2020 SCQB Club Membership Update – Sign Up Now!

I’m sure everyone is excited to hear that 2020 Penn State Football is back. I know I am looking forward seeing our Nittany Lions play starting  October 24.

Now that the schedule is out, it looks as if we are really going to have a football season! So, unless something drastically changes, the State College Quarterback Club will kick-off the season with the first of at least 9 Virtual Events featuring Coach Franklin and selected players interviewed by the voice of Penn State, Steve Jones. In addition, we expect to have special guests join our program throughout the season.

If you were considering joining this year, please sign-up within the next two weeks. We plan to conduct a practice Virtual Event on October 14, with what I am calling Week 0. Week 0 will be just to make sure all technology issues are identified, and all members will be able to link to the first full Event scheduled for October 21. You will find membership information on our website at  statecollegeqbclub.com under the tab  Membership. Please forward this email to anyone who you know that would be interested in joining us this fall.

Although we cannot be together in Beaver Stadium, we look forward to an exciting season cheering our Nittany Lions to a championship, and interacting weekly with selected players and coach Franklin by way of our Virtual Events.

It’s easy, Sign-up Now!

Mark Toniatti
President, State College Quarterback Club

Penn State All-Sports Museum and Varsity S Talk, this Friday *New time 12:15 pm*

Penn State All-Sports Museum and Varsity S Talk,  this Friday *New time 12:15 pm*

Dear Penn State All-Sports Museum Friends,

The Penn State All-Sports Museum & Varsity S Club would like to invite you to  join us, this Friday, July 10, 2020, *New Time 12:15 p.m. *

We will be joined by Fran McDermid (’93  W Swimming) and Rohan Murphy (’06 Wrestling). 

Link to register: https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RY22y4pqQgiDirSj7y0Ypg

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Virtual Varsity-S talk: Fran McDermid (’93 W Swimming) and Rohan Murphy (’06 Wrestling). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Fran McDermid was a freestyle swimmer for the Penn State women’s swimming and diving team. She lettered all 4 years of her collegiate career, was a 9 time All-American, a two-time team captainand 4 time Big Ten Champion swimmer, the first individual Big Ten Champion from Penn State. McDermid was also a member of the 1993 World University Games swim team. She graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Politics. Upon graduation, McDermid went on to be an assistant swim coach at Villanova and Penn State before pursuing her Master of Education Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2002. After obtaining her MEd, she went on to work for Skills of Central Pennsylvania and currently works for Strawberry Fields, Inc in mental health programming. At Strawberry Fields, McDermid oversees Good Day Café, a coffee shop staffed with adults with intellectual disabilities, and Scraps & Skeins, a creative re-use store that rescues and re-sells sewing, knitting, and quilting materials which offers employment and job development for men and women facing mental health challenges.

Rohan Murphy, who lost his legs at birth, was a Penn State wrestling walk-on under coach Troy Sunderland. In addition to earning his three varsity letters with the wrestling team, Murphy began participating in Paralympic weightlifting. In 2006 he won a Bronze medal in the 56 kg Junior Division of the 2006 IPC World Powerlifting Championships in Busan, South Korea lifting 281.1lbs, breaking the previous U.S. Paralympic record of 270lbs (which he set earlier that year at the Southeast Regional). That accomplishment caught the attention of Nike, and lead Murphy to be featured in Nike’s “No Excuses” campaign. Today, Murphy travels the country as a motivational speaker to young people on overcoming adversity, learning dedication, and living a life with purpose.

Please join us!

Jen Dahlke
Penn State All-Sports Museum
814-863-3382

Penn State All-Sports Museum Varsity S Talk, June 26th at 1:30pm

Penn State All-Sports Museum Varsity S Talk, June 26th at 1:30pm

The Penn State All-Sports Museum would like to invite State College Quarterback Club members to join our Varsity S Talk

on Friday, June 26, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. the Museum will be joined by Kevin Scott (’81 M Soccer) and John Lange (’98 Wrestling).

Link to participate via zoom: https://bit.ly/2AiOtrN

Kevin Scott was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1959. He arrived at Penn State in the fall of 1977 as a walk-on for the Penn State men’s soccer team earning varsity letters all four years. Scott was team captain in 1979 and 1980, McCoy Student-Athlete of the Year in 1980-81, and part of the NCAA Senior Bowl. During his time with the team, they made the NCAA playoffs each year, with a Final Four appearance in 1979. Scott graduated in 1981 with a degree in chemical engineering, followed by a Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1985 from Georgia Tech. Upon graduation, Scott worked for DuPont based in Geneva, Switzerland, which led to assignments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He went on to work for a few other companies before retiring as CEO of Electrolux North America in 2011. In his retirement, Scott indulges in his passion for mountain biking and is a tutor for mathematics at a large community college in Southern California.

John Lange was a Penn State wrestling letterman from 1995-98. During his time at Penn State, Lange was the U20 National Champion in 1996, Big Ten Champion in 1998 and a three-time NCAA qualifier, obtaining third place in 1998. Off the mat, he was part of the Skull & Bones Senior Honorary Society, VP of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB) and was awarded the NLC True Grit Award. Lange graduated in 1998 with a degree in history. Upon graduation, Lange coached wrestling for Hofstra, North Carolina and then Eastern Michigan before moving to California to start an insurance business. Today, he works as a project manager in the home building industry. Outside of the office, Lange serves on the board of Livermore Little League.

Additions to these events are ongoing and will be updated via the Museum’s social media channels all under the handle @PSUSportsMuseum. All events are free and will be virtually streamed via the social media sites and zoom, with recordings available via social media for any who wish to watch them after their air date.

For a chance to participate in the zoom chats, registration can be found here: https://bit.ly/3cjBsvC

Hope you can join us!

