of way. Mimi: How do you spread this into something even larger? Marisa: In 2016, Jana Marie Foundation launched a new program: Mind Matters, the power of mindfulness, hardiness, and positive mindset. I developed the course with the support of Dr. Leo Flangan from the Center for Resilience in New York and Dr. Peter Montminy from a Mindful Village in State College. We received initial grants through Mount Nittany Health and Centre PACT to develop a course and have secured additional funding to help us expand the reach. Mimi: What is Centre PACT? Marisa: It’s through Centre Foundation. They have youth that identify an issue

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facing their peers, look into organizations that can help address that issue, and provide grant funding to programs that they deem to be effective solutions. The grant from Centre PACT was around $1,500. We were able to develop the two-hour course and pilot the program in Centre County with the initial funding we received. We secured additional funding from the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention in Pennsylvania Schools and Colleges Initiative, so we have now made the course available to schools across Pennsylvania. Mimi: Really? What size grant did they give you? Marisa: It’s a three-year grant of $10,000 a year. Mimi: Is a lot of mental health, particularly among young people, linked to the drug scene? Marisa: It can be. In the case of my sister, when she was really going through tough times, she would start to self-medicate

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through prescription drugs and street drugs to try to cope with what was going on inside of her. I think that is often the case. There often are co-occurrences between mental health and addiction. Mimi: Then recovery becomes increasingly difficult. Marisa: Very much so. Mimi: So this resilience course, who is it designed to help? Marisa: The course is designed for middle and high school students and teaches them practical tools and techniques to help them build resilience. We all face adversity in life, so by learning these techniques, it helps students overcome challenges and thrive while doing so. Mimi: Your background in marketing has been a great help to you in opening doors that most people might be afraid to knock on. You seem pretty laid back to be a person demonstrating the initiative that it takes to undertake what you’ve decided to do. Love

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must be a part of it. Marisa: Love is a big part of it. It’s what drives me — the love and the passion for what we do. Mimi: And who you lost. Marisa: And who I lost and who I can help. It is a really big driving force. Mimi: What is your annual budget? I hope that we can raise you some money as a result of this time. Marisa: Our budget is about $120,000. Mimi: Well the numbers you’ve mentioned so far don’t add up to that. Is the rest given in miscellaneous contributions? Marisa: Yes. Community support makes a big difference. Whether it’s through a financial contribution or the gift of time by volunteering — it is all vital to our success. We are so grateful that the community has been so supportive over the past five years, and we look forward to continued growth. Mimi: You’re essentially in the life-saving business. How closely do you work with the

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mental-health professionals that are in our community? Marisa: We work very closely. Jana Marie Foundation believes in the power of collaboration and the benefits it brings to the community. We work with the Centre County Mental Health office, Tides, Skills of Central PA, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Women’s Adventure Club of Centre County, and others. That’s one of the great things about Centre County, there are a lot of great resources here, and we all really care about making as big of an impact as we can. Mount Nittany Health is another amazing partner of ours. Their health-needs assessment shows that mental health is still one of the top priorities in this community, as well. Mimi: I can’t help but sit here and be so very impressed with what you’ve accomplished so far. I’ve avoided revealing to my readers that you also have a young son. Tell me how do you keep up with it all.

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Marisa: Every day is a new day, full of new adventure. It’s so fun and energizing! Mimi: Many people spend a lifetime trying to figure out what they’d really like to do. I get the impression that you started your real career after you stopped working for profit and followed your dream. Marisa: I believe I have. Life takes you on unexpected twists and turns, sometimes good, sometimes hard. While the circumstances were difficult, I believe I was presented an opportunity to pursue many of my passions in a new way. For this I am grateful. Mimi: I do believe you’re going to make a measurable difference. Good luck every step of the way. Marisa: Thank you very much, and thanks for taking time to meet with me today! T&G

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“ When I began volunteering I looked at it as a way for me to help my community. Through the course of my work as a victim advocate I have come to realize that my message to clients/victims – you do not deserve to be treated this way, you are valuable and worthwhile, you deserve love and respect is meant as much for me as for them. Each client I assist helps me understand that as a survivor myself, I too deserve better. Being a volunteer affords me the opportunity to help others and help myself. The CCWRC exists to make sure women, men, and children understand that abuse is NEVER acceptable, rape is violence and no means no. Our role in the community is valuable beyond measure. “ -Volunteer Counselor/Advocate

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Artist of the Month

The Need to Paint Working on her abstract art helps Melinda Curley gain a better understanding of her life experiences By Rebecca Poling Penn State alum and longtime marketing expert Melinda Curley, a Pittsburgh native and current State College local, has turned over a new leaf in life. After working in the marketing field for numerous companies and agencies, she decided to go back to school to earn her master’s degree in poetry, and, from there, she discovered her passion for painting abstract art. “I started to paint to help my writing, and then after I started to paint, I found out that I liked the painting better,” she says. “I liked the more visceral, hands-on experience of painting, so, it’s always been my goal to combine painting and poetry.” Her artistic process is to first complete a painting and then write a poem about it. That way, she can more fully understand the painting and the emotional connection behind her artistic technique. “Painting helps me understand my own experiences. So when I go through life and have different experiences and then I paint, I have a much deeper

