Penn State York Program Celebrates Science and Sports
Penn State football legends Jack Ham and David Joyner posed for photos, answered questions, and signed autographs as part of “The Science of Sports: Casual Conversations with Jack Ham and David Joyner, M.D.” on March 1 at Penn State York. Ham and Joyner told stories about their Penn State days and bantered back and forth in an informal setting on the stage at the campus’ Pullo Family Performing Arts Center. They also shared some serious conversations about the great strides in medicine that now allow athletes to perform at a higher level and also provide them more protection from injury. The event helped celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Edward M. Elias Science Building at the campus. Proceeds from the program will benefit the Penn State York Science Equipment Fund.
When asked a favorite “JoePaism,” Ham told the audience that he remembered on more than one occasion when a player had received some ink in the newspaper, Paterno would say, “Publicity is like poison, it can only hurt you if you swallow it.” Ham also noted that Paterno was quick to remind athletes to be humble. Both speakers agreed that Paterno was a hard-working coach and that they received outstanding athletic training at Penn State.
Earlier in the evening, members of the Edward M. Elias family and members of the campus, University officials, community, alumni, and the Penn State York Advisory Board, donned disposable lab coats and gathered for a dedication of the newly renovated facility. The new science building is named in honor of the late Edward M. Elias, founder of Penn State York and former director of the campus for 35 years. Michael Elias, son of the late Elias, spoke on behalf of the family and shared comments about his father’s love of Penn State, the York campus, and how proud he would be of having the building named in his honor.
“I know my father is looking down and smiling on us with tears in his eyes,” said Elias.
The new science facility will be open for classes beginning with summer sessions in May.