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 […]


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 […]

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. […]