Some of my fondest memories with my family have been at festivals over the past 25 years. For the past 11 years, I’ve been attending the Artsfest in State College. Although the kids are all grown, they each try to come back for this 4 day festival. It’s been a great opportunity to spend time together in a similar atmosphere as when they were younger. This past year, I’ve had an exciting new helper, my 2 year old grandson Max. 

I’ve spent each year along the lawn of Old Main and feel as though this is the perfect location to share the pieces from around University Park. Each year, I speak to current and past students, faculty and staff who have a connection and fond memories of spending time under the elms around campus. 

I’ve been impressed by the efforts that Penn State has put forth in preserving the remaining elms and other trees that shade the campus.