This has been a tough year for the college students working at The Daily Collegian, and the next semester likely won’t be any better.

The COVID-19 shutdowns have forced most of them to work remotely. Meanwhile, they’ve taken classes on computers in their homes far from Happy Valley. They’ve missed the camaraderie of The Collegian newsroom. They feel isolated and long for in-person interaction with their Collegian peers, their fellow students and their professors.

The Collegian Alumni Interest Group (AIG) urges Collegian alumni to support their current counterparts at the paper. Listed below are several ways to do that.

  1. Donate to The Daily Collegian by clicking here.
  2. Donate to the Collegian Scholarship Fund by clicking here.
  3. Serve as a mentor to a Collegian student in these trying times. Email the Collegian AIG at: [email protected] or Karen Pallotta at [email protected].
  4. Share your professional expertise and how your experience at the Collegian helped shape your success by volunteering to speak at a Zoom Roundtable: Email The Collegian AIG at [email protected] or Megan Hennigan at [email protected].
  5. Get involved in the Collegian Alumni Interest Group Board. Email Board President Jordan Hyman at [email protected].
  6. Join The Collegian’s Facebook group for Penn State sports fans. It’s dedicated solely to filling the need for Penn State sports news.
  7. Subscribe to The Collegian’s YouTube channel
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Barbara Stack

I started my journalism career at The Daily Collegian, where I covered cops, "radicals and minorities," and served as editorial page editor. After graduation, I worked as a reporter and feature writer for two community papers, The Tribune-Review and the Beaver County Times, before being hired by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I worked for the Post-Gazette for 27 years as a reporter, assistant city editor and editorial page writer. For a decade I covered issues regarding children and families, and a series of stories I wrote, along with a court case I persuaded the Post-Gazette to pursue, led to an order opening to the press and public dependency hearings in Pennsylvania juvenile court. In 2007, I began working as a blog writer for the United Steelworkers Union, composing blogs and op-eds that were published in the name of the union's international president. I am now retired and working as a consultant for The Pittsburgh Foundation's communications department.