Pennsylvania State University
The Pennsylvania State University is a state-related, land-grant, doctoral university with campuses and facilities throughout Pennsylvania. Founded in 1855 as the Farmers’ High School of Pennsylvania, known as the University of State College, Penn State conducts teaching and public service, its instructional mission includes undergraduate, graduate and continuing education offered through resident instruction and online delivery. Its University Park campus, the flagship campus, lies within the Borough of State College and College Township, it has two law schools: Penn State Law, on the school's University Park campus, Dickinson Law, located in Carlisle, 90 miles south of State College. The College of Medicine is located in Hershey. Penn State has another 19 commonwealth campuses and 5 special mission campuses located across the state. Penn State has been labeled one of the "Public Ivies," a publicly funded university considered as providing a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League.
Annual enrollment at the University Park campus totals more than 46,800 graduate and undergraduate students, making it one of the largest universities in the United States. It has the world's largest dues-paying alumni association; the university's total enrollment in 2015–16 was 97,500 across its 24 campuses and online through its World Campus. The university offers more than 160 majors among all its campuses and administers $3.62 billion in endowment and similar funds. The university's research expenditures totaled $836 million during the 2016 fiscal year. Annually, the university hosts the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, the world's largest student-run philanthropy; this event is held at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus. In 2014, THON raised a program record of $13.3 million. The university's athletics teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are collectively known as the Penn State Nittany Lions, they compete in the Big Ten Conference for most sports. The school was founded as a degree-granting institution on February 22, 1855, by Pennsylvania's state legislature as the Farmers' High School of Pennsylvania.
Centre County, became the home of the new school when James Irvin of Bellefonte, donated 200 acres of land – the first of 10,101 acres the school would acquire. In 1862, the school's name was changed to the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania, with the passage of the Morrill Land-Grant Acts, Pennsylvania selected the school in 1863 to be the state's sole land-grant college; the school's name changed to the Pennsylvania State College in 1874. George W. Atherton became president of the school in 1882, broadened the curriculum. Shortly after he introduced engineering studies, Penn State became one of the ten largest engineering schools in the nation. Atherton expanded the liberal arts and agriculture programs, for which the school began receiving regular appropriations from the state in 1887. A major road in State College has been named in Atherton's honor. Additionally, Penn State's Atherton Hall, a well-furnished and centrally located residence hall, is named not after George Atherton himself, but after his wife, Frances Washburn Atherton.
His grave is in front of Schwab Auditorium near Old Main, marked by an engraved marble block in front of his statue. In the years that followed, Penn State grew becoming the state's largest grantor of baccalaureate degrees and reaching an enrollment of 5,000 in 1936. Around that time, a system of commonwealth campuses was started by President Ralph Dorn Hetzel to provide an alternative for Depression-era students who were economically unable to leave home to attend college. In 1953, President Milton S. Eisenhower, brother of then-U. S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and won permission to elevate the school to university status as The Pennsylvania State University. Under his successor Eric A. Walker, the university acquired hundreds of acres of surrounding land, enrollment nearly tripled. In addition, in 1967, the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, a college of medicine and hospital, was established in Hershey with a $50 million gift from the Hershey Trust Company. In the 1970s, the university became a state-related institution.
As such, it now belongs to the Commonwealth System of Higher Education. In 1975, the lyrics in Penn State's alma mater song were revised to be gender-neutral in honor of International Women's Year. In 1989, the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport joined ranks with the university, in 2000, so did the Dickinson School of Law; the university is now the largest in Pennsylvania, in 2003, it was credited with having the second-largest impact on the state economy of any organization, generating an economic effect of over $17 billion on a budget of $2.5 billion. To offset the lack of funding due to the limited growth in state appropriations to Penn State, the university has concentrated its efforts on philanthropy. In 2011, the university and its football team garnered major international media attention and criticism due to a sex abuse scandal in which university officials were alleged to have covered up incidents of child sexual abuse by former football team
State College, Pennsylvania
State College is a home rule municipality in Centre County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is the largest designated borough in Pennsylvania, it is the principal borough of the six municipalities that make up the State College area, the largest settlement in Centre County and one of the principal cities of the greater State College-DuBois Combined Statistical Area with a combined population of 236,577 as of the 2010 United States Census. In the 2010 census, the borough population was 42,034 with 105,000 living in the borough plus the surrounding townships referred to locally as the "Centre Region." Many of these Centre Region communities carry a "State College, PA" address although are not part of the borough of State College. State College is a college town, dominated economically and demographically by the presence of the University Park campus of the Pennsylvania State University. Lion Country is another used term to refer to the State College area, the term includes the borough and the townships of College, Harris and Ferguson.
