Cellist Kim Cook, accompanied by pianist Svetlana Rodionova, makes her Penn State Laureate debut at the New Kensington campus. She is a world-renown cellist who has performed in Europe and Asia. She was named the inaugural Penn State Laureate in April by President Spanier.
John Spadaro, president of the Alle-Kiski Society, is seen with Joe Kotelnicki, right, and society members Tim Oberlin and Laura Kelly. The Alle-Kiski Society was one of the major corporate sponsors of the 50th gala.
Jack Sennett, a member of the first graduating class at the campus in 1960, gives gala guests a "Overview" of life at the New Kensington Center, as the campus was originally known when it began on Fourth Avenue in the city of New Kensington. Sennett was also a member of the campus' first basketball team in 1958, the year the campus was founded.
Was Penn State Laureate Kenneth Womack the mysterious fifth Beatle? Womack gave a detailed talk on the history of the Beatles Jan. 29 at Penn State New Kensington. He is standing in front of a photo from 1969 of the last time the four Beatles were together.
"The Introduction" by Eric Cash memorializes the first meeting of Paul McCartney, left, and John Lennon (red shirt). Lennon was the founder of the skiffle band, The Quarrymen. The illustration was a part of Kenneth Womack's talk on the Beatles.