May 2012 Archives

TEP_3823[2].jpgCongratulations to the more than 100 graduates of the Penn State Class of 2012 at Brandywine! We want to reiterate the wise words of advice our graduates received from our commencement keynote speaker, Wawa Inc. President/CEO Howard B. Stoeckel:

"It's important to serve others. Don't be the taker, be the giver. Be willing to make mistakes, learn from your experience, and don't take yourself to seriously."

Go forth and make us proud!

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Not many people can say they spoke with the President of the United States, but three Brandywine students had the ear of President Barack Obama by telephone in no less than the office of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. (Check out the NBC10 video!)

The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs hosted a call with President Obama on Monday, May 7, to discuss the fight to keep federally subsidized student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1.

Sixteen local college students, including Penn State Brandywine freshmen Samantha Golay, of Sharon Hill; Christopher Kramer, of Media; and Tara Landis, of Malvern, were present in the Mayor's office for the call. Only two of those 16 students actually spoke with the President, and Kramer was one of them.
A story about the call is posted on the White House blog:

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{(From left) Brandywine Admissions Counselor Rahel Teklegiorgis, Samantha Golay, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Christopher Kramer, Tara Landis}

Golay is the 2012-2013 president of the Lion Ambassador organization, a group of students on campus that provides campus tours and assists in the recruitment of future Penn State students. Ambassadors inspire visiting high school students to attend Penn State University and serve as their first examples of academic excellence. She is a business major.

Kramer represented Penn State Brandywine's Student Government Association, and is a member of THON (the largest student-run philanthropic organization in the world) and a Lion Ambassador. He is interested in pursuing either business or political science.

Landis is also a member of THON, as well as a Lion Ambassador. She is a psychology major.

The President was joined on the call by Cecilia Muñoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, who took questions from participants. Mayor Nutter tweeted about the event, and Kramer addressed the press afterwards.

- Helene Bludman, Staff Blogger

Two weeks, nearly 300 miles, two women, and nothing but their own two feet. That's right. Penn State Brandywine's very own Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska will celebrate her love of Pennsylvania and the importance of a healthy lifestyle by walking from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia beginning on Sunday, May 6.Sophia headshot for blog.jpg

"This is a self improvement project," Chancellor Wisniewska said of her 300-mile trek with her friend, Marie Thibault. "This is about our love of walking and our love of Pennsylvania. We are curious about the small towns and want to meet the people who live there."

Their journey will begin at Seton Hill University in Pittsburgh, continue through the rural areas along Route 30, and will end on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum on Monday, May 21. "We're going to run up the steps like Rocky with the whole city of Philadelphia cheering us on!" Chancellor Wisniewska said, laughing. "And then we'll find a restaurant and enjoy a nice meal."

The most exciting part of the journey will be the people they meet along the way. Chancellor Wisniewska said she hopes people from colleges and universities, as well as alumni, and area residents, will meet and walk with them as they pass through towns and cities on their route.  Their families and friends will join them on the last day of their walk.

A pace car driver, Mike Amato, will ride along side them for the duration, carrying lunch, Gatorade, and other essentials. They will walk during the daylight only, approximately 20 miles per day, and have been welcomed to sleep at the homes of colleagues and friends along their journey.

Chancellor Wisniewska has connected with Shippensburg University President William Ruud, Penn State Mont Alto Chancellor David Gnage, former Penn State York Chancellor Don Gogniat, and Gettysburg College President Janet Riggs. Several of them have opened their homes or connected them with local friends, while a few plan to put their walking shoes to work as they join the women on their journey.

To keep up with Chancellor Wisniewska's progress, follow her on twitter (@ChancellorSoph) or follow the campus' Twitter account (@PSUBrandywine) and Facebook page. We'll also post updates on this blog.

And most importantly, if you see these two ladies and their pace car along the road, offer them encouragement, walk along side them, or even take a photo and send it to Risa Pitman at for the campus to share on social media.

They will walk along Route 30 East through the following towns:
Should this schedule change, we will notify you through social media.

May 6: Begin at Seton Hill University, through Pittsburgh
May 7: Ligonier
May 8: Stoystown
May 9: Schellsburg
May 10: Everett
May 11: Harrisonville
May 12: Chancellor Wisniewska will return home via car for Middletown Township Community Day at the Brandywine campus. She will be driven back and will pick up where she left off tomorrow.
May 13: McConnellsburg
May 14: Chambersburg
May 15: Gettysburg
May 16: Thomasville
May 17: Hallam (PA-462 East)
May 18: Lancaster (PA-462 East)
May 19: Parkesburg (PA-372 East, PA-82 North)
May 20: Downingtown (U.S. 30 BUS, U.S. 309 East)
May 21: Paoli, Valley Forge, and into Philadelphia (PA-352, PA-252, U.S. 30 East)

by Risa Pitman, Staff Blogger