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August 15: Penn State Alumni Association Steak Fry

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O. Richard Bundy in band roomThe Lake Erie Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will hold its annual steak fry dinner and silent auction on Saturday, Aug. 15. The event celebrates the recent retirement of O. Richard Bundy ʼ70 ʼ87, director of the Penn State Blue Band and a former teacher in the Iroquois School District.

New DIGIT Major Teaches Secret to A Perfect Selfie

The secret to a perfect selfie? Add some math.

The best portraits incorporate something called a Fibonacci Spiral. It spreads like a Nautilus shell, touching each side of a rectangle that is 1.618 times deeper than it is wide. On the Mona Lisa, for example, the spiral begins at her wrist, at the bottom of the image, and then extends over her shoulder, into the background, before crossing the top of her head. Then it tightens, touching her chin, her dimple, and the tip of her nose. That centers the image in a way that makes the eyes seem to follow you.

October 4: Psychology Colloquium to Focus on College Drinking

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Blue Solo Cup pictured.Nationally, eight out of 10 college students drink alcohol. However, there’s a fine line between using and abusing.

Patricia Rutledge, professor of psychology at Allegheny College, will discuss her research on problematic drinking in college settings when the Colloquium Series in Psychological Sciences and Human Behavior returns to Penn State Behrend.

Student Work Shaped AMIC Art Installation

Penn State Behrend’s new Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center features custom artwork that reflects the collaborative intent of the building. The process that put that art in place was likewise an intentional collaboration.

Cuba Trip Gives Students Firsthand Look at Life Under an Embargo

In Cuba, with the sanctions lifting and the border opening and big business rushing in – Hello, Netflix! – a trip to the beach can be socioeconomic reconnaissance.

“We knew it would be different," said Mariah Knott, one of eight Penn State Behrend students who traveled to Havana this year. “They have free housing, free health care and free education, but they often don’t have access to the most basic things, including transportation. I had no idea that people lived like that.”

Alumna Wins Gold Medal at Paralympic Games in Rio

Penn State Behrend graduate Shawn Morelli, a soccer player who turned to cycling after being injured by a bomb blast in Afghanistan, won the first U.S. gold medal at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 8. She finished first in the 3,000-meter C4 individual pursuit, a track race.

Morelli, 40, finished in 3:59.407, more than four seconds ahead of her closest competitor.

September 15: Stephen Dunn, Creative Writers Reading Series

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An image of Stephen Dunn.Before he was a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Stephen Dunn was a basketball player. For four years, he starred at Division I Hofstra.

There may seem to be few similarities between basketball and poetry, but Dunn argues otherwise.

$50,000 Gift will Expand Annual Student Art Show

A $50,000 gift from Patricia S. Yahn and her son, Greg Yahn, will improve and expand the annual student art show at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The gift will provide new incentives to artists and additional opportunities for students who want to work behind the scenes.

September 15: Dementia to be Discussed at Psych Colloquium

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A caregiver helps a man suffering from dementia.More than 47 million people suffer from some form of dementia. The condition creates enormous stress, not just for dementia patients, but for caregivers as well.