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02/23/2009

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Helene Bludman

It was an incredible experience. I will not soon forget the energy, strength, dancers, moralers, vibrant colors, FourDiamonds families,cheers, laughter, tears, and most of all ... Penn State pride.

Allan Gyorke

THON is amazing. I did it twice in 1992 and 1993. It's grown and changed a lot since my time, but it's still a group of students who sacrifice a lot of their own time and energy to improve the future of children they don't know. It's more than the students and a 46-hour weekend. It involves fund raising, building corporate contacts, the logistics of marketing and running the event, and a whole team of people who just focus on the morale of the dancers.

When people start talking about students and how they attend college just to get high grades and move on with their life, I think of THON. The difference is handing students a challenge that is important and relevant. Not all will step up, but the ones who do will bring their own motivation. It reminds me again of Wesch and his focus on asking interesting questions.

Cole Camplese

@ Allan Gyorke I think that notion is at the core of what moves me so much -- I love that they do this for the kids, but I am moved by the fact that they do this with such passion and energy. It makes me feel like we have a real responsibility to push them to engage in learning like this. To tell you the truth I am betting a really rich learning experience does come from THON ... I imagine it could be tapped into as an event to create more engaging curricular moments. Just a thought.

P. Besong

It's hard to believe they used to hold this event in the White Bldg gym, and back then I think they only pulled in 1 or 2 million dollars (still not a bad haul at the time).

BTW, if you didn't get to see it, the sports teams each put on a dancing show to the tune of one of the Disney movies. Here are videos from the men's hockey team and men's gymnastics:

Hockey: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqd32Xs774Y
Gymnastics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPR38xMwX-8

It's great how THON was so well covered on YouTube.

April

@Cole Thon is a great example of cocurricular learning because all of the students who participate are all from different colleges, different majors, diverse backgrounds, etc., but they are all working towards a common goal, applying what they know, and learning about and from each other along the way. My next certificate (4 courses) is on Leadership. Thon will be used as a shining example of student leadership at Penn State

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