Weekly Wrap: Tax plan; World Campus ranked; MLK Week

A crew made up of Eisenhower Auditorium stage crew and engineers from Meyer Lyon Sound prepared to lift a new sound system into place at Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium on Jan. 4. The new system will bring state-of-the-art sound to the theater that hosts Broadway shows, musical performers from around the world, and a variety of Penn State events. Credit: Patrick Mansell / Penn StateCreative Commons

A look back at the top stories from across Penn State:

TAX PLAN: The tax reform bill recently signed into law will preserve nearly all of the education-related tax benefits that help to promote educational access and affordability.

U.S. NEWS: Penn State World Campus ranked in the top 10 of six categories in U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best Online Programs, the most of any institution in the country.

MILITARY FRIENDLY: Penn State World Campus has once again been recognized as a top online school for military and veteran students.

FOOD LITERACY: Penn State senior Anna Canova is pairing her illustration and storytelling skills with her research goals for a food literacy project. 

MLK WEEK: A number of events are planned around the 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration at University Park, set for Jan. 15-19.

LEGEND PASSES: Horace Ashenfelter III, former Nittany Lion track and field standout who set a world record in winning the men's steeplechase at the 1952 Olympic Games, passed away on Jan. 6 at the age of 94.

LEARFIELD CUP: Penn State Athletics is off to another superlative start in the Learfield Directors' Cup, moving up to No. 2 in the latest standings. The Nittany Lions rose to No. 2 on the strength of the Big Ten champion women's volleyball team advancing to the NCAA championship semifinals.

TO TITAN: Researchers from the Department of Aerospace Engineering are part of a team led by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory whose proposal for a revolutionary rotorcraft to investigate Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has been selected by NASA as one of two finalists for the agency's New Frontiers mission.

ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN: Penn State student-athletes toppled another school academic record with the release of the 2017 Fall Academic All-Big Ten recipients. Penn State tallied 117 fall honorees, shattering the previous fall mark of 100 set in 2012-13.

COLLINS HALL OF FAME: Penn State national award winner and first-team All-American quarterback Kerry Collins was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2018 class.

Last Updated January 11, 2018