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Returns More young professionals, including Gavin Fernsler (above left), are finding their ways back to the region to continue their careers, or start new ones, and enjoying rediscovering all that the area has to offer





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77 26 / 12 Months of Giving Town&Gown’s yearlong series continues with a look at Bridge of Hope • by Brittany Svoboda

30 / Happy Returns More young professionals are finding their ways back to the region to continue their careers, or start new ones, and enjoying rediscovering all that the area has to offer • by Lori Wilson

66 / A Love Story Captured in Bottles After her husband died in a skydiving accident, Kathy Brown picked up his passion for creating impossible bottles. Through a book she wrote and published and bottles she has created, she is finding a purpose in her loss • by David Pencek

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38 / Four to Remember A quartet of student-athletes at Penn State — Maggie Lucas, Tim Frazier, Ed Ruth, and David Taylor — who have made big impacts in their respective winter sports are winding down their memorable careers. While each is wearing the blue and white for the final times, they each consider the school, their teams, and this community home • by Matthew Burglund

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60 / Celebration of Good Health

On the cover: Photo by Darren Weimert. The Fernsler family (clockwise from top left — Gavin, Uli, Julie, and Boden) moved to State College in 2011 from China. For Gavin, it was a return to the region after growing up in State College and attending Penn State.

Penn State’s College of Nursing marks 50 years of preparing students to care for people close to home and around the world • by Rebekka Coakley

Special Advertising Section 47 / Women in the Community Town&Gown’s 18th annual edition of profiling some of the remarkable women in the region

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Letter From The Editor Starting Off On Center: Count Basie Orchestra and New York Voices reunite for concert Health & Wellness: Doctors look for ways to help an increasing number of patients deal with chronic fatigue This Month on WPSU Penn State Diary: School was on target, and also way off, in predictions What’s Happening: Rock the 80’s, NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, and Happy Valley’s Got Talent highlight this month’s events From the Vine: PLCB site offers more options and can make finding the right wine easier Taste of the Month/Dining Out: Dolce Vita Desserts offers many tasty treats Lunch with Mimi: HealthSouth CEO helps hospital bring award-winning service to area State College Photo Club’s Winning Photos Snapshot: New Centre Foundation director looks to grow organization’s impact

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The Valley Is Calling Many Home While many spend years away from this area, they find themselves returning to the place they love I never really thought about it when I started attending Penn State football games at the age of six. Nor when I was a student at Penn State in the early 1990s. Nor when I made trips here to cover the Nittany Lions for various newspapers in Pennsylvania. To me, Happy Valley was a great place to visit. To actually return here to live and maybe raise a family? Eh, maybe, but, again, it never really crossed my mind. But now that I’ve been back here since the fall of 2005, I can honestly say, Why wouldn’t you want to come back and live here? And as recent trends have revealed, I’m not alone. Town&Gown found several young professionals who are part of a growing number of people who have recently returned to the region to continue their careers. They’re profiled in Lori Wilson’s story “Happy Returns.” Then there’s the man who will be Penn State’s next president. Eric Barron spent 20 years at Penn State, including serving as dean for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences from 2002 to 2006. Eight years later, including the last four when he served as president of Florida State University, he has decided to return to Happy Valley. So what is it about this humble place that eventually calls out to many to come back? Maybe it’s just their love for Penn State or, if they grew up here, their hometown. Those are obviously major factors, but I think there’s also something else going on here.

It might not be surprising to read that during those years before I moved back, I really didn’t spend much time outside of the Penn State campus and downtown State College when I came for visits or work. That’s pretty much all this region had to offer, right? Since my return, I’ve obviously found that’s far from being accurate. Over these past nearly nine years I’ve met many amazing people, become familiar with many of the outstanding organizations that are helping others, and enjoyed many of the entertainment options here beyond fall Saturdays in Beaver Stadium. This place, I believe, has something for everyone. Maybe you have to look a little harder than if you were living in a major metropolis, but it’s all here — and I think word has definitely gotten out about that. This is a major nonmetropolis — for outdoor lovers, art lovers, sports lovers, people who want to raise families, people who want to retire, people who want to make a difference and become involved in their community, people who want to start their own businesses. To borrow from a recent branding campaign, we are so many things that live here. And now when I think about having a life here with my family and being a part of this community, all I can say is, Why didn’t I think of it earlier?

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Eric Barron will become the 18th president of Penn State when he succeeds Rodney Erickson in May.

Former dean returns to lead Penn State The Penn State board of trustees named Eric Barron to become the 18th president of the university. A former dean at Penn State, Barron is currently the president at Florida State University, his alma mater (he graduated from Florida State in 1973 with a degree in geology; he also earned a master’s degree and PhD from Miami (Florida) in oceanography). He will begin his new position at Penn State on May 12, succeeding Rodney Erickson. Barron, 62, has served as Florida State president since 2010. Prior to that, he held several notable positions in higher education including dean of Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences from 2002 to 2006. He had been a member of the Penn State faculty since 1986. From 2008 to 2010, he served as director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. “My wife, Molly, and I spent 20 years at Penn State, where I served as a faculty member, center director, and dean,” Barron said at the announcement of his hiring. “In that time, I learned what it meant to

continually strive for excellence — to make every year stronger than the year before. I also came to understand the power of this community. We are unbeatable when we are working together for a common purpose. It is an honor to lead this great university.” Barron, who grew up in Lafayette, Indiana, was given a five-year contract at an annual salary of $800,000. The contract also includes a one-time payment of $200,000 upon hire, followed by a $200,000 retention payment at the end of the year for each of the last four years of the contract. Upon completion of the five-year contract, the university will pay Barron $1 million. He and his wife, who have two grown children, Emily and James, will live in Schreyer House on the Penn State campus. During a press conference after his hiring, Barron discussed the scandal involving Jerry Sandusky that led to heavy sanctions against the Penn State football team. “Of course those events were incredibly painful and saddening to all those people that loved Penn State University, but what I see is a university that has really taken control of compliance and is no doubt now a model [for other universities],” he said. When asked how Penn State will approach the legacy of former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, Barron said, “I watched all of his great strengths as a faculty member, as a dean, as someone who loves this institution, but in my view, whatever we do we have to make sure that we do it with a high sense of dignity and honor, and sometimes that takes time.” During his time as president at Florida State, Barron directed the school’s rise to become the most efficiently operated university in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. Gary Tyson, Florida State’s faculty senate president and trustee member, told the Daily Collegian that “Eric came to FSU at a time of turmoil, and his steady leadership helped us turn the tide. Faculty morale is at an all-time high, our academic rank has consistently improved during his tenure, and he was very successful in forwarding the case for increased funding with the state legislature. “This is a loss that we all feel, but we wish him the best, knowing that he is going from a family that he has known since his time here as a student to the PSU family that has been his home for most of his academic career. I suppose that we borrowed him from Penn State for four years, and we are much better for it.” T&G

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Community David Glen David Glen, a sophomore on Penn State’s men’s ice hockey team, underwent a bone-marrow donation procedure after he learned he was a match through the national marrow-donation program, Be The Match. Glen participated in the program through the Match4Kim Drive, which was held in November 2012 in support of the mother of Penn State men’s lacrosse player Drew Roper. Glen, an assistant captain for the Lions, missed two games due to the procedure but said he’s “just excited to have had the opportunity and be able to help someone out.”

Chet Gottfried Local author Chet Gottfried of State College recently published his new book, The Gilded Basilisk, and it is available at Amazon and other major book retailers. Gottfried, who was one of the winners of Town&Gown’s Masters of Fiction contest in 2009, lives with his wife and is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association. The book’s description reads, “Add a basilisk, a dragon, and weirdragons to the mix-up of a theft going from bad to worse: Friends become enemies and enemies friends, wars loom, and the intrigues threaten the fate of two kingdoms.” He also has another book, Einar and the Cursed City, scheduled to be released this month. Natasha Hoffman/ Chad Weaver Natasha Hoffman and Chad Weaver won the American History contest held by the Bellefonte Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Each wrote an essay on “The Lives of Children during the American Revolution.” Hoffman, a student at Natasha Hoffman Centre County Christian Academy, was the fifthgrade winner. Weaver, a student at Centre County Christian Academy, was the sixth-grade winner. Each essay was sent to the state chairman of American History to be considered for the state awards. The winners at the state level go to Washing- Chad Weaver ton, DC, during the DAR Continental Congress, and will read their essays and compete with winners from other states. The Bellefonte Chapter contest was open to every fifth- through eighth-grade student in Centre County. T&G

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Q&A with Ted Christopher, artistic director of Penn State Opera Theatre By Sarah Harteis

For the last six years, Ted Christopher has been director of Penn State Opera Theatre. In addition to overseeing and directing multiple productions at the university, he was recently named the first Agnes Scollins Carey Memorial Early Career Professor in the Arts. With this endowed professorship, he plans to produce and perform in a brand new opera that would be difficult to do without the granted professorship. On April 4 and 5, the State Theatre will open its doors to present Penn State Opera Theatre’s performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. Christopher took time to share with Town&Gown some thoughts on the show and about his personal life. T&G: What makes the upcoming performance of Pirates of Penzance different from other productions? Christopher: The great thing about this show is that it showcases the terrific performers from the School of Music and the School of Theatre as well as the community. We have multiple generations in the cast! A current senior in the School of Music is playing the leading lady. Her

sister, who graduated from Penn State in 2008, and her father, who works at Penn State, are both in the ensemble. As well, the Major General is being played by School of Theatre faculty member and Broadway performer Raymond Sage, so that will be a real treat for the audience. T&G: What is your vision for the future of opera at Penn State? Christopher: I see tremendous energy and momentum for developing the visibility of opera theater both as training for students and as entertainment and enrichment for the community. I’ve been here since 2008 and have gotten such support from the university as well as the community. A big part of what I do here is bridge-building and connecting the dots of everything that goes into creating opera theater. Opera is a big event and requires the integration of many forces, and I am lucky to be so supported in that endeavor. T&G: Would you say that showing the Met Opera Live in HD at the State Theatre has been successful? Christopher: Absolutely! It is the finest opera performances up close and personal for $20 a ticket and not $200! Plus it creates an audience and interest in what is happening locally at Penn State Opera Theatre. T&G: Can you tell us a little bit about what it means to you to be the first Carey Memorial Early Career Professor in the Arts? Christohper: It means a lot to have the work acknowledged and appreciated. I am grateful, humbled, and very excited about the project this endowment will help make possible. T&G: What future goals/plans do you have for yourself? Christopher: I am committed to the growth of Penn State’s Opera Theatre. Plus, I am excited to see what the intersection of teaching, performing, and directing will be for me in the future. It’s a fun place to be. Mainly though, I try to be a decent dad and husband. If I’m not doing a good job at that, not much else matters! T&G


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1989 “Day Care with a Calling” looked at the Easter Seal Society of Centre-Clinton Counties as it marked its 35th year of helping children with disabilities. Christina Krepps, whose daughter, Alexa, was a participant at the time, said, “The care at Easter Seals is among the best in this area. Alexa cries on Saturdays and Sundays when there is no pre-school for her to attend.” 2000 “Maiden Voyages in a Masterful World” profiled three women who had found success in fields where “few women have gone before.” One of the women was sports publicist Mary Jo Haverbeck, who died earlier this year. Penn State hired her in 1974 to generate publicity for the school’s programs in women’s athletics. Haverbeck said, “I visited newspapers, TV and radio stations. When they told me, ‘We don’t have time or space to cover women’s athletics,’ I just kept pitching good story ideas to them. I think people want to read interesting stories about athletes, whether it’s a man playing basketball or a woman playing tennis.” 2012 “Daisy’s Dream” helped celebrate the Girl Scouts’ Town&Gown 100th birthday. Centre County Dynamic Duo district attorney Stacy Parks Miller talked about being part of a Brownie troop when she was growing up in a rural area. “It is a great way for young girls to discover themselves and maybe hidden talents they did not know they had. We need our young ladies to be confident in trying new things, and Brownies is an excellent way to make experiencing new things enjoyable.” T&G Inside: Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years • Hot breakfasts are served at local restaurants

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Pennsylvania Reunion Count Basie Orchestra and New York Voices team for April 3 concert at Eisenhower By John Mark Rafacz

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra and New York Voices came together in Pittsburgh on February 10, 1996, to record a live album at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. On April 3, the big band and the vocal quartet get together in Pennsylvania again — this time at the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State — seeking to re-create the magic that won them a 1997 Grammy Award. Pianist and bandleader extraordinaire William “Count” Basie died in 1984, but the big band that carries his name and upholds his legacy of Kansas City-style swing still sizzles almost 80 years after its debut. “There’s no debating the fact that the present edition of the Basie Orchestra is a first-rate ensemble,” writes a critic for The orchestra, directed by Scotty Barnhart, returns to Eisenhower Auditorium for the first time since 2007. Barnhart, a trumpet soloist with the Basie orchestra for 20 years, leads a big band that’s garnered 18 Grammys — the most of any jazz orchestra. Barnhart, a professor of jazz trumpet and jazz studies at Florida State University, succeeded Bill Hughes as director in September. He discovered his passion for music while being raised in Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. baptized him. In addition to his work with the Basie band, Barnhart has performed and recorded with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall, Quincy Jones, Barbara Streisand, and Natalie Cole. Last year, New York Voices, an ensemble that had its beginnings at New York’s Ithaca College, celebrated a quarter century of elegant group singing rooted in jazz but with branches into Brazilian, R&B, classical, and pop. “New York Voices lives up to its reputation

The Count Basie Orchestra performs with New York Voices April 3 at Eisenhower Auditorium.

as the most exciting vocal ensemble in current jazz,” writes a Boston Herald reviewer. “… To collect such quality voices in one group is rare enough, yet the real trick of New York Voices is how well they mesh.” Darmon Meader, Kim Nazarian, Peter Eldridge, Sara Krieger, and Caprice Fox formed New York Voices and had their first performances as a group in 1988. Krieger retired from the ensemble in 1992 and was succeeded by Lauren Kinhan. In 1994, Fox left, and the remaining foursome was fixed as the group that continues to record and tour 20 years later. New York Voices, which performed at Eisenhower in 1996, has appeared across the planet in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Blue Note (New York City, Tokyo, and Milan), and the Zurich Opera House. In 2013, the vocal quartet released Let it Snow, a holiday CD, and New York Voices Live with the WDR Big Band. Earlier recordings include A Day Like This, Sing! Sing! Sing!, Brazilian Dreams with Paquito D’Rivera, and New York Voices Sing the Songs of Paul Simon. T&G Foxdale Village, a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community, sponsors the concert. 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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As Americans, on average, get less and less sleep, complaints of fatigue are not unheard of from the average adult. However, people who suffer from chronic fatigue deal with much more than just feeling tired from time to time, and many of them are never diagnosed. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that between 1 and 4 million people in the United States have chronic fatigue, but only 50 percent of people with it have sought medical help. Benjamin Natelson, director at the Pain & Fatigue Study Center and Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan, John Solic, MD, (left) teaches patient liaison Lisa says chronic fatigue is severe fatigue Moranduzzo, RPSGT, how to operate a CPAP machine at that is usually not relieved by rest, and the Mount Nittany Medical Center’s Sieg Neuroscience may not have any medical explanation. Center. getting less and less sleep,” he says. “There have “Some people gradually develop it been some studies going as far back as the late and their doctor cannot find any cause,” he says. 1950s and 1960s where they interview various “I don’t make the diagnoses unless the activity segments of the population and asked what perhas been reduced substantially in either work, centage of people get eight hours of sleep per school, or in their personal life. In other words, night and the people who don’t — that number if someone has just a little fatigue but otherhas been increasing each decade, basically.” wise they’re doing very well, that’s not chronicFor Sonnia Stitzer, a patient of Dr. Solic’s, the fatigue syndrome.” effects of living with chronic fatigue are all too There isn’t a single cause to chronic fatigue real. since there is a huge range of things that can Stitzer, whose symptoms began about a demake people feel tired, such as medications, cade ago, says her constant fatigue altered her medical conditions, depression, stress, and famlife. ily history, says Dr. John Solic, a sleep-manage“It makes you tired so you don’t do as much ment physician with Mount Nittany Physician and you don’t have much time to do the things Group. you want to do with family, and stuff like that,” Solic says it is estimated that there are probshe says. “On weekends I would usually have a ably 50 to 70 million adults in the US that get marathon sleep — like all day on Saturday, I less sleep than they need. This can be for a varislept as much as I could. If I wasn’t doing anyety of different causes, including one’s job, stress, thing, I was trying to sleep.” sleep disorders, and even being overweight. Stitzer was originally tested for her fatigue “Actually, it’s been something that has been about five years ago, but it wasn’t severe enough evolving over a long period of time that, espefor doctors to take action. However, her sympcially in the United States, people have been

toms progressively worsened over the years. Her husband would report that she had been making “awful noises at night,” which included snoring and gasping for breath. But the last straw for Stitzer came in July 2013, when she had fallen asleep at the wheel while she was driving. “Thank God my husband was with me!” she says. “I pulled off the road and told him, ‘I cannot do this anymore.’ ” The terrifying event sparked her to finally seek help once again. It was discovered that she has sleep apnea, which is a sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during their sleep. Now Stitzer uses a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine at night, which helps increase air pressure in a person’s throat so that their airway does not collapse when breathing in, according to WebMD. Solic says he deals with a lot of patients who have sleep apnea or restless-leg syndrome, and these are medical conditions that can cause sleep deprivation and chronic fatigue. Patients who have sleep apnea usually have symptoms such as loud snoring or frequent awakening during the night, and they often wake up not feeling refreshed even if they slept for reasonable amounts of time. Chronic fatigue is not something that necessarily lasts forever but there are some people who have fibromyalgia (long-term, bodywide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues) and chronic-fatigue syndrome, and nobody knows exactly what causes it, Solic explains. “Is it the pain from the fibromyalgia that makes them get less sleep or is it the fact that they don’t sleep well that worsens the pain?” Quiet introvert looking says Solic. been pretty well shown in laborafor“It’s someone who loves to read books really loudly.

tory studies that people who are sleep deprived, it only takes a couple nights before their pain threshold goes way down. So the question is What’s the chicken and what’s the egg?” Since the population as a whole is becoming more overweight and obese, sleep disorders associated with that also are becoming much more prevalent, Solic says. “There isn’t one single cause, but it is a serious public-health problem, no question about it,” he says. “All the big players in public health — the CDC, the National Institute of Health, the Institute of Medicine — they all feel that chronic sleep loss and deprivation is really a big problem in the United States today.” There isn’t a particular formula that people can use to overcome their chronic fatigue, Solic says, it all depends on what the underlying condition is. Some symptoms of chronic fatigue are tiredness, sleep problems, cognitive problems, achiness, and even flu-like symptoms, says Natelson. He also says chronic fatigue seems to affect 80 percent of women compared to just 20 percent of men, and peaks about age 45. Sedentary people also are a little more at risk, as are those with a history of depression and anxiety. But both doctors agree that each person is different. “I’ve seen normal, healthy, and successful patients just get sidelined from chronic fatigue,” Natelson says. Over a long period of time, chronic sleep deprivation or chronic fatigue has been shown to lead to other health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and even premature death. The most significant issues with people who have chronic fatigue and chronic sleep deprivation are drowsy driving and auto accidents, Solic says.

