Category Archives : PSU


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 […]

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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 Like this:Like Loading…


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. […]


Living and dying as a Penn State fan 2

Originally posted to my blog for the Leadership Academy. I received an email this morning from a former student. I have not read the novel (but have been meaning to for years) and now I have further incentive to do so. We lived for 6 years in the same town where Walker Percy had lived, Covington, LA. […]


2011 Spring Medals Ceremony

Last weekend we conferred Scholars’ Medals on over 360 students who were graduating with Honors from Penn State and the Schreyer Honors College. I usually do not share my speech, but this time was special. I share it here along with my sincere congratulations to all our Scholar graduates. I could not be more proud. […]