UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State added to its Olympic medal total over the past week, with bronze medals in men’s and women’s volleyball and a silver medal in the men’s shot put.
A trio of Penn State men’s volleyball alumni helped to lead the U.S. men’s national team to a bronze medal as the United States defeated defending Olympic champion Russia 3-2 on on Aug. 21. The players — Matt Anderson, Max Holt and Aaron Russell — are the first Penn State men’s volleyball players to win Olympic medals.
Two former Penn State women’s volleyball All-Americans also won bronze during the Rio Olympics. Christa (Harmotto) Dietzen and Alisha Glass helped the U.S. defeat the Netherlands on Aug. 20.
Alumnus Joe Kovacs won a silver medal in the men’s shot with a throw of 21.78m on Aug. 18. Kovacs’ mark earned Kovacs seventh place in Olympic history.
Former Penn State All-American fencer Miles Chamley-Watson helped the U.S. men’s foil team earn a bronze medal on Aug. 12, the first Olympic medal for the team since the 1932 squad also won a bronze. Chamley-Watson won all three of his bouts in the semifinals versus Russia by a combined score of 24-12. He competed in two bouts in the bronze medal match against Italy, helping the U.S. win 45-31.
Former Penn State All-American fencer Monica Aksamit also helped the U.S. women’s saber team earn a bronze medal on Aug. 13. She is the first member of the women’s fencing team to win an Olympic medal for the United States.
Penn State had a school record contingent of 25 people at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, including 17 competitors, three coaches and five alternates. The Nittany Lions have had a total of 109 student-athlete Olympians all-time.
A team of archaeologists and mapmakers say they have uncovered a forgotten tunnel that 80 Jews dug largely by hand as they tried to escape from a Nazi extermination site in Lithuania about 70 years ago.
click here to read more..http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/29/science/holocaust-ponar-tunnel-lithuania.html?emc=edit_th_20160629&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=66231626&_r=0
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the University of Texas at Austin’s consideration of race and ethnicity in college admissions. The ruling came in a case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, about admissions practices at UT, but will likely affect admissions and financial aid policies in most of American higher education.
Advocates for people with disabilities think it is time for them to be included in Hollywood’s push for more diversity both in front of and behind the camera. click here to read more http://www.diversityinc.com/news/people-disabilities-fight-seen-full-human-beings-hollywood/?utm_term=People%20with%20Disabilities%20Fight%20to%20be%20Seen%20as%20Full%20Human%20Beings%20in%20Hollywood&utm_campaign=%27Make%20America%20White%27%20%7C%20Dems%20Continue%20Sit-In&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On+Software&utm_medium=email&cm_mmc=Act-On%20Software-_-email-_-%27Make%20America%20White%27%20%7C%20Dems%20Continue%20Sit-In-_-People%20with%20Disabilities%20Fight%20to%20be%20Seen%20as%20Full%20Human%20Beings%20in%20Hollywood
Our hearts are broken at the news of the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The deplorable act of violence that targeted the LGBT community, stole 50 lives, and left scores of others injured is a painful reminder of the hate and bias that continues to plague our country. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family members of those who were killed and to the survivors of this horrific event.
For decades, our LGBT bars and clubs have been an important place for our community to gather and be safe. This incident is a stark reminder that safety and security remain important issues to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
As we celebrate Pride across our nation this month, this should be a call to the entire country to join together to fight hate and discrimination against all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender identities. Now is the time to come together and seek meaningful change that will protect everyone in our communities.
The LGBT Center of Central PA will organize a vigil at 7 p.m., Monday, June 13, across the street from the Center at Broad Street Market, 1233 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. We will meet between the two market buildings. A march to Stallions Club, 706 N. 3rd St. Harrisburg, will follow. As this is obviously last minute, please help spread the word: https://www.facebook.com/events/1043180799050488/
A vigil will also take place tonight (7 p.m., Sunday, June 12) at Penn Square in Lancaster. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1770238189855862/
As the nation’s – and central Pennsylvania’s – populations continue to change, “diversity” and “inclusion” are buzz words now more than ever, but what do they really mean and whose responsibility are they?
Diversity refers to unique personal characteristics, like gender, religion, race or age. Inclusion is creating an environment where people feel respected and valued, regardless of their aspects of diversity. As for whose responsibility?
Click here to read more https://infonet.pennstatehershey.net/web/news/-/bringing-diversity-into-focus