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The CDC estimates that there are more than 1,500 deaths per year and about 100,000 personal-injury accidents due to chronic sleep deprivation and fatigue. Solic also says he has seen a study from Harvard that reports that people with sleep deprivation and chronic fatigue can cost businesses more than $63 billion a year in lost productivity because people have attention lapses, their reaction time is slowed down, and they make more mistakes. While there is no definitive cure for chronic fatigue, there are some things one can do to help manage it, especially if your fatigue is caused by a sleep disorder. Solic says he tries to have his patients at Mount Nittany Medical Center’s sleep clinic (Sieg Neuroscience Center) to practice “good sleep hygiene,” which includes going to bed at the same time every night, getting up at the same time every day, and not staying in bed if you can’t fall asleep. Some other tips include keeping the bedroom cool, dark, and free of

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Bridge of Hope provides rental assistance to combat homelessness By Brittany Svoboda

(Editor’s note: This is the third of Town&Gown’s yearlong series profiling organizations, groups, and individuals who do noteworthy work to help others — and who also could use your help in aiding those in need. Each month, you’ll have an opportunity to read about these people and organizations in our communities, and maybe be able and even be inspired to provide some help to them. If you have a suggestion for our “12 Months of Giving” series, e-mail She does what she can for her children to stay off the streets. She’ll sleep with her kids in their only car or in a friend’s living room. She’s the one you don’t see and don’t hear about. She’s one of the “invisible homeless,” which is exactly what Bridge of Hope Centre County is trying to prevent. Bridge of Hope works to combat homelessness for single women with children in Centre County. By providing rental assistance, Bridge of Hope effectively helps women with children find affordable housing. “People don’t think we have homelessness in State College,” says Kelly Swisher, Bridge of Hope board member and communications and development committee chair. “That’s a big misconception — we do! You don’t see them sleeping on College Avenue, but they can’t sustain themselves.” Bridge of Hope, a United Way agency, is located

at 1315 South Allen Street in State College and is part of a national organization that started 25 years ago in Lancaster and Chester counties. Today, there are 20 Bridge of Hope locations in 12 states. “It was a couple women within their church saying, ‘We need to serve single women,’ ” says Regina Diller, executive director of Bridge of Hope Centre County. “They saw a need and addressed how to best serve the homeless single moms.” Bridge of Hope Centre County has been serving women for about four years. During that time, it has helped 11 single moms and 19 children. “We are a faith based Christian organization,” Diller says. However, the women who get assis- Regina Diller, executive tance through Bridge director of Bridge of of Hope do not have Hope Centre County. to profess any kind of faith to be in the program, she says. “[But] that’s why we’re here. Our staff and board are from local church congregations.” Bridge of Hope serves single moms experiencing, or who are at risk of experiencing, homelessness by paying a portion of their rent on a decreasing scale, Diller says. “In this area, it’s really hard to find affordable housing,” she says. “ ‘Affordable’ here is an eschewed form of affordable. Students throw that off for single moms.” A typical apartment in State College with multiple bedrooms can cost $1,200 per month. “If you divide that between two or three people, it’s cheaper. But the mom still needs that space, and

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she cannot afford that,” Diller says. A solution many people turn to, she adds, is moving outside of State College, which poses transportation issues if the mom doesn’t have a working vehicle. In order to receive rental assistance through Bridge of Hope, women need to apply and be accepted into the program. Since the organization is still young in the world of nonprofits, not many people know about it. Due to this, Bridge of Hope relies heavily on church presentations about it, and on other local organizations such as Centre County Women’s Resource Center, Housing Transitions, Strawberry Fields, and CareerLink to refer women to apply to the program. A woman interested in receiving help or learning more about Bridge of Hope makes the first contact with the organization. “It’s that empowerment and letting her steer the ship,” Diller says. The application and selection process takes usually six to 10 weeks. “Because we invest so much time and energy and a lot of money, we need to make sure the women we take into our program are as ready for us as we are to serve them,” Diller says. Bridge of Hope just finished bringing in three women out of 11 applicants to the program. The reason so many women were turned away, Swisher says, is because of finances. “We’ll support as many women as we can afford,” she says. “They were all good applicants,” says B.J. Weaver, the family-resource coordinator and case manager for Bridge of Hope. “We just had to whittle it down because of funding. But if we had the funding, we could’ve easily taken all the women.” A woman assisted through Bridge of Hope Centre County experiences a three-way partnership between herself, a social worker, and a churchbased mentoring group during the 12 to 24 months she is with the program, Diller says. “At the top is the mom. She’s the guiding force in the whole program,” she says. Weaver works with the mom to help her find a home. She also will facilitate her relationship with her mentors as well as help her establish goals such as job training and budgeting. After a woman is accepted into the program she is almost immediately matched with a mentor group, which, according to Diller, is the component that sets Bridge of Hope apart from all others. “That is the key to the success of the program,” she says. “The mentors come from local church congregations.” Eight to 12 individuals volunteer to administer a friendship with a single mom and be her support

network in the community during the time she is with the program, and often times beyond that, Diller says. “So many of these women may not be from the area or they might not have a healthy support system in the area,” she adds. “They are there to be her support group. They are there to say, ‘You can do this, and you’re doing a great job.’ ” As well as meeting goals they set, the moms also work on budgeting and sustaining their family on the income they have. Bridge of Hope Centre County does pay a portion of each woman’s rent while they are in the program, but they do it on a decreasing basis. According to Diller and Bridge of Hope’s annual report from 2012-13, it takes about $12,000 each year to support one family. This number is based on the cost of a two-bedroom apartment in State College, Diller says. In order to fund this, Bridge of Hope relies on community donations. To help raise awareness and money, the organization has several fundraisers during the year. It’s largest is the Mother’s Day 5K Fun Run/Walk. This year, the event takes place May 10 at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg. Diller says she hopes the event will raise between $15,000 and $20,000 for the organization. Another event that benefits Bridge of Hope is the monthly “Taste of Home” charity dinner, which is sponsored by Home D Pizzeria/Robin Hood Brewing Co. For $75, each person attending gets a five-course gourmet meal as well as two wine pairings, and a portion of the proceeds are donated to Bridge of Hope. The Law Dogs Motorcycle Club, Central PA chapter, will have its annual Poker Run on May 3, and proceeds from this year’s event will go to Bridge of Hope. Swisher and Diller say that Bridge of Hope Centre County is looking for volunteers as well as board members. “We’re always looking for mentor groups, too,” Diller says. The goal, she says, is to have the mentor group together before a woman starts the intake process, so she has constant support as soon as she is accepted. Bridge of Hope relies on church presentations to spread the word about mentoring. Anyone interested in that or doing a fundraiser, such as a spaghetti dinner, should contact her. T&G For more information about Bridge of Hope Centre County and to register for fundraising events, call (814) 237-HOPE or visit

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It’s often said that you can’t go home again, but for some area residents, you can, and be pleasantly surprised. While Happy Valley is an ideal place to grow up or attend college, for many, their residencies are temporary. Once they start their careers, they don’t necessarily intend to come back to live in the area until, perhaps, retirement. But an increasing number have found themselves back in the area, for reasons both personal and professional, during the prime of their careers, and they’re enjoying becoming reacquainted with all that it has to offer.

While he lived in China, Gavin Fernsler took time to tour the Great Wall with his family, including son Boden.

For Gavin and Julie Fernsler, their move to the area in 2011 was closely tied to fortunate timing. Gavin, 41, was born in State College and attended Penn State, where his parents met and have lived ever since. He studied economics in college, taking advantage of an opportunity to study abroad in Germany, an experience he says, “opened his eyes” to life outside of State College. After graduation, he went to work in Switzerland for two years and then attended the

American Graduate School of International Management in Arizona. Following that, he went to work for Delphi, a components arm for General Motors, where he met Julie, who would become his wife and who worked for GM. Gavin and Julie earned overseas assignments while working with Delphi and GM. They were both happy to be working in China where the auto market and economy were booming. The timing also was fortunate, given the economic downturn in the US and the bankruptcies of Delphi and GM. “It was really good timing for us,” recalls Gavin. Gavin and Julie spent about six and a half years in Shanghai. They had two sons while there — their oldest was born in China, and their youngest in the US. But having extremely busy schedules and being so far from family had them considering change once again. “Child care is super reasonable in China,” explains Julie, 44, “but what became quite clear to us was that our schedules were just so busy. When you’re working for an American company, you’re constantly calling back to the US, and your schedule is insane. Thinking ahead to homework time with the kids, we began to wonder how we’re supposed to help them when we’re on the phone all night?” At about the same time they had begun these discussions, Gavin took a trip home to State College to visit his parents. Over lunch, a friend mentioned to him that there was a finance position open at the Bellefontebased company Restek, a developer and manufacturer of chromatography columns and accessories. Gavin decided to submit his resumé and was invited back for formal interviews. He was offered the job from there. “The timing seemed to be serendipitous,” he recalls. While their move mostly had to do with family, Gavin also explains that a lot of it had to do with the job. “I wasn’t willing to come back and just work anywhere,” he says. “Restek is an employeeowned company. I had always worked previously for large public companies, and was always try-

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ing to satisfy some faceless shareholder out there, so now to work for a relatively small company that’s actually owned by the employees, I really enjoy it. You really get to enjoy the fruits of all your hard work, as do your coworkers around you. So that was one of the things that attracted me back here.” Now having been in State College nearly two and a half years, the Fernslers have found that the proximity to schools, activities, and work have helped in achieving that work-life balance they had hoped for in China. Julie, who works part-time for the Office of Global Programs at Penn State, and continues to do freelance work for the automotive industry, explains that commutes here aren’t what they are in other parts of the world, which helps in parental duties. With both kids enrolled in a local charter school and attending a Chinese community school on weekends, having these resources available and close by have been pleasant surprises. “Our kids attended an international school in Shanghai, so it was important to us that they had language instruction as part of their education here,” explains Julie. “There are a

number of foreign families here, so members of the [Chinese] community get together and teach children in their language. It’s been great for us and something we didn’t necessarily expect, especially the fact that it is so open and organized.” Another benefit has been the recreational activities in the area. Gavin explains that skiing at Tussey Mountain has been one of those “cool” experiences he remembered as a child and is now enjoying with his own kids. Others who have returned to the area explain that it took living away from the area and moving back to truly appreciate all that it has to offer. State College native Matthew Shetler, an accountant, spent his entire childhood here before enrolling at Penn State,

“Having grown up in State College, and then living away in New York City, it really took me time away to fully understand the many benefits the area has to offer.” — Matthew Shetler

Matthew Shetler, a State High and Penn State grad, returned to State College last year with his wife, Laura. 32 - Town&Gown March 2014

where he majored in finance and minored in international business. His wife, Laura, grew up in Maine, in what he describes as an environment similar to State College. “Having grown up in State College, and then living away in New York City, it really took me time away to fully understand the many benefits the area has to offer,” says Shetler, who returned to State College last year. “Having lived a city life, my wife and I decided that a place like State College would prove to fulfill many of our long-term goals regarding family and work-life balance.” While State College is often seen as a very family-friendly area, there are aspects that appeal to those at other stages in life, too. According to Rose Snyder and Kristen Rodman,

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who are both recent Penn State graduates, coming back to Happy Valley for them meant seeing their college town in a whole new way. “Returning to State College in a capacity not affiliated with the university has certainly been a change,” says Rodman, who returned to the area in 2013 and is an online journalist for AccuWeather Inc., in State College. “At first I found it difficult to find a niche outside of what I

“I think after being here and working in this town and in this school district, I realized that it is unmatched and superior to many others.” — Rose Snyder did in college, but I’ve come to find that I enjoy some of the same things and shy away from others. After living abroad in a large city, readjusting to a small-town atmosphere took some time, but along the way I’ve come to enjoy some of the things the area has to offer like local dairies such as Meyer Dairy, farmers’ markets in the summertime, and multiple hiking trails.” Rodman, 23, grew up in Lansdale, near Philadelphia, and studied public relations and advertising at Penn State. Her family relocated to San Diego while she was in college, and after gradua-

Rodman returned to State College to work for AccuWeather and be closer to her boyfriend.

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tion, she moved to California with her family and coached a high school swim team, while searching for a full-time position. “I absolutely love San Diego and California, however, my life, connections, boyfriend, friends, and most of my family were on the East Coast, so I decided that I wanted to move back east,” she recalls. “While I’d choose sand in my shoes over snow any day, I felt that I would be happier on the East Coast at this point in my life.” Although relocating back to State College was never in her original plan, she has found that AccuWeather has been a great place to launch her career. Aside from her job, familiarity with the area, cost of living, and having her friends and boyfriend nearby have all been positive factors in her move back to the area. Snyder, a sixth-grade teacher at Mount Nittany Middle School, studied elementary education and middle school math while at Penn State. The 24-year-old grew up outside of Pittsburgh, in Harmony, and never intended to go to Penn State, and certainly didn’t intend to come back after graduation.

“I always thought I would go somewhere smaller,” she recalls. “My family all went to smaller schools, so I just thought I would too. I thought that was going to be better for me.” After visiting campus on a recruiting trip for swimming, she realized she had spoken too soon. The environment on campus and downtown grew on her, and she began to see why so many alumni stay connected to the university and the students. Because of swimming, she spent an extra semester at Penn State. During her last semester, she student-taught back in Pittsburgh and lived at home. “That was kind of me saying, ‘Well, I’m done with State College,’ ” she recalls. “I knew I would definitely be back for football games with my family and whatnot, but I never intended on moving back here. I thought that the door was closed and my time limit was up.” Upon graduating, she began subbing in schools in the Pittsburgh area and also coached swimming. Although she was building her connections there, she still maintained contact with the State College Area School District, having

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“We are fortunate to have within our borders excellent education and health-care systems, and abundant cultural, historical, sporting, and outdoor recreational opportunities to satisfy a variety of interests.” — Vern Squier, CBICC President/CEO However, she got the opportunity she had been hoping for when Mount Nittany Middle School offered her a full-time position last year. “When I got the call from Mount Nittany, I thought ‘Oh wow! this is great!’ but at the same time, I was nervous about moving. I had started to get settled in Pittsburgh,” she says.

Despite her hesitations, she accepted the position, and soon it became very clear that returning to Happy Valley was the right decision. “Everything fell into place from there,” she says. “I found a roommate the very next day, and we got an apartment the day after that.” She soon found that the positives surrounding the area dispelled any hesitation she had initially felt about the move. “I think after being here and working in this town and in this school district, I realized that it is unmatched and superior to many others,” she says. “With the amount of support that parents have with their child and their education, and the support you get as a teacher and educator … you don’t always find that in other places. I could be here the rest of my life.” In an effort to attract and retain these types of individuals, organizations such as the Chamber of Business and Industry Centre County (CBICC) have made it their mission to strive for a more balanced economy and greater diversity in professional opportunities in the area. “From a quality-of-life standpoint, Centre County is a desirable place to live, offering



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small-town friendliness and big-city entertainment,” explains Vern Squier, president/CEO of the CBICC. “We are fortunate to have within our borders excellent education and health-care systems, and abundant cultural, historical, sporting, and outdoor recreational opportunities to satisfy a variety of interests.” Work is being done, though, to bolster the economy through cutting-edge research and development coming out of the university, and creating a culture that fosters entrepreneurship. “The opportunities that would open up from such developments would also help to attract and retain skilled talent that typically leaves the area upon graduating from Penn State,” explains Squier. Economic and employment reasons aside, those who have relocated back to the area all agree that at the heart of their experience is the community. “I would say that State College is like any other town in the fact that there is something for everyone if you search and find it,” says Rodman. “And a relatively low cost of living, a largely safe community, and a friendly atmosphere are added benefits to all that the area has to offer.” For Snyder, understanding how special this

community is starts at a young age. “I often ask my sixth graders if they liked growing up here, and they look at me and say ‘Of course, Miss Snyder, why wouldn’t we?’ ” she explains. “They all are very ecstatic about their childhood memories here.” Shetler, 29, adds, “Although a fantastic job opportunity played a large part in my ultimate decision to come back to the area, endless amounts of sporting events, a lively nightlife scene, and an energetic community were the deciding factors.” Having not grown up in the area, Julie Fernsler explains that many of her family members were surprised to learn of all the opportunities available for her kids. “Some of my family members have said, ‘You have all of that there?’ ” she says. “They mostly know the area because of football, but they are surprised by all that my kids are doing with language instruction. Having these types of resources is probably one of the best surprises of living here.” T&G Lori Wilson is a freelance writer and works in marketing for the Penn State Smeal College of Business.

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Four star student-athletes from Penn State’s winter sports teams — (clockwise from above) David Taylor, Tim Frazier, Ed Ruth, and Maggie Lucas — are wrapping up their collegiate careers after excelling in their sports and beyond.

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Four to Remember A quartet of student-athletes at Penn State — Maggie Lucas, Tim Frazier, Ed Ruth, and David Taylor — who have made big impacts in their respective winter sports are winding down their memorable careers. While each is wearing the blue and white for the final times, they each consider the school, their teams, and this community home By Matthew Burglund Everyone who comes to Penn State does so for their own reasons. Some are more obvious than others. For some people, they come to get away from somewhere else. For others, it’s to stay close to home. Some are searching to define themselves, while others want to see what the world can give them. It’s an eclectic thing, this Happy Valley. Yet, this spring, four Penn State studentathletes who came here for different reasons will wrap up their remarkable careers in a similar way: by knowing that they produced some of the best athletic achievements the proud school has ever seen. Maggie Lucas of the Lady Lions, Tim Frazier of the men’s basketball team, and wrestlers Ed Ruth and David Taylor will end their collegiate

careers this semester with plenty of records in hand and memories to take with them. They achieved a lot on the hardwood or on the mat, and they did it proudly wearing the Penn State colors. But for as much as Penn State gave the four stars, the Happy Valley community knows it received so much more in return. It seems the decision to attend Penn State benefited not just the athletes, but it also made the State College community stronger. “I didn’t have much experience with Penn State before I came here,” says Taylor, an Ohio native who is one of the most decorated wrestlers in school history. “The ‘We are Penn State’ thing was something I had only heard about. But it sort of trickled down to me. Now I know.”

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Lucas will finish her career as the second-leading scorer in Lady Lion history, behind only Kelly Mazzante.

w A matter of trust

The road that brought Maggie Lucas to State College wasn’t all that long. Yet when she was a star basketball player in high school, at Germantown Academy near Philadelphia, she had her pick of colleges that were offering her scholarships. But for Lucas, the decision came down to one simple word: trust.

