Thursday, November 29, 2007

Penn State University

Texas Tech graduate student Jackie Wiersma, a frequent contributor to this site, took a side trip to Penn State University in the central part of the state while a bunch of us from our department were at an academic conference in Pittsburgh (my shots of Pitt and Carnegie Mellon are shown in the entry below).

Every campus ought to have a stately administrative building, and Penn State has Old Main.

There's plenty of modernity on campus, too, as exemplified by the new student union.

The following shot of a campus walkway reveals some early turning of the trees to fall colors, a sight that Jackie described as "gorgeous."

Jackie also photographed Penn State's Human Development and Family Studies building (the same discipline we're in at Texas Tech). Bo Cleveland, who was on our faculty at Texas Tech from 2003-2007 and moved to Penn State this fall, has his office in this building.

Lastly, we have Beaver Stadium, home of legendary coach Joe Paterno's Nittany Lion football squad.

According to the above-linked Wikipedia page on Penn State's football home:

Beaver Stadium has a capacity of 107,282, making it the second largest stadium in the United States (smaller than Michigan Stadium by 219 seats)...