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Home Stretch

Sandy Barbour, VP for Intercollegiate Athletics, shares her home’s contemporary, sports-themed style.

   If you’ve ever thought you might have seen Penn State’s Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour trudging up University Drive with the masses heading to a home football game but second-guessed yourself, thinking “That couldn’t be …” Full Story

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Imagine ...

An arts and innovation center is opening in downtown State College. It’ll take a village to bring it to life.

   Imagine a place where you could see an improv show one day and an art exhibit the next. Imagine a venue where you could enjoy a catered brunch on Sunday and a lunchtime concert on Monday. Full Story

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Jana Marie Foundation’s third annual dinner and silent auction

   Jana Marie Foundation held its third annual “A Night to Remember, A Cause to Believe In” dinner and silent auction on March 15 at Wyndham Garden State College. Full Story

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71st annual Mount Nittany Medical Center Charity Ball

   Mount Nittany Health Foundation hosted the 71st annual Mount Nittany Medical Center Charity Ball on Feb. 23 at The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center. Full Story

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Geek Out

Monthly Nerd Nites at Webster’s encourage people to share their passions.

   At first thought, Socrates and hip-hop might not seem to have a lot in common. Full Story

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Recipe for Success

Chef Zach Lorber, new instructor of State College Area High School’s culinary arts program, seeks to ready students for the foodservice industry.

   From the bacon-infused aroma the collard greens seemed ready, but chef Zach Lorber wasn’t convinced.Lorber, or “Chef” as his culinary arts students call him, asked ninth-grader Biannca Poulson for her opinion. Full Story

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Pretty Easy

If you don’t have a green thumb, try succulents — they’re low maintenance and visually appealing.

   Walking through Jennifer’s Succulent City at Sammis Greenhouse almost feels like being transported to the desert. Full Story

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Guide Book

State College Magazine wine columnist Robert D. Richards releases Wine Savvy: Exploring and Enjoying American Wine.

   For Robert D. Richards, a fascination with food and wine has turned into a lifelong pursuit of getting to know both like one does a true love. Full Story

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Gems of Literary Culture

   It’s National Poetry Month, a month in which libraries and schools across the country celebrate those small, medium and epic gems of literature, poems. As a culture, we often overlook the occurrence of poetic form in everyday speech. Full Story

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Cold Comfort

   It burned, burned like I’d been set on fire. And then, very quickly, I couldn’t feel anything at all. Next to jumping out of a plane, leaping into the frigid waters of the Arctic was the single most intense experience of my life. Full Story

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The Truth about Penicillin

More than 90 percent of people who are avoiding the use of penicillins are doing so needlessly.

   Since the early 1940s, penicillin — a group of antibiotics that attacks a range of bacteria — has been widely prescribed by doctors for the treatment of many common, as well as more serious, infections. Full Story

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Convivial Cooking

Cooking Collaborative offers students an opportunity to cook with fresh, local ingredients in a supervised atmosphere.

   It’s Friday night in downtown State College and last call — to wrap sushi. Full Story

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Austrian Spring

   As our minds drift toward warmer temperatures and a migration outdoors, it is time to rethink our wine choices as well. The winter gave us ample reason to pop open that big Bordeaux or sumptuous Syrah, but as the temperatures begin to rise, we n Full Story

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'Let's Move, Nothing to Lose!'

   Sixteen years is a long time. Sixteen years ago my wife and I didn’t have any children. We were just settling into our careers, and we bought what we thought might be our forever home. Full Story

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Sharing Culture

with John Sanchez, Penn State Powwow coordinator

   John Sanchez beams with pride when he talks about his family. “Man, you look sharp there, cowboy,” he tells grandson Chaska, 6, as he dons the full regalia he’ll wear to the 15th annual Penn State Traditional American Indian Powwow. Full Story

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WPSU’s Connoisseur’s Dinner and Auction