At the time, the Penn State women’s basketball team was at its lowest point in decades, having won just 28 of its previous 60 games under second-year head coach Coquese Washington. But whatever Washington was selling when she recruited Lucas, the sharp-shooting guard was willing to buy. “Penn State had been having a rough couple years,” Lucas recalls, “and people asked me, ‘What are you doing?’ But I had trust in Coquese. She told me I’d get to play with a lot of great people, and I believed her. I told those people, ‘We’re going to try to win a national championship,’ and I think we’ve proved a lot of people wrong.” Since Lucas arrived on campus in the fall of 2010, she has taken Happy Valley by storm — scoring points almost at will and leading the Lady Lions to a shocking turnaround. At the end of January 2014, Penn State had gone 91-27 in the threeplus seasons since Lucas arrived, and the Lady Lions have won the last two Big Ten titles — and, by late February, were closing in on a third consecutive title. The defending Big Ten Player of the Year, Lucas is the second-leading scorer in program history, behind only Kelly Mazzante. “I think we, as a team, have done a great job here,” Lucas says. “Everyone came here with a job to do and they embraced it. Coquese put the faith into it, and everyone believes in what she saw. We believed that if we trusted in each other, we could be champions.” Lucas was initially drawn to Penn State to help turn around a program that had fallen on hard times. But along the way, she found herself becoming part of a family with ties strong enough to last a lifetime. That’s what she’ll take with her when she leaves State College, with her degree in hand. “When I first came to Penn State, I was extremely homesick,” she says. “I felt like I needed to be back in Philly, close to my family. But being here has given me a second family. It’s just an unbelievable experience to be here. The community has been so supportive. I am really fortunate to be a part of this community.”

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Frazier came back from his torn Achilles tendon injury he suffered in 2012 and will leave Penn State as the Lions’ all-time leader in assists.

w Long road home

The first time Tim Frazier saw snow on the ground, he could hardly believe his eyes. Until he arrived on the Penn State campus in 2009, the Texas native had seen the cold white stuff only on his television. Nowadays, though, snow on the ground means Frazier is home. Raised along the Gulf of Mexico, in Houston, Frazier surprised a lot of people when he chose Penn State. He was expected to go to a Big 12 or SEC school closer to his home. Instead, he gambled on a growing program, knowing he’d receive a good education along the way. “I came here because there are great academics at Penn State,” he says. “Because of that education, I’ve already got job offers lining up if I want to pursue them. I wanted to come here and achieve some things, and I have done that. But what means the most is the relationships I have built.” On the basketball court, he quickly blossomed into one of the top players in the Big Ten. His career, though, came to a crossroad early in the 2012-13 season, when he suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the fourth game of the

Nittany Lions’ schedule, ending his season. Frazier could have finished up his business degree in May 2013 and hit the road, but he felt there was more for him to accomplish. So he underwent grueling rehabilitation and returned to the Nittany Lions this season. And in February he became the program’s all-time assists leader, breaking the record set by Freddie Barnes (1988-91). “That was a tough period of my life,” he says. “I had been playing basketball my whole life, and I wasn’t able to play the game I love. But missing it gave me a great attitude — that everything happens for a reason, and that there’s a plan for me. I just try to enjoy each day, because tomorrow is not promised to anyone.” And now, five years after Frazier arrived on an airplane from Texas, he’s used to the snow and the cold weather, and he feels like coming to Penn State was the perfect decision. “I couldn’t ask for anything better,” he says. “It really is a family atmosphere here. We fight through adversity together. It shows what kind of people we have here by how well we stick together.”

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This month, Ruth will be looking to win his third consecutive individual national title.

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w A new family

The decision was actually pretty easy for Ed Ruth. He grew up not too far from Penn State, in the state capital, Harrisburg, and he wanted to stay close to home so his family could attend his wrestling matches. So, despite having offers from a wide range of universities, joining head coach Cael Sanderson’s Nittany Lions seemed like a perfect fit for Ruth. He didn’t want to go far from home and risk being unhappy. He knew staying close to Harrisburg was the answer. “I wanted to be close to my resources,” says Ruth, who entered his senior season on a 68-match win streak and with two NCAA championships under his belt. “I just didn’t want to go too far away. I knew that if I was going to be somewhere for the next four or five years of my life, I wanted to enjoy it. That was a big part of my decision.” Ruth was a solid wrestler in high school, but he has really blossomed at Penn State, where he rolled up a 102-2 record his first three years in the program, which included NCAA titles as a sophomore and junior. And he has been a key part of Penn State’s reign as NCAA champions

each of the past three seasons. His goal for this year, predictably, is to go out in style with a third consecutive individual NCAA crown. “That,” he says, “would make me very happy.” After that, Ruth has designs on going to the 2016 Olympics, in Rio De Janeiro, and he says he will work hard to make that happen before he gets on with his life, with his communications degree in hand. But he isn’t thinking too much about his career coming to an end. Instead, he’s focusing on his next match. “I’m more excited about the next step than the end,” he says. “But this isn’t the easiest sport in the world. It takes dedication and there are a lot of long days.” It hasn’t been easy for Ruth, but his climb to the top of the mountain was well worth it, he says. He ended up part of a new family that supported him along the way. “It’s a great school,” he says. “There’s a great community and I love it. Everyone feels like a part of the family here.”

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Taylor is looking to win a second individual national title this month, and lead Penn State to a fourth consecutive team title.

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w A perfect detour

David Taylor will quickly admit he wasn’t supposed to come to Penn State. He was originally recruited by Iowa State out of Graham High School, in St. Paris, Ohio, by then-coach Cael Sanderson, and he planned on a career with the Cyclones. But when Sanderson was hired as Penn State’s wrestling head coach in 2009, Taylor changed his mind and followed Sanderson to Happy Valley, despite his relative lack of familiarity with the school. “I had an unusual way of getting here,” Taylor says, “and it was a last-minute decision, but I’m really happy I did it. When it’s all said and done, it was a great decision.” Under Sanderson’s tutelage, Taylor has been a dominant force on the wrestling mats. He enters the final period of his college career having won an NCAA championship and the Dan Hodge Trophy — as the nation’s top wrestler — (both in 2012), all while winning match after match and helping the Nittany Lions win NCAA team titles his first three years of college. It’s all part of the plan for Taylor, who cites his mental toughness for his success. “I want to be the best,” he says. “I want to be the

best there is in this sport. That’s how I’d like to be remembered. That’s my main focus — my only focus.” For Taylor, the accolades are nice, but what he really relishes is his future, something he feels was brightened by his decision to follow Sanderson to Penn State. “The Olympics, absolutely, are my goal,” says Taylor, who is pursuing his master’s degree. “My long-term goal is to be an Olympic champion, and after that, I don’t know. But between now and then, I want to stay at Penn State, get a degree, and continue to train.” And as for this year? “I want another national championship for myself,” he says, “and a fourth one for the team. I’m going to do everything I can to make those things happen.” And when it’s all said and done, he knows his decision to enroll at Penn State was the right one. “I didn’t realize how strong of a tie there is with the community here,” he says. “So now I consider State College my home, and I’m proud to say that.” T&G Matthew Burglund is assistant sports editor of the Indiana Gazette.

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Executive Director, Global Connections 427 Boucke Building University Park

Merrill directs Global Connections, a United Way member agency that builds community across cultures with education, direct assistance, cultural exchange, and community outreach programs that serve the Centre Region. She has greatly expanded Global Connections’ existing programs and developed new community collaborations that bring internationals and Americans in our area together and promote global-mindedness. Sponsored by Fulton Bank

Dean University Libraries & Scholarly Communications, Penn State 510 Paterno Library (814) 865-0401

Now in her forth year as dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, Dean Dewey continues to be energized by Penn State’s passion for and the Libraries’ role in creating knowledge and educating students to be leaders and problem solvers for a complex world. Advancing the components for the 21st-century Penn State Libraries continues to be her goal. Sponsored by The Penn State Bookstore

Liz Dudek

Marie Doll

Executive Director Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania 818 Pike St., Lemont (814) 234-2740 Marie was one of the founders of the Ar t Alliance in 1968 and returned to the nonprofit nine years ago as Executive Director. She is excited to be helping this community ar ts organization in its mission to promote the visual ar ts through exhibitions and classes for all ages.

State Farm Agent Liz Dudek Insurance Agency Inc. 1464 Martin St. (814) 238-1562 Originally from Bedford, Liz earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh and worked in banking before becoming a State Farm Agent in 2012. She is proud to represent the #1 U.S. home and auto insurance company and ready to help clients when the unexpected happens. Liz serves on the Builders Association of Central PA board and volunteers with United Way and Special Olympics.

Tracy Everhart, OTR/L Outpatient Therapy Services Manager HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital 550 W. College Ave., Pleasant Gap 814-359-3421

Tracy is an occupational therapist and Outpatient Therapy Services Manager, overseeing the operations of HealthSouth’s three outpatient clinics. A committed therapist and leader,Tracy has 20 years of experience in occupational therapy, and seven years at HealthSouth. Tracy recently completed the STAR Clinician® certification, an oncology survivorship specialty certification that provides advanced knowledge and skills related to the care and rehabilitation of the cancer survivor. Tracy earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Mount Aloysius College.

Linda Gall

Community Volunteer Linda leads with her time, talent, and treasure. Among the organizations she helps sustain are United Way,The Bob Perks Fund, Schreyer Honors College, Galaxy, Palmer Museum,The State Theatre, Pink Zone, and the Arts Festival. Her work and wisdom set a remarkable example for volunteer leadership and commitment to the community. Thank you, Linda, for making such a difference. Sponsored by Centre Foundation.

Moriah Gause

Jean Galliano

Vice President Corporate Banking Division Fulton Bank 1952 Waddle Road, Suite 106 814-234-1893

With 23 years of experience in commercial lending, Jean enjoys her role at Fulton Bank as a Relationship Manager. Since 1992, Jean has provided a full range of banking services, including lending and cash management products, to businesses in the Centre Region. Jean has served on both the Grace Prep High School and Nittany Christian School Boards and remains involved in both organizations. Jean, her husband, and three children reside in State College.

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Owner & Licensed Massage Therapist A Step Beyond Massage Therapy 431 E. Beaver Ave. (814) 441-9331

A licensed massage therapist for 14 years, Moriah recently opened her newly expanded downtown office; offering a wide range of therapies including Swedish, hot stone, and couples massage, as well as infant and couples massage classes. She is an expert in deep tissue massage, working through one layer at a time to minimize discomfort. Moriah’s business caters each massage to meet the client’s individual needs. Sponsored by Gilmore Construction

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Women in the Community Michelle Hagan

Sue Haug

CEO The Porterfield Group 3939 S. Atherton St. (814) 404-7554

Board Secretary Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 403 S. Allen St., Suite 205A (814) 237-3682

Michelle star ted wor king with Eric Porterfield’s Distance Learning Network 17 years ago, loved it, and has stayed in media production with him ever since. She has worked on numerous Telly Award winning programs. Her most recent project, “365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley,” premiered in December, following on the heels of “The Joe We Know.” Michelle is working on a new film to be released in November.

Sue brings to CPFA her expertise as director of the School of Music at Penn State. After serving on the faculty at Iowa State for 30 years and as head of the Department of Music for 15, she came to State College in 2005. She has developed a town-and-gown partnership to reestablish the Music at Penn’s Woods Summer Orchestra Festival, now a thriving organization. She enjoys supporting the Arts Festival as a volunteer, donor, and of course, consumer. Sue travels frequently to Wisconsin to visit her two grandchildren.

Carol Herrmann

Connie Hayes

CEO, Kish Travel Vice President for Administration and Communications Kish Bank 2610 Green Tech Drive (814) 861-4660, ext. 8269

Community Volunteer Connie is a native of the region, moving to State College ten years ago with her husband Bill, of Kish Bank. Connie uses her creative brand of fundraising to benefit many organizations. Currently, she is on the advisory board for the Palmer Museum of Art. Sponsored by Designer’s Studio

Carol leads Kish’s travel division in delivering Kish’s “expect more” touch to provide travelers remarkable and memorable moments, be it the family trip of a lifetime, a romantic honeymoon, or efficient, timely business travel. Carol and her team partner with Kish’s family of businesses — Kish Bank, Kish Insurance, and Kish Financial Services — to provide clients a one-stop shopping center for their travel and financial service needs.

Abbie Jensen

Patricia House

Executive Director Bellefonte Art museum for Centre County 133 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte (814) 355-4280

Pat retired from her museum career in the Western U.S. and moved to Bellefonte to be close to grandchildren but found that she missed her work. So she began turning the historic John Blair Linn House into a free-admission ar t museum. Today the museum has three galleries of Pennsylvania Ar tists, a larger gallery showing works from other cultures, a children’s creative center, 250 members, and a new kids’ camp this summer. Pat enjoys traveling to Africa every winter as par t of a safari company.

Executive Officer Builders Association of Central Pennsylvania 2038 Sandy Drive, Suite 100 (814) 231-8813

Abbie began working for the Builders Association in 2009 and has been executive officer since 2011. She says every work day is different, from lobbying legislators to writing newsletters to planning major events like the March 14-16 Home Show. Abbie practically lives at the Bryce Jordan Center during the show, which she says will be more challenging this year because she and husband Reidar have a 7-month-old daughter, Pippin.

Sponsored by S&A Homes

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Cheryl M. Johnson

Executive Director Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund P.O. Box 313 State College, PA 16804 (814) 571-9715

Executive Director, PICCC Inc. 2595-1 Clyde Ave. (814) 237-8998

A recognized leader, Cheryl champions wor kforce development, economic development, and youth career growth and participates in partnership activities that strengthen businesses, individuals, and communities throughout the USA. A certified senior professional in human resources, she works with local, regional, and national entities. She volunteers with several community organizations, has been one of PA Business Central’s top 100, a Town&Gown Citizen of the Year, Bedford Chamber 2012 Excellence in Education, and presenter/facilitator for many organizations.

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After 37 years with the Youth Service Bureau, Norma retired in 2009, only to jump back into human services last fall when she learned the Bob Perks Fund needed a director. She enjoys supporting Centre County operations while helping people in Blair, Clearfield, and Huntingdon counties learn about the Fund’s mission: to ease the financial burden of individuals and families who are battling cancer by providing funding for basic necessities so they can focus on their treatment and recovery.

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Women in the Community Barbara “Bobbi” Korner

Sangeeta Kishore

Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Senior Risk Officer Kish Bank

A veteran financial executive with over 20 years in banking, Sangeeta focuses her exper tise on growth strategies for Kish Bancorp, as its Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Senior Risk Officer, and a member of Kish’s senior management team. She also serves on various management committees. Sangeeta earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business after completing master’s in economics and MBA degrees from two institutions in India: Lucknow University and the Birla Institute of Technology.

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

Bobbi over sees the College’s academic units plus the Center for the Performing Ar ts, Palmer Museum of Ar t, and Penn State Centre Stage. She is co-director of the Leadership Institute of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and chaired the PSU United Way Committee. Sponsored by Penn State Retail Campus Dining

Christine Lichtig

Fran Levin

Executive VP/Managing Partner The VML Group 201 E. Beaver Ave. (814) 777-5011 After more than 30 years in the hotel industry, Fran started a new digital marketing career in January 2013 with The VML Group.Thanks to its diverse talent pool, Fran says,VML has gained an extraordinary customer base over the past year, drawing on the partnership’s community and industry knowledge to expedite the word of mouth for clients. “We laugh, we have fun, and we get the job done,” Fran says.

Volunteer, Palmer Museum of Art A tireless volunteer, Christine was a museum docent for almost twenty years and also served on the Friends’ Board of Directors. She continues to serve on committees, as well as the museum’s Advisory Board. In recognition of Christine’s longtime support of the museum along with her husband, Benson, the couple has been named honorary chairs of the 2014 Friends annual Gala on May 16. It is a black-tie event with dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions that benefit the museum’s educational programming. Sponsored by the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art

Joyce McKay

Technology Committee Member Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Penn State 126 Outreach Building (814) 867-4278 After retiring to State College in 2004, Joyce and her husband James took OLLI classes, and she became involved with the Technology Committee, providing class computers, AV equipment, and website design and maintenance. She has a bachelor’s in physics from Penn State and a master’s in computer science from Central Michigan, and previously worked as a software engineer. Joyce also monitors water quality in streams through the Centre County PA Senior Environmental Corps.

Kathy Miglani

Board Member Housing Transitions Inc. Kathy has lived in Centre County for 32 years, many of them spent ser ving on the board of Housing Transitions. As a board member, Kathy has overseen the committee responsible for a number of successful fundraisers, and has helped raise the profile of Housing Transitions in our community. She brings both business savvy and a caring hear t to her volunteer work. In addition to being an ambassador for HTI, Kathy is a retired business owner and a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

Christine Nebroski

Jan Muhlert

Director Palmer Museum of Art Curtin Road, University Park (814) 865-7673

As the museum’s director for over 17 years, Jan works with her staff to coordinate exhibitions and educational programs, care for the museum’s permanent collection, and secure donations for the purchase of works of art, all while serving both university and regional audiences. “We strive to provide an exciting variety of exhibitions and programs for our visitors of all ages to enjoy free of charge,” she says. Sponsored by Barbara Palmer

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Owner Accurate Accounts

Christine provides confidential bookkeeping and accounting services to the business community and guarantees complete client satisfaction. Prior to the formation of Accurate Accounts, she co-founded Nebroski & Associates. Her firm served recognized clients such as Starbucks, Olive Garden Restaurants, Graystone Bank and PSU. Christine’s extensive training includes all aspects of office management and a degree in Business Administration. Christine has served extensively at CLC Charter School and Grace Prep High School and enjoys playing piano for her church. She and husband, Pete have one daughter.

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Women in the Community Barbara Palmer

Dr. Kathryn O

Owner, Centre Hall Audiology & Hearing Aid Center 2130 Earlystown Road Centre Hall • (814) 364-3113

Just past the Elks Country Club on Rte. 45

With degrees from Penn State and the ASHS Division of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. O started her practice in Centre County nine years ago. Her office in Yeagertown was voted the most favored hearing center in Mifflin/Juniata counties. Her offices have a very caring, sincere atmosphere and specialize in geriatric audiology, hearing aids, assistive devices, and batteries.

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

Barbara supported The State Theatre’s mission as a community-owned theatre even before opening night in December 2006, helping to create this vibrant hub of music, cinema, dance, and theatre in downtown State College. Most recently, the Theatre is grateful for her generous gift during the emergency campaign and for her ongoing support of so many organizations on and off campus that help make Centre County a wonderful place to live, work, play and grow.

