It was another record-breaking year for Penn State students as they raised a whopping $10,686,924.83 for THON! Penn State Altoona was responsible for nearly $83,000 of that, taking second place out of all the commonwealth campuses.
Six Penn State Altoona students were chosen as dancers for the 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping marathon, a role they say is a true honor.
THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world donating all proceeds to The Four Diamonds Fund, which in turn benefits the Hershey Medical Center and its young patients battling pediatric cancer.
Just out from Michigan State University Press is "Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball," edited by Todd Davis, professor of English. It is comprised of essays by poets about their relationship to the game of basketball. The book includes essays by such noted poets as Pulitzer-prize winner Stephen Dunn and Quincey Troupe, and from men and women from a range of backgrounds, including Filipino American, African American, and Native American.
On Saturday, December 17, 2011, Penn State Altoona held commencement ceremonies for the fall 2011 semester. The commencement address was delivered by Joseph Pizarchik, director of the Department of Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.
Penn State Altoona's Aaron building, located in downtown Altoona, is home to state-of-the-art nursing suites. Click play below to hear students and faculty members discuss the way the suites have revolutionized the nursing degree program at Penn State Altoona.
Move-In Day 2011 saw approximately 675 first-year students arrive on the Penn State Altoona campus to begin their college careers. Volunteers from all over the college helped unload belongings from cars and trucks and deliver them to residence hall rooms. Students participated in orientation activities throughout the weekend such as a barbeque, bingo, a social, Academic Convocation, a class picture, t-shirt tie-dying, and a glow dance party.