   WPSU’s 27th annual Connoisseur’s Dinner and Auction featured Diane Kochilas — a celebrity chef, TV cooking show host, cookbook author and cooking school owner — for an evening of Greek cuisine on Feb. 9. Full Story

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ClearWater Conservancy’s Art & Chocolate Winter Gala

   ClearWater Conservancy’s 20th annual Art & Chocolate Winter Gala was held Feb. 8 at the Ramada Conference Center State College. Full Story

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Building Healthy Bodies

with Catie Simpson, SNAP-Ed nutrition educator

   Catie Simpson wishes every preschool and elementary school classroom had a kitchen. Full Story

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Making an Environmental Impact

Hunter Swisher, a State College native and Penn State alumnus, is the CEO of Phospholutions, which aims to reduce the negative environmental effects of fertilizer.

   Hunter Swisher developed an interest in biology and plant science as a student at State College Area High School, taking courses in botany, agroecology and environmental resource management rather than going the more traditional route of studying che Full Story

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Necessary Conversations

Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative founder and New York Times bestselling author, brings his perspective on human rights to Penn State.

   In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was sentenced to death in Alabama for two murders he did not commit. Full Story

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Finding Joy in Math

The State College Area School District has taken a new approach to teaching math in its elementary schools, and it’s already seeing results.

   State College Area School District fourth-graders have discovered that math can be handy in another sense.One February lesson involved measuring hand spans, making tables and identifying the maximum, minimum and range of data sets like a statistician Full Story

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What's for Dinner?

Whether you’ve got a picky eater or a ravenous toddler, these books will whet any appetite.

   It seems like we’re inundated with advice on what to eat. Self-help diet and healthy-eating cookbooks are often popular at the library, especially at the beginning of the year. Full Story

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Sweet Treats

Family recipes and fond memories influence Melissa Stitzer’s baking. Soon, you’ll be able to try her desserts at The Cakery’s shop in Bellefonte.

   Credit for Melissa Stitzer’s sugar cookies goes to her Grandpa Howard.Seven years ago as she was experimenting with recipes, she brought some sugar cookies to her grandfather on one of her regular visits. Howard took a bite and opened his eyes wide. Full Story

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Country-Rock Collision

State College band Kristi Jean and Her Ne’er-Do-Wells’ debut album features 10 songs from the early 1950s, when rockabilly was born.

   When Kristi Jean auditioned for the role of Patsy Cline in 2015 for Nittany Theatre at the Barn’s Always...Patsy Cline production, she didn’t realize that would become her gateway into the music scene in Happy Valley. Full Story

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Home is Where the Heart Is

   Although I was born in Queens, New York, I am the product of Pennsylvania. I grew up in State College and have lived here off and on my entire life. My very cells belong to these mountains and valleys, this landscape. Full Story

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Food can be a powerful medicine

Eating a diet rich in whole foods can help prevent chronic diseases.

   The typical American diet consisting of pre-packaged, processed foods washed down with sugar-sweetened beverages or pro-inflammatory foods may be making you sick. Full Story

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Wine & Brine

   Sometimes they top a pizza. Sometimes they are speared on toothpicks. Sometimes they are mashed into a tapenade. Full Story

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Woman Power

Soroptimist International of Centre County aids women and girls in the community through fundraisers, scholarships and hands-on help.

   Linda Wilson wears her Soroptimist pin like a badge of honor — which, if you ask her, it is. Full Story

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A Fare Share

The State College Culture Exchange Group brings together residents of diverse backgrounds to explore different cultures and cuisines.

   The community room at Mount Nittany Residences took on a Mediterranean flavor on Jan. 6 as Sureyya Yesim Baysan Kalabak, a native of Turkey, took charge of the kitchen. Full Story

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Chefs' Fabulous Food Finds

   We’re lucky to live in an area with a wealth of local food and international cuisine. But let’s face it: We all have tried-and-true favorite foods based on our individual tastes, lifestyles and family histories. Full Story