Recently, fellow Penn State alum and author, Denise Kaminsky, was inspired to write a book combining two of our favorite things, the Nittany Lion and THON. Denise has written 5 children’s books involving our beloved Nittany Lion, this time the Lion’s travels took him to the BJC to see THON. Proceeds from the book go directly THON as her way of giving back. We were able to catch up with the author for a little Q&A that you can read below!
Q. Why did you decide to write this book?
A. I am a retired Reading Specialist and third grade teacher. Since I am no longer working directly with children I decided to write for them to help them develop and improve their reading skills as well as enjoy reading about the adventures of the Nittany Lion.
Q. How can someone purchase your book?
A. My books are available through Mascot Books.com, Penn State Bookstores, BN.com, Amazon.com (shameless plug, use your Amazon Smile account benefitting DMAIG or THON and help even more!), and numerous businesses throughout PA and especially in the State College area.
Q. What does THON mean for you?
A. THON has a big place in my heart. I have worked with children in various capacities and have two healthy children of my own. I want to do what I can to help all children grow strong and healthy so they can succeed in life.
Q. Have you been to THON? If so – what was it like?
A. I was able to visit the BJC a few years ago during THON. I was totally impressed and felt the energy as the students danced. Tears came to my eyes as I felt the love that spread from the dancers, the supporters as well as the observers. It helped me want to do more. It inspired me to write NITTANY LION AND THON and donate the net proceeds to THON. I reached out to Michelle Kemper Brownlow, another alum, author and illustrator, and she donated her illustrations in the book as well, FTK.
We are thankful for alums like Denise who continue to fight against pediatric cancer even after graduation. Grab a copy of her book for your kids, nieces, nephews, neighbors or anyone that wants to kick cancer to the curb!
The Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group (DMAIG) would like to welcome our newest nominees to our Board for the 2017-2018 year! We are very excited to work with you as we continue the fight against pediatric cancer. You all bring a true passion in helping the kids and we’re thrilled to have you on our board. Please join us in the congratulating the following:
Secretary – Sarah Ozark
Hope from Coast to Coast Director – Autumn Ghigiarelli
Donor Relations – Megan Renaut
THON Weekend Events – Alexandria Ruf
We also have some board members taking on new roles so in the same faces, new places category, we have:
President – Matt Huber
Vice President – Josh Kirwin
Treasurer – Darla Zecchin
Immediate Past President – Jeff Reyes
We’d also like to give a huge thank you to those rolling off our board; Ashley Waters, Shannon Holzer, Ashly Hartman and Jo Lynne Harenza. Your time, commitment, and service to the kids, to our organization, to THON and to the fight is greatly appreciated. You have our sincerest gratitude and we wish you the best of luck of your future endeavors. FTK and FTS Always!!
Looking to for an activity in the Washington, DC area that supports both Penn State and THON? Consider a night of intellectual programming and networking via the 2017 City Lights event, “THON, Four Diamonds, and Penn State: The Building of a World Class Pediatric Oncology Program”!
This talk, presented by Dr. Barbara Miller, will include how THON and Four Diamonds have supported the building of the Pediatric Oncology Program at Penn State. Dr. Miller also will discuss discovery and development of novel approaches to cure pediatric cancer, and exciting directions for future work.
Prior to the presentation, the Penn State Alumni Association will host a reception where alumni and friends can mingle with other Penn Staters while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
The event will be taking place on Thursday, March 23 in Washington, DC from 6:30–9:30 p.m. Learn more and register for the event at the following link:
In case you missed it: Over 150 Alumni gathered at the Hintz Alumni Center on Saturday of THON weekend for an evening of mingling and hope. The DMAIG Board sincerely thanks the Chase Kemberling Family, Charles Millard, and Jay Paterno for their inspirational speeches during our Alumni Reception! During our reception, we honored JP Welliver as the 2017 Fundraiser of the Year for his “Pounding Pavement For The Kids” and Lori Kapes as Volunteer of the Year!
Missing THON as an alum? Seeking a leadership position in which you can continue to make a difference For The Kids and For The Students? Apply today to become a Director on the Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group (DMAIG) Board! Use this link to submit your application no later than March 17, 2017. Open positions for the 2017-2019 term are:
- Donor Relations Director
- Hope From Coast 2 Coast Director
- THON Weekend Events Director
THON is just around the corner and we want YOU to check out the livestream.
The Penn State Alumni Association has created a Facebook event for you and your alumni group to submit your THON Weekend Watch parties. Click here!
We encourage you to watch throughout the weekend with your fellow Penn Staters and THON supporters, and to use #AlumniFTK on your social media channels. This is an easy way to get your group involved in the fight against pediatric cancer!
Have any questions? Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.