When including college and graduate students, State College is the third most populous city in Pennsylvania, after Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. State College evolved from a village to a town in order to serve the needs of the Pennsylvania State College, founded as the Farmers' High School of Pennsylvania in 1855. State College was incorporated as a borough on August 29, 1896, has grown with the college, renamed The Pennsylvania State University in 1953. In 1973 State College adopted a home rule charter which took effect in 1976; the university has a post office address of Pennsylvania. When Penn State changed its name from College to University in 1953, its president, Milton S. Eisenhower, sought to persuade the town to change its name as well. A referendum failed to yield a majority for any of the choices for a new name, so the town remains State College. After this, Penn State requested a new name for its on-campus post office in the HUB-Robeson Center from the U. S. Post Office Department; the post office, which has since moved across an alley to the McAllister Building, is the official home of ZIP code 16802.
State College is situated at an elevation of 1,200 feet above sea level. According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 4.5 square miles, all of it land. It is surrounded by large tracts of farmland, an expanse of Appalachian Mountain ranges and forests. Nittany Mountain is part of Pennsylvania's geologic ridge-and-valley province of the Appalachian Mountains, it is the geographic center of Pennsylvania, as a result, Penn State University was founded in State College. State College is one of the densest cities of its population in the United States aided by the presence of numerous high rises downtown along Beaver and College Avenues; the 2010 have seen a construction boom downtown, with several mixed-use towers being developed, including the Rise, Frazer Centre, a 15-floor tower on Garner Street, among many other projects. Unlike most older towers, many of the new buildings will be mixed-use, with retail on the ground floor, offices on the next couple floors up, apartments on the top floors.
This high rise building boom has drawn debate in the local area. Some see it as a boon to increase foot traffic downtown and reduce congestion on the arterial roads leading into the city. Others, are skeptical of the developments as they are causing eyesores, may lose some of SC's charm. State College has a humid continental climate. Temperatures average 72.1 °F in July. Annual precipitation averages 39.8 inches, with 45.9 inches of annual snowfall on average. With a period of record dating back to 1893, the lowest temperature recorded was −20 °F on February 10, 1899 and the highest was 102 °F on July 17, 1988, July 9, 1936. According to the 2010 census, there are 42,034 people, 12,610 households, 3,069 families residing in the borough; the population density was 9,258.6 people per square mile. There were 13,007 housing units at an average density of 2,865.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the borough was 83.2% White, 3.8% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 9.8% Asian, 1.0% Other, 2.0% from two or more races.
