Movember – So that mo may live

Shortcut: JOIN OR DONATE and Thank You. Collegiate and NFL football games have reminded us all that October is breast cancer awareness month and it is wonderful that so much attention (and money) is being brought to the treatment and cure of breast cancer. Men get cancer as well and as we go into the […]


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Call for Applications: Chaiken Family Chair in Jewish Studies, PSU

I am sharing this job announcement for the Chaiken Family Chair in Jewish Studies at Penn State. I want to say, that in spite of everything that has gone on around Penn State this year it remains a wonderful and fantastic institution. In fact, I would say that of all the academic institutions I have […]

Im Freiburg 4

I am very fortunate to be able to travel for Penn State this summer. I was recently named as chair of Freiburg “Faculty Implementation Committee Team,” or “FIT.” Last spring a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between PSU and the University of Freiburg. This is a university-wide agreement and we already have decades of […]


A tribute to JoePa from Jason O

PSU Scholar alumnus Jason O was moved to write this tribute to our Coach. I wrote this for Joe Paterno’s family and the Penn State students and alumni. Hoping this music will help you work through the loss. Joe Paterno: you will be missed greatly.   Some say he was more the legend Some say […]

“May light perpetual shine upon him…”

Joseph Vincent Paterno 1926-2012

Remembering Coach Paterno

Remembering Coach Paterno, a set on Flickr. This has been an emotional weekend for everyone here in the Valley. Former PSU player, current Oakland Raider, and Schreyer Scholar Stefen Wisniewski spoke eloquently at the vigil last night about the humanity of Coach Paterno, that he was, like all of us, a human who did things […]

Joseph Vincent Paterno, 1926-2012

Today I was going to reflect on the fact January 22, 2012 is the one year anniversary of the passing of Mr. William Schreyer. Sadly instead we remember one of his closest friends, Coach Paterno. It is a truly sad coincidence that these two great men who transformed their respective fields and each of whom […]

Moving forward at Penn State

Most of you know that I am dean of the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State. Those of you in the United States also likely know that this has been a very hard week. I thought I should share with those of you who only know me as “Targuman” what I wrote to our students […]

Master Photographer Steve McCurry & my initial reflections

This morning Penn State photographer (and Vespa driver) Steve Williams shared the link to a series of 1-Minute Master Classes from Steve McCurry available on Phaidon’s site. McCurry is a Penn State graduate and captured perhaps the most famous photograph of the 20th century: Afghan Girl. I encourage you to go and take the few minutes necessary to watch […]

I am passionate about photography 2

Of course, if you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you already know this. The following blog post is from my PSU blog for our Presidential Leadership Academy. I will periodically cross-post something I think might interest readers of Targuman who don’t want yet another RSS feed in their news reader. […]