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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 Basketball: Why I’m Still on the Bandwagon with Pat Chambers
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Penn State Basketball: Why I’m Still on the Bandwagon with Pat Chambers
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
I understand if you’ve recently jumped off the Chambers bandwagon. The Nittany Lions have dropped five of their last six games and their two most recent defeats were nothing short of horrendous. But I’m giving Chambers the benefit of the doubt for three simple reasons [Read More]
Strawberry Fields: Not Quite Forever, but CEO Marks 35 Years with Agency
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Strawberry Fields: Not Quite Forever, but CEO Marks 35 Years with Agency
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
If you tried to highlight a demanding job, I think you’d be hard-pressed to name one with more challenges than CEO of a non-profit organization that serves individuals with mental illness or intellectual disability. And that’s why I was so intrigued to learn that Cindy Pasquinelli would reach th [Read More]
Pickleball: The Racket That’s Taking Over America
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Pickleball: The Racket That’s Taking Over America
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Pickleball's popularity is growing rapidly, in large part because of Baby Boomers like me. Still, the sport has puzzled me, and so I made my way to the State College YMCA, the epicenter for pickleball in Happy Valley. [Read More]
'Out of the Cold' Helps the Homeless in Happy Valley
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'Out of the Cold' Helps the Homeless in Happy Valley
23 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
“I think this is a story of how a community of people is wrapped around this program,” says Kendra Gettig, Out of the Cold board chairwoman. “Last year, we had about 1,100 volunteers... There are just a lot of people who are really committed to this program.” [Read More]
Matt Rhule to NFL’s Panthers: Sweet Carolina!
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Matt Rhule to NFL’s Panthers: Sweet Carolina!
25 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
“Matt and Julie decided at this particular time in life with young kids and with the offer that Carolina made and with the leadership there, this was the place for them. So he called us and said, ‘We're going to Carolina.’ [Read More]
Richie Lucas: The Heisman Near-Miss Who Helped State Become Great
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Richie Lucas: The Heisman Near-Miss Who Helped State Become Great
28 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
I had a unique plan for the evening of Saturday, Dec. 14. Lots of football fans would watch the televised Heisman Trophy presentation that night, but I would be viewing it with a former Penn State star who had placed second in Heisman voting many decades ago. [Read More]
State High Alum Kyla Irwin Finds Her Niche as a UConn Huskie
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State High Alum Kyla Irwin Finds Her Niche as a UConn Huskie
30 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It would have been easy for Kyla Irwin to enter a good women’s collegiate basketball program in the fall of 2016. But Irwin, holder of State High’s career records for points (2,032) and rebounds (1,188), didn’t make the safe choice. She wanted to pursue her dream. And that meant saying “yes [Read More]
Penn State Wrestling: Will Fans be Spoiled by Success?
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Penn State Wrestling: Will Fans be Spoiled by Success?
34 weeks 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
35 weeks 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
36 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]
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