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Libraries’ THON weekend events Feb. 17-19

From its 1973 inception with 78 dancers dedicated to raising money for a worthwhile cause, the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) has grown into the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. This year, when the 46-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon is held Feb. 17-19, the University Libraries will be participating with three events, in addition to serving in its role as the official archives of THON.

The University Libraries events for THON weekend are:

THON Museum and THON History Tour
6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, through 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 | Bryce Jordan Center concourse

The University Libraries five-panel display, titled “THON Then and Now,” will be in the THON Museum throughout THON Weekend on the Jordan Center concourse.

Final Four-Hour Viewing
noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 | Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park

The final four hours of the THON event will be live streamed on the big screen for students from all Penn State campuses, parents, community members, visitors, and everyone who wants to watch and celebrate with Penn Staters as the final fundraising total is revealed.

THON Exhibit
noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 | Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park

In conjunction with the live viewing of THON, the Mann Assembly Room will be transformed into an exhibit space featuring THON images, artifacts, and video from the past 40 years.

Visit thon.org for more information about the event. To donate to THON, visit donate.thon.org.




Exhibit highlights Penn State memories

“When I was at Penn State…,” an exhibit from the Penn State University Archives, is on display September 19 to January 20, 2014, in Robb Hall, Hintz Alumni Center.

Whenever two or more Penn Staters gather together, the listener will hear these time-honored words, “When I was at Penn State…” The words are always followed by a story depicting some aspect of student life. Whether the narrator is describing classes, socials, clubs, activities, friends or sporting events, every Penn Stater has a memory that brings a smile to their face and a twinkle to their eye. This exhibit of photographs attempts to capture some of those momentous occasions. Among the scrapbooked images, the exhibit features: dinks, Lion’s coats, songs, mascots, scraps including pushball and tug o’war, dances, bonfires, tailgating, class registration, moving in, guarding the shrine, May Day queens, Spring Week flings, student rules, freshman proclamations, military drills and much, much more.

Visit this exhibit and bring your memories of the days when you were at Penn State.

Additional information about the University Archives and this exhibit, including accessibility accommodations or questions about the physical access, can be obtained by contacting Jackie Esposito at 814-863-3791 or jxe2@psu.edu.

Exhibit highlights 25 years of Sports Archives at Penn State

“Glory Days: Celebrating 25 Years of Sports Archives at Penn State,” an exhibition, is on display in June 19–September 19, 2013, in Robb Hall, Hintz Alumni Center, Penn State University Park. Horace Ashenfelter, Wally Triplett, Mary Ellen Clark, John Montgomery Ward, Sue Whiteside – the names of such Penn State athletes remind the visitor to the newly installed Hintz Alumni Center exhibit of the role of sports in helping Penn State achieve national recognition.

Long before joining the ranks of the Big Ten, Penn State was concerned about the ways in which shifts in the organization and governance of athletic programs have affected its reputation for excellence; but without access to primary archival sources, it is impossible to answer such academic research questions. In 1988, the Penn State University Archives, a unit within the Special Collections Library, began a concentrated effort to locate historical records that would document the growth of athletic policies and the achievements of Penn State’s numerous teams. The resources were discovered in Rec Hall, the White Building, Beaver Stadium and other athletic facilities awaiting organization, arrangement and description, and access to users of all categories. Continue reading

Olympic scholar to give Lucas Lecture

Olympic scholar Dr. Robert K. Barney will give the “John Apostal Lucas Memorial Lecture” entitled “Based on the Evidence: Sacred Fire in the Olympic Games and Revision of History,” on Friday, March 22, noon–1:00 p.m., in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.

John Apostal Lucas, one of the world’s foremost Olympic historians and longtime Penn State professor, died on November 9, 2012. Barney, a prominent and renowned Olympic historian, who recently completed a “Historiography of America in the Olympic Games,” was an academic colleague of Lucas for more than 40 years. In his lecture honoring Lucas’s memory and Olympic legacy, Barney will present a theme that was dear to John’s heart—the genesis of the Olympic Games’ supreme ceremonial rite. Continue reading