Doreen Perks

Lisa Peters

Founder Bob Perks Fund P.O. Box 313 (814) 231-2692

Owner/President Epic Settlement Services, Inc & Epic Abstract, Inc

After Doreen’s husband, Bob, local Coaches vs. Cancer co-founder, died of cancer in 2005, she helped develop the Bob Perks Fund to provide financial relief to families with a loved one fighting cancer. BPF allocated over $175,000 in 2013 to help families with basic necessities. Doreen, a Penn State alumna, lives with her two sons, Garrett, 12, and Ryan, 9. Sponsored by Linda & Blake Gall

Lisa Peters opened Epic Abstract, Inc. and Epic Settlement Services, Inc. in spring of 1994. Epic is now in two locations, downtown Bellefonte and Sandy Drive, State College and employs 6 full-time real estate professionals. They specialize in real estate research and title for purchase/ refinance closings. Lisa is chairperson for the Central Chapter of Pennsylvania Land Title Association and has recently earned the designation of Certified Land Title Professional. She is currently serving as the Board President of The State Theatre.

Miriam Powell

Denise Quinn

Executive Director Pennsylvania Pink Zone (814) 380-2856

A former teacher and girls’ basketball coach, Miriam helped launch the American Cancer Society’s local Race Day Soiree before becoming Pink Zone executive director in 2011. Her year-round efforts focus on the fight against breast cancer, culminating in each February’s Pink Zone Lady Lions basketball game at the Bryce Jordan Center. Last year, PA Pink Zone distributed $203,000 to breast cancer organizations and facilities. In addition, she is currently a volunteer track and field coach at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Boalsburg. Sponsored by Lion’s Gate Apartments

Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager Kish Bank 2610 Green Tech Drive (814) 861-4660, ext. 8248 Denise is a recent addition to the Kish Bank commercial lending team, with over 30 years of experience in banking. At Kish, Denise provides solutions for clients’ financial needs and is a valuable resource for businesses in Centre County. Outside of Kish, Denise is active in many community organizations, such as the American Heart Association’s Centre County Heart Walk, the Central PA Chapter of Risk Management Associates, and Leadership Centre County.

Dotty Rigby

Polly H. Rallis

Property Manager

Polly manages her real estate i nvestments and is an active community volunteer. She ser ves on the boards of the University Club, Nittany Valley Symphony, and The State Theatre and works tirelessly with Coaches vs. Cancer to fur ther the or ganization’s growing impact. Polly is a past president of the Friends of the Palmer Museum, past treasurer and board member of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Ar ts, past board member of Pennsylvania Centre Stage, and has cochaired United Way for the Borough of State College. Sponsored by P&R Associates

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NVS Symphony Board Member and the NVS Guild Board (814) 231-8224

Dotty Rigby served as President of the Guild for 2 years and President of the Symphony Board for 4 years. She is a member of the Southern Debate Hall of Fame, Mortar Board and Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. She and her husband, Paul, shared The Performing Arts Distinguished Service Award in 2013. Dotty has modeled for the Guild Fashion Show for 10 years and invites you to attend this years Worth NY Fashion Show on Saturday, March 22, at Centre Hills Country Club at 11:30 AM. For reservations or more information call The Symphony Office at 231-8224.

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Women in the Community Patricia W. Savage President & CEO, Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries 915 Hickory Street Hollidaysburg (814) 696-4500

Pat Savage leads a health and human services agency serving the generations in an eight-county area. Locally, ALSM provides adult day services at the Senior Daily Living Center in State College and senior living at The Oaks at Pleasant Gap and Lutheran Commons at Pleasant Gap. For more information, visit ALSM at

Stephanie L. Schmidt, DBIA

President Poole Anderson Construction 2121 Old Gatesburg Road 237-6667

With over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, Stephanie leads Poole Anderson, one of the largest commercial contractors in Central Pa. and is a member of the Pennsylvania Council of General Contractors. She believes in giving back to the community and serves on the board of directors of the CCIDC, Mid- Atlantic Builder s Exchange, and the Associated Builder s & Contractors.

Elizabeth “Beth” Shaha Special Events Coordinator Centre County United Way 2790 W. College Ave, Suite 7 (814) 238-8283

Beth and her family moved from Virginia to State College in 2010, and she joined the United Way Staff in May 2013. Beth is skilled in planning and organizing large, volunteer-based events and manages United Way’s Trash to Treasure, Day of Caring, and Festival of Trees. She is active in couples ministry and her children’s school and activities. Beth is proud to be a part of the United Way team and the Centre County community.

Colleen Small

Owner/Operator The UPS Store Across From Wegmans 19 Colonnade Way (814) 238-8001

Born and raised in Lemont, Colleen moved back to Centre County in 2006 after 30 years and opened The UPS Store Across From Wegmans. She is proud to offer onestop shopping for shipping, notary work, passpor t photos, fingerprinting, mailbox rental, photo and fine ar t printing, and much more. This year she is opening a second location, in Altoona. Colleen is involved with the CBICC, the BNI networking group and Pennsylvania Pink Zone, as well as being on the Board of Directors for Penn State Centre Stage.

Kristina Taylor-Porter, MA

JoLaine Teyssier

Executive Director Children’s Advocacy Center, Mount Nittany Health

As executive director of the new Children’s Advocacy Center, Kristina Taylor-Porter, MA, makes children the first and main priority of the facility every day. She also works closely with organizations essential to the well-being of children who have been abused, witnessed abuse, or are at risk of abuse/neglect. Taylor-Porter formerly served as executive director and forensic interviewer for The CARE Center of Indiana County. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She also serves on multiple professional committees, both locally and statewide.

Board Member American Red Cross Centre Communities Chapter 205 E. Beaver Ave., Suite 203 814-237-3162

A native of Centre County, JoLaine has served on the Board of Directors since 2009. She has assisted with board recruitment and financial development through the chapters’ Paint the Town Red Gala and Cash Calendar fundraisers. Actively supporting the Red Cross she provides human resource advice to the chapter. Earning her master’s of business administration (MBA) degree from Penn State she works as the Human Resources Manager for both The College of Health & Human Development and The College of Nursing. Sponsored by Stover, McGlaughlin, Attorneys & Counselors at Law.

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Suzanne Thompson Executive Director Tides (814) 692-2233

Suzanne joined Tides as executive director in June 2013 after five years as a volunteer with the support organization for grieving children, where she remains co-facilitator of an adult child loss group. She is a native of Bellefonte and previously spent 10 years as an elementary school counselor in the Bellefonte Area School District. Suzanne lives in Boalsburg with her husband, Chuck, and daughter, Molly. Sponsored by Kim Neely, Chair of the Tides Board

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Costume Shop Manager School of Theatre, Penn State University

Diane has been draping and making costumes at the School of Theatre since moving here in 2002 with her husband, scenic designer Lino Toyos, and two daughters. She has been a draper and costume designer at the Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, FL, and worked in Massachusetts from Boston’s Huntington Theatre to The Berkshire Theatre in Stockbridge. Diane is involved with Bellefonte Girl Scouts as a leader, cookie manager, and council delegate. She enjoys leading the way for girls to become more.

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Women in the Community Coquese Washington Head Coach Lady Lion Basketball 146 Bryce Jordan Center (814) 863-2672

Donna Weller

Wrapping Coordinator Centre County Toys for Tots (814) 234-9831

Coquese is finishing her seventh season as Lady Lions head coach. She guided the team to the Big Ten regular-season titles in 2012 and 2013, and earned Big Ten Coach of the Year honors both seasons. She holds a law degree from Notre Dame, played pro ball, assists with the Pink Zone fight against breast cancer, and created Coquese’s Drive for the Centre County Women’s Resource Center.

Donna has been volunteering with Toys for Tots for 27 years and became wrapping coordinator about 16 years ago when the group moved December operations into the Penn Stater. Her season begins in September, placing wholesale toy orders to supplement donated toys, and continues through wrapping sessions that last year involved more than 1,000 people wrapping 15,000+ toys for 8,000+ Centre County children.

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Sponsored by Penn State Hospitality Services

Jane Zimmerman

Ella J. Williams

Assoc. Broker, GRI, CRB ABR, CNE Kissinger, Bigatel &Brower REALTORS® 2300 So. Atherton St. 814-280-3607

Ella has been recognized for serving her clients real estate needs in residential, commercial and investments. She has been serving Centre Co. and surrounding counties meeting her buyers and sellers needs. With her experience and KBB Realtors resources she offers her clients her highest level of service, knowledge, and expertise to make buying or selling a pleasant experience.

Mimi Barash Coppersmith Founder

Vilma Shu Danz Operations Manager/ Assistant Editor

Volunteer Penn State Public Broadcasting 238 Outreach Building (814) 865-3333 Jane has enjoyed working with WPSU listeners, viewers, and supporters during more than 20 years as a volunteer. She has served as a board member and chaired the board development committee and digital conversion campaign committee, and became synonymous with the annual Connoisseur’s Dinner and Auction. Jane retired after last month’s dinner, planning to spend more time at Penn State sporting events, golfing, and with her four grandchildren.

Tiara Snare Graphic Designer/ Ad Coordinator

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Aimee Aiello Business Manager

Brittany Svoboda Administrative Assistant

These women at Barash Media work hard to make Town&Gown & The Centre County Gazette successful and enjoyable products for our readers.

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Amy Ansari Account Executive

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Celebration Good Health of

Penn State’s College of Nursing marks 50 years of preparing students to care for people close to home and around the world

By Rebekka Coakley

College of Nursing dean Paula Milone-Nuzzo has helped Penn State have a continued impact in the health care people receive.

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s a child, Judy Himes knew she wanted to be a nurse. Her passion for science, nurturing personality, and devotion to her siblings, friends, and pets only solidified her feeling that a career in caring for others was her future. Today, she is the director of nursing at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. As a 1976 Penn State graduate, she says that her education at the university led to her success. “My Penn State education provided not only the entry credentials for a management position but, more importantly, a strong foundation in critical thinking and decision making,” she says. “I had the knowledge and skill to look for answers to clinical questions by examining current literature and through professional contacts I gained while there.” In April, Penn State’s College of Nursing will commemorate its 50th anniversary, and it has many reasons to celebrate. According to Judith Hupcey, associate dean for graduate education at the College of Nursing, it began as a department 50 years ago and was renamed a School of Nursing around 1989. This change went through without much acknowledgement, she says, but it was a time when the school started to negotiate with hospitals across Pennsylvania. “We would offer an associate-degree

program at certain campuses, and the hospitals would phase out their diploma programs,” Hupcey says. “So, even though this change just seemed to happen, it had a wide impact on the school and the state of Pennsylvania since nursing programs were now offered beyond University Park and Hershey. In the subsequent almost 25 years, nursing has changed, and the need for well-educated nurses has changed. The school began to grow to meet the challenges faced by nurses and the health-care system. Our student enrollment has markedly increased — we presently have just under 3,000 students. We offer the associate program at five campuses, but these will be transitioning to bachelor programs over the next two years. We have 11 campuses that offer the RN-bachelor’s — this includes the World Campus. … The switch to the full bachelor program at all campuses will position our graduates to be competitive in the job market and help meet the health-care needs of Pennsylvania residents and beyond.” In 2011, the college ranked 17th nationwide in the National Institutes of Health research dollars awarded to schools of nursing — its highest ranking ever — and, according to its dean, Paula Milone-Nuzzo, they’ve had a very strong application pool each year. “We have more applicants than we can manage. I think that people recognize Penn State as a strong brand, so they know they’ll have an edge by going here,” she says Milone-Nuzzo, who came to Penn State in 2003 to become director of the nursing school, says that the change in September from “school” to “college” not only improved its status among nursing schools nationally, but also helped them to recruit faculty and students. These include researchers who are changing the nursing profession. “Our work does not only address illness mechanisms, we focus on the person, patterns of care, and the family surrounding that person — people who have their own illness experience as they live through and care for a loved one,” explains Janice Penrod, director of the college’s Center for Nursing Research. “Before we can change practice, we need to understand human behaviors in response to illness. Through the discovery

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Counts cofounded the Primary Care Center of Mt. Morris, a mobile clinic that provided primary healthcare services to residents of rural Greene County, which is classified as “medically underserved" by the federal government.

of new knowledge, we are contributing to nursing science in ways that will change the way nurses practice in Centre County and beyond.” In addition to research, nurse educators have to be sure that all of their programs meet the changing health-care needs of patients and changing educational requirements for their nursing degrees, says Hupcey. “There are so many health-care changes that affect how we practice, what we teach, and where our students will be working — for example, the Affordable Healthcare Act is significant for all of our graduate programs, in particular, the advanced-practice nurses that we are educating,” she says. “As all these changes occur, our programs need to change with them.” One changing demographic Penn State is focusing on, according to Milone-Nuzzo, is the elderly. She says that the majority of people in hospitals are now over 65 years of age, due to increasing life spans and the aging baby boomer generation. In 2007, the college created the John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State. The goal for the nurse educators, clinicians,

and researchers at the center focuses on actively improving health care for older adults in America. Undergraduate geriatric courses also are being offered. “By educating the next generation of nurses, we hope to make a real difference in the lives of people throughout Pennsylvania, especially our elderly population and the residents of our rural communities,” she says. “We also want to make a lasting impact on the health sciences through our contributions to nursing research.” In 2009, Mona Counts, the Elouise Ross Eberly Professor Emeritus of Nursing at Penn State, established a mobile clinic for residents of Greene County, a medically underserved area of the state. This traveling clinic, that comes with a nurse practitioner, medical assistant, driver, and part-time social worker, brings medical assistance to people in rural areas who have a hard time accessing health care otherwise. This specifically benefits older residents who can no longer drive to doctor’s appointments. It’s just one example of how Penn State’s College of Nursing is changing health care for the state. In addition to patient demographics, the

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Criste (back row, middle), who refers to himself as a “murse" (male nurse), poses with some of his fellow nursing students. Front row, from left, Emily Graper and Courtney Yankelitis; second row, from left, Liz Novack, Criste, and Krysta Moore.

demographics of those who are becoming nurses are slowly changing, too. “The nursing field has become more diverse. There are more men in both the undergraduate and graduate programs,” says Hupcey. “We even have three men, out of 21 students, in our PhD program. We work hard at all levels to attract a diverse student body. On the graduate level, we have been most successful attracting rural, first-generation college students.” Taylor Criste, a senior nursing student from Canonsburg, who refers to himself as a “murse” (male nurse), says that he entered the field to help people. “I’ve had many family members who have had countless visits to hospitals and who have had many visiting home nurses,” he says. “Over time, I grew close with many of those nurses. My family and these nurses both inspired me to pursue a career in nursing.” After graduation, he plans to work for a year as a registered nurse in an intensive-care unit or in an emergency department. After that, his hope is to

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brought in tremendous faculty and staff,” she says. “She put the right team together for the college to achieve all that is has and all that it will in the future.” Malone-Nuzzo says that the future in the nursing field is bright, and those who come to Penn State to earn their nursing degrees will be ready for it. “A career in nursing offers a lifetime of unlimited career opportunities, from a community health educator to a pediatrics nurse to a nurse educator,” she says. “It’s a challenging degree, and Penn State offers a high-end nursing education.” T&G

continue his education with an advanced degree, performing research on sleep and neurocognition. Eventually, he hopes to get a PhD and continue his career as both a nurse scientist and nurse educator. Penn State alumna Gail Latimer, vice president and chief nursing officer at Siemens Healthcare, says that she would not have had the incredible career she’s had, and the value of being a lifelong learner, if it had not been for her exceptional education at the School of Nursing. “I’ve had a wonderful career — I’ve been a nurse manager, director of nursing, and now I am a vice president and chief nursing officer at Siemens,” she says. “I have had a wonderful opportunity that has allowed me to travel the globe and learn from practices all over the world, and share with them our health-care enterprises and the technology that has made drastic improvements in supporting clinical practice.” Latimer, who serves on the college’s external advisory board, credits MaloneNuzzo with much of its success. “She had the vision and leadership that

Celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the College will be held primarily on the weekend of April 4-6. Events include a gala, lectures, continuing-education credit opportunities, a brunch, and an alumni-guided hike to the top of Mount Nittany. For more information, visit Rebekka Coakley is a freelance writer living in Philadelphia.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

2pm Matinee (Kids’ Choice Awards) 7pm Final Performance The State Theatre Like us at:

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Happy Valley’s Got Talent Benefiting Auditions: Saturday, March 1

9:30–10:30am (pianist only at The State Theatre) 10:30am–4:00pm at Indigo

A Support Program for Grieving Children, Teens, and The People Who Love Them.

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Sunday, March 2 12:00pm–4:00pm at Indigo Auditions sponsored by Indigo

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After her husband died in a skydiving accident, Kathy Brown picked up his passion for creating impossible bottles. Through a book she wrote and published and bottles she has created, she is finding a purpose in her loss By David Pencek

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Some of the impossible bottles Chris and Kathy have made.

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Kathy Brown remembers sitting at a meeting of her grief-support group. A woman in her 70s talked about losing her husband of 43 years, and, despite what seemed like having had a full life with him, she was still bitter and having difficulty accepting his death. “My husband died and I feel I’ve had something amputated,” Brown recalls the woman saying. “That’s exactly how felt,” Brown says as she sits at her dining room table in her State College home during a lateJanuary day. “That’s the word — amputated, like an invisible limb was being ripped off. That’s how you feel when you lose a very good partner.” Brown had lost her partner, her husband, Chris, in July 2012 in a skydiving accident a little more than a week before his 53rd birthday. He was skydiving in Mifflin County when his main shoot opened and became tangled, and his emergency shoot didn’t open. Kathy and Chris had been together for 2 ½ years, Chris and Kathy Brown knew including seven months of marriage. Brown tried each other since 1997, but didn’t — and, in some ways, still is trying — to make sense start dating until 2010, and were married in 2011. of it all. The older woman in the support group then said something that stuck with Brown even more. She said her husband had lived a complete life and, perhaps, she wasn’t done yet. She needed to complete her life. Kathy says Chris would, on many occasions, say to her, “My life is complete now that you’re in it.” “I didn’t echo his feelings,” Kathy, 51, says. “It’s probably because I needed to do something to complete my life. I’m stilling living, still looking for answers.” One way she attempted to find answers and some reconciliation is by writing a book about another of Chris’s passions — impossible bottles, the art of placing objects that seem too large to fit inside a glass bottle. Chris made around 350 of these bottles during his life, and he was in

It took Brown 10 months to write A Love Story of Impossible Dreams. She published the book last year.

the process of writing a how-to book about this art form when he died. Last year, Kathy completed Chris’s wish of writing a book, and more. She wrote and published A Love Story of Impossible Bottles, and while the final part is a “how-to” on how to make impossible bottles, much of the book deals with parts of Chris’s and Kathy’s lives that are represented by specific bottles each made. In the chapter “Miss You, Pap,” Kathy writes about the bottle Chris made to remember his grandfather, Pap. Among the objects Chris placed in a bottle were a small picture frame with Pap’s photo, three playing cards that represented the card game Thirty-One that he and his grandfather played, and a pack of Lucky Strike cigarettes. Kathy, who was born and raised in China before moving to America in 1986, did a bottle with objects that symbolized her journey to the United States. They included a small Statue of Liberty, a deck of cards with pictures of New York City, and a $1 million bill of play money representing “opportunities in this free land.” She has put many of the bottles she created in a second-floor room of her home that is dedicated to Chris. Besides bottles, it has many things that Chris collected or that he was interested in during his life.