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understanding of what my experiences are,” she says. “Now it’s a necessary part of my life.” She has exhibited her works at many different shows, including juried art shows at Charles Krause Reporting Fine Art in Washington, DC, the Art Association of Harrisburg, and the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania. She also had a solo exhibit at the Bellefonte Art Museum of Centre County as well as multiple shows at Old Main Frame Shop & Gallery in State College, including during BlueWhite weekend. Recently, she has been displaying her pieces at the Kish Bank on Allen Street in downtown State College. This Blue-White weekend, April 21-23, she and former Penn State football player and current artist Matt Rice will be exhibiting their works in the exhibit, State of Blue, at Old Main Frame Shop & Gallery. Rice, also known as Mateo Blu, now lives in Baltimore. “I had had two shows BlueWhite weekend with Old Main Frame, and it was suggested to me that we include Matt this year, and I was excited. I thought it was a great idea in that it would create more interest,” says Curley. It is not often that artists collaborate on pieces together, but that is exactly what Curley and Rice did for this exhibit. The mixing of their abstract styles and backgrounds in their collaborative pieces is not only astonishing but also tells a story on a whole other level. “We pulled off something we both wanted to see universally on a microscopic level,” Rice says. “We both come from extremely different backgrounds,

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and we came together to build something. We united and we created a whole new universe, a whole new feeling within that form of art. We were so immersed in the creation, it was very powerful.” The dynamic artist duo first met through a mutual connection, Jean Forsberg, a retired Penn State professor who now teaches art in the community. Curley and Rice have both taken private lessons from Forsberg. In fact, they completed their collaboration pieces for the exhibit in Forsberg’s studio.

“It has honestly been a journey,” Rice says. “The connection not only with our professor, Jean Forsberg, but when people are like-minded and have the same energy, you kind of just click. Melinda and I clicked. I was very interested to see how we would blend together. The combination of urban kid and the suburban housewife — that intrigued both of us. It was bigger than the stereotypes, and when you step into art, there’s no separation, there’s no mistakes. Going through that journey with Melinda opened up my view to art.” Curley finds that coming together with Rice sends an important message to the public during the current state of our country right now. “I like it especially now with the divisiveness in our country, and I like the example that says No, we don’t have to be divisive, and we’re all the same on the inside,” she says. Curley and Rice differ in their backgrounds and in their artistic works, but they come together effortlessly and seamlessly when painting together. “We so naturally came together to create this painting that was not Matt’s style, not my style, but a third unique vision that was the complete integration of Matt’s work and my work to create something that is different than our own individual works,” says Curley. “Matt just makes me a better painter. He makes me take more risks and he makes me edgier, which is a really good thing.” When asked about his thoughts on the Penn State football team this past year, Rice was proud of not only the Big Ten championship but also the young men’s level of maturity on and off the field. “For their situation and their age, they stepped up and handled things with a level of maturity that is greater than the record they achieved,” he says. “That loss [at the Rose Bowl] didn’t matter to me. They went out champions all the way. We will come back this year even stronger.” T&G Melinda Curley and Matt Rice will be exhibiting their abstract works during their show State of Blue April 21-23 at Old Main Frame Shop & Gallery, 136 East College Avenue in State College. A reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. April 21. For more information, call (814) 237-3442. 2017 April T&G - 107

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Bringing Comfort and Information Leaders of Parkinson’s support group help those affected by the disease By Rebecca Poling

From left, Anne Kubat, Stacy Pribulka, and Nikki Etter.

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a disorder of the nervous system that affects movement of the body. Early symptoms of the disease develop gradually and can be barely noticeable. Some common early signs include changes in voice, difficulty swallowing, tremors in hands, and changes in gait. April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, and Anne Marie Kubat, also known as Kitty, and Nikki Etter, both speech pathologists at Penn State’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program, along with Stacy Pribulka, a social worker at Foxdale Village Retirement Community, lead a Parkinson’s disease support group for area residents. The Centre County Area Parkinson’s Support Group allows people with Parkinson’s disease in Centre County to help one another in battling this debilitating disease. “When I first started my career, I worked at a rehab hospital and I had never had a lot of exposure to Parkinson’s disease in my training, but then I started seeing a lot of patients at that rehab hospital with a PD diagnosis,” says Kubat. “What I found really interesting is that this population of patients research Parkinson’s. They know so much about their disease and want to know more. That impressed me early in my career and continues to impress me now.” Etter, a Parkinson’s disease researcher, also worked at a rehab hospital before coming to Penn State. She was always interested in the adult-neuro population and wanted to discover more about Parkinson’s disease in general. 108 - T&G April 2017

Kubat was involved in a support group in Lafayette, Indiana, when she moved to State College in 2015. She hoped to continue to be involved in a Parkinson’s group. During spring of 2015, she took over as facilitator of the support group. Etter came during the summer of that year, and Pribulka joined as cofacilitator a few months later. The Centre County Parkinson’s Support Group meets the third Wednesday of each month from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Foxdale Village Retirement Community in State College. Since 2015, attendance at a typical support group meeting has grown from six or seven people to a consistent crowd of 15 to 20. “We typically will do some sort of guest speaker or occasionally we will do breakouts where we break up into small groups and will talk about issues that concern the small groups,” Etter says. When asked about advances in treating Parkinson’s disease, she explains how researchers are learning more about how to better treat the progression of the disease so that people with Parkinson’s are maintaining a higher quality of life for a longer period of time. Researchers also are now able to identify the disease earlier, which helps patients maintain that quality of life. Besides the Parkinson’s support group, there are other resources in the State College area that will be of help to people with Parkinson’s, including Mount Nittany Health, the HealthSouth Parkinson’s disease program, the Area Agency on Aging, and Penn State’s Communication Sciences and Disorders therapy clinic. “You want to help people, you want to reach out, you want to connect and somehow improve that quality of life, and this group does help us achieve that goal,” says Etter. Kubat adds, “And I think providing education and offering the opportunity for support really does make a difference in the lives of people with PD and their partners.” T&G

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