The People of Penn State

The People of Penn State

On each episode of The People of Penn State podcast you can expect to hear the voices of Penn Staters talking about what they are passionate about, and you can expect to feel the pride and the power of the Penn State network.


November 20, 2023 44 mins

Welcome to this week's episode of The Football Letter Podcast as we close out the regular season with another great episode.

 First (0:56), we talk with Director of the Penn State All-Sports Museum, Lew Lazarow, about the museum's new photomosaic mural honoring Franco Harris, Franco's legacy at Penn State, the mission of the museum, its other featured exhibits, and more.

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The popular adventure reality television show, "The Amazing Race," is now in its 35th season...and one of the contestants is a Penn Stater! Alumnus Joe Moskowitz and his fiancé, Ian, started competing on the show in June of this year.

Joe joined The People of Penn State Podcast to discuss his experiences on "The Amazing Race" so far, including being a long-time fan of the show, the application process,...

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Aloha, Penn Staters, and welcome to the newest episode of The Football Letter Podcast!

In this episode, we're joined by our Hawaii Chapter President Angela White to hear her Penn State story and discuss how the chapter aims to keep alumni and friends connected thousands of miles from a Penn State campus

Angela detailed the Hawaii Chapter's football watch parties hosted at locations across the state on f...

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From team manager to starting long snapper, letterman Bob Ceh had quite the journey as a part of the Penn State Football program.

On this week's episode, Bob took us through that experience, what it was like working with Brad "Spider" Caldwell, memories as the long snapper for the game-winning kick to upset No. 1 Notre Dame in 1990, his career in education, and the life lessons he learned from Joe Paterno. ...

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Both a United States Field Hockey Hall of Fame and a National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee, as well as an inductee of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Char Morett-Curtiss is a Penn State coaching legend.

Having led Penn State Field Hockey for 36 seasons, she compiled 541 victories, eight Big Ten regular-season titles, seven Big Ten Coach of the Year honors, 30 NCAA Tournament appearances and ...

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Welcome to this week's episode of The Football Letter Podcast! On today's show, we're joined by letterman offensive lineman Hunter Kelly (0:56) and Baltimore Chapter President Hunter Davey (20:49).

Hunter Kelly was a member of the 2016 Big Ten Championship squad, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, and most recently played for the Massachusetts Pirates in the Indoor Football League.

He disc...

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Week 9 of the college football season is here and so is a new episode of The Football Letter Podcast!

This week, we first talked with Matt Fortuna, Founder of The Inside Zone, college football’s newest online community. Matt has previously covered college football for ESPN and The Athletic. In 2019 at the age of 30, Matt served as the president of the Football Writers Association of America, becoming the youngest presiden...

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It's a pivotal time for justice and equity in the United States. In episode 46 of The People of Penn State, we discussed this critical topic with Christina Parle (she/they), an equity, inclusion, and diversity (EID) educator and consultant with her company, Social Responsibility Speaks.

Much of Christina's work with Social Responsibility Speaks is rooted in unlearning, conflict resolution, and effective communic...

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Another great episode for you this week on our Football Letter Podcast, as we were pleased to be joined by two standout lettermen in Garrett Sickels and Jeff Hartings.  Football Letter Editor Emeritus John Black also stopped by to look back at the series history between Penn State and Ohio State.

We talked to Garrett (0:56) about what it was like being a part of the Nittany Lions' upset over Ohio State in 2016, memor...

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October 12, 2023 34 mins

On this episode of The People of Penn State, we speak with Katie McPeak, M.D.

Katie is a primary care pediatrician and Medical Director for Health Equity of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

She is also an associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Katie has extensive experience in quality improvement, system redesign, and primary ...

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This week on The Football Letter Podcast, we were joined by letterman wide receiver Matt Zanellato (2011-15) and Florida Gulf Coast Chapter President Nick Bocci.

Now the wide receivers coach at UMass, Zanellato will be returning to Beaver Stadium this weekend as a member of the Minutemen staff. Previous coaching stops for Matt include time at Lock Haven (Pa.), Davenport (MI.), Saginaw Valley State (MI.), and Western Michi...

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On this week's episode of The Football Letter Podcast, we talk with Greater Chicago Chapter President Courtney Jackson and letterman defensive lineman Rudy Glocker!

In part one (0:55), Courtney discussed how she became a Penn Stater, her work to bring together the population of Indigenous students at Penn State during her time as an undergrad, becoming the Chicago Chapter President, the many events and activities put...

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Fans of Broadway and the hit Disney film series "Frozen" won't want to miss this episode of The People of Penn State, as we're joined by Broadway and Theatre Actress, Caroline Bowman '10!

Caroline is currently starring in Disney’s "Frozen" North American Tour as the role of Elsa. Her Broadway credits include Elphaba in "Wicked" and Nicola in "Kinky Boots" (Opening and...

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The 2016 Big Ten Championship squad is undoubtedly one of the most memorable teams in Penn State history. In part one (0:55) of this week's episode of The Football Letter Podcast, we're joined by one of the 2016 team captains, Brandon Bell!

Having worn the iconic No. 11 jersey, Brandon finished his Nittany Lion career with 225 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries and 4 interceptions.

Brandon joined...

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On this week's episode of The Football Letter podcast, we're joined by letterman running back Nick Eury and President of our Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, Kristen Conti.

In part one, we talk to Nick about the process of becoming a walk-on for the football team, the emotions of earning a scholarship, his work as a District Manager for ALDI, staying connected to fellow lettermen, and more.

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Katie Taylor '07 is the Co-founder and CEO of Child Life On Call, a digital platform revolutionizing pediatric healthcare by putting parents at the center of the medical journey. With over 13 years of experience as a certified child life specialist, Katie has made significant contributions to the field of child life and the families she’s served with over a decade of working at the bedside.

She is an accomplished aut...

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Each week during the Penn State Football season, we're bringing you a bonus podcast in our People of Penn State podcast series, featuring interviews with Nittany Lion lettermen and volunteer leaders who bring the mission of the Alumni Association to life.

In episode two of The Football Letter Podcast, we spoke to new Beaver Stadium public address announcers, Rodney Martin and Joe Putnam!

Many Nittany Lion f...

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The People of Penn State is expanding!

Each week during the Penn State Football season, we're bringing you a bonus podcast, featuring interviews with Nittany Lion lettermen and volunteer leaders who bring the mission of the Alumni Association to life.

The Football Letter Podcast will live right here in The People of Penn State universe and can be found in all of the same places you already listen to the fla...

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On today's episode of The People of Penn State, we're pleased to be joined by Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, Dr. Khalid N. Mumin. For over 25 years, Dr. Mumin has served in various capacities as a teacher, dean of students, principal and central administrator.

Most recently, Dr. Mumin served as the Superintendent of Schools at Lower Merion School District. Prior to Lower Merion, he was the Superintendent o...

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On today's episode of The People of Penn State podcast we speak with former Penn State Football placekicker, Nick Gancitano (1986 – Biomechanics), who was a part of the Nittany Lions' 1982 National Championship team.

After his NFL career was interrupted by injury, he went into the business world at A.L. Williams, where he led high-performance sales teams as a regional vice president and public speaker. Nick went...

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