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Town&Gown October 2016

Renaissance Honoree of the Year - T. Wayne Waters, Town&Gown

When I first spoke with Rod Kirsch, Penn State’s senior vice president of development, he had just come from a half-hour meeting with the 16 interns who had been assisting his department over the summer. “Half just graduated,” explains Kirsch, “half are going into their

Letter from the Editor

You’ll undoubtedly be seeing a lot of the color pink during October. It’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so everything from NFL teams to small businesses will be wearing or showcasing pink items to demonstrate their support. This month’s issue of Town&Gown even

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Taste of the Month: Revival Kitchen

Take a beautiful drive through picturesque rolling hills and rich farmlands to a quaint, casual restaurant in Reedsville and have one of the best farm-to-table meals in Central Pennsylvania. Located at 6 North Main Street in Reedsville, Revival Kitchen, as the name suggests, is resurrecting old

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Myths and Truths about Down Syndrome

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and since 2009, the Centre Region Down Syndrome Society (CRDSS) has held its Buddy Walk to raise money and promote awareness. This year’s walk is October 15 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Here are some common “myths” and accompanying

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5 Questions with Michael Berkman, director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy

T&G: You had a lecture event with Brooke Gladstone in September titled, “The 2016 Campaign: Is it the Media’s Fault?” Why do you think we have a presidential campaign with two people who have such high negatives when it comes to public opinion? Berkman: It is certainly true

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On Centre: Roomful of Teeth

The Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth is out to discover how far human voices can stretch. Through study with masters from traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques, and through an ongoing commissioning process,

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Memories of the Town Where I Spent My Youth

State College, Pennsylvania, is where I spent my youth. It’s not the name of a college (honestly, that’s the truth!) Though Penn State University’s main campus is rooted there. The nickname is “Happy Valley” (I’m not kidding you, I swear!). Thoughts of a

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The Penn State-Wisconsin Rivalry That Never Was

Recently, I found myself caught in Park Avenue traffic behind a car adorned with an obnoxiously large Ohio State Buckeyes magnet. With merely a glimpse of it, my pulse quickened and my palms tightly gripped the steering wheel. As an ardent Nittany Lions fan, I recoiled at the unwelcome reminder of

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Lunch with Mimi: Erin Tench

In May, Erin Tench was hired as the new executive director for the Pennsylvania Pink Zone, taking over for Miriam Powell. The Pennsylvania Pink Zone and Penn State Lady Lion Basketball are a unified force in the fight against breast cancer — on the court and off the court. Pink Zone promotes

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Snapshot: John Simpkins

For John Simpkins, there is a three-column existence to his life as a musical theater educator and director — Penn State; the Sharon Playhouse in Sharon, Connecticut; and freelance professional directing. The three allow him the opportunity to focus on his passion — new musicals.

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