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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

Thanksgiving 2020: Nolds Offer Help on Giving Thanks During Tough Times
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Thanksgiving 2020: Nolds Offer Help on Giving Thanks During Tough Times
6 days ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
As I reflected on the somber state of Happy Valley just prior to Thanksgiving, I decided it was time to call Dan Nold. The veteran pastor of Calvary Church, Dan has been my go-to guy for wisdom throughout this crisis-filled year. He also suggested that we include his wife, Lynn, in the conversation. [Read More]
Penn State Law’s Colombian Twins: Doubling Down on Issues of Social Justice
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Penn State Law’s Colombian Twins: Doubling Down on Issues of Social Justice
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Angelica and Indira Ricaurte Villalobos are twins and Fulbright scholars who are passionate about opportunities to work for greater justice, equity and peace in their violence-torn nation of Colombia and especially for their ethnic group, the Afro-Colombian people. [Read More]
Bucky Quici: A Sports Guy Who’s Dealing with the Sports Void
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Bucky Quici: A Sports Guy Who’s Dealing with the Sports Void
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Yes, my fellow sports fan, I understand. It’s not easy to be shut out of the Penn State football home opener. Especially when you know that Beaver Stadium will be virtually empty. But if Bucky Quici can live with such a distasteful reality, I guess you and I can also accept it. [Read More]
Life in the COVID Era: 3 Friends Who Are Making It Work
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Life in the COVID Era: 3 Friends Who Are Making It Work
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
I enjoy the stories of those who are successfully coping with life despite the restrictions, cancellations and overall dreariness caused by COVID-19. Their positivity helps keep me going, so I decided to contact three of my favorite subjects from previous columns. None of these individuals has contr [Read More]
Community Panel Offers Hope for Happy Valley’s Future
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Community Panel Offers Hope for Happy Valley’s Future
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Three veteran community leaders joined me on Monday morning to consider the matrix of challenges that threaten Happy Valley’s happiness this fall and how we can have hope. Connected by Zoom, we discussed such concerns as the local impact of COVID-19, the struggle to improve our community’s raci [Read More]
Penn State’s New International Students: Theirs Is a Story of Determination
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Penn State’s New International Students: Theirs Is a Story of Determination
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It’s never been especially easy for an international student to get to a university like Penn State. Even in a normal year, an overseas student must withstand the endless paperwork, the financial struggles, the cultural adjustments and maybe some language barriers. But, as you may have noticed, t [Read More]
A Visit to Tudek Dog Park Offers Sniffs and Smiles
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A Visit to Tudek Dog Park Offers Sniffs and Smiles
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
I am happy to offer you my top tip for shrugging off this season of sadness. Make your way to Tudek Dog Park, with or without a canine, and you’ll leave with a smile on your face. A certain warmth exudes from the dogs and their human owners that can only be described as infectious. [Read More]
When 'The Morning Guys' Went Silent
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When 'The Morning Guys' Went Silent
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Happy Valley felt different on the morning of Tuesday, June 30. And the change was not for the better, at least from my perspective. Folks tuning in to radio 1390 that day from 6 to 9 a.m. got national programming instead of the familiar voices of Jeff Byers and Gary Sinderson. [Read More]
Chiropractor Roy Love: Making Great Adjustments to Local Causes
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Chiropractor Roy Love: Making Great Adjustments to Local Causes
21 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Good Day Café was certainly the best place to meet Dr. Roy Love for coffee. After all, it was his idea to create this Strawberry Fields enterprise to provide jobs for adults with intellectual disabilities or mental health diagnoses. And he continues to be one of the café’s key boosters. [Read More]
Denny Rhule: Dad of NFL Coach Offers Father’s Day Encouragement
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Denny Rhule: Dad of NFL Coach Offers Father’s Day Encouragement
23 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Many of us dads will soon be opening a Father’s Day gift and we’ll be delighted to receive football jerseys bearing the colors of our favorite NFL teams. But Denny Rhule has a leg up on all of us. His closet is already filled with Carolina Panthers’ gear, and for a good reason. Denny’s son, [Read More]
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