We will also be on facebook live.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2750409481856240/

Thank you

Jen Dahlke

Penn State All-Sports Museum

Penn State All-Sports Museum Varsity S Talk on Friday 6/19/2020

Penn State All-Sports Museum Varsity S Talk on Friday 6/19/2020

Dear State College Quarterback Club Members,

On Friday, June 19, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. the Museum will be joined by Bonnie (Bremner) Pettigrew (’00 W Volleyball) and Titcus Pettigrew (‘00 Men’s Basketball, Football).

Link to participate via zoom: https://bit.ly/2XMKMnj

After decommitting to UCLA, Bonnie (Bremner) Pettigrew entered her freshman year at Penn State as a walk-on with the Penn State Women’s Volleyball team. During her collegiate career, she was a four-time All-American, two time Big Ten player of the year, two time CoSIDA All-American, and led the 1999 team to their first NCAA national championship. She graduated in 2000 with a degree in speech communications and English, with a minor in political science. Upon graduation, (Bremner) Pettigrew was set to pursue a law degree but joined the newly formed United States Professional Volleyball League (USPV). She currently heads Next Level Athletes, Inc.

Titcus Pettigrew played both basketball and football when he first entered Penn State in 1996. After his first season, Pettigrew opted to focus completely on football rather than continue as a dual-sport athlete. During his time with the football team, Pettigrew played in the Fiesta, Outback, Citrus, and Alamo bowls. He went on to graduate in 2000 with a degree in recreation park and tourism management with a minor in business. Upon graduation, Pettigrew played for NFL’s San Diego Chargers as well as the Arena Football League’s Chicago Rush. He is currently an administrator for Fenwick High School.

Bonnie and Titcus met in a class taught by sports psychologist Dr. David Yukelson. The two married in 2002 and went on to have five children. They founded Next Level Athletes, Inc. to elevate and accelerate the development of young athletes in volleyball, basketball, and football.

https://psu.zoom.us/j/99536126772?pwd=SVl4QjFRRHBvYUc0YkQ4UllZWUFEdz09

Password: Pettigrew

Thank you Jen Dahlke

Penn State All-Sports Museum

814-863-3382

Penn State All-Sports Museum Varsity S Talk on Friday 6/12/2020

Penn State All-Sports Museum Varsity S Talk on Friday 6/12/2020

On Friday, June 12, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. the Museum will be joined by Rob Smith (’86 Football)and Bob Szwajkos (’69 Men’s Gymnastics).                                                                                            Link to participate via zoom: https://bit.ly/2ARZSi2

Rob Smith was an offensive lineman on Penn State’s first national championship team which defeated Georgia in the 1983 Sugar Bowl. Smith started as an offensive guard in 1984 and then as a center in 1985, lettering both years. After overcoming the loss of his father at a young age, with one year of eligibility left and declining free-agent offers with the NFL, he went on to graduate in 1986 with a degree in speech communications. Soon after graduating, he married his Penn State college sweetheart Mary Pizzella, and they had four children. Smith went on to spend his working career in the solid waste and recycling industry and most recently founded Capital Waste & Recycling Services in Columbus, OH.

Bob Szwajkos was the head manager for the Penn State Men’s Gymnastics team from 1966-1968. During that time Szwajkos functioned as floor manager under Gene Wettstone for NCAA and international meets for three years. Szwajkos graduated from Penn State in 1969 with a degree in pre-law political science and moved on to obtain his law degree from Villanova Law School in 1972. He is currently an attorney with Curtin & Heefner, LLP practicing bankruptcy law around the world. Outside of the courtroom, Szwajkos is an avid marathoner, having run 16 Full and 45 half marathons. He was a silver medalist for the 2010 Federation Games in Koln Germany. He ran Team Philadelphia, the umbrella organization for 11 LGBT sports organizations with more than 1,200 participants. The network of teams walked away with 75 medals, including 50 gold, at the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland/Akron. Szwajkos also serves as the first openly gay elected official of the Newtown Pennsylvania Borough Council.

Please join us!
Penn State All-Sports Museum
814-863-3382

State College Quarterback Club Membership Update

I hope everyone is healthy and staying safe.
I have nothing new to report except to say that we are awaiting direction from the athletic department regarding plans for this year’s football season. Sometime around June 15, Dr. Barron will be updating the Penn State community on the plans for the summer months, and hopefully for this fall as well.
As you may have read, the NCAA stated that athletes can return to their campus on June 1. For Penn State, this will be based on directions from our Governor, and Dr. Barron.
Because of the unknown, and to keep you informed regarding our State College Quarterback Club membership process for 2020, we want to let you know what the current thinking is:
  1. We must first hear from Dr. Barron and Sandy Barbour.
  2. I will be calling a QB Club Board meeting around June 30th to determine what the Club’s plans will be for this fall.
  3. Membership applications will be accepted only after steps 1 & 2.
  4. Therefore, we do not expect to start the membership drive before the beginning of July.

I hope this helps to bring you up-to-date, and just to say I am optimistic that we will be playing football in the fall, but not sure at this time what this means for our Club.

GO LIONS!
Mark Toniatti
President, State College Quarterback Club

No. 12 Penn State to Honor Seniors in Regular Season Finale

No. 12 Penn State to Honor Seniors in Regular Season Finale

  • OPENING KICK: No. 12 Penn State will conclude the 2019 regular season by hosting Rutgers for Senior Day Saturday in Beaver Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. on BTN.
  • SENIOR DAY: Penn State will honor 16 seniors who will be taking part in their final game in Beaver Stadium. The senior class has compiled a 40-11 record to become the first 40-win class since 2009. A win over Rutgers would tie the 1997 seniors’ 41 wins.

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