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John Hook

John Hook is the president of The Hook Group, a local management consulting firm, and active in several nonprofit organizations. Previously John spent 25 years in executive, management and marketing positions with regional and national firms. John lives in Ferguson Township with his wife Jackie and their two children.

Articles by John Hook

Yes! It's Finally Spring Break!
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Yes! It's Finally Spring Break!
223 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
The grass may look greener on the other side, but here are the top 24 reasons Happy Valley is better than Florida. 1) No overusing your golf clubs. 12) Easily hiding winter weight gain with pants, sweatshirts and coats. 19) Having all bugs bug-sized. You know, smaller than a quarter. [Read More]
Getting Out of the Route 322 Safety Hole, Just Dig Deeper
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Getting Out of the Route 322 Safety Hole, Just Dig Deeper
225 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Once we've gone the one-point-eight mile stretch through the gap – we'll be back on the same slightly-less-twisting and slightly-less-turning two-lane road for those last 12 miles into Happy Valley. Well, fear not, politicians and NIMBY's of Happy Valley, I have a solution. [Read More]
Crying 'Foul' Over Basketball Rule Book, Time to Shoot for a Change?
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Crying 'Foul' Over Basketball Rule Book, Time to Shoot for a Change?
227 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
It goes against the basic tenets of fair play when you do something against the rules and potentially get rewarded for it. Now when "Gram," who is always the picture of poise and composure, makes a pointed comment, well, let's just say the fabric of the universe has a tear. [Read More]
The IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon: What If There Were No Greeks?
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The IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon: What If There Were No Greeks?
229 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As the money raised for THON grows, so does the amount raised by the Greeks. In 2013 the top ten Greek organization pairs raised almost $2 million for THON. That money comes from somewhere. [Read More]
It's Time to Talk Trash
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It's Time to Talk Trash
231 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
According to the Journal of Commerce, in 2013 the largest exporting company in the United States was engaged in basically one business: exporting waste paper and plastic recyclables to China. [Read More]
The Twelve Days of Christmas – A Song For Each Day
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The Twelve Days of Christmas – A Song For Each Day
233 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
The holiday season – family, friends, peace and joy – is a wonderful time of year. For me, especially the music. We're an aural species – just walk around and look at all the folks with earbuds in and headphones on. [Read More]
Don't Shoot! Guns, Protests and Police
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Don't Shoot! Guns, Protests and Police
235 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
You see, when I was a freshman in the fall of 1977, it wasn't possible for any student, regardless of race, to be shot by a police officer on campus. Why? Because Penn State police didn't carry guns. [Read More]
Athletics and Academics: It's Not An Either/Or Scenario
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Athletics and Academics: It's Not An Either/Or Scenario
237 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
There are those who would suggest student-athletes are a pox on the true academic mission of Penn State University. I say those people are not only wrong but dangerously so – in that the true academic mission of the university is best served by a great, vibrant and widespread athletics program. [Read More]
Thanksgiving – The Rodney Dangerfield of Holidays
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Thanksgiving – The Rodney Dangerfield of Holidays
239 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Thanksgiving gets no respect. It disappeared and no one even looked for it. December holiday decorations are already up. Santa has presided over the lighting of the tree at the foot of the Allen Street Mall downtown. [Read More]
Is it Time to Give Children a Voice in the Political Process?
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Is it Time to Give Children a Voice in the Political Process?
241 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
The first age-restriction surfaced in the 14th Amendment in 1868 – giving the vote to 21 year-old males – and stayed in place until the 26th Amendment a century later. The seeds of a demonstration were planted. [Read More]
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