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Town&Gown February 2016

A Century of Empowering Women - Tracey M. Dooms, Town&Gown

An eating disorder derailed Alison Franklin’s first attempt at college, causing her to drop out of Penn State in 2003. By the time she was ready to return, she was married with two toddlers. “It’s not cheap to go back to school, especially when you have a family,” she

Letter from the Editor

Each February, one of the best moments of the year happens. Inside a packed Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State students stay on their feet for 46 hours and raise tens of millions of dollars to help families who have children with cancer. THON has become one of the biggest events in Happy Valley,

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Taste of the Month: Happy Valley Learn to Cook

LaCreta Holland is a wife, mother of four, and grandmother. She also is passionate about cooking and teaching. She has been a substitute teacher for the State College Area School District and has taught cooking classes for a number of years through the SCASD Community Education program. In January

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Town&Gown's 2015-2016 Guide to Centre County Neighborhoods

Thinking of moving to Centre County or relocating to a new neighborhood? Check out Town&Gown's 2015-16 Guide to Centre County Neighborhoods:

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5 Questions with State College Community Theatre board president Benjamin Whitesell

On January 1, Benjamin Whitesell took over as the new board president for State College Community Theatre (SCCT). He recently talked about his hopes and plans for SCCT, which begins its 2016 season with The Wedding Singer. The show runs February 11-14 at the State Theatre. T&G: What are you

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On Centre: Singer-songwriters Griffin, Watkins, and Mitchell perform as trio

Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins, and Anaïs Mitchell are coming to Penn State for a celebration of American songwriting and performance. Their March 16 concert at Eisenhower Auditorium, part of the Use Your Voice Tour 2016, finds the artists sharing songs and accompanying one another. The tour,

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Q&A with Danya Katok, soprano performer

Growing up in State College, Danya Katok never thought she wanted to be a singer. She spent her days dancing at Ballet Theater of Central PA and pursuing violin through Central PA Youth Orchestra. Today, she is an established soprano and is involved in choral singing and musical improv, as well as

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Our Founders Were Real

Evan Pugh was Penn State's first president. It's great if you happen to know of Evan Pugh. In fact, it's likely that knowing about him already puts you in the minority among students and alumni. But just knowing this bit of raw information isn't worth much in and of itself. It's available to anyone

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Living Well: The Transforming Power of Love

A few weeks ago, a friend sent me a YouTube video of a 3-year-old girl standing on her bathroom sink first thing in the morning. She was shouting out with enthusiasm all of the things she loved. In a confident, clear voice she was saying, “I love my house, I love my toys, I love my sister, I

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Snapshot: Katie Mailey

Katie Mailey is where she wants to be as she wraps up her fifth year at Penn State. As executive director of THON 2016, she is in the lead role of the world’s largest student-run philanthropy. She’ll see the work she did the past 11 months with all the committees, volunteers, and

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