The Pennsylvania State University Laureate

"Riding Lesson," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"The Children's Concert," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"Death of the Owl," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"Late Words For My Sister," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"Shopping," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"Prairie Dogs," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"Haircut on Via Di Mezzo," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"Venetian," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"Understory," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"The Reasons," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"The Children's Concert," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"Sadness in Spring," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"Port-au-Prince, 1960," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"The Plum Tree," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"Island of Daily Life," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"In Praise of the Basset Hound," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"The Wood Lot," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"The Star Show," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"Rescue Parable" and "Rescue Riddle," poems by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"Living in the Barn," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"Old Florida," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"Kouros," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"OK, Tucker," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"The Poconos," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"The Roast Chicken," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"Repair," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"The Lover of Fruit Trees," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"The Round Barn," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"The Problem of Magnification," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"The New Egypt," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

"Solar," a poem by Robin Becker, 2010-11 Penn State laureate

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Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us.

Penn State laureate discusses music's life-enhancing potential

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Anthony Leach, the 2009-2010 Penn State laureate and associate professor of music and music education, understands music's potential to influence and enhance the lives of others. From directing two vocal music ensembles, the University Choir and the highly regarded choir Essence of Joy, to teaching undergraduate and graduate music education students, Leach sees firsthand the unifying power of music on both performers and audiences. He describes a bit of his musical philosophy by reflecting on the role music has played in his life since childhood. Produced by C Roy Parker

Penn State introduces Tony Leach as laureate for 2009-2010

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Anthony T. Leach, associate professor of music and music education in Penn State's College of Arts and Architecture, has been named the University's second Penn State laureate. He succeeds the inaugural laureate, Kim Cook, professor of music in cello. Penn State's new laureate, a tenor vocalist, pianist and music educator, plans to engage audiences and help them connect to music as part of his yearlong duties to raise awareness of the arts and enrich the public's cultural experience. For a listing of venues where Tony Leach and Essence of Joy will be performing go to: http://live.psu.edu/story/43416

Penn State names new laureate

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Anthony T. Leach, associate professor of music and music education in Penn State's College of Arts and Architecture, has been named the University's second Penn State laureate. He succeeds the inaugural laureate, Kim Cook, professor of music in cello. Penn State's new laureate, a tenor vocalist, pianist and music educator, plans to engage audiences and help them connect to music as part of his yearlong duties to raise awareness of the arts and enrich the public's cultural experience. Featured in this video is "Walk Together Children," a song arranged by Leach in 1998 for his church choir at New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

Penn State Cello Choir

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The Penn State Cello Choir, conducted by University Laureate Kim Cook, performed for guests at this fall's President's Open House in Old Main. Produced by Patrick Mansell.

People, Projects, and Pride

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Penn State President Rodney Erickson welcomes students to spring semester 2013 by showing examples of students, faculty, and staff working on projects across the University that incorporate academics, research, and global perspective, improving lives on many levels.