Events for Wed, Oct 29, 2014
International Tea Hour
3:00 - 4:00 pm | Slep Student Center Fireside Lounge
This Wednesday at 3pm is our International Tea in the Slep Fireside lounge. Please join us as our very own Sarah Shear will be talking about ‘We’re a Culture, Not a Costume.’ We know that Halloween is a time for parties, dressing up and having a little bit of harmless fun, right? Maybe, but sometimes we cross the line. Sometimes we do and wear things that can cause hurt and embarrassment to people from other ethnic groups. Sarah Shear is going to highlight the racial stereotyping all too common in Halloween party costumes and open up a discussion around the topic of Halloween.
We will have a variety of teas and those in attendance will be entered into a drawing for a gift card.
Student Forum with Amy Robach
4:30 pm | Misciagna Center
Student Forum with Amy Robach set for Oct. 29
Penn State Altoona students are invited to attend a student forum featuring Amy Robach, Good Morning America anchor and breast cancer survivor.
The forum will take place Wednesday, October 29 at 4:30 p.m. in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. It will consist of a 45-minute question and answer session. The event is free to all Penn State Altoona students. A valid Penn State student ID must be presented for entry.
The forum precedes Robach's presentation at the Blair County Convention Center as part of the college's Speaker Series. You can find out more by visiting www.altoona.psu.edu/now/news.php?value=4720.
Women's Volleyball vs. La Roche College
7:00 pm | Adler Athletic Complex
Guest Poet Gerry LaFemina
7:00 pm | Misciagna Center 101-103
Poetry reading by Gerry LaFemina set for Oct. 29
Penn State Altoona will present a reading by poet Gerry LaFemina on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7 p.m. in rooms 101-103 of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.
LaFemina is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. He directs the creative writing program at Frostburg State University. He believes poetry is the highest art form; believes everyone; should rock out with a guitar at least once–even if they can't play; believes teaching is a calling; believes the New York City subways are beautiful (even if they smell badly); and believes in love, bigfoot and other mythic creatures.
The reading is presented by Penn State Altoona's English Program's Visiting Writers Series and is free and open to the public.
Speaker Series: Amy Robach
7:30 pm | Blair County Convention Center
Penn State Altoona hosts Amy Robach for Speaker Series
ALTOONA – Amy Robach, journalist, Good Morning America news anchor, and breast cancer survivor, will be at the Blair County Convention Center Wednesday, October 29, 7:30 p.m., as part of Penn State Altoona’s Speaker Series.
In 2013, Robach announced on Good Morning America that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, just weeks after receiving a mammogram on live television. After undergoing surgery for a double mastectomy and completing eight chemotherapy sessions, Robach returned to the network’s morning program exactly three weeks after her surgery.
Since joining ABC News, Robach has traveled nationally and internationally to cover major news events including the 2014 Winter Olympics, the birth of Prince George, Superstorm Sandy, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut. She also reported live from South Africa just days after the shooting of Oscar Pistorius’s girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, and anchored a special 20/20: The Fast Times of Oscar Pistorius.
Before joining ABC News, Robach worked at NBC News and MSNBC. A native of Lansing, Michigan, Robach earned a degree in broadcast journalism and graduated with honors from the University of Georgia. She resides in New York City with her husband and children.
Tickets to the event are $30 with $5 being donated to Penn State Hershey for breast cancer research. They may be purchased online at www.altoona.psu.edu/tickets and through the Penn State Altoona Development and Alumni Relations Office at 814-949-5091 or at 1419 Twelfth Avenue in downtown Altoona. The title sponsor for the event is UPMC Altoona & UPMC Health Plan. Media sponsors are WTAJ, Forever Broadcasting, and the Altoona Mirror.
Proceeds from the Speaker Series events benefit the Penn State Altoona Future Fund, which provides funds for programs that enrich the academic and cultural life on campus and in the community. This fund also enables the administration to offer emergency scholarship assistance to students experiencing a financial crisis. Sponsorships from an array of individuals, businesses and corporations enable Penn State Altoona to direct all proceeds to the Future Fund.