The year in review, in news and images: A look back at 2018 at Penn State

Photos and stories recap some of the year's most notable moments at the University

As 2018 draws to a close, we review a small, representative selection of achievements and visual reflections on the year at Penn State, from among the many University-wide accomplishments in academics, research, athletics, student life and entrepreneurship.

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Penn State research expenditures rise to record $927 million


Penn State’s research expenditures reached a record high for the second consecutive year in fiscal year 2017-2018, according to Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey. The $927 million total represents a $64 million increase over last year’s figure, and includes a record $562 million in federal funds and $365 million from a combination of private funders, the Commonwealth, and University sources.

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Penn State Military Appreciation Game to celebrate women in the Armed Forces


Penn State will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of women in the U.S. Armed Forces at the University's seventh annual Military Appreciation Game on Oct. 27. As the largest military appreciation event of its kind in the Big Ten, the game will feature special presentations to active and veteran service members, halftime performances by the Penn State Blue Band, color guard and more.

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Nittany Lion wrestlers repeat as NCAA champions


The Penn State Nittany Lions rode a superb performance in the 2018 NCAA Wrestling Championships national finals to claim yet another NCAA title. Head coach Cael Sanderson's team was nearly perfect in the finals and clinched its seventh NCAA title in the last eight years on a pin from junior Bo Nickal.