Weekly Wrap: Class of 2017 gift; Nittany Lion for hall of fame; Football upset

Nittany Lions Chris Godwin (12) and Connor McGovern celebrated the upset victory over second-ranked Ohio State at Beaver Stadium Oct. 22. Penn State rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to earn a stunning 24-21 win over the second-rank Buckeyes. Credit: Patrick Mansell / Penn StateCreative Commons

This week's top stories from across Penn State:

UPSET WIN: The Penn State football team upset No. 2 Ohio State behind a 107,000-plus White Out crowd on Oct. 22.

MASCOT HALL OF FAME: The Nittany Lion is among the nominees for the Mascot Hall of Fame. An online vote will help determine the 2017 winner.

CLASS OF 2017 GIFT: Penn State's class of 2017 has chosen to start its legacy by establishing an endowment to support Lion's Pantry, the student food bank at University Park campus.

KAINE VISIT: Sen. Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, spoke at a campaign rally at University Park campus on Oct. 21.

BUNDY APPOINTMENT: O. Richard Bundy III, president and chief executive officer of the University of Vermont Foundation, was named Penn State's new vice president for Development and Alumni Relations, effective Jan. 1, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.

PARASITIC PLANTS: Sneaky parasitic weeds may be able to steal genes from the plants they are attacking and then use those genes against the host plant, according to a team of scientists.

EARLY RETIREMENT: Across Penn State, 587 faculty and staff members have opted to take advantage of the Voluntary Retirement Program that was offered Sept. 1. About 46 percent of the more than 1,270 faculty and non-academic staff who were eligible for the program have opted to participate in the plan.

PENN STATE CISO: Donald J. Welch has been named the University's chief information security officer (CISO), after a national search. As CISO, Welch will lead Penn State' Office of Information Security, providing strategic guidance and technical leadership for this comprehensive University-wide information security and IT risk-management program.

GREAT VALLEY MBA: Starting in fall 2017, Penn State Great Valley will offer its AACSB-accredited, part-time MBA program at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia.


Last Updated October 27, 2016