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Rebekka Coakley, Town&Gown

Rebekka Coakley is a freelance writer living in Philadelphia.

Articles by Rebekka Coakley, Town&Gown

People Who Make a Difference People Who Make a Difference
11 weeks ago - Town and gown
Whether it’s through fiber and fabric or giving someone a warm place to stay during the day or collecting food to give to families for the holidays, this year’s “People Who Make a Difference” (formerly “Happy Valley Heroes”) are shining examples of the heart of [Read More]
Sacred Sounds Sacred Sounds
32 weeks ago - Town and gown
With eyes closed and ears open, listening to the State College Sacred Harp singers feels like going to church in the south, circa the 1800s, with a fire and brimstone sermon from a fiery preacher to follow. Each vocal group — treble, alto, tenor, and bass — is strong and distinct, none [Read More]
12 Months of Giving: Salvation Army 12 Months of Giving: Salvation Army
62 weeks ago - Town and gown
During all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, there is a familiar sound one can hear outside the doors of local businesses that reminds people to take time to think of others during the Christmas season. It’s the ringing of the Salvation Army bells. Salvation Army volunteers and [Read More]
The Lost Boys of Sudan The Lost Boys of Sudan
71 weeks ago - Town and gown
Failure is not an option for Gabriel Akec. The Penn State senior likens success to being chased by a lion. “When you’re being chased, you climb up the tree and, in your mind, you know you cannot fall,” he says. “If you don’t do a good job of climbing, you will certainly [Read More]
Celebration of Good Health Celebration of Good Health
102 weeks ago - Town and gown
As a child, Judy Himes knew she wanted to be a nurse. Her passion for science, nurturing personality, and devotion to her siblings, friends, and pets only solidified her feeling that a career in caring for others was her future. Today, she is the director of nursing at Penn State Milton S. [Read More]
12 Months of Giving: Food Bank of State College 12 Months of Giving: Food Bank of State College
111 weeks ago - Town and gown
We just wrapped up another holiday season — a time marked with amazing charitable acts. But, as many seem to express each yuletide season, why can’t we commit to those acts of kindness and giving throughout the year? As part of each issue in 2014, Town&Gown will profile an [Read More]
Sustainability in Centre County Sustainability in Centre County
145 weeks ago - Town and gown
Bicycling to work every day since 1976, Penn State’s Paul Ruskin has accumulated more than 18,000 miles of petroleum-free transportation. Sustainability has been on his mind since he was in high school, when he researched the depth of lunar soil using infrared photography, and launched rockets [Read More]
The Roads Less Traveled The Roads Less Traveled
154 weeks ago - Town and gown
At the moment, it’s good to be Tawni O’Dell. Not just because the State College resident and best-selling author is in preproduction for her first published novel, Back Roads, to be made into a film directed by Adrian Lyne, but also because she’s finished her latest novel, [Read More]
A Past to Protect, A Future to Plan A Past to Protect, A Future to Plan
158 weeks ago - Town and gown
When True Fisher’s husband, Rob, accepted a position as an art professor at Penn State in 1974, a small town not far from State College intrigued the two. There was something about the borough 12 miles northeast of State College with about 6,000 residents that appealed to the Fishers. Perhaps [Read More]
Future Forecasts Future Forecasts
185 weeks ago - Town and gown
By Rebekka Coakley Fall means it’s time for kids to head back to school. And while many children have spent the summer camping, swimming, and forgetting all about their classrooms, the teachers, principals, and district administrators have spent the past few months preparing for the new [Read More]
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