3.9% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ancestry. 22,681 or 54.0% of borough residents were males and 19,353 or 46.0% were females. A 2014 estimate had the racial makeup of the borough as 78.9% Non-Hispanic White, 5.6% Black or African American, 0.5% Native American and Alaska Native, 11.5% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 0.8% Some other race, 2.2% two or more races. 4.4 % were Latino. Of the 12,610 households, 9.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 18.2% were married couples living together, 3.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.4% had a male householder with no wife present, 75.6% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.71. The age distribution of the borough, overwhelmingly influenced by its student population, was 5.1% under the age of 18, 70.6% from 18 to 24, 13.1% from 25 to 44, 6.5% from 45 to 64, 4.7% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 22 years. The median income for a household in the borough was $23,513, the median income for a family was $
Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies
Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies is a special mission campus and graduate school of the Pennsylvania State University located in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Academic programs include engineering, information science, MBA, data analytics and leadership. Continuing professional education courses and customized corporate training are offered. Classes are geared toward working adults and meet evenings and Saturdays in seven- and fourteen-week sessions. Penn State Great Valley, founded in 1963 to provide graduate engineering programs to employees of local businesses, was housed in a rented school building in King of Prussia and was known as the King of Prussia Graduate Center. In 1974, the center began offering courses off-site at area businesses. In 1978, the center moved to an old elementary school building in Pennsylvania. In 1982 the center moved back to King of Prussia and became the King of Prussia Center for Graduate Studies and Continuing Education. In 1987, the university acquired 8.5 acres within the Great Valley Corporate Center in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
A new facility was built on the site earning the distinction of being the first permanent campus in the country located within a corporate park. The campus moved to the new location in 1988, introduced a graduate management program, changed its name to Penn State Great Valley. In 1998, the Board of Trustees approved the Great Valley campus as a distinct School of Graduate Professional Studies. Due to its expanding programs, the Safeguard Scientifics Building was built next to the original facility and opened in 2001 with a 400-seat auditorium and additional classrooms; as of January 1, 2010, the Safeguard Scientifics Building is known as “The Conference Center at Penn State Great Valley.” The decision to rename The Conference Center at Penn State Great Valley took place in close consultation with Safeguard Scientifics to reflect more the primary use of the building as a corporate and community meeting space. The Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies houses two academic divisions: Engineering and Information Science: Master of Science in Information Science, Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering, Master of Software Engineering, Master of Engineering Management, Master of Professional Studies in Data Analytics, Master of Science in Data Analytics, graduate certificates in cyber security, data analytics, systems engineering.
Classes are held on the Great Valley Campus, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, online. Management: AACSB-accredited Master of Business Administration, Master of Finance, Master of Leadership Development, graduate certificates in finance, sustainable management practices, health sector management, human resource management. In addition to its degree programs, continuing professional education courses and certificate programs are offered in areas of business and technology. Programs exist in project management, leadership development, lean six sigma, agile programs, GMAT exam preparation, CISSP exam preparation, PMP exam preparation, various workshops. Continuing professional education courses can be customized and delivered to companies and organizations at the Penn State Great Valley campus or at their location. Official website
Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences
The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences offers 17 undergraduate majors, 23 minors, graduate programs in 18 major areas. The college awarded the nation's first baccalaureate degrees in agriculture in 1861. With 9 academic departments and 67 cooperative extension offices, one in each of Pennsylvania’s counties, the college is recognized as one of the nation's top institutions for agricultural research and education programs. In 1855, before the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, it was a high school known as The Farmer's High School run by Evan Pugh. Pugh helped to transform the Farmer's High School into the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences by supporting Congress to pass the Morrill Land-Grant Act; the only land-grant university in Pennsylvania, Penn State became one of the nation's first when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act into law in 1862. As a result, government receives money from the sales of land to help fund a college that would teach people better farming methods.
In addition to learning farming methods, Pugh had contributed other subjects to the college including chemistry, geology and mineralogy. Not only did he contributed knowledge to the college but he donated money towards the laboratory buildings and research. Pugh died on April 29, 1864. Today, he is known as the first President of The Pennsylvania State University and the highest award a professor can receive at the university is named after him, called the "Evan Pugh Professors." Undergraduate students can choose from 17 majors, 24 minors, three two-year associate degree programs. Graduate programs are offered in 18 major areas within the college, faculty participate in 10 inter-college programs and seven dual-title degree options; the college is organized into nine academic departments: The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences invests nearly $97 million in research and graduate study yearly. Scientists in the college are seeking solutions to the agricultural and ecological problems of our time by conducting basic and applied research focusing on cross-cutting thematic areas.
Approximate total college undergraduate enrollment: 3,000 Approximate college undergraduate enrollment at University Park campus: 2,100 Total college graduate student enrollment: 580 The college has one of Penn State's largest scholarship programs, awarding nearly $2 million to nearly 700 students annually. The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences has made many contributions in recent history. One example includes Penn State's research in unraveling the mystery of Colony collapse disorder. CCD is when bees disappear and do not return to their hives. Bees are important in producing honey and pollinating plants; the E. B. O'Keeffe Foundation donated $100,000 to Penn State for research in CCD. Penn State is making contributions towards protecting water quality. Fresh water is a limited resource, Penn State is doing research to improve and sustain our fresh water resources. Water could become scarce someday. There are countless other amounts of research and contributions that Penn State is making to the world.
