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Terrell Jones
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Walter Terrell Jones (know as just "Terrell" to everyone) was the vice provost for Educational Equity at Penn State and was instrumental in diversity initiatives and equity for faculty, staff and students at Penn State.  He passed away in August after a bout with cancer at age 64.  He began his Penn State career in 1980 as a residence hall coordinator.

A service was held on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at the Frank and Sylvia Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the University Park campus of Penn State.

Sneezy the Squirrel wearing a WPSU ball cap.
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At Penn State, one student's collection of photos of squirrels wearing costumes has gotten four-times as many likes on Facebook as the school's mascot.

That student is Mary Krupa. You can often find Krupa beneath a massive elm tree that flanks Penn State's administrative building, Old Main, and watching for her favorite squirrel.

“ See how she walks?,” asks Krupa. “She just kinds of trots over here. That one's Sneezy. Hi, Buddy.”

As the brown squirrel comes closer, Krupa reaches into a paper bag to get Sneezy a peanut.

Penn State School of Music

Music at Penn’s Woods, a professional classical music festival presented each June by Penn State’s School of Music, begins tonight on the University Park campus.

“First of all, it’s not as the name suggests,” says conductor Gerardo Edelstein, with a laugh.  He means the concerts are not out in the woods. 

Universities are testing the boundaries of online education with MOOCs, or Massively Open Online Courses. The courses are free and open to anyone and everyone who wants to take part. WPSU’s Emily Reddy takes a look at a Penn State MOOC that’s just wrapping up, about a year after the university first decided to try out this new educational format.

Paul Sweeney

WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner shadows Penn State School of International Affairs students as they participate in a simulation of a UN peace conference centered on a complicated international issue.  

Dexter Julio

While it's been over a month since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, Penn State students are working to ensure the victims continue to receive support for recovery. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner has personal connections to the Philippines. She reports recovery is ongoing, but there's reason to be optimistic.  

In a time when potential employers are increasingly interested in more than just a grade point average, students are turning to internships, even in disciplines that don't require it.  

Old Main building at Penn State

Penn State is introducing changes to its employee health insurance benefit plans. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner met with Penn State's Vice President for Human Resources, Susan Basso, to ask some questions.  

Without a queen bee a colony can't produce. For the past several years Colony Collapse Disorder has killed off roughly a third of bees every year. That means a lot of beekeepers who need new queens for their hives. Many of those queen bees are bought by mail-order from breeders in the south. But WPSU's Emily Reddy reports a group of researchers at Penn State wants to see if local bees might be a better idea.