One of Kathy’s favorite bottles is the one she did for the Hardcore Mudd Run. A few months after Chris’s passing, members of his family and some of his friends wanted to participate in the Hardcore Mudd Run at Tussey Mountain. It was something that Chris had signed up to do. It was while she stood in the rain for five or six hours and watched Chris’s son and daughter and some of his friends, as well as her daughter, Jackie, struggle through the eight-mile course that Kathy became inspired to not only create a bottle based on the run, but also write her book. “Just seeing their spirit [as they ran the course], all of a sudden, in my mind, it came to me that I can build a bottle to commemorate this event,” she says. “Then the title, A Love Story of Impossible Bottles, came to me. Once I had this title, I felt excited. Now I know what I needed to do to write this book. It was more incentive, more motivation for me. … It would talk about family and love. … Once I got the title, everything fell into place.” It took Kathy about 10 months to write the book. Since it’s been published she has received positive reaction from those who knew Chris as well as those who didn’t. “I was amazed at her determination to honor my brother by completing his dream,” Chris’s sister, Bert, says. “It’s more than I expected. … This turned out to be a testament of their love.” Kathy also received an e-mail from a man in Australia who had read the book. He wanted to make a bottle for his mother, who was dying from

Brown after one of landings after skydiving.

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breast cancer. Kathy followed up with the man recently, and he had completed the bottle and it impressed his mother. “I feel better that I can touch more people’s hearts … I can accept Chris’s death more,” she says. “I don’t know if I’ll ever completely gain a total peace but, each time something positive happens, I feel more accepting of his death.” Chris and Kathy met in 1997. Both worked at Penn State doing IT work for the school — Chris worked as the IT director at the graduate school; Kathy is currently an IT manager at Information Technology Services at Penn State. When they met, both were married, so they had a strictly professional relationship.

They started to date in early 2010 when they had found out each was single. The two married in December 2011. Kathy says her life was perfect for the seven months they were married, which is why it’s been difficult to accept Chris’s death. She says she even questioned her faith in God. “I thought I was trying to live my life right,” she says. “My first marriage failed. For nine years I was dedicated to my work and kids. I did not bring any turmoil to my life so my kids could have a secure and stable life. Finally, the time is right for Chris to come into my life. We’re both happy. We’re going to grow old together. Why take that away from me? What’s the purpose there? That

Chris created a bottle honoring his grandfather, Pap.

The “Arlo Bottle" honors Chris’s dog, Arlo, who died in 2000.

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was the feeling I carried for a long time.” She’s beginning to see a purpose through the book and her ability to create impossible bottles. For the bottle commemorating the Hardcore Mudd Run, which took her two months to finish, she was struggling with it when she says she felt Chris’s presence. She finally figured out how to do what she wanted to do — she stacked two decks of cards on top of each other and built a wooden platform around it to “illustrate a particularly difficult obstacle the team had to overcome.” The bottle has photos of the team members appearing as if they are going over the wall, and a photo of the team after they finished the run holding a life-size cardboard image of Chris. Kathy wrote in the book, “The bottle became my new favorite because it represented Chris,

Kathy created the “New York Bottle" to symbolize her journey from China to the United States.

family, and overcoming challenges.” Chris’s mother, Joy, says she is so grateful Chris found Kathy, and after reading the book, she would “hope people think twice about their marriage. So many don’t last. What those kids had in seven months, some people never have in a lifetime.” When asked to describe Chris to someone who had never met him, Kathy says he was a very quiet person who didn’t say much, unless he had something important to say. But if you gave him a microphone on stage, he could talk for a long time. And he was always looking for “unique” things in life — like impossible bottles and skydiving. She says he liked his “boy stuff” and was a “macho-man type” but also was very sensitive and soft-spoken — and he loved to show his affection

The “Mudd Run Bottle" became Kathy’s favorite and shows Chris’s family and friends participating in the Hardcore Mudd Run a few months after his death.

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Brown says she is motivated to bring more positive to this world since Chris’s death.

for his wife. Three days before Chris’s death, he and Kathy sat outside Medlar Field at Lubrano Park to watch the July 4th fireworks. Chris whispered in Kathy’s ear, “I still can’t believe I am married to you and I love you so much.” On the morning of his death, Chris called from the airfield. Kathy was to meet him there later in the day. He ended the call saying, “One more thing honey — I love you very much!” “So that always plays in my head,” Kathy says. “I can still be angry at him. I joke to some people to this day that I’m still mad at him and why did he go skydiving? But I remind myself of his love for me.” And she’s also reminded of how much she learned from Chris during their time together — and even since his passing. “You don’t want to be down, stuck in a time of sadness all the time,” she says. “You want to keep going and bring more positive to this world. All the things he left behind motivate me to try and do more.” As for what Chris would think of her book, Kathy says, “I can see his face and big smile, and his saying, ‘You did it, baby!’ ” T&G



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A Look Back on Future Thinking School was on target, and also way off, in predictions By Lee Stout

Penn State’s been planning ahead for more than a century. Both the kind of programs to offer and how to best house and support them have been the stuff of most plans, although some are much more specific, having to do with transportation, or a section of campus, or how to best organize a particular realm of knowledge. Most of these exercises are firmly grounded in data about the recent past, and suggest a direction for the not-toodistant future. However, there is one plan that differed considerably from those models. It was called “Penn State in 1980,” and it was published a little more than 50 years ago in 1963. It looked relatively far into the future — 17 years, which is a very long horizon for these kinds of efforts. President Eric A. Walker appointed a blueribbon panel (all-male, we would note today — senior women administrators and faculty were few in number then), and they covered the gamut of university academic programs — the liberal arts, science, business, human development, earth sciences, and more. There were administrators and some who would rise to such positions, including a campus director and a specialist in instructional media. Two, Paul Althouse and Charles Hosler, would be provosts, and several were deans and department heads. As a planning document, it provided a general overview of where the school had been — examined a number of scientific, technological, and social trends that seemed likely by 1980, and detailed more than 20 potential changes and enhancements that would help Penn State address those perceived trends. However, there was no implementation plan — it really was an exercise in long-range thinking.

In 1963, Penn State president Eric Walker appointed a blue-ribbon panel to study how Penn State should look in 1980.

Naturally, it’s fascinating to go back a halfcentury to see what people imagined the academic future would be like, even though we passed that “future” milestone almost 35 years ago. Some of these predicted conditions of 1980 seem quite naïve — that there would be no major war involving the United States, all major diseases would be under control, and that we would have a significant degree of weather control that would guarantee adequate food supplies for all, seem almost tragic in retrospect. Clearly, the panel was overconfident about our abilities to control problems that seem far more complex, if not intractable, today. However, their predictions on other types of change were quite good: increasingly centralized government, less influence for labor unions and farmers, more “globalization” (as we might put it today) in communications and economics, a rising life expectancy and shrinking labor force thanks in part to automation, and space exploration and biological engineering as frontiers for research and development. Technological change and growth would be constant in information retrieval, communications, transportation, and labor-savings devices. Automated factories would shrink the workforce,

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increase the service sector of the economy, and increase the need for retraining workers. As a result, there would be shorter workweeks and earlier retirements, meaning more leisure time. There would be more demand for higher education, recreational opportunities, and participation in the arts. Urban living, in higher density housing, using more mass transit, would predominate. While no explicit connections were drawn, the demands for mental health and social services were predicted to increase markedly, and there would be “increasing strong pressures toward conformity in beliefs and social behavior.” It would not be Orwell’s 1984, but there was a risk of social change that might not be all to the good. And today, economic globalization and automation have increased our workweeks and diminished the opportunity to even retire “on time.” For large segments of the population, the future is less positive than imagined then. So what were the scholars suggesting for Penn State’s response and possible leadership? We’d still have a vocational focus in the university, increasingly dominated by scientific and technological development. But at the same time, there would be a “human development thrust,” in which Penn State would lead in “developing a new concept of society and in educating people to help create it.” Thanks to technology, the focus could be on “the energetic use of our abilities.” The university could focus on lifetime education, new modes of “selfeducation,” and programs that would be available anywhere, and include both faculty and students from institutions all over the world. At home, Penn State would need a new college of independent study and one of “Human Development, Health, and Welfare.” Penn State would have to be more flexible and able to quickly change. There were many more detailed recommendations, and no crystal-ball-gazing effort like this can get it all right, but the panel did pretty well. Many of the recommendations, such as the College of Human Development, came to fruition, although with perhaps less utopian aspirations. The fundamental sense of social change described may well be happening, but the outcomes of the relationship of humankind and technology seem dramatically different than were imagined then. T&G Lee Stout is Librarian Emeritus, Special Collections for Penn State.

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New Name, New Layout, Same Great Show Home and Garden Show sees several changes, additions in its 30th year By Brittany Svoboda If you’re one of the thousands who will be attending the Builders Association of Central Pennsylvania’s annual Home Show in hopes of finding a contractor to build your dream home, bedroom, or kitchen, or a specialist to revamp your heating and conditioning system, keep an eye out for some changes and additions to the annual event — including its name. The popular event, now called the Home and Garden Show, returns to the Bryce Jordan Center March 14-16. On Friday, the show is open from 3 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 per person. Jeff Bolze, president of Pennwood Home & Hearth, which is the show’s sponsor, has been a part of the show since it began in the Nittany Mall. “I really believe in the show,” he says. “It’s a place where local people can go to find local contractors and suppliers.” Don Gilmore, owner of Gilmore Construction, has been participating in the Home and Garden Show for 25 years, and has served as chairman for 18 years. “It’s been exciting to see it grow from just the arena to the concourse,” he says. “We even have sites outside now. It’s really grown in the 18 years that we’ve been at the Bryce Jordan Center.” The annual event is a place where homerelated businesses can get their names out there, Gilmore says, which makes the show beneficial for both consumers and vendors. “If people don’t know you, they don’t hire you. It’s a good opportunity to meet a lot of people,” he says. “We

have 4,000 to 5,000 people coming through the door every year.” Abbie Jensen, executive officer of the Builders Association of Central PA, adds, “I personally think it’s a strategic use of consumer’s time.” Instead of looking to the Internet, she encourages people to take advantage of the person-toperson interaction the Home and Garden Show offers. It’s a better way to judge a company, she says, because you can base it on interpersonal interaction instead of relying on an online review. In a period when many people look to the Internet to find things, attending the Home and Garden show is a great way to “buy local and support the community,” she says. “It’s nice because everything is under one roof,” Gilmore says. “If you own a house or are thinking about owning a house, that’s the place to go.” The Home and Garden Show gives people the opportunity to talk to many local companies. Jensen says there will be about 130 vendors this year, which is similar to last year’s number. The Home and Garden Show provides a place for people who have a clear idea of what they want to do in their home as well as opportunities for those who need inspiration, Jensen says. Gilmore, who has a booth at the show every year, also encourages people to bring plans or an idea to vendors, but for a quote, an appointment will usually need to be made. This year, there will also be a new revamped layout to the show with the addition of “Centre Park.” This new feature will be on the floor of the Bryce Jordan Center and be the main focal point of the show. It will house an outdoor grill, furniture, and deck with hot tub insert and will be completely landscaped, Bolze says. Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology students also will be working with landscapers and builders to create Centre Park, he says,

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During the Home and Garden Show, you can expect to learn about some of the newest products on the market and you’ll also get a chance to talk to industry experts about your next homeimprovement project. What you may not expect are the fabulous prizes you could win by visiting the Home and Garden Show! All you need to do

to enter is fill out the back of your ticket stub and turn it in at the Builders Association of Central PA booth (located directly inside Gate B). Fox 8 and ABC 23 have been longtime partners of the Home Show, providing on-air features and a terrific prize. You could win a 46-inch HDTV, courtesy of Fox 8 and ABC 23!

Grand Prizes (You will be entered for a chance to win these prizes when you fill out the back of your ticket stub and drop it off at the Builders Association of Central PA booth at Gate B. You need not be present to win the grand prize.) • 46-inch HDTV, courtesy of Fox 8 and ABC 23. Door Prizes Include (You will be entered for a chance to win these prizes when you fill out the back of your ticket stub and drop it off at the Builders Association at Central PA booth at Gate B. You must be present to win.) • BC Freeman Mechanical & Electrical Inc. (13 – Concourse): Philadelphia Eagles autographed football ($250 value). • C&C Lumber Co., Inc. (C 6 – Arena): Cutting boards. • Clearwater Swimming Pool Company (C 14 – Arena): $100 gift certificate to Kelly’s Steak House. • Culligan (A 25 – Arena): Culligan Drinking Water System and free Culligan water softener rental for one year. • Custom Stone Interiors (26, 27 – Concourse): Granite patio table. • Envinity (C 4 – Arena): Two whole home energy audits ($450 value). • First National Bank (9 – Concourse): $50 Lowe’s gift card. • Gummo Construction (B 11 – Arena): Two $50 Lezzer Lumber gift cards • Kohlhepp Custom Countertops (D 10 – Arena): Three granite cutting boards. • Redmonds Complete Comfort LLC (C 5 – Arena): Three $50 gift certificates to Texas Road House • Wizzards Janitorial Systems, Inc. (A 2 – Arena): Free carpet cleaning for one (one) room, up to 225 feet. • Wolf Furniture (20, 21 – Concourse): Four $250 Wolf Furniture gift certificates. Giveaways (Visit these company booths to receive these items or be entered for your chance to win.) • BC Freeman Mechanical & Electrical Inc (13 – Concourse): Stress relievers • Central PA Dock & Door LLC (C 1 – Arena): Chance for a Liftmaster model 8360 garage door operator with one remote and 7-foot high door. • CMP Energy Solutions (A 16 – Arena): Calendars. • Complete Climate Control LLC (D 12 – Arena): Chance for a preventative maintenance procedure for a heating or cooling system (up to $140 value). • First National Bank (9 – Concourse): Chance for a $50 gift card to Lowe’s. • Fulton Bank (W 4, 5 – Arena): Money vault. • Home Solutions (C 15 – Arena): Lottery tickets and gift baskets. • Kohlhepp Custom Countertops (D 10 – Arena): Chance for a Penn State lion head. • Orkin Pest Control (F 5 – Arena): Bugs and coloring books. • R.C. Bowman Inc. (10 – Concourse): Chance to win a free seal coating on driveway. • Redmonds Complete Comfort LLC (C 5 – Arena): Chance for a free HVAC inspection. • Stanley C. Bierly (W 42-44 – Arena): Credit card sleeve protectors • Wizzards Janitorial Systems, Inc. (A 2 – Arena): Vets Trust pet odor eliminator and Spot Out stain remover. • Wolf Furniture (20, 21 – Concourse): Yardsticks. T&G

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At the Centre of It All

New Centre Park feature allows consumers to see projects to scale One of the new features at the 30th annual Central PA Home and Garden Show is Centre Park, a collaborative site that will showcase the works of many local companies, and where consumers will be able to see products to scale. Tim Wenrich, project manager at Clearwater Swimming Pool Company, says, “A 10-by-10 booth is not as good as the real thing.” He also says he thinks that the addition of landscape and an emphasis of outdoor entertainment spaces are very important to the show. “People spend a lot more time outside now,” he says. The floor of the Bryce Jordan Center will be covered with a variety of different things, including a deck, grill, and gazebo. Clearwater will

be contributing a hot tub, Wenrich says. During the Home and Garden Show, you can expect to hear some live music in Centre Park, and if you attend on Saturday, you’ll be able to have a fun caricature done, thanks to Liz Dudek, a local State Farm representative. EP Henry, a paving and block-manufacturing company, has offered to donate all of the block and paver material it provides for use in Centre Park. Through the help of the masonry students at the Central PA Institute of Science and Technology, a local veterans’ organization will be receiving a new patio! Don Gilmore, owner of Gilmore Construction and cochair of the Home and Garden Show, says that, in the past, those attending the show would complain about the lack of seating. “It takes two to three hours for people to see the show,” he says. “They need to sit down after awhile.” There

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will be benches this year, he says, which will give people a place to relax. There are several local companies, Gilmore says, that are donating supplies and volunteering their time to make Centre Park happen, in addition to having booths of their own. “Centre Park would never have come together without the leadership of CJ Henry from Green Horizon Landscape and Tim Wenrich from Clearwater. Those two, along with Mark Eminhizer from Bricks and Stones, Scott Burk from Scott’s Landscaping, Jeff Bolze from Pennwood Home & Hearth, and Chris Shirley from CPI — that group has been awesome about getting us all to come together and work,” he says. Part of the team that will help assemble and contribute to Centre Park are a dozen horticulture, landscape, and masonry students from Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI). “These students showed an in-

terest in wanting to help out,” says Chris Shirley, a masonry instructor at CPI. Although students have helped out at the show before, he says, it has never been on this scale. Both students and the companies coming together to create Centre Park can benefit from this, Shirley says. Students will receive on-thejob training while working and networking with members of the building industry. This also can help companies prospect future employees. “This project could potentially lead to one or more of these students receiving a job offer from one of the contractors working on Centre Park,” Shirley says. Like Wenrich and Gilmore, Shirley thinks that the addition of Centre Park to the Home and Garden Show this year is a good idea. He says, “It will give the visitors to the show a few ideas for their own home.” T&G — Brittany Svoboda

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Home and Garden Show celebrates 10th Children’s Building Contest By Samantha Hulings

Childhood creativity, imagination, and ingenuity will be on display in the form of Lincoln Log and Lego dream homes at the 2014 Builders Association of Central PA Home and Garden Show. Presented by the BACP and SPE Federal Credit Union, the 10th annual Children’s Building Contest will be held on Saturday, March 15, on the concourse level of the Bryce Jordan Center. More than 100 mini-architects and contractors, ages 4 to 12, are expected to enter. Abbie Jensen, executive officer of the BACP, says the contest was created as a way to engage kids in the creative and quality aspects of the building industry. “We judge the contest based on the design of the house, but also the quality of their construction,” she says. The judging of the homes varies by age, especially since different materials are used for the different age groups. While 4- to 6-year-olds create their masterpieces with Lincoln Logs, 7- to 12-year-olds build their dream homes from Legos. “Lincoln Logs and Legos are great building ma-

terials that challenge kids to be creative with their designs,” Jensen says. “It also requires some skill and planning to construct a really great structure.” According to Sue Swain, outreach and training coordinator at SPE Federal Credit Union, creating a great structure, physically and financially, is exactly why SPE became a sponsor of both the Home and Garden Show and the Children’s Building Contest. “We tie them together by relating that, just like a house needs a foundation, everyone needs a good financial foundation to make those dream homes a reality,” she says. “If we can introduce the children to credit unions and good money habits, we’ve been successful.” Prizes will be awarded to the first three places in each age group. In years past, children have received plaques and prizes, including Legos, backpacks, and DVDs. The contest also aims to teach children about helping the community and understanding the impact they have on the world around them. In the past, children were encouraged to donate nonperishable food items to the State College Food Bank on the day of the contest. This year, Swain says all registered participates will be asked to donate classroom and craft supplies to Park Forest Day Nursery Preschool. Items such as educational games, classroom cleaner, pipe cleaners, white construction paper, and glitter are needed. Like years past, Jensen expects to be impressed by the imagination and originality displayed by the children. “We are amazed every year by the creativity of the kids in these contests,” she says. “We’ve had everything from a beach house with blue Legos reserved for water, to a tree house, to a spaceship. They have a wide array of dream homes.” T&G To enter in the free building contest, online preregistration is required. Reserve a spot prior to March 8, as space is limited to 40 builders in each age group. Visit to register.