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Penn State Nittany Lions football
The Penn State Nittany Lions team represents the Pennsylvania State University in college football. The Nittany Lions compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision as a member of the Big Ten Conference, which they joined in 1993 after playing as an Independent from their founding through 1992. Established in 1887, the Nittany Lions have achieved numerous on-field successes, the most notable of which include two consensus national championships, four Big Ten Conference Championships, 48 appearances in college bowl games, with a postseason bowl record of 29–17–2; the team is #8 in all-time total wins, one game behind Oklahoma and Alabama. The Nittany Lions play their home games at Beaver Stadium, located on-campus in University Park, Pennsylvania. With an official seating capacity of 106,572, Beaver Stadium is the second-largest stadium in the western hemisphere, behind only Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan; the team is coached by James Franklin. The first recorded game in Penn State football history occurred on November 12, 1881, when Penn State traveled to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania to play Bucknell, known until 1886 as the University of Lewisburg.
Penn State won 9–0, nine goals to none. At the time, this was a game of "American rugby." The father of American football, Walter Camp, did not develop the "scrimmage", the "first down" and the "gridiron" until 1882. Although this game was reported in two State College newspapers and the Mirror, Bucknell denies that this game happened. Penn State did not field teams from 1882 through 1886. Penn State played its first season in 1887, but had no head coach for their first five years, from 1887–1891; the teams played its home games on the Old Main lawn on campus in Pennsylvania. They compiled a 12–8–1 record in these seasons, playing as an independent from 1887–1890. In 1891, the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Football Association was formed, it consisted of Bucknell, Franklin & Marshall, Penn State and Swarthmore. Lafayette and Lehigh were excluded. Penn State won the championship with a 4–1–0 record. Bucknell's record was 3–1–1; the Association was dissolved prior to the 1892 season. In 1894, the Penn State football team played the Pennsylvania high school team.
Penn State took an early 24–0 lead, whereupon Muncy was allowed 14 players rather than the usual 11. That helped, but at half time the score was 42–0. Muncy was granted 7 downs instead of four. With 14 players, 7 downs, Penn State letting its youngest players finish out the game, the final score was only 54–0. George W. Hoskins was the first head football coach at Penn State, he posted a 17–4–4 record in his from 1892 to 1895 as head coach, his.760 winning percentage ranks highest in program history. His first team played its home game on the Old Main lawn on campus in State College, before the 500-seat Beaver Field opened in 1893, he was succeeded by Samuel B. Newton, who posted a 12–14 record in three seasons, 1896–1898. Sam Boyle compiled a 4 -- 6 -- 1 record. Pop Golden coached the Nittany Lions for three seasons from 1900–1902, tallying a record of 16–12–1. Daniel A. Reed took over for the 1903 season and went 5–3. Tom Fennell coached the Nittany Lions for five seasons from 1904–1908, posting a 33–17–1 record.
In 1907 the school adopted the Nittany Lion mascot, a mountain lion named after nearby Mount Nittany. An early mascot was a mule that hauled stone for the original Old Main. Bill Hollenback took over the Nittany Lions as head coach for the 1909 season and went undefeated at 5–0–2, but left for Missouri for 1910. Bill's older brother Jack Hollenback took over for the 1910 season and went 5–2–1, but Bill returned to Penn State from 1911 to 1914. Bill went 23–9–2 in his second tenure for a combined record of 28–9–4. In 1911 and 1912, his teams went 8–0–1 and 8–0 and were awarded retroactive national championships by the National Championship Foundation which are recognized by the NCAA. Head coach Dick Harlow brought a new form of defense, trying to go in-between or around offensive blockers rather than try to overpower them. Harlow's Nittany Lions compiled a 20–8 record in his three seasons and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach for his accomplishments. Hugo Bezdek was Penn State's head football coach for 12 seasons and was the Nittany Lions' first athletics director.
