Unbaked Flour Company restores the joy of food to those with digestive disorders

By Stephanie Kalina-Metzger Hannah Carney with her donut holes at the Happy Valley Venture Capitalist Competition. Photo: Provided. Sometimes, necessity is the mother of invention. At least that’s the case with Hannah Carney, whose medical condition inspired her to take dietary matters into her own hands. Carney’s issues with her health originated in 2020, right […]


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Is Penn State moving from ocean liner to an agile speed boat? Here are 5 disrupters leading “purpose, agility, opportunity”

By Chris Buchignani On February 27, President Bendapudi shared her vision for the University with a focus on five key areas. Here’s what it looks like, and who is leading the disruption.           Student success: Dr. Justin Schwartz, Interim Executive Vice President and Provost, is charged with elevating the overall Penn State […]

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Presidential Goal #5: Transform Penn State’s internal operations

By Chris Buchignani Dr. Michael Wade Smith, a long-time trusted advisor to President Bendapudi, is tasked with combatting bureaucratic creep, modernizing operations, and restructuring the University’s finances. He will lead the charge on improving operational efficiency, setting spending priorities, and attracting and retaining top talent. He will be joined by co-leads Kathy Bieschke (Vice Provost […]

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Presidential Goal #4: Foster diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging

By Chris Buchignani Dr. Marcus Whitehurst, Vice Provost for Educational Equity, will take the lead on ensuring a safe, welcoming Happy Valley experience for all who come to study, teach, work, and live at Penn State, with a focus on identifying shortfalls and closing gaps in serving underserved populations. That will include evaluating current conditions […]

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Presidential Goal #3: Increase land-grant impact

By Chris Buchignani Dr. Larry Terry, Vice President for Outreach, will lead up an initiative of particular interest to us here at HappyValley Industry. His charge to ensure the University continues to hew closely to its founding mission as Pennsylvania’s sole land-grant institution means not only keeping its traditional focus on agriculture vibrant and relevant […]

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Presidential Goal #2: Grow interdisciplinary research excellence

By Chris Buchignani Dr. Lora Weiss, senior vice president for Research will have the job of maintaining the scope and status of Penn State’s billion-dollar research juggernaut while identifying ways to spark innovation and increase competitiveness. Navigating this challenging arena will mean finding and keeping diverse, top-tier faculty, exploring potential new fields/areas of study, and […]

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Presidential Goal #1: Enhance student success

By Chris Buchignani Dr. Justin Schwartz, Interim Executive Vice President and Provost (former Dean of the College of Engineering) is charged with elevating the overall Penn State experience for students across the University system. This effort encompasses the academic resources available to students as well as those geared toward life outside the classroom and after […]

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