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Adding Art to Your Home Art Alliance part of show for first time

You might not be thinking about it yet, but when you build that new house or begin remodeling, it’ll need to be jazzed up with something. That’s where the Art Alliance of Central PA and the Heart of the Home, a new attraction at this year’s Home and Garden Show, comes into the picture. “We were really pleased to be asked,” says Marie Doll, executive director of the Art Alliance. She encourages consumers attending the show to think seriously about including artwork in their renovation plans. Builders Association of Central PA executive officer Abbie Jensen says, “We are excited to partner with the Art Alliance of Central PA in creating the Heart of the Home at the Home and Garden Show. A homeowner can learn about brand new homes,

kitchens, windows, garage doors, flooring, mortgages — everything needed to create a house. Art helps to make that house into a home.” The members of the Art Alliance will be displaying their work at the Home and Garden Show for the first time this year. A variety of artwork will be available, including paintings, pottery, glasswork, outdoor ornaments, outdoor metal sculptures, and small sculptures for inside the home. Of the paintings, there will be both oil and pastel options. The artwork available is for homes and businesses, as well as outdoor gardens. If you’re not finding the particular piece you want at the show, Doll says artists will be on hand to talk about showing the consumer other work at a later date or commissioning something especially for them. Jensen says, “We look forward to continuing to develop the Heart of the Home program and are excited to see how Home and Garden Show visitors respond to it this year.” For more information about the Art Alliance, visit T&G — Brittany Svoboda

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1....................................................... JS Decorative Concrete 8 ............................................... Martin Water Conditioning 9.............................................................First National Bank 10.............................................................R.C. Bowman Inc. 11.........................................................Scott’s Lawn Service 12........................................ Barrier Waterproofing Systems 13..........................BC Freeman Mechanical & Electrical Inc. 14-19 .....................................Pennwood Home and Hearth 20, 21 ............................................................Wolf Furniture 22........................................................ Sunrise Restorations 23.................................. PBCI-Allen Mechanical & Electrical 25, 26 ...................................................Gary Thull Pools Inc. 27............................................... Lewistown Cabinet Center 28, 29 ...............................................Custom Stone Interiors 33, 34 ....................................................Boyer Refrigeration 35............................................................................Envinity 36....................................................... Kish Bank/Kish Travel 37...................................................Lorna Arocena Architect 41.................................Kissinger Bigatel & Brower Realtors 42..................................................Northwest Savings Bank 43, 44, 45 ...................................Rebath and 5 Day Kitchens 46, 47 ................................................ Expert Home Builders 50..........................................................Fine Line Homes LP

A ......................................................................Landscape II C, D, 31, 32 ..............................................Wise Construction R ........................................................ Heritage Innovations

Arena A 1...................................................Green Horizon Landscape 2........................................Wizzards Janitorial Systems, Inc. 3...............................State College Design and Construction 4, 5, 6 ..................................................................Bath Fitter 7............................................... Teates Lightning Protection 8, 9 ...........................................................Total Air Cleaning 10.......................................................................CLEAResult 11.............................. The F.A Bartlett Tree Expert Company 12..............................................................................Xfinity 13, 14, 15 ........................................... Gilmore Construction 16...................................................... CMP Energy Solutions 17, 18 .............................................................. S & A Homes 19, 20 ............................................. Metzler Forest Products 21..................................Blue Mountain Hardwood Flooring 22, 23, 24 .....................................................Window World 25............................................................................Culligan 26...............................................................ITG Construction

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B 1, 2, 12 ............................................ Pella Windows & Doors 3, 4 ........................................................ Yoder Fencing, LLC  5 .............................................................Jaru Copy Services  6, 7, 8 .................................................Best Line Equipment  9, 10 ...................................................... Stolfzus Structures  11 ......................................................Gummo Construction

C 1................................................Central PA Dock & Door LLC 2, 3 .............................................. Bricks and Stones Supply  4 .............................................................................Envinity  5 .....................................Redmonds Complete Comfort LLC  6 ............................................. C & C Smith Lumber Co., Inc.  7 ...................................................Swartz Fire & Safety, Inc.  8, 9 .......................................................Goodco Mechanical  10, 11, 17, 18 .................................. Remodelers Workshop  12, 13 .................................Tressler & Fedor Excavating LLC

14 .............................Clearwater Swimming Pool Company  15 .............................................................. Home Solutions  16 .......................Gutter Helmet of the Susquehanna Valley  21-24 ..............................................Cisney & O’Donnell Inc  25 ................................................................. Belles Springs  


1............................................................ Bosak Construction 2 ..................Superior Walls by Advanced Concrete Systems  4 ......................................... RAL Architecture + Design Inc.  5, 6 ................................. American Dream Home Solutions  7 ..................................................... Mid-State Awning, Inc.  8 ................................................................... ProEdging LLC  9 .................................................................. Select Security  10 ....................................... Kohlhepp Custom Countertops  11 .................................................................... Nyssa Smith  12 ......................................... Complete Climate Control LLC  

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Exhibitor List E ............................................................. Scott’s Landscaping

F 1............................................................... Pinehurst Homes 2, 3, 4 .................... Ronald W. Johnson Home Improvement 5.............................................................. Orkin Pest Control 6........................... Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring

41............................................................Wolf Pack Designs 42, 43, 44 ...................................................Stanley C. Bierly 45, 46 ....................................................... Brookside Homes 47.............................................Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing 48.............................................Mid-State Seamless Gutters 49............... Central PA Institute of Science and Technology 50...............................................................Vigilant Security

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4, 5 ................................................................... Fulton Bank 6, 7 ................................ Walker & Walker Equipment II, LLC 8, 9 ................................................Earth Energy Drilling LLC 10, 11, 12 ....................................... Solarshield Remodelers 13, 14 ...................SCASD Building Construction Technology 15, 19 .......................................Invisible Fence of Central PA 16, 17, 18 ............................ Best Window & Door Company 20, 21 .............................................. Glossners Concrete Inc. 22, 23 ..............................................America’s Carpet Outlet 29.........................................................Jeff Tate Paving, Inc. 30.........................................................................Vinyl King 31.......................................Top Notch General Construction 32........................... Budget Blinds of Altoona/State College 33, 34 .......................................................Allied Mechanical 35, 36 .......................... Miracle Method of North Harrisburg 37................................... First Energy Pennsylvania Utilities 38.........................................................Hearthstone Homes 39...........................................Gittings Private Investigation 40..................................................................... Doctor Deck

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The Seminar Series

Everyone knows that making decisions about your home can sometimes be daunting. It is critical that you educate yourself and choose to work with the best company for the job. But how can you figure out who to work with? There are so many options! Visiting the Central PA Home and Garden Show, you’ll get a chance to talk to lots of different businesses about your specific needs. Sometimes you need to learn a little bit more about the job itself, whether that be a new kitchen floor, a new heating system, a beautiful deck, or a plan for that addition you’ve always wanted. The Seminar Series is presented by local industry professionals and is a way to learn more while you attend the show. And better yet, all the seminars are free with your admission to the Home and Garden Show! “Sure, you can Google ‘geothermal heating systems.’ Have you done that? I couldn’t make sense of anything!” says Builders Association of Central PA executive officer Abbie Jensen. “We are thrilled to be presenting seminars all weekend long that are so much more informative and accessible than anything you can find online. Why wouldn’t you want to come hear about it from the experts?” Here is schedule of seminars being presented during the Home and Garden Show:

Friday, March 14

4 p.m.: Using Solar Energy to Heat Your Domestic Hot Water (Stanley C. Bierly). Learn the advantages of installing a solar domestic hot water heating system. What tax credits are available and what savings will be realized. 5:30 p.m.: Top 10 Biggest Energy-Wasting Mistakes When Building or Remodeling (Envinity). Are you planning on building or remodeling a home? If so, don’t let energy efficiency oversights in design and construction waste your money. Learn from high performance building experts about what not to do when planning your next project.

This year’s Home and Garden Show features 11 seminars.

Saturday, March 15

11 a.m.: Using Geothermal to Heat & Cool Your Home or Business (Stanley C. Bierly). Learn the advantages of heat and cooling with a geothermal heat pump system, what tax credits are available and what savings will be realized. 12:30 p.m.: Radiant Home Heating with a Wood Fired Masonry Heater (Pennwood Home & Hearth). The presentation will include a discussion of how radiant heat can enhance the thermal comfort within the home, how a masonry heater differs from other home heating systems, and a short history about the evolution of masonry heaters. 2 p.m.: Heating and Cooling Solution for Older Homes (Goodco Mechanical, Inc.). Learn about the Mitsubishi Electric ductless heat pumps and how they could solve all of your heating and cooling problems! 3:30 p.m.: Choosing the Right Floor for Your Project (America’s Carpet Outlet). A quick overview of various flooring products, including uses, applications, and features. 5 p.m.: An Introduction to Outdoor Kitchens (Pennwood Home & Hearth). Learn more about the outdoor kitchen phenomenon and how you can create your dream outdoor living space. 6:30 p.m.: Home Buying Seminar (Kissinger Bigatel and Brower). Get tips from an industry professional on the steps and procedures it takes to buy your dream home.

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Sunday, March 16

11 a.m.: Sustainable High Performance Construction — No Longer a Niche Market (Wise Construction). New reports show that green home construction is expected to double by 2016 to 40 percent of the new homes constructed, and that an overwhelming majority of these homes will also seek a green certification. Learn more about what is driving this rapid increase in green construction and the benefits of having your new home or remodeling project. 12:30 p.m.: Choosing the Most Efficient Heating and Cooling System for Your Home or Business (Stanley C. Bierly). There are many systems available today to heat/cool your home and domestic hot water. Which system is best for you to realize maximum efficiency, comfort, and return on investment? 2 p.m.: Home Construction Loan Process (Fulton Bank). Join Fulton Bank mortgage advisor Brian Allen for a seminar on the new homeconstruction loan process. The construction-topermanent-loan product allows for a one-time close, streamlining the process. T&G

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Coming to Bryce Jordan Center

MARCH 1 Lady Lion Basketball vs. Michigan 3:30 p.m.

British Watercolors from the Permanent Collection Continuing through May 4, 2014

2 Nittany Lion Basketball vs. Wisconsin Noon 5 The Original Harlem Globetrotters 7 p.m. 11 Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.

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14-16 Home & Garden Show 3 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m. Sat.-Sun. 23, 25 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament 12:30 & 3 p.m. Sun.; 7 p.m. Tues.


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Deadline for submitting events for the May issue is March 31.


The Nittany Lion basketball team plays its final home game of the season when it hosts Wisconsin at the BJC.




The annual Home and Garden show returns to the Bryce Jordan Center and runs through March 16.

Daylight Saving Time begins.


The first two rounds of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament come to the BJC March 23 and 25.



St. Patrick’s Day.

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The State Theatre hosts the Rock the 80’s concert benefitting the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund.


Penn State Centre Stage opens its production of Blood at the Root at the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center. The show runs through April 5.

Happy Valley’s Got Talent, benefitting Tides, returns to the State Theatre.

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Academics 9-15 – Penn State University, Spring Break, no classes. 10-11 – State College Area School District, Spring Break, no school K-12.

Children & Families 1, 22, 29 – World Stories Alive, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 11 a.m., 4, 11, 18, 25 – Toddler Learning Centre, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 9:15 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., 5, 12, 19, 26 – Baby Explorers, Discovery Space of Central PA, S.C., 10:30 a.m., 6, 13, 20, 27 – Story Time, Discovery Space of Central PA, S.C., 10:30 a.m., 8, 15 – Saturday Stories Alive, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 11 a.m., 10, 12 – Discovery Days, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 11 a.m., 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 – Baby & Me Storytime, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 9:30 a.m., 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 – Tales for Two, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 10:30 a.m., 11, 18, 25 – 3s, 4s, 5s Storytime, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 9:30 a.m., 15 – Saturday Story Time, Discovery Space of Central PA, S.C., 3 p.m., 16 – Block Party, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 2 p.m., 23 – March Reading Madness, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 2 p.m., 30 – Sign Into Springtime, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 2 p.m.,

Classes & Lectures 2 – “Early Women’s Athletics,” 102 Paterno Library, PSU, noon, 865-2123. 4 – “ ‘Will Nelson Mandela Rise on the Third Day’ The Meaning of a Leader for Social and Educational Transformation” by Jonathan Jansen, Nittany Lion Inn, PSU, 6 p.m. 4 – Central PA Civil War Round Table: “What Happened to the Confederate Submarine, Hunley?” by Captain Jim Bloom, PA Military Museum, Boalsburg, 7 p.m., 861-0770. 4, 18 – “A Joint Venture,” a free class on hip and knee replacements, Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College, 11 a.m. March 4, 7 p.m. March 18, 278-4810.

20 – Research Unplugged: “Wired: Inside the Digital Lives of Teens,” by Lynette Kvasny, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 12:30 p.m., 21 – Gallery Conversations: “The Vagina Dialogues” by Susan Russell, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 12:10 p.m., 23 – History Talk: “Domesticity: Women’s ‘Work’ in the Antebellum Northeast” by Dr. Amy Greenberg, Centre Furnace Mansion, S.C., 2 p.m., 25 – Introduction to the Ovulation Method of Natural Family Planning, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 7 p.m., 27 – Research Unplugged: “Party Animals: How Genes Help Shape Our Political Views,” by Pete Hatemi, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 12:30 p.m.,

Club Events 3, 17 – Knitting Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 6:30 p.m., 4, 11, 18, 25 – State College Rotary Club, Nittany Lion Inn, S.C., 5:30 p.m., 5, 12, 19, 26 – State College Sunrise Rotary Club mtg., Hotel State College, S.C., 7:15 a.m., 5, 19 – Outreach Toastmasters Meeting, The 329 Building, Room 413, PSU, noon, 6 – 148th PA Volunteer Infantry Civil War Reenactment Group mtg., Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, S.C., 7:30 p.m., 861-0770. 6, 13, 20, 27 – State College Downtown Rotary mtg., Damon’s Grill & Sports Bar, S.C., noon, 6, 20 – State College Toastmaster’s Club, South Hills School of Business and Technology, S.C., 6 p.m., 11 – Women’s Mid Day Connection Luncheon, Mountain View Country Club, Boalsburg, 11:45 a.m., 355-7615. 12 – Women’s Welcome Club of State College, Oakwood Presbyterian Church, S.C., 7 p.m., 18 – Coffee/Tea with Women’s Welcome Club of State College, Oakwood Presbyterian Church, S.C., 9:30 a.m., 26 – State College Bird Club, Foxdale Village, S.C., 7 p.m., 26 – Applique Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 7 p.m., 237-0167.

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Community Associations & Development 6 – CBICC Business After Hours: Phoenix Rehabilitation & Health Services, 5:30 p.m., 13 – Centre County TRIAD: Ombundsman Position, Centre LifeLink, S.C., 10 a.m., 238-2524. 13 – CBICC Awards Gala, State Theatre, S.C., 5 p.m., 18 – Spring Creek Watershed Association, Patton Township Municipal Building, 7:30 a.m., 26 – Patton Township Business Association, Patton Township Municipal Building, noon, 237-2822. 27 – CBICC Business After Hours: St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy, 5:30 p.m.,

Exhibits Ongoing-March 20 – Penn Staters Skate to Winter Olympic Glory, Penn State AllSports Museum, PSU, 865-0044. Ongoing-March 30 – Interpreting Poetry, Bellefonte Art Museum of Centre County, Bellefonte, 1-4 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 1-4:30 p.m. Sun.,

Ongoing-April 30 – Canvas Unconscious, Commonplace, S.C., 234-2000. Ongoing-May 4 – British Watercolors from the Permanent Collection, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun., Ongoing-May 11 – Forging Alliances, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun., Ongoing-May 11 – Surveying Judy Chicago: Five Decades, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon 4 p.m. Sun., 1-30 – Healing Transformations by Michele Rivera, State Theatre, S.C., 234-3441. 16-Aug. 31 – Veiled Arts of Victorian Women, Centre Furnace Mansion, S.C., 1-4 p.m. Sun., Wed., & Fri., 28 – Paper Views: Against the Grain: Woodcuts from the Permanent Collection, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 10 a.m., 99 - Town&Gown March 2014

Health Care For schedule of blood drives visit or 3 – Cancer Caregiver Support Group, Mount Nittany Medical Center, S.C., 10:30 a.m., 3 – Breast Cancer Support Group, Mount Nittany Medical Center, S.C., 5:30 p.m., 231-7005. 7 – Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group, Schlow Centre Region Library S.C., 1 p.m., 234-3141. 9 – The Ostomy Support Group, Mount Nittany Medical Center, S.C., 2 p.m., 234-6195. 11 – Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group, Mount Nittany Dining Room at the Inn at Brookline, S.C., 6:30 p.m., 234-3141. 11 – Brain Injury Support Group, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehab Hospital, Pleasant Gap, 7 p.m., 359-3421. 12 – Fertility Issues and Loss Support Group, Choices (2214 N. Atherton St.), S.C., 6:30 p.m., 12 – Diabetes Support Group, Centre Region Senior Center, S.C., 10:15 a.m., 231-7095. 13 – Diabetes Support Group, Mount Nittany Medical Center, S.C., 6 p.m., 231-3076. 17 – Cancer Survivor Support Group, Mount Nittany Medical Center, S.C., 11:30 a.m., 18 – Multiple Sclerosis Support Group, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehab Hospital, Outpatient Entrance, Pleasant Gap, 6 p.m., 359-3421. 20 – Better Breathers Support Group, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehab Hospital, Pleasant Gap, 2 p.m., 359-3421. 20 – The free “Parents-to-Be: The HEIR & Parents Hospital Tour for Expectant Parents,” Mount Nittany Medical Center, S.C., 6:30 p.m., 231-3132. 24 – Heart Failure Support Group, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehab Hospital, Pleasant Gap, 4 p.m., 359-3421. 25 – Stroke Support Group, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehab Hospital, Pleasant Gap, 4 p.m., 359-3421.