Bezdek posted a 65–30–11 record, which included two undefeated seasons and a berth in the 1922 Rose Bowl, a game they lost. Bezdek's Nittany Lions posted a losing record in only two of Bezdek's seasons, going 1–2–1 in 1918 and 3–5–1 in 1928. Bezdek retired after the 1929 season and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1954. Bob Higgins returned to his alma mater and served as Penn State's head football coach for 19 seasons, he compiled a 91–57–11 overall record, which included 11 winning seasons and only five losing seasons. Higgins' 1947 team tied SMU in the Cotton Bowl. Higgins was forced to retire due to poor health following the 1948 season, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1954. For one season, Joe Bedenk a Penn State alum, served as the Nittany Lions' head football coach, he was promoted from offensive line coach after the retirement of his predecessor. Bedenk posted a 5–4 record in his 1949, his lone season as head coach, before requesting to return to his previous post as offensive l
Schreyer Honors College
The Schreyer Honors College is the honors program of the Pennsylvania State University. Founded in 1980 as the University Scholars Program, it was expanded and renamed in 1997 in response to a $30 million gift by William and Joan Schreyer. Schreyer was one of three honors colleges, along with those at Arizona State and Mississippi, to be listed by Reader's Digest in its "America's 100 Best" list published in May, 2005. On November 17, 2006, the Schreyers pledged an additional gift of $25 million to the Schreyer Honors College. Having contributed more than $58 million to Penn State, they were the largest family donors in the school's history, prior to the recent donation of $88 million from Terry and Kim Pegula for a new arena. After a decade of service, Dean Christian Brady announced in May 2016 that he was stepping down, effective May 31. Kathleen J. Bieschke was named interim dean on May 25, 2016. Peggy A. Johnson became the dean on July 1, 2017. Details regarding the Schreyer Honors College can be found in their Annual Report.
Enrollment in the Schreyer Honors College is around 2,000 students, with 300 incoming students per year. About 80% of the Honors students are from Pennsylvania. Incoming student application requirements include excellent high school grades, strong extracurricular activities, positive teacher references; the average high school GPA is 4.00/4.00. The average SAT score for incoming students is 2150/2400, although SAT scores are not used in the admissions decision process at the Honors College. First year students admitted to the Honors College earn a $5,000-per-year academic scholarship, renewable for four years. Current Penn State students with strong academic and volunteer credentials can apply to the Honors College as sophomores or juniors; these students are not eligible for the $5,000-per-year academic scholarship. To graduate as a Schreyer Scholar, students in the Honors College are required to maintain a 3.4 GPA, take a selection of Honors classes and complete an Honors Senior Thesis. Membership in the SHC has unique benefits.
Most underclassmen Scholars live in a "Living and Learning Community" honors dormitories, including both Atherton Hall and Simmons Hall. The College's Travel Ambassador program provides funding for honors student travel around the world, with gifts matching the cost of airfare for longer trips with a service or academic focus. Academically, honors students have the benefit of early registration for classes, allowing for competitive placement. Students are offered over 220 honors classes, which are smaller and taught by more senior faculty than comparable courses. Additionally, the college offers an opportunity called the Integrated Undergraduate Graduate program, which allows exceptional students to pursue their undergraduate and master's degrees concurrently; the IUG program permits students to combine the required honors thesis and graduate thesis into a single thesis for both undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as allowing students to use some courses towards both degrees in order to graduate in a shorter period of time.
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Penn State Nittany Lions women's volleyball
The Penn State Nittany Lions women's volleyball program has had a long tradition. It was founded in 1976 by Tom Tait, long-time coach of the men's team, who coached the women's team from 1976–79 and was named a USA Volleyball All-Time great coach in 2007. Russ Rose has been the head coach since 1979, he has led the program to seven NCAA National Championships, in 1999, each year from 2007 through 2010, in 2013 and 2014. After the 2015 season he has an overall record of 1189–186. On September 21, 2007, Rose earned his 900th career victory with a win over Michigan State, becoming only the third Division I coach to reach the milestone. On December 17, 2009 Rose notched his 1,000th career win with a victory over Hawaii in four sets to advance to his third consecutive national championship game with the Nittany Lions. Two nights on December 19, his team earned their third consecutive national championship with a come-from-behind, 3 sets to 2 victory over Texas to run their consecutive match win streak to 102.
