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Bill Horlacher

Bill Horlacher is a native of Happy Valley, a 1970 graduate of State College High School and a 1974 graduate of Penn State (journalism). He has spent his last 30 years in service to international students, helping them with personal, cultural and spiritual adjustments to America. After 39 years of living in California, Maryland and Texas, Bill returned to State College in 2013 along with his wife, Kathy.

Articles by Bill Horlacher

Penn State Wrestling: Will Fans be Spoiled by Success?
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Penn State Wrestling: Will Fans be Spoiled by Success?
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
If the Nittany Lion wrestling team can win eight national titles in nine years, then the fan base can do something special as well — be the most exuberant wrestling fans in the country while also being grateful and gracious. [Read More]
Baylor’s Undefeated Bears: A Football Miracle with Happy Valley Roots
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Baylor’s Undefeated Bears: A Football Miracle with Happy Valley Roots
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
At 8-0 Baylor's turnaround is something of a football miracle. Though a long way from central Pennsylvania, these Texas bruins are led by a bunch of Bears who come from State College. [Read More]
State High Legend Mike Archer Reflects on Life and Football
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State High Legend Mike Archer Reflects on Life and Football
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
A star-studded group of former athletes and coaches will enter the Centre County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame this weekend. Amid an impressive backdrop of local luminaries—including Olympic swimmer Jane Brown, track star Steve Gentry and football icon Mike Condo—one stands out [Read More]
He’s the Chinese Scholar Who Loves the Lions
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He’s the Chinese Scholar Who Loves the Lions
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
At first glance, Anderson Tang appears an unlikely candidate for membership in Nittany Nation. Born and raised in a small town in China’s Jiangxi Province, he’s a post-doctoral physics researcher at Penn State. But regardless of his faraway upbringing or his lofty education, this guy is as rabid [Read More]
Spikes’ Alum Tommy Edman Finds a Perch with the Cardinals
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Spikes’ Alum Tommy Edman Finds a Perch with the Cardinals
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Tommy Edman, the most recent Spikes alum to reach the major leagues, is playing a key role with the resurgent St. Louis Cardinals. When he joined the team as a wide-eyed rookie on June 8, the Redbirds were 5.5 games behind the Cubs and the Brewers. Today, the Cards are leading the NL Central. [Read More]
Making Room for the Nations in Happy Valley
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Making Room for the Nations in Happy Valley
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Somehow, at the start of each semester, Penn State’s Office of Global Programs turns new internationals into bona fide Penn Staters, welcoming them into the school’s melting pot of nations without letting them melt down. It’s more than impressive; it truly is amazing. [Read More]
Happy Birthday, Good Day Café
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Happy Birthday, Good Day Café
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
There’s nothing like a hot cup of coffee to give me a warm, fuzzy feeling. And that feeling is all the warmer and all the fuzzier when I’m consuming a cuppa Joe in my favorite State College café. Good Day Café, an employer of adults with intellectual disabilities or mental health diagnoses, is [Read More]
Todd Miner Offers the Happiest Transportation in Happy Valley
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Todd Miner Offers the Happiest Transportation in Happy Valley
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
He says he provides “transportainment” for our community, and he certainly does that. It would be hard to imagine a transportation source better suited to fun-loving Happy Valley than the pedicabs operated by Todd Miner under the banner of “Vamos! Lion Chariot.” [Read More]
Former Penn State Coach Lorenzo Credits Others as He Enters Wrestling’s Hall of Fame
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Former Penn State Coach Lorenzo Credits Others as He Enters Wrestling’s Hall of Fame
23 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Rich Lorenzo entered the National Wrestling Hall of Fame last weekend as a Distinguished Member, yet the very qualities that helped him win such recognition — selflessness, humility and team orientation — also made it hard for him to enjoy the congratulations. [Read More]
Happy 99th Birthday to the Mushroom Master, Leon Kneebone
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Happy 99th Birthday to the Mushroom Master, Leon Kneebone
24 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Leon Kneebone nearly died three times within five days in 1944, while serving in World War II. He came home to become a family man, world-renowned mushroom researcher and volunteer who has had a huge impact on the Centre County community. And on Tuesday, he turns 99. [Read More]
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