Music 1 – PSU School of Music: Mardi Gras, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 8 p.m., 2 – Penn State School of Music Feature Philharmonic Orchestra and Choirs: The French Connection, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 4 p.m., 3 – PSU School of Music: Inner Dimensions/Outer Dimensions, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 8 p.m.,

Keller Williams returns to the State Theatre March 21. 6 – PSU School of Music: Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 8 p.m. 18 – Barry Long Quartet, State Theatre, S.C., 7:30 p.m., 19 – The Art of Music: “Something Old, Something New: Compositions for Oboe,” Tim Hurtz, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 12:10 p.m., 21 – PSU School of Music: Graduate Research Exhibition, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 7 p.m., 21 – Keller Williams, State Theatre, S.C., 9 p.m., 22 – Rock the 80’s Benefiting the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund, State Theatre, S.C., 7 p.m., 22 – Acoustic Brew: David Francey, Center for Well Being, Lemont, 7:30 p.m., 23 – Camerata Amistad, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County, S.C., 3 p.m., 237-7605, 24 – Crystal Bowersox, State Theatre, S.C., 8 p.m., 29 – Nittany Valley Symphony: “For the Birds,” Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 7:30 p.m., 30 – State College Area Municipal Band Concert, SCAHS South Auditorium, S.C., 3 p.m.

Special Events 1 – Bellefonte Elks Kettle-cooked Ham and Bean Soup and bread fund-raiser, Bellefonte Elks Club, 10 a.m., 355-2828. 1 – Centre County Reads: Space Carnival Kickoff, Discovery Space of Central PA, 10 a.m.,

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1 – Mardi Gras Themed Silent and Service Auction, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County, S.C., 6 p.m. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Millheim Farmers’ Market, Old Gregg School Farmers’ Market, Spring Mills, 10 a.m., 2 – Sports Archives Open House, 103 Paterno Library, PSU, 865-2123. 2 – Friends & Farmers Cooperative Membership Kick-Off Celebration, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County, S.C., 3 p.m., 4, 11, 18, 25 – Boalsburg Farmers’ Market, St. John’s United Church of Christ, Boalsburg, 2 p.m., 5 – The Original Harlem Globetrotters, BJC, PSU, 7 p.m., 14-16 – Home and Garden Show, BJC, PSU, 3 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m. Sat. & Sun., 15-17 – Irish Fare Dinner, Duffy’s Tavern, Boalsburg, 18 – Football Open House, State College Assembly of God, S.C., 6 p.m., 238-3800. 18 – Project Serve: Exploring Mental Health Needs in the Centre Region, Faith United Church of Christ, S.C., noon, 22 – Book Signing: Women of Steel and Stone by Anna M. Lewis, Bellefonte Art Museum, Bellefonte, 1 p.m.,

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22 – Spring Beach Party, Bellefonte Elks Club, 6 p.m., 355-2828. 23 – Welsh Society of Central PA’s Afternoon Tea: “Exploring Welsh Heritage in America Through Historical Newspapers," Nittany Lion Inn, PSU, 1 p.m., 571-0883. 29 – Happy Valley’s Got Talent, State Theatre, S.C., 2 & 7 p.m., 30 – Nittany Con 2, Quality Inn, Milesburg, 10 a.m., 30 – State College Community Theatre’s Annual Spring Gala, Penn State mimimimimimimimimimimimimimimimimimi Conference Center, S.C., 6:30 p.m., VILMA/JOHN&CREW: THIS IS COPY FOR MAR ’14 RED CROSS AD –

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Sports For tickets to Penn State sporting events, visit or call 865-5555. For area high school sporting events, call your local high school. 1 – PSU/Michigan, women’s basketball, BJC, PSU, 3:30 p.m. 1 – PSU/Minnesota, men’s gymnastics, Rec Hall, PSU, 7 p.m. 2 – PSU/Wisconsin, men’s basketball, BJC, PSU, noon. 2 – PSU/West Virginia, women’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, noon. 7-8 – PSU/Wisconsin, men’s ice hockey, Pegula Ice Arena, PSU, 7 p.m. 8 – PSU/Loyola, women’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, 1 p.m. 14-15 – PSU/Ohio State, men’s ice hockey, Pegula Ice Arena, PSU, 7 p.m. Fri., 3 p.m. Sat. 15 – PSU/Massachusetts, men’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, noon. 19 – PSU/NYIT, baseball, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 5 p.m. 21 – PSU/Michigan State, men’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, 3 p.m. 21-23 – PSU/Purdue, softball, Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park, PSU, 6 p.m. Fri., 3 p.m. Sat., 1 p.m. Sun. 22 – PSU/Bucknell, baseball, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, noon & 3 p.m. 22 – Big Ten Championships, women’s gymnastics, Rec Hall, PSU, noon & 5 p.m. 22 – PSU/Albany, men’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, 1 p.m. 23 – PSU/Michigan, women’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, 11 a.m. 23 – NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament First Round, BJC, PSU, 12:30 & 3 p.m. 23 – PSU/Michigan, women’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, 1 p.m. 25 – NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Second Round, BJC, PSU, 7 p.m. 26 – PSU/Drexel, women’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, 4 p.m. 28 – PSU/Illinois, men’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, 3 p.m. 28-30 – PSU/Northwestern, baseball, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 5:30 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m. Sat., 1 p.m. Sun. 28-30 – PSU/Michigan, softball, Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park, PSU, 6 p.m. Fri., 3 p.m. Sat., 1 p.m. Sun. 28 – PSU/Princeton, men’s volleyball, Rec Hall, PSU, 7 p.m. 29 – PSU/Villanova, men’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, 2 p.m.

29 – PSU/George Mason, men’s volleyball, Rec Hall, PSU, 7 p.m. 30 – PSU/Northwestern, men’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, noon.

Theater 1 – Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presents Borodin’s Prince Igor, State Theatre, S.C., noon, 1 – Penn State Centre Stage presents Into the Woods, Pavilion Theatre, PSU, 2 & 7:30 p.m., 1-2 – National Theatre Live presents War Horse, State Theatre, S.C., 7 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., 1, 29 – Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, Duffy’s Tavern, Boalsburg, 7 p.m., 6 – Manhattan Short Feature Film, State Theatre, S.C., 7:30 p.m., 11 – Sesame Street Live! Elmo Makes Music, BJC, PSU, 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m., 16 – Frank Caliendo, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 7:30 p.m., 20 – A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet State Theatre, S.C., 7 p.m., 20 – Moscow Festival Ballet presents Swan Lake, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 7:30 p.m., 21-23 – Park Forest Middle School Drama Club presents The Hobbit, Park Forest Middle School, S.C., 7 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., 237-5310. 23 – Greats at the State Film Series: The Graduate, State Theatre, S.C., 3 p.m., 25-April 5 – Penn State Centre Stage presents Blood at the Root, Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, S.C., 7:30 p.m. (2 p.m. matinees March 29 & April 5), 27 – Lunafest, State Theatre, S.C., 7 p.m., 27 – Memphis, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 7:30 p.m., 30 – Why We Ride, State Theatre, S.C., 3 p.m., 30 – Greats at the State Film Series: 2001: A Space Odyssey, State Theatre, S.C., 7:30 p.m., T&G

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Come Home to The State • (814) 272-0606 130 W. College Ave. • Downtown State College Metropolitan Opera in HD Borodin’s “Prince Igor” Saturday, March 1 | 12 noon National Theatre Live presents “War Horse” Saturday, March 1 | 7p Sunday, March 2 | 3p A Fierce Green Fire Presented by Sierra Club Mashannon Group

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Keller Williams What the Funk 2014 Tour Friday, March 21 | 9p

Greats at The State “The Graduate” (1967) 106 minutes NR Sunday, March 23 | 3p

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Happy Valley’s Got Talent to benefit TIDES Saturday, March 29 | 2p & 7p

from the vine

Navigating Through the Online Vineyard PLCB site offers more options and can make finding the right wine easier By Lucy Rogers

Have you ever had a nice glass or bottle of wine at a local restaurant and then searched for that wine at the liquor store and not been able to find it? Have you ever wondered why wines you can get in other states you can’t seem to get in Pennsylvania, or wondered about the significance of the moniker “Chairman’s Selection?” Many people ask me these questions on a regular basis — often enough to warrant dedicating this space to clarifying how the state system works — but more importantly, to demonstrate how to utilize the state’s Web site to help you find what you are looking for. First and foremost, it helps to know that every item carried within the state system has a PLCB code — a four-, five-, or six-digit number associated with it. Items with a four-digit code are considered “listed” products — items that are regularly carried by the state and can usually be found in any state store. A five-digit code signifies a “luxury” item, a product whose inventory is fixed, which is then distributed across the state to various stores, usually the stores that have been designated “premium” stores. (In State College, the premium store is the one located on North Atherton Street; the other three stores in town — Hamilton Plaza, Hills Plaza, and Benner Pike — are all considered regular stores and so would be less likely to carry luxury items.) “Chairman’s Selections” are a subset of these luxury items — they have a five-digit code, but are part of deals that the state has brokered because of its tremendous buying power. (The state of Pennsylvania is the largest single purchaser of alcohol in the country, and, as such, can broker bulk deals with wineries and distributors.) The savings the state captures on

Familiarizing oneself with the PLCB site can help you find the wine you desire. these deals are then passed on to the consumer through the “Chairman’s Selection” program, which is why you often see those signs identifying the “regular price” (meaning the price you would pay if you were to purchase the wine outside of PA), and then the price that you are paying in the PA state store. Because luxury items are purchased in fixed amounts and distributed to the stores, once an item is gone from your local store, it may very well be gone for good. But what most people don’t realize is that the very product that has sold out in State College may be in inventory in other stores around the state, and you can ask your local store to have the wine you want transferred to that store. You don’t even have to pay for shipping if you don’t need the item in a certain amount of time. (The process can be expedited if you agree to pay for the shipping of the transfer.) A six-digit code signifies an item as a “special liquor order,” or SLO for short. These are items that are available within the state system, but not available on the shelves of the store. Many restaurants purchase SLO wines to provide cus-

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tomers with something different, while also allowing them to expand their offerings beyond what is in the store. What most people don’t realize is that anyone can order SLO items — you just need to go into the store to order them (having the code for the item you want can be tremendously helpful in this case) and pay for the item in advance. The store will then order the items to be delivered to the store, at which point they will contact you when the order arrives. Many times there is a minimum purchase required on SLO items — it could be a six-bottle or 12-bottle minimum, but there are many SLO items that do not require a minimum. So how can you find out PLCB codes and product availability? It’s actually quite easy if you familiarize yourself with the PLCB Web site. If you Google “PLCB product search page” and then click on the link that comes up it will take you straight to the product catalog where you can search the state’s entire database by entering a keyword, which might be the wine name or winery. For example, if you are looking for Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon, you could enter the keyword “Woodbridge,” which would then bring up a page that lists every Woodbridge product available in the state of Pennsylvania. You would then scroll down to the item you are looking for, in this case Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon, which happens to have a regular listed code of 7634. To see how much of that product is available and where, you would then just click on the code number, choose “Centre County” in the drop-down box, and click “Submit.” Immediately, a page comes up identifying each store that is in the county, the price of the wine, and how many of that item are in inventory at each store. (If you do not enter a county and leave “no selection” in the county search field, you will see every single store in the state that is carrying inventory of that product, which is helpful if you are looking to have an item transferred, because then you can tell your local clerk which store has it in stock.) You can also use the drop-down box on the product search page to search within a category, such as “Cabernet Sauvignon (CA)” to see all the California Cabernets, or “Red Imported (SPAIN)” to see all the Spanish red wines available. You can then sort the results by price, by

code, by vintage, or by size of the bottle just by clicking on the header at the top of each column. If you already know the code of the wine you are searching for, all the better, as you can enter that code in the “Search for Code” box at the bottom of the page and the product will immediately come up. Many people lament the state system. It is true that the state does not carry every wine we’d like it to carry. But there are advantages to the system. In many cases, we do pay less in Pennsylvania than in other states for many products. The Web site is fairly easy to navigate

While the PA system is not perfect, it’s where we live, so taking the time to figure out how to maximize what the system has to offer is certainly worth your while. once you familiarize yourself with it, so at the very least you can find out exactly what is available and in what quantity. And for the things that you can’t find in the store or through the system, there are alternatives. The state allows consumers to directly purchase wine online from wineries that are listed on the PLCB’s Web site as a Direct Wine Shipper, and the wine will be shipped to the store for you to pick up. (There are currently 42 wineries registered as Direct Wine Shippers, and you can order wines only from those that are not currently being sold in PA). While the PA system is not perfect, it’s where we live, so taking the time to figure out how to maximize what the system has to offer is certainly worth your while. And then, lastly, if there is something you simply must have that is not available in PA, there are now sites that will ship wine directly to your door. in New Jersey does ship to PA and it has a huge selection of wines to choose from, as does in New York. So keep the faith, there’s plenty of good wine available to you if you know where to look for it! T&G Lucy Rogers teaches wine classes and offers private wine tastings through Wines by the Class. She also is the event coordinator for Zola Catering.

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Tasteof the Month

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Red velvet cupcake from Dolce Vita Desserts.

Sweet Times in Lemont Dolce Vita Desserts offers many tasty treats

VJM Studios

By Vilma Shu Danz

Dolce Vita specializes in custom cakes.

Dolce Vita Desserts, located at 812 Pike Street, is a little bakery in the quaint village of Lemont that is making life a little sweeter with tempting cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and custom cakes. Owner Mary Hilliard is a Penn State math major who followed her passion for cake decorating and baking from recipes passed down from her grandmother, mother, and sister. “Nine years ago, I created a Web site, started taking orders, and made everything to order,” explains Hilliard. “I bounced around in different commercial kitchen spaces, and with the overwhelming response from our customers, I knew that I had to either start saying No or find a place of my own to keep up with all the orders I was getting.” The bakery shop opened its doors in 2011, offering a variety of gourmet cupcakes and cookies baked fresh on-site. There are 10 different cupcakes available daily such as chocolate peanut butter, red velvet, and white raspberry. In addition, there are gluten-free cupcakes available, and they are iced to order with your choice of buttercream flavors. Upon request, vegan cupcakes are iced with icing made with dairy-free butter and soy milk. Other treats available daily include cannolis, choco107 - Town&Gown March 2014

Plain, pistachio, and chocolate-chip cannolis.

late-chip cookies, orange oatmeal-raisin cookies, snickerdoodles, coconut macaroons, and lemon bars as well as fudge and chocolate raspberryswirl brownies. “So, people can stop in and get a single cookie or get a dozen cupcakes to go,” says Hilliard. As an approved caterer for Penn State, she has baked her tempting treats for many Penn State events on and off campus. What makes her desserts so special is she uses only premium ingredients such as Madagascar vanilla, real butter, and fresh eggs. “I am also very picky and particular about the products that go out of here, so there is a lot of love and care that goes into everything — from a cookie to a custom cake,” she says. Dolce Vita also will deliver birthday and care packages. “A lot of parents of Penn State students really like these packages because it’s a sweet surprise for their kids to get two dozen cupcakes delivered on their birthday, or an assortment of cookies and other treats with a personalized note for finals week,” says Hilliard. There are different seasonal desserts for all occasions, including Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, and, of course, the Christmas holiday

Owner Mary Hilliard.

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Assortment of cookies. Dee Patterson helps behind the counter. season. For March, in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, try a chocolatestout cupcake with Bailey’s Irish Cream icing. Hilliard’s attention to detail allows her to create edible works of art. Her specialty is custom cakes, from elegant three-tiered wedding cakes to one-of-a-kind birthday cakes. For wedding cakes, call for a free consultation and tasting to design the cake of your dreams. For more information about Dolce Vita Desserts, visit T&G

Visit for a special coupon offer from Dolce Vita Desserts for buy six cupcakes, get six cookies free!

> Featured Selections < Hours of Operations: Monday by appointment. Tuesday-Friday: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday: Closed. Classic cupcakes: $3 each or $30 per dozen. Minicupcakes are available by special order only: $36 per two dozen plus $18 per additional dozen. Minimum of two dozen is required. Cookies: 95 cents each or $10 per dozen. Brownies and bars: $3 each large square or $12 per dozen triangles. Cannoli: $3.25 each or $12 half-dozen minis. Custom cakes starting at $24. For custom wedding cakes or to place your order for gift packages or party trays, call (814) 470-6046. Local delivery in the State College area starts at $7 with a minimum order of $25. Deliveries outside the area are available for an additional fee. No Sunday deliveries. 109 - Town&Gown March 2014

Dining Out 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 City-style barbecue is smoked daily on-site. AE, D, DC, ID+, MC, V. Full bar. Bella II, 135 S. Allegheny St., Bellefonte, 353-4696. Cozy and charming, yet affordable, Bella II’s specialty is good food! Fresh, classic pasta dishes with homemade sauces, large dinner salads, and in-house, hand-crafted desserts, top the favorites. Plan to try Bella II’s lunch buffet, Tues.-Thurs., featuring pasta, pizza, wraps, and desserts. BYOB welcomed! Take out available. Hours: Sun. 12-9, Tues.-Thurs. 11-9, Fri.-Sat. 11-10, Closed Mondays. AE, D, MC, V. Bella Sicilia, 2782 Earlystown Road, Centre Hall, 364-2176. An Italian kitchen where food is prepared from scratch and with love! Featuring traditional recipes of pasta dishes, calzones, Stromboli’s, subs, salads, and extraordinary pizza! Try Bella Sicilia’s stuffed, Sicilian, Chicago, or 16 varieties of thin-crust specialty pies, including seafood pizza with shrimp, clams, calamari, mussels, and margherita sauce! Take-out or enjoy our beautiful dining room, located in the back of our building. Feel free to bring your own beer and wine. Lunch buffet Mon.-Fri. Check us out on Facebook. AE, MC, V, MAC, D. Carnegie House, corner of Cricklewood Dr. and Toftrees Ave., 234-2424. An exquisite boutique hotel offering fine dining in a relaxed yet gracious atmosphere. Serving lunch and dinner. Prix Fixe menu and à la carte menu selections now available. AAA Four Diamond Award recipient for lodging and fine dining. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, D, V. Full bar. Clem’s Roadside Bar and Grill, 1405 S. Atherton St., 237-7666, Chef/owner Greg Mussi combines forces with infamous griller Clem Pantalone to bring you a mix of classic BBQ and other signature dishes featuring local produce and an extensive wine list. Central’s PA’s unique “whiskey bar” and extensive wine list. Happy hours every day from 5 to 7 p.m. State College’s largest outdoor seating area. Groups welcome. Catering and private events available. Daily specials listed on Facebook. Live music. AE, D, DC, MAC, MC, V. Full bar.

