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Calendar of Sesquicentennial Events

July 1, 2004: U.S. mail outgoing from the University Park campus bears 150th anniversary meter mark for the next 12 months.

July 7, 2004: Penn State Librarian Lee Stout discusses highlights from the University's past on WPSX-TV's public affairs program, 15 MINUTES with Steve Jones. (5:45 p.m.)

July 8, 2004: Kick-off celebration in Schwab Auditorium featuring distinguished speakers, musical entertainment, and the debut of a new sesquicentennial ice cream flavor from the University Creamery. The ice cream flavor is available at the University Creamery throughout the sesquicentennial year.

July 2004: Debut of a commemorative historical poster produced by the Department of University Publications.

July 2004 through August 2005: The Penn Stater alumni magazine includes sesquicentennial items in each issue.

July 2004: The preserved skeleton of “Old Coaly,” one of the mules who helped to haul the limestone blocks used in building the original Old Main, unveiled in a special exhibit case in the HUB-Robeson Center.

August 20 thru October 24, 2004: Historical exhibit, “Penn State's Heritage: the Bellefonte Connection,” at the Bellefonte Museum for Centre County, 133 N. Allegheny St, Bellefonte. Highlights the important role Bellefonte-area leaders played in the University's formative years.

September 17, 2004: MIT Nobel Laureate Phillip Sharp presents a free public Sesquicentennial Lecture on “The Surprising Biology of Short RNA" in the newly opened Life Sciences Building. Also: President Spanier's State of the University address in Eisenhower Auditorium begins with ice cream social.

October 1-3: Penn State Sesquicentennial Games, sponsored by the Blue and White Society, student members of the Alumni Association, and the Lion Ambassadors. Students from throughout the University compete at University Park in contests modeled after the Olympic games. Oct. 1, opening ceremonies; Oct. 2, athletic events; Oct. 3, closing ceremonies.

October 23-24: Sesquicentennial themes for Homecoming.

October 30: Penn State Day across the Commonwealth, proclaimed by Governor Rendell to recognize the role the University plays in education. Prospective students and their families are invited to an open house at Penn State's undergraduate campuses statewide to learn more about degree programs, admissions strategies, financial aid opportunities, and housing options.

February 12-March 15, 2005: Exhibit of Penn State historic photos, documents, and memorabilia at the Nittany Mall, State College.

February 16: Pennsylvania Inside Out on Penn State Public Broadcasting WPSX-TV Channel 3, 7 p.m., previews upcoming sesquicentennial documentary.

February 18-June 15: The Henry Varnum Poor exhibition at the Palmer Museum of Art featuring numerous preparatory studies for the renowned Land Grant Frescoes in Old Main.

February 20: Broadcast premiere of "Raise the Song: The History of Penn State," a one-hour historical documentary produced by Penn State Public Broadcasting WPSX-TV, Channel 3, 7 p.m.

February 21-June 6: Exhibit in the Special Collections Library in Paterno Library uses books, archival and manuscript collections, photographs, relics, and audio-visual materials to bring the visitor an overview of the breadth and depth of 150 years of research, teaching and service.

February 22: The University's official 150th birthday features a grand unveiling and dedication in the HUB-Robeson Center of a historical mural commissioned by Penn State’s Class of 2003, birthday cakes in the campus dining halls, the HUB, and individual academic and administrative units, and the Old Main chimes playing "Happy Birthday."

February 22: Lion Ambassadors and Penn State Alumni Association sponsor Founders' Day Celebration at the Hintz Family Alumni Center. Features horse-drawn carriage rides, live jazz music, light refreshments.

February 25-26: A national academic conference at University Park on the future of the American public research university co-sponsored by Penn State’s Center for the Study of Higher Education and the Penn State Alumni Association.

Spring 2005: Historic photographs of student life on exhibit in the HUB–Robeson Center.

June 7-July 29, 2005: Exhibit of Penn State historic photos, documents, and memorabilia at the State College Municipal Building, 243 S. Allen St.

November 30: Sesquicentennial celebration officially concludes with the dedication of a time capsule in the HUB that captures the essence of Penn State life in 2005. To be opened in 2055 .


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