It was the first time during the win streak that Penn State lost the first two sets. Prior to entering the Big Ten Conference in 1991, Rose's teams experienced unprecedented success in the Atlantic 10 Conference, winning eight straight championships, never losing a conference match in that time. In 1990, Penn State entered the NCAA tournament undefeated with a 42–0 record; the Nittany Lions swept Purdue and Big Ten champion Wisconsin in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, before losing to Nebraska in the NCAA Regional Final. Of the team's 44 wins, 40 were a school and national record. Penn State finished sixth in the final 1990 Tachikara Coaches Poll, the program’s highest final ranking at the time. In addition, Rose earned his first AVCA National Coach of the Year honor. In 1993, the Nittany Lions surged into their third year of Big Ten play and won their second consecutive conference title. At the NCAA Tournament, the team strung together four victories and earned the right to play for the National Championship against Long Beach State.
In 1994, Rose coached the Nittany Lions to a second straight NCAA national semifinal appearance and picked up his 500th career win early in the season. Placing second in the Big Ten with a 17–3 conference mark, the Nittany Lions posted a 31–4 ledger on the year and ended the regular-season ranked No. 5, at the time their highest regular-season finish ever. Season highlights included beating eventual national runner-up and perennial powerhouse UCLA at the Volleyball Monthly Invitational and No. 1-ranked and undefeated Nebraska in Lincoln at the NCAA Mideast Regional final to advance to their second straight national semifinal. In 1997, Rose's Nittany Lions finished as runners-up to Stanford in the NCAA National Championship game after defeating Florida, 3–0, in the semifinals. Penn State, favored to win, made their third Final Four appearance in five years. Terri Zemaitis was named the NCAA championship MVP. After posting a runner-up finish in 1997, the Lions made it back to the NCAA Championship match in 1998.
The team cruised through the regular season with 28 of those coming in three sets. Penn State became only the second school to close out the Big Ten schedule with a perfect 20–0 mark. After winning its fifth Big Ten title, Penn State hosted the NCAA First and Second rounds and the Central Regional, they swept past Bucknell, Clemson and Brigham Young to earn a spot in the school’s fourth national semifinal. Once they reached the NCAA Final Four in Madison, the season ended much like 1997. Penn State defeated 3 -- 1, to advance to the national championship match, and once again, the Lions had to rally from a 0–2 deficit to force a fifth game, only to come up short against Long Beach State for the NCAA title. Despite losing, Cacciamani was named co-MVP for the tournament. Rose led Penn State to the program's first NCAA National Championship and their second-consecutive 20–0 record in Big Ten play, becoming the first team in conference history to pull off the feat. In the national semifinals, they defeated Pacific, 3–2, in the finals they defeated Stanford, 3–0, with scores of 15–2, 15–10, 15–7, marking the first time all season that Stanford had been swept.
Lauren Cacciamani was named the championship MVP for the second consecutive year. Bonnie Bremner and Cacciamani were named first team All-Americans. Bremner became Penn State's first four-time All-American. Cacciamani was named the AVCA National Player of the Year, Big Ten Player of the Year, Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year and the Honda Award winner for volleyball. In addition, the 1999 Nittany Lions extended their NCAA record home-match winning streak to 80 straight, eclipsing the previous standard of 58 set by Florida from 1990–94; the Lions streak was put to a halt at 87 matches with a loss to Minnesota on Sept. 29, 2000. Penn State had last dropped a match at Rec Hall on Nov. 24, 1994, when they suffered a 3–2 setback to Illinois, a span of over five seasons. The 87 home-match winning streak was only outranked by the basketball trio of Kentucky, 1943–55. Russ Rose earned his 700th career victory on September 2000, in a sweep of West Virginia. In 2005, the Nittany Lions claimed their third consecutive Big Ten title with an unblemished 20–0 league record, the sixth time since 1985 that the champion had been perfect, but were upset in the NCAA tournament regional semi-final on their home court.
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