Cozy Thai Bistro, 232 S. Allen St., 237-0139. A true authentic Thai restaurant offering casual and yet “cozy” family-friendly dining experience. Menu features wide selections of exotic Thai cuisine, both lunch and dinner (take-out available). BYO (wines & beer) is welcome after 5 p.m. AE, D, DC, MAC, MC, V. Damon’s Grill & Sports Bar, 1031 E. College Ave., 237-6300, Just seconds from Beaver Stadium, locally owned and operated, Damon’s is the premiere place to watch sports and enjoy our extensive menu. Ribs, wings, burgers, steaks, apps, salads, and so much more. AE, D, MAC, MC, V, Full bar. The Deli Restaurant, 113 Hiester St., 237-5710, 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. Down Under Steakhouse at Toftrees, One Country Club Lane, 234-8000, A casual restaurant with unique dining featuring hearty appetizers, delicious entrees, fresh sandwiches and salads in a comfortable scenic atmosphere. Outdoor seating 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 It.alian 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. Gamble Mill Restaurant & Microbrewery, 160 Dunlop St., Bellefonte, 355-7764. A true piece of Americana, dine and enjoy our in-house craft beers in a historic mill. Experience bold American flavors by exploring our casual pub menu or fine dining options. Six to seven beers of our craft beers on tap. Brewers Club, Growlers, outdoor seating, large private functions, catering. Lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Dinner 5-9/10 p.m. Mon.-Sat. “Chalk Board Sunday’s” 4-8 p.m. All credit cards accepted.

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Seasonal Specials and Packages. PSU Did you know that four Parents and Alumni legged friends areby our Discounts offered welcome at four of our six six State College hotels. State College hotels? . Hilton Garden Inn . .Days DaysInn InnPenn PennState State . .Quality Inn Quality Inn . .Nittany NittanyBudget BudgetMotel Motel . .Super 8 Super 8 . Carnegie Inn & Spa

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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 specialties. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. Full bar, beer. The Greek, 102 E. Clinton Ave., 308-8822, The Greek Restaurant is located behind Original Waffle Shop on North Atherton Street. Visit our Greek tavern and enjoy authentic Greek cuisine. Full service, BYOB. D, MC, V. Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering, 1221 E. College Ave. (within the Hilton Garden Inn), 237-4422, Traditional seasonal favorites prepared extraordinarily. Fusion food, sharing plates, and fresh seafood. Extensive wines-by-the-glass, full bar, moderate prices. Lunch/Dinner. Exquisite catering. 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 7 years in a row. Eat-in, Take-Out, Catering. Gluten-free 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. India Pavilion, 222 E. Calder Way, 237-3400. Large selection of vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes from northern India. Lunch buffet offered daily. We offer catering for groups and private parties. AE, D, MC, V. (call ahead.)

India Pavilion Exotic Indian Cuisine

Now Open 7 Days a Week Lunch Buffet: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dinner: 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Carry Out Available

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Food & Beer TO GO!

Bottles • Cases • Kegs Growlers • Beer Soap Candy • Mugs Bringing you craft beer & fresh food using local products in a family friendly, casual atmosphere.

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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 transitions 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.

A true neighborhood hangout highly regarded for its popular and authentic New York-style woodfired pizza and commitment to quality. Awardwinning pizza. and Italian cuisine homemade with only the best and freshest ingredients. 1229 South Atherton St. • State College • 234-9000 g rin te e Ca bl te la Si i n- va O A

Check out our web site for all our daily specials. Damon’s is your place for March Madness on our 70-inch LED TVs!

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Authentic Chinese Cuisine

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Fresh made sushi, a variety of California rolls, salads, Miso soup and Boba teas.

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Mario’s Italian Restaurant, 1272 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, 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, Our new location provides plenty of parking, great ales and lagers, full service bar, signature dishes made with local products in a family-friendly, casual atmosphere. AE, D, DC, LC 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 (member only).

Finally... The wait is over!

Same great great food!

Chef/Owner Greg Mussi and the Artisan Griller Clem Pantalone have joined forces to bring you some of the best food this side of the Mason Dixon Line! 1405 South Atherton St. State College, PA 16801 814-238-2333

Call about famous BBQ to go!

Bella 2 is now OPEN! 135 S. Allegheny St., Bellefonte • 353-4696

Bella Sicilia

2782 Earlytown Road, Centre Hall • 364-2176 Dining Room in rear. Both locations closed Mondays

Meyer Dairy's Hearty Homecooking!

Milk • Ice Cream • Eggs Cheese • Juices Pop's Mexi-Hots • Baked Goods • Sandwiches Ice Cream Cakes & More! Open Daily 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. 2390 S. Atherton St. (814) 237-1849

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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. Zola New World Bistro, 324 W. College Ave., 237-8474. Zola combines comfortable, modern décor with exceptional service. Innovative, creative cuisine from seasonal menus served for lunch and dinner. Extensive award-winning wine list. Jazz and oysters in the bar on Fridays. Catering. AE, D, MC, V. Full bar.

Good Food Fast Baby’s Burgers & Shakes, 131 South 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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HUB Dining, HUB-Robeson Center, on campus, 865-7623. A Penn State tradition open to all! Eleven restaurants stocked with extraordinary variety: Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Higher Grounds, HUB Subs, Mixed Greens, Burger King, Panda Express, Piccalilli’s, Sbarro, Sushi by Panda, Wild Cactus, and more! V, MC, LC. 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! Westside Stadium Bar and Grill, 1301 W. College Ave., 308-8959, www.westsidestadium See what all the buzz is about at Westside Stadium. Opened in September 2010, State College’s newest hangout features mouthwatering onsite smoked pork and brisket sandwiches. Watch your favorite sports on 17 HDTVs. Happy Hour 5-7 p.m. Take-out and bottle shop. Outdoor seating available. D, V, MC. Full Bar.

Specialty Foods Dolce Vita Desserts, 812 Pike St., Lemont, 470-6046, Experience a taste of the sweet life with our specialty cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more for all occasions. Baked fresh in our quaint Lemont Shop. D, MC, V.

Hoag’s Catering/Celebration Hall, 2280 Commercial Blvd., State College, 238-0824, Hoag’s Catering specializes in off-site catering, event rentals, and on-site events at Celebration Hall. We do the work, you use the fork — large and small events. T&G

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Making a Healthy Rehabilitation Possible HealthSouth CEO helps hospital bring award-winning service to area As chief executive officer of HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital for the past nine years, Susan Hartman oversees the day-to-day operations of the 70,000-square-foot, 73-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital. Located at 550 West College Avenue in Pleasant Gap, HealthSouth Nittany Valley serves patients across the region, offering comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services designed to return patients to leading active and independent lives. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, HealthSouth Nittany Valley was awarded the 2013 President’s Circle Award and the Marketing Team of the Year award in October 2013. It is one of only 10 hospitals in HealthSouth’s nationwide network of 103 rehabilitation hospitals to receive the President’s Circle Award. This distinction recognizes the hospital’s outstanding performance in development of clinical programs, quality of patient-care services, employee retention, and overall operational excellence. Born in Norristown, and raised in Flemington, New Jersey, Hartman earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Elizabethtown College in 1986, and a master’s degree in counseling from Johns Hopkins in 1993. She has been with HealthSouth for 24 years, holding various positions including CEO for the past nine years. To w n & G o w n f o u n d e r M i m i B a r a s h Coppersmith sat down with Hartman at Cozy Thai Bistro in State College to discuss her path to becoming CEO of HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, the services offered at the facility, and how the Affordable Care Act may affect programs and services offered. Mimi: I can’t help but start with how you ended up in rehab medicine. I noticed that you didn’t train to do that. Susan: Well, I majored in psychology in college with the intention of continuing down that path, and I worked in mental health for four years. Then, an opportunity came up at the rehab hospital in York to be a case manager. Case managers worked with patients and families on their stay and discharge. This was 24 years ago. I must’ve done a good job at what I was doing because I was presented with

various opportunities along the way to be promoted, but the biggest opportunity for advancement that prepared me for my current position came when I was promoted to director of business development for HealthSouth Rehab Hospital of York, which allowed me a more operational role in the hospital. Mimi: Were you trained to do that or did you learn by doing? Susan: I learned by doing. Our company had a strong focus on internal advancement, which I’ve always been very grateful for. I also had wonderful mentors. I had some really wonderful bosses, role models, and other women who supported me along the way and helped me define my path. I really liked the operations side of hospital work. So, at the end of the day my education and my training actually did prepare me for the operations side. I feel my job is a lot of listening, problem solving, and offering solutions. Mimi: In my head, I think of a rehab hospital as more of a place for hope than one might have in a regular hospital. At the front end of the equation there’s more fear and anxiety. The patient moves through your phase of the treatment when there’s hope for recovery. Susan: That’s a great way to look at it. I wish that all of our patients could come in with that belief. Some people come to our hospital because they have had something really sudden like a stroke or brain injury. Sometimes it’s planned — a knee replacement or surgery — that’s going to go along an anticipated path. But more often than not, it’s a big surprise and, you’re right, it creates a lot of fear and anxiety. And our job is to not only restore their function and help them get back to what they love to do, but to help their family become educated with how to live with that stroke or with that

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brain injury. Providing hope is a huge part of our equation. Mimi: And it’s not just physical strength, but also mental strength. To what extent is the mental-health piece a part of your rehab? Susan: There’s no doubt that patients who come into our hospital with a positive attitude and a belief that they can improve do improve to a greater extent than those who do not believe in that. However, a big part of our job is to help everybody get to that point that they can have a positive attitude and participate and contribute to their rehabilitation. Mimi: Do you have planned activities in addition to personalized physical therapy? Susan: Well, we do have case-management and psychology services, which can be beneficial by helping families and patients to identify goals while they’re at rehab as well as continuing beyond. But the thrust of our focus is what goes on in therapy and how those skills can be carried over to the nursing unit. It’s really a whole philosophy that rather than do it for you, we want to teach you how to do it for yourself again. And that’s a little different for patients, too. They come in and are used to a hospital setting where their participation is often very passive because they’re being taken care of. We’re certainly taking care of them, but we want to shift the focus. We need their participation in their own recovery. We know that this model works because our outcomes are really excellent. We can measure our outcomes against a national database called UDS. We’ve been in the top 10 percent of that database out of 797 hospitals for three years. For instance, in 2013, 77 percent of our patients were discharged to the community, which exceeded the national average of 72 percent. People progress at different paces, and each may measure success differently.

For one, walking independently may be a realistic goal, but, for someone else, being independent at the wheelchair level could be their measure of success. That’s why it’s important that the goals and therapy be individualized for each patient. Mimi: Most of your patients come by referral, right? Susan: They come by referral. We don’t have an emergency room, so people don’t show up at our doors unannounced. We have to work really hard in the community to make sure that patients and other caregivers understand what a rehabilitation hospital is, how we can help them, and how our care is designed. We receive calls from family members and we can take people directly from home. The majority of our referrals come from other hospitals, like Mount Nittany, Lewistown, and Geisinger. Mimi: Do you get any patients from Huntingdon? Susan: Yes, we get patients from all over. We’ve had patients from all over the state, but Centre County is our largest referral. Mimi: So, in the total picture of health care now, tell me how the new ObamaCare impacts, if at all, on rehabilitation health care. Is that a fair question to ask? Susan: It’s a hard question, but I’ll do my best to answer it. I think we’re like the rest of the world and trying to figure out what the impact is going to be. Right now, we’ve seen some changes to our quality metrics and some of our payment has refocused around some of those quality metrics, and that’s not a bad thing. Anytime we can be rewarded for quality, that’s a good thing. Mimi: And that’s a fair thing. Susan: That’s a fair thing, yes. We’re interested to see what happens with the health exchanges and the new insurance, to start seeing people who were previously uninsured on these new insurance plans. We haven’t seen that happen

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yet. On a bigger perspective, we’re always working in Washington to make sure our legislators understand what rehabilitation care is and why it’s important. When they’re looking for solutions to pay for other things, we want them to understand why rehabilitation is an important part of the system, and why any cuts that would limit patient access to rehabilitation is detrimental to patients. Mimi: Well, in many cases, it’s the most important part of the system after the emergency piece has been taken care of. Susan: Well, I think there’s a place for postacute care in the continuum of care because not all needs can be addressed in the short period of time that people spend in acute care. They get stabilized, their needs are identified, and they are well cared for. But often times there’s a need for continuing care before they can go home. And we know that we can get patients home in the most effective manner in a reasonably short period of time. Our average length of stay is 12 days. So, if that can make the difference between someone being able to return home and not, I think that’s a pretty worthwhile investment. Mimi: What percentage of your care is outpatient care? Susan: We have three outpatient sites. One is at our main hospital, one is in Lewistown, and the other is in Mifflintown. We treated over 2,000 outpatients last year. Patients who have received inpatient care often continue their therapy in our outpatient clinics after discharge, but many people with less complex illnesses or injuries bypass inpatient and receive physical, occupational, and speech therapy on an outpatient basis at the hospital and also at our two other sites. Mimi: How big is HealthSouth? It’s all over the country, isn’t it?

Susan: Yes, the HealthSouth Corporation has 103 hospitals across the country and about 22,000 employees. Mimi: Is it a public company? Susan: It is publicly traded stock. The ticker symbol is HLS. Mimi: How is the stock doing? Susan: The stock is doing very well. I think it’s hovering around $35, which is good for us for a health-care stock. As a company, we’re the largest rehabilitation provider in the country. This is our 30th anniversary of providing rehab services to the community at Nittany Valley, so we’re very proud of that. Mimi: What do you foresee as a possible problem going forward in rehab medicine, or is it all looking good? You know some people in the medical field are all of a sudden doom and gloom that ObamaCare is going to destroy not just the face of the Earth, but of health care. Susan: I think if there’s one thing we’ve learned in rehabilitation over the years, it’s to be adaptable. We’ve had to learn to adapt and change our business to the changing health-care climates. Because we’re in the specialty hospital industry sometimes we have to remind Medicare and our legislators why we are an important piece of the equation. I don’t think there’s any threat in terms of the need not being there. The need is there. We’ve seen our numbers grow over the last two years. Mimi: Well, there are more people there because medical science has helped us live longer. Susan: Absolutely. Our discharges grew 16 percent year to year. We’ve had phenomenal growth and support from the community and we’re happy to be there to serve them. So, the need is not going to go away. The threat would

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come from any cuts to Medicare that would try to eliminate this level of rehabilitation, but that’s not something our staff can focus on day-to-day. Their job is to just focus on making patients better and providing them with quality care. My job and our company’s job are to make sure that we talk to our local legislators. We’ve had wonderful support from Congressman Thompson. He’s very pro-rehabilitation and has always responded to my request when there’s been legislation that’s needed to be voted on. Mimi: Let’s talk about family. When you took this job as CEO, a very important part of your life was your children and your husband, obviously. How did you balance all of the activities of children and family? It’s a job in which you have to be available 24/7. Susan: I have a really supportive husband who was 100 percent behind me when I took this job and knew that challenges would occur and how I would need to balance work life and our family life. With my kids, I have always worked since they were little, so that was just a natural part of our life. I do believe I have the capacity to think about work 24 hours a day, but I don’t think my family knows that. I turn

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State College Photo Club’s Winning Photos The State College Photo Club provides photo enthusiasts with the opportunity to share their passion for photography with others and to provide an environment for learning and developing new skills. The club welcomes individuals from amateurs to professionals. One of the club’s activities is to hold a monthly competition. Town&Gown is pleased to present the winning images from the club’s competition. Shown this month are the first-place winners from the judged December meeting competition.

December Meeting First Place: Theme “Brilliance”


“Golden Spokes” by Carolyn Todd

“This photo of a golden-hued gear was taken at House on the Rock, located in Spring Creek, Wisconsin. It’s very hard to describe the eclectic collection of elaborate light fixtures, mechanical musical instruments, stained glass windows, carousel horses, and other curiosities that exist in this complex. A very fascinating place.”

December Meeting First Place: Open Category “Self-Portrait” by Robert Hale


“The photo was taken in our home studio. It is an 8x10 Ambrotype shot with a Shen-Hao view camera.”

A copy of either of these photos may be obtained with a $75 contribution to the Salvation Army of Centre County. Contact Captain Charles Niedermeyer at (814) 861-1785 for more information. You can select any size up to 11 inches wide. The State College Photo Club meets on the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Foxdale Village Auditorium. Guests and new members are always welcome.

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TEE OFF ON CANCER! 18th Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Tournament Friday, May 30th 2014 at the Penn State Golf Courses Great Golf•Great Food•Great Fun•Great Cause Morning & Afternoon Rounds•Two Receptions • One of the top golf events of the season in Pennsylvania • More than 350 golfers participate annually • Great participation gifts and competition prizes • All the food you can eat on and off the course • Penn State coaches, former stars, and celebrities from across the sports world • Morning and Afternoon tee times available

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Building on a Strong Foundation New Centre Foundation director looks to grow organization’s impact By Cassandra Wiggins

For Molly Kunkel, giving back is just a part of who she is. With more than 20 years of leadership experience in local nonprofits, she is no stranger to helping those in need. So when the Centre Foundation needed a new executive director after Al Jones announced his retirement last year, it was only logical that Kunkel was chosen to fill the position. Kunkel, who has worked with the Centre Foundation since 2008, stepped into her new role this past December and hopes to expand the foundation. “I was thrilled to find out I was chosen,” she says. “I love the work that I do and I love the work that the Centre Foundation does in the community, so I was really excited to have the opportunity to continue on and lead it.” The Centre Foundation, which has been around for more than three decades, is a nonprofit organization that creates endowments, and works with donors and local organizations to create permanent funding for those funds. Kunkel says she plans to make the foundation an even bigger part of the Centre County community in terms of providing endowments and support to local organizations. “What would be ideal, in my mind, is if the foundation could help the organizations raise enough money that they become financially set and are able to continue providing the services they already do,” she says. A program that Kunkel is excited to work on again this year is Centre Gives, a 36-hour online giving event in which people can log on to and donate to numerous local nonprofits. The foundation also provides prorated matching funds and several other cash prizes, according to the event’s Web site. The event, which is set for May 6 this year,

Molly Kunkel What are three things you could not live without? “Well, coffee, good wine, and my loved ones.” What is your favorite coffee drink? “Wet cappuccinos — it’s kind of halfway between a cappuccino and a latte. My Starbucks people taught me that one.” Favorite TV show? “Well, I just recovered from Breaking Bad, but I’m also a big Walking Dead and Parenthood fan.”

raised more than $1 million in the past two years, Kunkel says. She says she also has plans to change how the foundation provides grants, with a program called Centre Inspires, which focuses on providing a larger grant to encourage organizations to partner with one another and make significant impacts. She also hopes to improve the foundation’s Web site,, and have the site include a section about local organizations and their information. “Since not all of the organizations have Web sites, it makes it hard for them to get the word out,” Kunkel says. “If we could help them become more accessible, it will only help our community.” She says it’s her love for her community that motivates her every day. “I’ve been here a long time and raised my family here,” she says. “I feel really connected here, and feel there is so much commitment from community members. I’ve been fortunate to do work that I love.” T&G

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